I'm a soon to be a LCD/DLP to Plasma convert. I currently have a 47inch Toshiba DLP from 7 yrs ago and a 5yr old LCD. I'm definitely due for an upgrade!
I've been browsing these boards daily and have plasma reviews coming out my ears. I have narrowed it down to two, and been having sleepless nights weighing out one vs the other =)
I saw both TVs side by side and noticed that Sammy had a slightly brighter picture and the colors seemed to POP more vs the Panny. I do not think the Panny had its optimum setting tweaked (was on THX mode, I bumped contrast and brightness up so whites matched the Samsung) Samsung looked like it had deeper (inky) blacks, but lost detail in the blacks/shadows. I also saw the ST30 and thought that the picture was too dim.
My 4 main concerns are:
1) Black Levels ("Inky" w good shadow detail)
2) Brightness (good daytime viewing, not expecting LED/LCD brightness)
3) Motion Processing (hate the judder of LCDs)
4) Build Quality/Reliability (will be keeping this one for 5-8yrs)
Out of the two, which one do you think fulfils those qualities better, it's currently a $500 price difference on Amazon?
Help me make a decision so I can sleep peacefully!!!!