Originally Posted by Marbury021
The tv would be for my living room, which is fairly well lit. I'd be looking for a 55" to 60".
That right there takes away some of plasma's advantage in better blacks/contrast ratio.
Anyway, I agree with westa6969 as well. Only you can decide, and it's not quite the open and shut case that some of plasma's more vehement supporters make it out to be. I would however pose the question in reverse: which of the drawbacks (neither tech is perfect) can you live with?
I have a plasma that was my main TV for several years (now in my study) and got used to it. I can see dot crawl and flicker, but it didn't really bother me, nor did the sometimes dingy whites. You can get used to things. Color, motion, viewing angle, blacks, etc, are still very good. I got a bit of burn in early on. There wasn't much 16:9 content yet on TV when I got it, and 4:3 viewing left visible pillar boxing. The burn in slowly disappeared as the set aged, but it still is prone to image retention.
When it came time to upgrade, passive 3D was a requirement, so I was looking at LED/LCD by default. So I got a 65" LG. Then I decided I wanted a 70" in my HT and the 65" passive went to the living room. (BTW, you wouldn't think 5" would be much of an upgrade, but you'd be wrong). So it was LED/LCD again, this time a non-3D Sharp (I find I don't watch 3D all that much and can still watch it on the LG occasionally). Both are edge-lit and suffer a bit from non-uniformity; to see it during normal viewing you have to be in a dark room, looking hard for it. Blacks are okay on the Sharp, mediocre at best on the LG. Since I don't often watch in a darkened room, it's acceptable. And I happen to like interpolation. Color, viewing angle, motion, are acceptable. Since I also use the 70" as a monitor for my HTPC, I don't have to worry about burn-in or IR with LED/LCD. So I can live with LCD as well as plasma.
I confess that if I could have gotten a 70" (or bigger) plasma at a reasonable price, I might have gone with one for my HT, and exercised some basic precautions to avoid burn-in. Supposedly it's not as easy to burn in a plasma these days.
So consider your requirements and pick something that looks good to you. Good luck whatever you get. And I urge you to go big.