I've started it up with the plasma for 3 weeks, great picture but reflection killed the black level. Color were great though. I was nervous though about the burn-in issues, when I would play games, I have see some image retention.
After comparing a long time Plasma VS LCD, I realize that the issues that the LCD were having was only concerning picture quality, and not product overall. Plasma have a risk (It's better now, but still a risk) to burn-in, and we're starting to see issue about plasma lasting only 4-5 years... Ok, people will say that's older plasma, phosphors are better now... But still, Plasma in those years was not suppose to last 60000 hours back then, but they were meant to last more than 5 years... So who knows what your tv will look like in 5 years.
On the LCD side, there's issue with banding and black level and off-angle viewing. BUT, still, there was no issue that will lead me to stress while watching TV, playing video game or wandering about the longevity of those sets.
So I've took back the plasma to get the D62U. And after 3 weeks, I've made the best choice. Here's a few points why
- 1080p vs 720p... I was sitting 9 feets away, and when displaying HD content from the xbox HD-DVD (in 1080i), there was a VERY visible gain of picture details in the sharp sets. Me, my wife and my friend saw this pretty easily.
- Black level. Hard to say... CNET said black level beat the Panny, but not sure here... but, I was not able to see a difference
- Color : WOW, having tried my Panny, I don't understand why so many people are telling the Panny has the best colors... Sorry, but I did calibrate both sets... While the Sharp was less a Wow factors, color were full, natural and full of details.
- Of angle , well, plasma wins here for sure. But off angle on my side only lower the black detail, but not enough to loose detail.
So, in conclusion, I really like my Sharp... I do have some banding if I look for it, but hey, everything else is great. I can now play games, watch TV or DVD with side bars without stressing, and bye bye glare!