Originally Posted by MMMorish
I've been a plasma guy for years and have always enjoyed deeper blacks and smoother displays but I fear that may soon come to an end.
Well maybe not . . . . .
My wife and I just purchased a new home and the family room has a two story cathedral ceiling with a massive floor to ceiling window, so needless to say, there will be way too much light to continue using my G25 display. So I may have to jump camp to the LED/LCD display camp. Since I haven't done much research on displays since I bought my G25 two years ago, I am out of the loop and don't know where to start.
Before you rush out and buy anything, i would recommend that you continue to use your existing G25 in your new family room and see how it handles the room, and also to give yourself some time to get used to it in it's new environment. This will give you a baseline of it's AR Filter's effectiveness in that room that you can compare to the newer LCD and Plasma TVs.
Which direction do those cathedral windows face? North by any chance? That's the best direction since you usually won't get any direct sunlight beaming in. South facing windows can be pretty bad during the day since the sun will usually beam into the room and light everything up.
An overly bright room is a challenging environment for any type of TV for varying reasons.
Have plasmas improved in their anti-glare in the last two years to match that of LED/LCD's?
Yes. Panasonic (and Samsung) have improved their AR Filters in 2011 compared to 2010, and this year Panasonic's new 2012 models' AR Filters are improved even more over last year. I've only checked one new Samsung and it's AR Filter seemed about the same as last year's (which is good) but i didn't spend much time with it. The ST50 nearby had a better filter. The AR Louver Filter on the Panasonics does a good job of muting reflections and also does a good job rejecting light in a bright room. The new 2012 Panasonic Plasmas are also a lot brighter than the 2011 and 2010 models too and that helps a lot in a bright room.
As noted earlier most current LCDs and LED LCDs now have clear glossy screens that are very reflective, almost like a mirror in order to help give them more depth. Bright content helps overcome the reflectivity, but in dark scenes the TV becomes a mirror. A good LCD or LED LCD is also more expensive than a good Plasma, yet overall picture quality is not as good as a good Plasma.
I recommend you go to some stores and check out the reflectivity on the specific LCD and Plasma candidates on dark and bright content and see how they compare to your G25.
Have LED/LCD's improved in the last two years to come close to the refresh rates of plasmas?
They've improved, but Plasma still beats them all in almost all categories.
What would you guys recommend, an LED or LCD?
Well LED is LCD - they have the same LCD panel but one use LEDs to illuminate the panel. But i rarely ever recommend an LCD or LED LCD over a good Plasma.
How are the blacks on LED/LCD's?
Nowhere near as good as the blacks on the 2012 Panasonic Plasmas.
Could you recommend a good display for me? (55-60" with a $2000 budget)
Panasonic ST50 series at least, or GT50 series if it's extra features and narrower upscale bezel design appeals to you.