Originally Posted by tyroneslothrop
So I'm now in a market for a nice flatscreen to go with my BDP-105 and Sennheiser HD800 headphones. Obviously I don't need a SmartTV as the BDP-105 + Roku have that pretty much covered. If I want to use all the bells and whistles of the BDP-105 (re: optical connects, etc.) in driving the display, what would people recommend as going especially well with a BDP-105 if I am buying something right now? At a future time, I may use the Dolby Surround Sound using a Beyerdynamic Headzone system
(I can't use speakers at all in my apartment as that results in the neighbors pounding on my wall
) (I don't really care about screen-size, but I'm willing to get a larger screen if needed for features not available on smaller-screen models.)
. Recommendations please!
LCD suffers from needing a backlight, and without a backlight for each pixel, there is necessarily bleedthrough from one area to another. Manufacturers have chopped the screen into increasingly small regions to limit this, but nowhere near small enough to be one per pixel. They keep increasing the display rate, but motion can still be blurred. Color isn't accurate enough, and faces can suffer from the notorious "clay face".
OLED will be great once they drop enough in price (and assuming the problem of wearing out is fixed). But it's not there yet.
Even newer technologies are being demoed, but they're also not there yet.
I say stick with plasma.
If you want to be able to see detail in the darkest parts of scenes, plasma still beats everything else. There needs to be a slight residual current to make the cells ready to fire, which is why black isn't completely black on plasma, but Pioneer kept improving the technology to where the remaining glow was almost imperceptible. Unfortunately they had to get out of the business, but they sold the technology to Panasonic, which sells the Viera plasmas. Plasma had image-persistence burn-in problems, but that was years ago. The comical thing is that LCD talks about 240 Hz or whatever--plasma can run at 600 Hz or higher. It's way faster than LCD, which means motion isn't smeared. And the color gamut is super-accurate, so you don't get LCD's "clay face".
As for screen size, this is dictated by how much room you have, and viewing distance. Bigger is better up to a point, but if you are sitting too close to the screen, you'll see pixels (unless upscaling to 4k, with a 4k display). Also, sitting too close moves the edges to far to the sides in your peripheral vision. There are calculators online that can tell you what size to get given a particular viewing distance, although beware of the official THX values because, IMO, they have you sit too close.