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Old 10-23-2009, 02:06 AM   #1  
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Well I'm finally ready to choose my first HDTV, but I have to admit I'm pretty overwhelmed with the options. I've done some research on several sites based on my preferences below but still am having alot of trouble narrowing it down.

46" TO 55" (PREFERENCE ~ 50" - 52")
USED FOR WATCHING MOVIES (on PS3), playing online video games (XBOX360), and watching sports (primarily NFL)
Price Range - up till $1800 (again prefer to stay in the 750 to 1500 price range)
TV area does have a fair amount of windows but I have good blinds, during games I usually leave a indoor light on)
Distance - usually within 10 to 15 feet of TV
I tried to include stuff on the low end and high end range as well as those in the middle. Basically looking for the best deal for my buck. Thanks for all help and suggestions....


BEST BUY
LCD 60Hz
46" Samsung (MODEL#LN46B530P7F) 1080p 60 LCD HDTV $969
52" Insignia 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV $999

LCD 120Hz
46" Toshiba Regza (46XV645U), Insignia (NS-L46X-10A), or Sharp AQUOS (LC46D85U) - 46" Class / 1080p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $999
47" LG 1080p (47LH40-UA) 120Hz LCD HDTV $1,199
52" Toshiba Regza (52XV645U) or Sharp AQUOS (LC-52D82U) - 52" Class / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $1299

LCD 240Hz
46" Sony Bravia XBR 1080P 240 Hz LCD HDTV w/ Bravia 1000W 5.1-Channel Home theater System and Sony Blu-ray 1080p player $1,799
55" Sony Bravia (KDL-55V5100) or 52" Bravia XBR (KDL-52Z5100)1080P 240 Hz LCD HDTV w/ Bravia 1000W 5.1-Channel Home theater System and Sony Blu-ray 1080p player $1,899

LED 240Hz
47" LG 1080p (47LH90) Clearscan 240Hz LCD-LED HDTV $1,399

Plasma
50" Panasonic VIERA 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV $800
50" Samsung 1080P (PN50B550T2F or PN50B530S2F) 600Hz Plasma $1,060
52" Samsung 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV $1,239

DLP
60" Mitsubishi 1080p 120Hz DLP HDTV $1,199

WAL MART
52" Sanyo (DP52449) or RCA Scenium (L52FHD2X48) 1080p 120Hz LCD $1,150
55" Vizio (VF550M) 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV & RCA DVD Home Theater System W/ 1080p Upconvert DVD Player & HDMI Cable Bundle $1,560


SEARS
46" Smasung (LN46B630) Touch Of Color 1080P 120Hz LCD HDTV $1,229
50" LG (TC-P42S1) 720P 600Hz Plasma HDTV $709
50" Samsung (PN50B550) 1080P 600Hz Plasma HDTV $1,050

COSTCO
Toshiba 46" 1080p w/ Clearscan 120Hz XV640 V$899
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This would be the best option and a good price ($1299.99) as well - http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...ame=Flat+Panel
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Since the lighting in your room appears to be well controlled, I would also go with L2W's suggestion. But since your primary viewing will be in the 10-15 ft. area and you mentioned Costco, I would throw the 54'' Panny Plasma in the mix as well. It is onsale now for $1299. I believe it is the Costco version of the TC-P54S1.. Costco extends the warranty to 2 years which is a nice boner.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...=1&topnav=&s=1
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I would recommend the 46 inch A630, Samsung can't really be beat right now.
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This would be the best option and a good price ($1299.99) as well - http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...ame=Flat+Panel
Yup that's as good as it gets for the money!
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Since the lighting in your room appears to be well controlled, I would also go with L2W's suggestion. But since your primary viewing will be in the 10-15 ft. area and you mentioned Costco, I would throw the 54'' Panny Plasma in the mix as well. It is onsale now for $1299. I believe it is the Costco version of the TC-P54S1.. Costco extends the warranty to 2 years which is a nice boner.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...=1&topnav=&s=1
I agree at the viewing distance the 54" is the best choice and at that price it is a darn good deal. The TC-P54G10 would be better, but the price will increase some over the S1 at 54" because it is a better model.
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Well I'm finally ready to choose my first HDTV, but I have to admit I'm pretty overwhelmed with the options. I've done some research on several sites based on my preferences below but still am having alot of trouble narrowing it down.

46" TO 55" (PREFERENCE ~ 50" - 52")
USED FOR WATCHING MOVIES (on PS3), playing online video games (XBOX360), and watching sports (primarily NFL)
Price Range - up till $1800 (again prefer to stay in the 750 to 1500 price range)
TV area does have a fair amount of windows but I have good blinds, during games I usually leave a indoor light on)
Distance - usually within 10 to 15 feet of TV
I tried to include stuff on the low end and high end range as well as those in the middle. Basically looking for the best deal for my buck. Thanks for all help and suggestions....


BEST BUY
LCD 60Hz
46" Samsung (MODEL#LN46B530P7F) 1080p 60 LCD HDTV $969
52" Insignia 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV $999

LCD 120Hz
46" Toshiba Regza (46XV645U), Insignia (NS-L46X-10A), or Sharp AQUOS (LC46D85U) - 46" Class / 1080p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $999
47" LG 1080p (47LH40-UA) 120Hz LCD HDTV $1,199
52" Toshiba Regza (52XV645U) or Sharp AQUOS (LC-52D82U) - 52" Class / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $1299

LCD 240Hz
46" Sony Bravia XBR 1080P 240 Hz LCD HDTV w/ Bravia 1000W 5.1-Channel Home theater System and Sony Blu-ray 1080p player $1,799
55" Sony Bravia (KDL-55V5100) or 52" Bravia XBR (KDL-52Z5100)1080P 240 Hz LCD HDTV w/ Bravia 1000W 5.1-Channel Home theater System and Sony Blu-ray 1080p player $1,899

LED 240Hz
47" LG 1080p (47LH90) Clearscan 240Hz LCD-LED HDTV $1,399

Plasma
50" Panasonic VIERA 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV $800
50" Samsung 1080P (PN50B550T2F or PN50B530S2F) 600Hz Plasma $1,060
52" Samsung 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV $1,239

DLP
60" Mitsubishi 1080p 120Hz DLP HDTV $1,199

WAL MART
52" Sanyo (DP52449) or RCA Scenium (L52FHD2X48) 1080p 120Hz LCD $1,150
55" Vizio (VF550M) 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV & RCA DVD Home Theater System W/ 1080p Upconvert DVD Player & HDMI Cable Bundle $1,560


SEARS
46" Smasung (LN46B630) Touch Of Color 1080P 120Hz LCD HDTV $1,229
50" LG (TC-P42S1) 720P 600Hz Plasma HDTV $709
50" Samsung (PN50B550) 1080P 600Hz Plasma HDTV $1,050

COSTCO
Toshiba 46" 1080p w/ Clearscan 120Hz XV640 V$899
Alright guys, well I've continued to do research and have narrowed down the list from the 22 or so TVs above down to about 12 (with a preference for around 6 or so)

LCD 120Hz HDTVs

46" Samsung (LN46B630) Touch Of Color 1080P 120Hz LCD HDTV $999
46" Toshiba w/ clearframe[Model 46XV645U] 1080P 120Hz LCD HDTV $899
47" LG 1080p (47LH40-UA) 120Hz LCD HDTV $1,199
47" Vizio XVT Series (SV470XVT1A) / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $899
52" Toshiba Regza (52XV645U) 52" Class / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $1299

Plasma HDTVs
50" Panasonic (#TC-P50S1) 1080p 600 Hz Plasma HD Television ENERGY STAR® $999
50" Panasonic (#TC-P50G10) 1080p 600 Hz Plasma HD Television ENERGY STAR® $1,299

High End HDTVs
LCD 120 Hz
55" Vizio (VF550M) 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV & RCA DVD Home Theater System W/ 1080p Upconvert DVD Player & HDMI Cable Bundle $1,560

LCD 240Hz
46" Sony Bravia XBR 1080P 240 Hz LCD HDTV w/ Bravia 1000W 5.1-Channel Home theater System and Sony Blu-ray 1080p player $1,799
55" Sony Bravia (KDL-55V5100) or 52" Bravia XBR (KDL-52Z5100)1080P 240 Hz LCD HDTV w/ Bravia 1000W 5.1-Channel Home theater System and Sony Blu-ray 1080p player $1,899

LED 240Hz
47" LG 1080p (47LH90) Clearscan 240Hz LCD-LED HDTV $1,399


Basically I settled upon going with either a 46 to 52" 1080 120Hz LCD HDTV or a 1080P 600Hz Plasma HDTV as my baseline model. And narrowed it down the models are felt were of best quality and we the best deals. I really want to stay over 46" and hit atleast 47" and given the price range I found on the LCD TV's I've decided I'd like to stay under 1000 bucks too:

So that leaves the front runners for my "standard" basic specs as:
LCD 120Hz HDTVs
47" LG 1080p (47LH40-UA) 120Hz LCD HDTV $1,199
47" Vizio (SV470XVT1A) / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $899
52" Toshiba Regza (52XV645U) 52" Class / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $1299
Plasma HDTVs
50" Panasonic (#TC-P50G10) 1080p 600 Hz Plasma HDTV $1,299

I also decided to look at some higher end TVs at the top of my price range that had some added features like increase size (i.e. 50"), new backlight (i.e. LED), increase Hz (i.e. 240), high end brand (i.e. Sony), package deals (i.e. home theater and blu ray player). I ended up eliminating the 46" (since I've decided to stay 47" and above). I also eliminated the Vizio and nonXBR bravia because of there low dynamic contrast ratio (50000to1 compared to LG's 2000000to1 and XBR's 1000000to1). SO that leaves me with the following for the high end models:

LCD 240Hz
52" Bravia XBR (KDL-52Z5100)1080P 240 Hz LCD HDTV w/ Bravia 1000W 5.1-Channel Home theater System and Sony Blu-ray 1080p player $1,899

LED 240Hz
47" LG 1080p (47LH90) Clearscan 240Hz LCD-LED HDTV $1,399

So my final list is
47" LG 1080p (47LH40-UA) 120Hz LCD HDTV $1,199
47" Vizio (SV470XVT1A) / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $899
52" Toshiba Regza (52XV645U) 52" Class / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $1299
50" Panasonic (#TC-P50G10) 1080p 600 Hz Plasma HDTV $1,299
LCD 240Hz
52" Bravia XBR (KDL-52Z5100)1080P 240 Hz LCD HDTV w/ Bravia 1000W 5.1-Channel Home theater System and Sony Blu-ray 1080p player $1,899
LED 240Hz
47" LG 1080p (47LH90) Clearscan 240Hz LCD-LED HDTV $1,399

For the top 4 TV's above (besides the Vizio) I feel like I'm better off springing the extra 100 to 200 bucks and just getting the LG LED TV (your thoughts?)


SO that leaves me with:
So my final list is
47" Vizio (SV470XVT1A) / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $899
52" Bravia XBR (KDL-52Z5100)1080P 240 Hz LCD HDTV w/ Bravia 1000W 5.1-Channel Home theater System and Sony Blu-ray 1080p player $1,899
47" LG 1080p (47LH90) Clearscan 240Hz LCD-LED HDTV $1,399

The bravia XBR gives me the superior brand and Hz (both are 240Hz but the XBR is the superior 240Hz) but the LG gives me the high end tech side with the the LED and the significantly higher Dynamic Contrast ratio. It also comes in over 500 bucks cheaper which makes up for the home theater and blu ray IMO (not too mention since I'd rather get a PS3 regardless). So that leaves me with one of two options:

SO MY FINAL QUESTION:
Either play it conservative and go with the TV that meets my standard specs:
47" Vizio (SV470XVT1A) / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV @ $899

or spring for the high end system and get:

47" LG 1080p (47LH90) Clearscan 240Hz LCD-LED HDTV $1,399

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Alright guys, well I've continued to do research and have narrowed down the list from the 22 or so TVs above down to about 12 (with a preference for around 6 or so)

LCD 120Hz HDTVs

46" Samsung (LN46B630) Touch Of Color 1080P 120Hz LCD HDTV $999
46" Toshiba w/ clearframe[Model 46XV645U] 1080P 120Hz LCD HDTV $899
47" LG 1080p (47LH40-UA) 120Hz LCD HDTV $1,199
47" Vizio XVT Series (SV470XVT1A) / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $899
52" Toshiba Regza (52XV645U) 52" Class / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $1299

Plasma HDTVs
50" Panasonic (#TC-P50S1) 1080p 600 Hz Plasma HD Television ENERGY STAR® $999
50" Panasonic (#TC-P50G10) 1080p 600 Hz Plasma HD Television ENERGY STAR® $1,299

High End HDTVs
LCD 120 Hz
55" Vizio (VF550M) 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV & RCA DVD Home Theater System W/ 1080p Upconvert DVD Player & HDMI Cable Bundle $1,560

LCD 240Hz
46" Sony Bravia XBR 1080P 240 Hz LCD HDTV w/ Bravia 1000W 5.1-Channel Home theater System and Sony Blu-ray 1080p player $1,799
55" Sony Bravia (KDL-55V5100) or 52" Bravia XBR (KDL-52Z5100)1080P 240 Hz LCD HDTV w/ Bravia 1000W 5.1-Channel Home theater System and Sony Blu-ray 1080p player $1,899

LED 240Hz
47" LG 1080p (47LH90) Clearscan 240Hz LCD-LED HDTV $1,399


Basically I settled upon going with either a 46 to 52" 1080 120Hz LCD HDTV or a 1080P 600Hz Plasma HDTV as my baseline model. And narrowed it down the models are felt were of best quality and we the best deals. I really want to stay over 46" and hit atleast 47" and given the price range I found on the LCD TV's I've decided I'd like to stay under 1000 bucks too:

So that leaves the front runners for my "standard" basic specs as:
LCD 120Hz HDTVs
47" LG 1080p (47LH40-UA) 120Hz LCD HDTV $1,199
47" Vizio (SV470XVT1A) / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $899
52" Toshiba Regza (52XV645U) 52" Class / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $1299
Plasma HDTVs
50" Panasonic (#TC-P50G10) 1080p 600 Hz Plasma HDTV $1,299

I also decided to look at some higher end TVs at the top of my price range that had some added features like increase size (i.e. 50"), new backlight (i.e. LED), increase Hz (i.e. 240), high end brand (i.e. Sony), package deals (i.e. home theater and blu ray player). I ended up eliminating the 46" (since I've decided to stay 47" and above). I also eliminated the Vizio and nonXBR bravia because of there low dynamic contrast ratio (50000to1 compared to LG's 2000000to1 and XBR's 1000000to1). SO that leaves me with the following for the high end models:

LCD 240Hz
52" Bravia XBR (KDL-52Z5100)1080P 240 Hz LCD HDTV w/ Bravia 1000W 5.1-Channel Home theater System and Sony Blu-ray 1080p player $1,899

LED 240Hz
47" LG 1080p (47LH90) Clearscan 240Hz LCD-LED HDTV $1,399

So my final list is
47" LG 1080p (47LH40-UA) 120Hz LCD HDTV $1,199
47" Vizio (SV470XVT1A) / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $899
52" Toshiba Regza (52XV645U) 52" Class / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $1299
50" Panasonic (#TC-P50G10) 1080p 600 Hz Plasma HDTV $1,299
LCD 240Hz
52" Bravia XBR (KDL-52Z5100)1080P 240 Hz LCD HDTV w/ Bravia 1000W 5.1-Channel Home theater System and Sony Blu-ray 1080p player $1,899
LED 240Hz
47" LG 1080p (47LH90) Clearscan 240Hz LCD-LED HDTV $1,399

For the top 4 TV's above (besides the Vizio) I feel like I'm better off springing the extra 100 to 200 bucks and just getting the LG LED TV (your thoughts?)


SO that leaves me with:
So my final list is
47" Vizio (SV470XVT1A) / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV $899
52" Bravia XBR (KDL-52Z5100)1080P 240 Hz LCD HDTV w/ Bravia 1000W 5.1-Channel Home theater System and Sony Blu-ray 1080p player $1,899
47" LG 1080p (47LH90) Clearscan 240Hz LCD-LED HDTV $1,399

The bravia XBR gives me the superior brand and Hz (both are 240Hz but the XBR is the superior 240Hz) but the LG gives me the high end tech side with the the LED and the significantly higher Dynamic Contrast ratio. It also comes in over 500 bucks cheaper which makes up for the home theater and blu ray IMO (not too mention since I'd rather get a PS3 regardless). So that leaves me with one of two options:

SO MY FINAL QUESTION:
Either play it conservative and go with the TV that meets my standard specs:
47" Vizio (SV470XVT1A) / 1080 p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV @ $899

or spring for the high end system and get:

47" LG 1080p (47LH90) Clearscan 240Hz LCD-LED HDTV $1,399

Dynamic contrast ratio means absolutely NOTHING so don't let that cloud your decision.

I see you have eliminated plasma, the superior technology. Any reason for that?
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Dynamic contrast ratio means absolutely NOTHING so don't let that cloud your decision.

I see you have eliminated plasma, the superior technology. Any reason for that?
Yeah but I figured for a tie breaker it has some meaning, guess I was wrong.....

Mainly b/c I have think I have more light entering my living room than I noticed and that I like to watch games with the lights on. Also I know the "burn in" isn't as big as factor as back in the day, but I still am wary since I leave my tv/games on all the time and just forget about them.

Also the Plasma I liked was only 100 less than the LG 240 Hz LED HDTV I liked, and figured it would be a step up.

Can you explain how plasma is the superior technology? I thought both had there flaws and were more dependent on the customer's situation than anything...
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I would also recommend the Panny P50G10 or S1. But if you are set on LCD, one thing I would recommend is to stear clear of LG. If your looking for a great bang for your buck in an LCD, I would go with Vizio's XVT series over LG. The step up over the 0XVT is the 1XVT and the 47'' goes for around $1100.. But see for yourself if the upgrades are worth the extra $200 to you.

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http://www.highdefforum.com/flat-pan...who-rules.html

I still see in post after post that myths still prevail in a large number of new postings to this forum and since the Mods seem reluctant to create a Sticky addressing the pros and cons of each technology here is a summary of each techs strong and weak points as seen by an owner of both techs and a long time fan of HDTV...

LCD
Pros

lightweight, smaller screen sizes available, good in brightly lit rooms, considered safer when used as a computer monitor, non glare matte screens...Maybe slightly more energy efficient unless the majority of your viewing habits are movies, no break in period, take less consideration to set up and use.

Cons

Glare will still be a consideration if buying a high end LCD/LED as these also use glass screens to render better blacks and higher contrast ratios, cost more than larger Plasma esp the high end sets, more likely to be damaged as the plastic matte screens are not resistant to even small impacts, shorter life span backlight will eventually need to be replaced, Plasma will dim over time but will still be functioning long after the LCD is in the trash bid, viewing angles even with the new LED/LCD off axis viewing is still a large concern (fighting for that sweet spot directly in front of the screen), motion blur with fast moving images even with 240 hz processing is way behind the the speed of Plasma. Black level detail while LCD is getting better at producing black level the fine detail contained in these darker images is lost. Unnatural color processing in the non high end sets life like skin tones are nearly impossible to attain. 240 hz processing causes film to appear as though shot in video ( I can't imagine watching the "Godfather" and having it appear as if it is a soap opera)

PLASMA
Pros

Large screen size virtually no screens less than 42" in size. Deep black levels and fine dark area detail. Good natural color processing with great skin tone reproduction. Long time investment although plasma will dim over time it will take around 100,000 of use to get to half life of the panel. Durable heavy glass screens are much more injury proof than the LCD matte screens (Dont believe it? you can punch a hole in the LCD matte screen with your finger!) Virtually no motion blur image processing is approximatly 1000 times faster than LCD. Off axis viewing is a non issue with plasma ( no fighting for the sweet spot) Cost less a good 50" plasma will be cheaper than a 46" 1st tier manufactured LCD. Actually can be more energy efficient if properly calibrated.

Cons

Glass screens have glare issues in brightly lit rooms. Burn in plasma can still suffer from this problem, static images for long periods of time can be damaging (neglect from the consumer is the major contributing factor here) Weight heavier than the matte screen LCD because of the additional weight of the glass. Large size only available in 42" or larger (not good if space is a concern) Break-in period for proper aging of the plasma cells this is still strongly recommended during the first 200 hours of use. (some videophiles consider this a perk kinda like pampering your new "baby")

Well there you have it hope this highlights the good and bad points of each technology for current and future owners of HDTV
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As you see from pappylap's post, plasma is the clear winner...
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I would also stay clear of LG imo, there's just better choices even in the same price range. Do Not get fooled by Contrast Ratios as there INFLATED by manufacturers in order to sell their displays! Plasma is the superior technology if you can control the lighting a bit, off axis viewing, motion blurr are a non issue with plasma. Plasma is 1000 times fast at motion than LCD, LED is a waste of money right now.

Plasma is the winner > http://www.displaymate.com/LCD_Plasma_ShootOut.htm
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I still see in post after post that myths still prevail in a large number of new postings to this forum and since the Mods seem reluctant to create a Sticky addressing the pros and cons of each technology here is a summary of each techs strong and weak points as seen by an owner of both techs and a long time fan of HDTV...

LCD
Pros

lightweight, smaller screen sizes available, good in brightly lit rooms, considered safer when used as a computer monitor, non glare matte screens...Maybe slightly more energy efficient unless the majority of your viewing habits are movies, no break in period, take less consideration to set up and use.

Cons

Glare will still be a consideration if buying a high end LCD/LED as these also use glass screens to render better blacks and higher contrast ratios, cost more than larger Plasma esp the high end sets, more likely to be damaged as the plastic matte screens are not resistant to even small impacts, shorter life span backlight will eventually need to be replaced, Plasma will dim over time but will still be functioning long after the LCD is in the trash bid, viewing angles even with the new LED/LCD off axis viewing is still a large concern (fighting for that sweet spot directly in front of the screen), motion blur with fast moving images even with 240 hz processing is way behind the the speed of Plasma. Black level detail while LCD is getting better at producing black level the fine detail contained in these darker images is lost. Unnatural color processing in the non high end sets life like skin tones are nearly impossible to attain. 240 hz processing causes film to appear as though shot in video ( I can't imagine watching the "Godfather" and having it appear as if it is a soap opera)

PLASMA
Pros

Large screen size virtually no screens less than 42" in size. Deep black levels and fine dark area detail. Good natural color processing with great skin tone reproduction. Long time investment although plasma will dim over time it will take around 100,000 of use to get to half life of the panel. Durable heavy glass screens are much more injury proof than the LCD matte screens (Dont believe it? you can punch a hole in the LCD matte screen with your finger!) Virtually no motion blur image processing is approximatly 1000 times faster than LCD. Off axis viewing is a non issue with plasma ( no fighting for the sweet spot) Cost less a good 50" plasma will be cheaper than a 46" 1st tier manufactured LCD. Actually can be more energy efficient if properly calibrated.

Cons

Glass screens have glare issues in brightly lit rooms. Burn in plasma can still suffer from this problem, static images for long periods of time can be damaging (neglect from the consumer is the major contributing factor here) Weight heavier than the matte screen LCD because of the additional weight of the glass. Large size only available in 42" or larger (not good if space is a concern) Break-in period for proper aging of the plasma cells this is still strongly recommended during the first 200 hours of use. (some videophiles consider this a perk kinda like pampering your new "baby")

Well there you have it hope this highlights the good and bad points of each technology for current and future owners of HDTV

Plasmas are the clear winners....two years ago. Lcds of today are far superior to plasmas disregarding lighting or not. First, a high end LCD/LED in no way has a glass screen to help the black levels and contrast, it a gloss finish rather than matte. This does add some glare to the screen, but still significantly less than a plasma which does use a glass screen. LCD's in general actually have a longer life expectancy as they don't draw as much energy as plasmas do and 100,000 hours is actually the total life expectancy for the panasonic g10, not just its half life. The viewing angles for any new LCD are 178 degrees so there is no problem with that. Right now, the only advantages I see with plasmas are they are cheaper. Just take a look at a panasonic LCD and compare it to their plasmas, the LCD will look better. There is a reason why plasmas are so cheap now.
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Plasmas are the clear winners....two years ago. Lcds of today are far superior to plasmas disregarding lighting or not. First, a high end LCD/LED in no way has a glass screen to help the black levels and contrast, it a gloss finish rather than matte. This does add some glare to the screen, but still significantly less than a plasma which does use a glass screen. LCD's in general actually have a longer life expectancy as they don't draw as much energy as plasmas do and 100,000 hours is actually the total life expectancy for the panasonic g10, not just its half life. The viewing angles for any new LCD are 178 degrees so there is no problem with that. Right now, the only advantages I see with plasmas are they are cheaper. Just take a look at a panasonic LCD and compare it to their plasmas, the LCD will look better. There is a reason why plasmas are so cheap now.
Ah plasmas have deeper black levels, no motion blurr whatsoever and much better shadow detail. To an untrained eye I can see why you would think LCD was the better technology, have you read this link? >> http://www.displaymate.com/LCD_Plasma_ShootOut.htm

In that link you will read for yourself what the opinions of industry experts, manufacturers, engineers, reviewers, journalists, and ISF instructors think after viewing every display technology. It just might shock you!
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