Originally Posted by -=Kamikaze=-
Meh, I am getting tired of my constant search for the best display I can buy for my money. I started off being a 100% convinced that plasma was the way to go and was actually set to buy a European version of the Panasonic TH-42PX60 which is one of the best PDP's on the market.
I reached that conclusion purely based on what I read the experts and videophiles on these forums kept saying. I was so sure in fact that I did not let the disappointing PQ of PDP's I kept actually seeing turn me off. I just thought to myself that once I got one of these babies home and fiddled with the settings then everything would be right as rain, because how could these experts be wrong? They pay more attention to these things than I possibly could.
So I based all my research on stuff I read in forums and rarely if ever went out to confirm anything with my own eyes. This was in part because of the lack of any places I can go with a good range of high quality displays.
Finally in the few last weeks or so when I had the money in hand and the PDP I had decided on was on its way to be released in the next few weeks I thought to myself that it would be rather insane to buy something without at least trying to confirm some things about it visually.
So I headed down to the best shop in my small town and had the let down of the century when I saw my beloved PDP on the wall displaying HD and leaving me with a lot to be desired. I was seconds later even more disappointed when I saw it displaying SD TV and regular DVD's.
In tried to get out of my state of shock by telling myself that it would "somehow" look better once I got it home, although I only half heartedly believed it to be true.
Then behind me on the wall were a series of LCD's displaying HD and as usual they looked really good to my eyes, as LCD's always have. LCD's just look a lot sharper and I think it might be because the pixels and pixelspacings are too large on PDP's. I can certainly see pixel structure from the distance I would like to sit from a PDP, prolly because my eyes are so damn sensitive to detail.
Seeing the so called inferior LCD's delivering a much better picture than anything that I had ever seen on a PDP kind of got me thinking. I thought that maybe this gap of difference that the experts were so adamant existed between plasma and LCD wasn't so significant after all.
So, maybe if I got the PDP and LCD next to each other and displayed the same thing there would be a difference, but if I only have the LCD to look at I can't see anything horribly wrong with the picture. In fact the colours and black levels look pretty damn acceptable to me.
And it's not like that either LCD's or PDP's are the perfect display technology, they both have far too many faults to be called that. So maybe I should just buy the best whatever I can get for my money now and settle for replacing it whenever the so called holy grail of displays comes out. Maybe it will be SED or maybe LED LCD's or 1080p PDP's of the future. Whatever it may be one thing is for sure, it still isn't here yet and it won't be for a couple of years.
I just wish there were any Sharp LCD's here that I could see and finally make up my mind. Sharp LCD's are a virtually nonexistent brand here in Denmark, but there are Samsungs everywhere. I don't like the samsungs very much and I am not too thrilled to get a Sharp blind, without seeing it first.