Can anyone suggest an affordable plasma TV I may want to consider than can better the picture quality (PQ) of this old tube TV: Sony KV-27FS120 27-Inch FD Trinitron WEGA Flat Screen TV
And by PQ I man black levels and color accuracy.
I'm wondering if today's entry level or budget plasmas match or better the PQ of this older Sony tube TV, here's why:
I have the 27 WEGA tube TV linked above. When I bought a PS3 two years ago it looked decent on the WEGA for a standard def set, but I wanted a HDTV so I purchased a Toshiba REGZA 37HL67 37-Inch 720p LCD
As normal, to my eyes it looked better and I decided to keep the REGZA.
2 years later, today, I know a lot more about TV's as I've been researching them a lot and playing around with calibration. Yesterday I was watching Planet Earth on blu ray on the REGZA. After I went to my bedroom with high def Planet Earth fresh in my head I decided to watch my standard def version of Planet Earth on the WEGA to compare how much better the blu ray version was.. And I was sad to see how much better the colors and blacks looked on my old TV. It was to the point that I may choose to watch the remaining episodes on the standard def version because I enjoyed it more on the WEGA due to the blacks, colors, and smoothness to the motion.
Since there are some 50 plasmas at Best Buy that are around the $1000.00 mark, and I know plasmas have better blacks and (no motion blur?) I was thinking to replace my REGZA with a new plasma set.
So if anyone had an experience of liking the PQ on a tube TV and then moved to plasma and either found the plasma better or worse I'd like to hear about your thoughts!
Ps. In case anyone is wondering I watched the HD Planet Earth in a dark room, with the movie preset settings (I found that to be better than the settings after calibrating with blu ray of Digital Video Essentials) and I watched the SD Planet Earth in an equally dark room on that TVs movie preset settings. View distance in both cases were about the same.
Basically what I found was that:
27 WEGA, PS2, component cables and SD Planet Earth looked better than 37 REGZA, PS3, HDMI and HD Planet Earth.
In the WEGA set up colors and motion were far superior and the crispness of the image was still good in that I clearly saw individual strands of bird feathers and animal fur despite the fact that SD version ran in widescreen on a 27 4:3 set. On the 37 REGZA set I saw the same fine details but MARGINALY better, which I think is due to the fact that the set is a larger display.
Finally, in an attempt to pre-empt anyone who may say something like I must have my PS3 settings out of order that isn't the case, I have PS3 settings optimized for blu ray and sending out a 1080P signal.