Originally Posted by Tony6225
Just get an LCD dude. Trust me. Yes plasma still has slightly better PQ if you dont take into account that the only plasmas that can still keep up with current lcd's LOSE CONTRAST OVER TIME. Kuro's are gone, Pany's lose contrast, and Samsung's are IR magnets that produce lower contrast and the same amount of input lag compared to their LCD's. This isnt coming from some fanboy either. I have been arguing for plasmas for the last few years and I owned a PN50A650 which had banding and was replaced by a B550, and I also own a G10. I am a big gamer and I wish I just bought an lcd last year instead. I'm tired of seeing an ESPN logo's ghost in bottom right corner when Im playing MW2. I'm tired of seeing the IR from my Speedometer in Forza3 when I'm playing BF2. Its highly unlikely that you will ever get burn in, but if you are a gamer like me, you will never be able to escape from IR. You're constantly going to worry about whether or not your TV is going to get damaged if you have another 2 hour session of MW2. Do yourself a favor and find an lcd that is known to have a generally uniform screen and acceptable input lag. If Sony and Sammy didnt fix their bad input lag from their 09 models, LG's have always been great lcd's to game on.
That is some of the worst advice I've seen on these forums. IR does exist, but it is not a problem that people need to freak out about.
I was in this same situation 5 months ago when I needed a big screen for gaming. I did a ridiculous amount of research here on these forums and others as well.
First things first, and this is the important part. No big screen LCD has ever, nor will in the near future EVER
compete with a plasma when it comes to gaming performance.
The issue is twofold. Let's get the easy thing out of the way first. Response times. The best big screen LCDs have a response time of 2ms. That's not bad at all, but it's no comparison to a plasma where response time is for all intents and purposes is non existent. .001ms means ZERO. There is no arguing this point and anyone who tells you differently is lying to your face.
The second issue is something that ALL HDTVs face to some degree, input lag. This is the delay from the time you press a button on a controller to the time it registers on the TV. Now this is something that is completely dependent on the manufacturer and the image processing the TV is using. Game modes cut down on most image processing features thus reducing the input lag. People on these forums have done tests for input lag on LCDs and plasmas and it was the G10 series that has the lowest amount of input lag. You should look those up because they were a big factor in my purchasing a G10.
If you are really intent on doing your own tests, it's pretty simple. Go to a store with the TVs you want to test or a friends place with rock band 2 and the guitar with the sensor that comes with the band kit. Turn on game mode for whatever screen you are testing and run the calibration. This might work best at someones house and not a store but it's a way you can do it yourself. I've tested using this process on a cheap Sony 32inch LCD, my G10, an S1, and a 7000 series LED LCD from Samsung. LCDs almost always have notoriously bad times for input lag especially Samsungs.
The people who tell you that they game on Samsung LCDs and it's perfectly fine are the people who aren't serious about gaming, or just aren't good at games, especially shooters. The response times and input lag is absolutely terrible and as far as I'm concerned, it's impossible to play games competitively on large screen LCDs.
I've played over 180 hours of Modern Warfare 2 and I can tell you without hesitation that the G10 plasmas provide the best experience to be had on a big screen. Despite the black level issues, if gaming in your main concern I still recommend a Panasonic plasma over anything else.
As far as IR goes, it happens. I've played MW2 and Assassin's Creed 2 for hours and there is almost always some part of the HUD that gets retained. The longest I've had something stay on the screen was a day after a marathon session of AC2. The important thing to remember about IR is that you won't notice it unless the screen is a solid color and you really need to look for it. I notice it because I sit about 3.5 feet away from a 54 inch screen.
BTW, it's funny that you said 90% gaming and 10% tv because when I doing my research I posted that I need a TV for gaming and my usage was going to be 80% gaming and 20% everything else. You might be able to find all the posts I made regarding this very issue.
So in conclusion if gaming is your concern, I recommend a Panasonic plasma over anything else. No issues with response time and the least issues with input lag. This comes from a guy who bought an HDTV for gaming and almost nothing else. DO NOT buy an LCD for gaming. You sound like you are serious about gaming and if performance matters, then your gameplay will suffer on an LCD, especially a Samsung.
One final thing, I know it sounds like I'm going out of my way to bash Samsung, but I've had really bad experiences when it comes to gaming on their LCDs. I think image quality on Samsung LCDs compared to other LCDs is the best and they are the best looking TVs being made right now, but they simply aren't for gaming. Always go plasma for gaming.