Originally Posted by Ledzep77
I'm not sure why you watch so much 4:3 TV these days but if that is your situation why would you invest in technology you can't fully use yet? Buy a nice CRT they are cheap. I couldn't have a brighter room unless I was outside and this screen rocks imho. There are LCDs out there I considered but they were twice the cost to get anything close to this level of quality.
Well I am in an apartment and only have access to Comcast cable which nets me a total of roughly 15-20 HD channels with a few more at the end of the month. We do not have Food Network nor TLC in HD here yet (we will at the end of the month) and even when we do not all HD channels broadcast HD content. Many, such as 3 out of 4 local newscasts and ESPN/ESPN2 broadcast 4:3 content much of the time. So while I do enjoy a large amount of HDTV, I still have no choice but to watch 4:3 as I am sure most people do.
4:3 content notwithstanding, there is still the issue of sports/news tickers and network bugs. Plus I find the glare to be tolerable, but not as tolerable as LCD. The colors, mainly blacks, do tend to get washed out, erasing plasmas biggest advantage. Also, I will have a window directly opposite the TV in the new house which would make it unwatchable without fully covering the window with a thick shade during the day. Unfortunately, one of the things we love about the house is the amount of light that is let in so covering the window defeats the purpose.
I am not arguing the superior picture or performance of plasma. I just think you have to have the right environment and correct viewing habits for it. I don't fall into either of those categories. Believe me, I wish I did. If anyone has any suggestions for the opposite window, and can convince me that my worries of uneven wear are unfounded please do. I really do not want to give up this TV.
**EDIT** Just to clarify. I love this TV. Watching the Sharks/Ducks game the other night was nothing short of amazing. Colors are great and the blacks are awesome. I really want to keep this television. Hell I want to exchange it for the 50". I just want to know for sure that uneven wear will not be an issue for me and that I can find a way to deal with that window. I just don't think that is possible, especially with the Apple TV and 4:3 content.