For HDTV's, I went from CRT (Sony XBR) to LCD to Plasma. They all are great TV's!
However, I've been spoiled big time by the PQ/Size of the plasma. Yeah, the
LCD is brighter (often excessive), but I find the PQ at large sizes in LCDs aren't
as nice and the viewing angle really limits your sitting position big time! I love
to lounge around sideways on the couch and watch TV, but I just couldn't do
it with the LCD due to the viewing angle. Meanwhile, on the plasma, the glare
can be a bit of an issue and the greenish phosphor does somewhat show itself
in dark/black scenes during the day. It's one of the reasons why they look dim
during the day, as the perceived contrast isn't as high (as opposed to when the
blinds are closed). When it comes to best possible PQ between the 2 types of TVs,
the plasma is the winner hands down.
By the way, I own a Wii, PS3, and a 360 and I don't have any burn-in on
my Pioneer (60 inch 8G Kuro Elite). I even picked up a 42 inch pioneer and
have been playing on it. The wii, in particular, is rough on a plasma since
it often doesn't fill the whole screen, and the classic games like 2D mario and
such have a lot of static images/objects/mushrooms that sit on the screen
for a long period of time. Admittingly, I am still skeptical of the possibilities
of temporary image retention, so I refrain from static stuff on the screen
when I can, and I often turn off the TV when I leave the room for a long
period of time. Yet, I hook my laptop up to the thing all the time, have the
start menu sitting there for hours, and hack around on the machine.
Most of the fears or crap stories are exaggerated, but I won't outright say
they are not warranted to a lesser degree. Plasmas are great, but you can't
abuse them nearly as much as an LCD. They also have great whites, but
screen content is susceptible to the peak-limiter, thus content that fills
draws too much power from the TV will diminish the overall TV brightness
(both colours and whites) which often result in drowned out colours or floaty
One thing I find interesting (and always comment on) is how the notion of
light coming from the source content (ie: plasma) is far more appealing than
light coming from behind the source content (ie: LCD). It just gives the content
an overall depth and richness, especially when viewing off-angle.