Originally Posted by CooperM
Is there a big difference in what you get with plasma vs LCD?
Certainly: With plasma you can get peeling filters, Rainbow Reflective filters, Spontaneously Cracking Panels, Fluctuating Brightness, Green & Pink Tinting, Image Retention, Blinking Red Light of Death, dirty whites, dim displays, blotchy blacks, distracting dithering, bothersome Buzzing, washed out images in semi-brightly lit rooms... along with a handful of other "Glitches."
And even that is almost certainly not a Complete List of the problems that have been reported on the 2011 Panels
from the top three manufacturers!
Fortunately, of course, no ONE of the brands has been cursed with ALL of those flaws, but there appears to be a certain amount of risk involved in purchasing a set these days, as Quality Control seems to have followed Pricing: Down, Down, & Down.
Still, if you are lucky, you may end up with a better Overall PQ than you can obtain on all but the very best LCD sets (including LED-LCDs), and at a much lower price point. (Although some of the bargain 60" LCDs are now pretty cheap!).
But if one of my sisters was looking for a new HDTV, I might very well recommend an inexpensive LCD set right now: they would not be very "PQ Critical," would be much more likely to appreciate Bright Room viewing ability over Ultimate Home Theater viewing, and I would not have to worry about whether the kids are spending too much time gaming, or watching 4:3 programming, or hearing complaints about how the screen is too "noisy..."
FWIW: we have 3 Panasonic Plasmas in the house, and currently OVER A Dozen Plasmas (3 total brands) in the Immediate Family - many purchased at our recommendation.
However, we have also had a total of 5 2011 Pan Plasmas (again, in the immediate family) that have been RETURNED for obvious defects. With 2 more that are still "on the bubble": Within the return period, and still possible candidates for being sent back.
Times change, and the rush to the bottom has had its impact.