Originally Posted by blur510
it will be in his bedroom there is 1 window on the on the opposite wall but is not directly in front of his tv. He will be watching a mixture of HD and SD.. I am guessing mostly HD.. He has a PS3for gaming and Bluray movies . ohh and he will be sitting about 7-10 feet away.
Ok. Here's my breakdown:
With the window on the opposite wall, it'd be nice if he had something to block most of the light at times, as glare might be an issue here. With the S1's new anti-glare screen coating, it is much less prone to annoying glare than previous plasma sets, but light sources behind you, even off to the sides might still be an issue if you enjoy watching in dark rooms. Usually, LCDs are less prone to glare, but the H40 has a rather shiny screen surface for an LCD, and will be just as annoying when compared to the S1. Neither set has an advantage with potential glare.
The average lighting conditions of the room come into play here as well. LCDs look better in rooms with more ambient light, and plasmas are better in darker environments. Advantage depends on his preferred lighting conditions. LCD = Light, Plasma = Dark.
When it comes to TV programming, he'll probably want to watch as much HD as possible, because SD looks equally crappy on both sets. Usually, HDTV sets make SD look even worse, because you see how much detail is truly lacking. No advantage for either set here either.
If he's going to be gaming, both sets are excellent. The plasma will offer much less motion blur than the LCD here, but games should be avoided for the first 100 hours or so, as static images might display temporary Image Retention on the screen before the display is burned/broken in. Nothing to worry about here, just thought I'd mention it. The plasma has the advantage based on motion blur.
The biggest difference between these two sets, and one I find quite important, is their performance with motion blur. The H40's TruMotion 120hz, is often far more annoying that useful. The set always runs at 120hz, but the TruMotion is an additional setting that over-amps the video processing. When turned on, it destroys depth perception, gives moving objects a halo effect (making them almost look like cardboard cutouts), and makes movement jerky. Every time the set is turned on, TruMotion is on Max by default, and you have to turn it back off, every time. The S1 has the 600hz sub-field drive, which has proven to offer the most superior motion performance of any sets out today. The display panel as a whole is still refreshed at 60hz (60 times per second), but the pixels/plasma tubes are flashed 10 times every millisecond, equating to faster response time, and less perceived blur. Advantage here goes to the S1.
Based on these differences, he should be able to decide which one fits his needs the best.