Plasmas are bright enough to give good picture with correct skin tones, 09 plasmas will be very good according to spec now.
LCD are brighter than plasmas, in order to get the correct skin tones the brightness has to come down this is where black levels are down considerably as compared to plasma. if one read LCD reviews in detail, every review says how good the measurement of black levels are so high when comparing brightest screen to dark screen but in actual program the black levels are not at same black levels. I have read Home theater magazine article on flat panel face off (Feb. 09), my conclusion was even at 0 ft-lambert reading of LCD as compared to .01x reading on panny plasma does not give superior PQ on high end LCD, a $2500 panny 800u did not perform poorly against $7000 SONY LCD. For $4500 price difference i would get plasma.
09 plasma will be awesome from Panny, they will expensive in April but will be bargain in Sep 09. 50PX80U started with $1500 in May 08 ending selling for less than $900 in Nov 08.
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