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IMO these are my preferences to look for .
1. Black levels .08 cd/m2 or less .01cd/m2 is supposed to be the holy grail you wont see that much . plasma usually has best black level but LCD/LED usually tend to be brighter overall.
2 Contrast the difference between darkest black and max white Dynamic contrast measurements are usually meaningless because each mfr does it differently
You can achieve a post calibration static contrast ratio with measuring equipment and a black level and max white measure that would be useful. 4,000 :1 or better static to me is OK. if measured and calculated correctly .
5 uniformity (solid white or color purity across the screen )
6 panel brightness personally I prefer 400-450 cd/m2 Max white level panel spec for viewing in a bright room
350cd/m panel is the minimum for TV IMO to suite my preferences , although I have seen a couple of 300cd/m2 panel sets that looked fine YMMV.
7 resolution depending on screen size/type
**Usually under 40" a 720p is fine and not an issue for most ** exception 720p 50 inch plasma can be quite good **
***Fox ,ESPN ,FOX speed channel and,ABC all broadcast in 720p ***.
better to have a good 720p set than a poor 10801 set though .
**** If using a TV as a desktop computer monitor and viewing close up a 1080p 1080i set is strongly reccomended ****
8 refresh maybe 120 especially if you watch sports at 1080i again FOX ,ESPN ,FOX speed channel and,ABC broadcast in 720p though .
*** again not an issue with plasma,plasma has an effective refresh rate of 600hz****
If you're annoyed by motion blur, you're better off getting the highest-refresh-rate LCD you can get, or stick with plasma -cnet-
9 fast panel .5ms< + low input lag (or a set with available game mode for gaming it reduces lag ) again usually not an issue with plasma .
For a big screen 42" - 50" and up Plasma can usually give best picture quality vs price value .
FWIW I have LCD ,LED and Plasma TV's they each have their pro's and cons
disclaimer : not being a certified expert I would suggest further research if needed these are just my personal preferences YMMV.
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