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No, not another generic LCD vs Plasma thread.
I'm trying to figure out which is the right technology for my application. I don't hate either one. :)
My application is my bedroom. Lots of ambient light. Can be controlled, but when I'm working in the daytime, I like to leave the blinds open. Since I work mostly in my bedroom, the set will be on pretty much 24/7, so that may be an issue. I don't do any gaming in the bedroom. Main input will be digital cable with some HD and lots of SD channels (via Tivo S3 with cablecards.)
So, I've been looking at the current pricing on the Panny 42PX60U (and 6U) and comparing that to LCD technology, specifically the Sony 40" v2500 model. If I go cheaper (closer to Panny plasma pricing) you end up in the 1366 x 768 rez range of sets, which don't support 1080p. I'm not claiming 1080p is important to me, it probably isn't, but 1:1 seems to be the way to go with LCDs, right?
It's been a while since I purchased an HDTV set .. my older one is a Sammy DLP. Back when I bought it, 1:1 pixel mapping seemed to be very important.
So I guess it comes down to these considerations:
1. Plasma limited life (60k hours, right?) vs ?? - remember, I said 24x7.
2. Plasma power consumption (400 Watts vs ??)
3. Native Rez. (Panny seems to do well at it's native 1024x768 rez, at least according to what I've read. How do the 1366x768 rez LCDs perform, and why is their native rez that odd number?) Seems like you have to do some scaling at any of the lower price points, unless you go up in price.
4. Price difference .. the Sony v2500 is around $700 more than the going price for the Panny Plasma (very rough price difference, yes, maybe not a fair comparison since the Sony does 1080p and native rez is 1920 x 1080).
If I'm to consider LCD, is there something decent at a comparable price point to the Panny Plasma? The concern then becomes scaling, right?