Originally Posted by lipcrkr
The "experts" have recognized this and have recently mentioned that the 650/750 series has comparable inky blacks to the Kuro. The problem with plasma is lumenence. They are around 2.5 which when shown next to an LCD in a retail store will differentiate the whites. The plasma in store will look murky and dull while the LCD looks bright and vibrant. This gap closes significantly at home, however, many buyers purchase on first impression so plasma loses.
Good points. Here are few more:
1) Price difference. Same size Pioneer Kuro vs. a Samsung 750. What a ridiculous price difference?
2) plasmas are noisier - both in their pictures S/N ratio and audible power supply buzz
3) Plasmas are even more un-green than LCDs
4) more expensive larger plasmas drop in brightness as compared to the smaller one: this is ass backwards
5) The American reviewers for reasons unknown (but we can speculate) were heavenly biased toward plasma. Think of a home theater type of magazine. Now consumers voted have with their pocketbook and voted them dead wrong. Poor lack of leadership. The British reviews were considerably more even-handed.
6) LCDs perform much better even with considerable and everyday levels of household ambient light.
I agree new technology should be convenient and not rule our lives. If you want to suffer then buy a Blu-ray player or Onyko receiver (without an Ethernet update port) to go along with your plasma. Oh and a first generation i-phone!
Here is what Consumer Reports thinks of the Samsung 650:
Excellent picture quality across the board, with top-notch detail that makes the most of HD programming. Has very good color accuracy and better than average black levels. Contrast was very good, giving images depth and dimension. Excellent reproduction of scenes with subtly shaded light-to-dark areas. Excellent film-mode operation effectively eliminates jagged edges--"jaggies"-- on movie content. Has 120Hz technology that doubles the frame rate to reduce motion blur. The remote control is very easy to use; its backlit buttons make them easy to see in the dark. On-screen menu is very easy to navigate.
Viewing angle was somewhat limited, so the picture lost some color, contrast, or brightness as we moved away from the center of the screen. Touch-sensitive controls on console are poorly labeled and difficult to read.
This 52-inch 1080p model from Samsung is one of the best TVs we've ever tested. It has excellent picture quality across the board, and was one of the few tested models with excellent sound."
In conclusion at least Consumer Reports got it right!