Originally Posted by texasrattler
My statement is a fact, nothing more. Its true that plasmas have a dim or dull picture compared to LCDs. The OP asked a question and it was anwsered, nothing more. Commenting on me wont help the OP any.
Your statement is an opinion, nothing more.
Plasmas objectively calibrate to levels in excess of THX/ISF recommended levels of brightness. That's a fact.
"Plasmas are dull" is an opinion.
What you did doesn't help. What I did actually does help.
It's absolutely true that LCDs generally get brighter than plasmas. That's true.
It's also true, however, that (a) the brightest setting on most LCDs is brighter than serves any purpose; no one runs their TV that bright because honestly it's painful (b) when two TVs are next to each other and one is brighter, that's apparent but when you take away the bright one, it's often not the case that the "dimmer" one looks dull (c) given the factual truth in "b", most people that bring home plasmas don't find them dull without a store-set LCD next to them.
I have no idea what the original poster's set's vintage is or how much brighter a current set is. But given it's a 720p set, it's not that new. And newer sets tend to have much better ambient filters. And much better ambient filters mean that newer plasmas look much better in brighter rooms. A VT30 might not be exceptionally brighter than my much, much older Panasonic (I'm sure it's brighter, no idea how much), but it looks a ton better in a lit room thanks to the filters. I mean, it's just not even close.
When you describe plasmas as dim and dull, you're just expressing an opinion and one that, quite frankly, isn't even valid. Most plasmas, once calibrated, will be as bright as LCDs (with the caveat that brightness limiters might affect some content). Even the daytime-viewing scenarios are no longer cut and dried given the much better filters on plasmas and the much more reflective glossy screens on current LCDs. That said, if I was primarily buying a TV for daytime viewing, I'd probably lean toward an LCD -- at least until I see the VT50 Panasonic in action.