Originally Posted by jumpman23j
Great post, this helps a lot! I plan on sitting far back anyway and am sure the color and contrast of the plasma should be great. Although, I have a question. You mention the motion of the plasma being great so will the plasma be miles better with sports than my 60 hz sharp lcd? And thanks for everyone's opinions and insight as I really do appreciate it!
Yes, 100% absolutely, sports will look better on your plasma.
Understand that the issue really isn't that LCD is somehow inferior to plasma it's how the two technologies produce moving images on their displays. Without getting too in-depth, the way a plasma creates moving images is not dissimilar to how a CRT does: by flashing each of it's pixels at a very high frequency for each frame being displayed. LCD pixels, on the other hand, stay lit for the whole frame-- your eyes interpret this as blur.
To fix this, LCD manufacturers bumped the refresh rate up to 120hz and began to oscillate between dark and light images which simulated the way plasma and CRTs produce motion. Unfortunately this diminished one of LCDs chief selling features: their ability to outshine plasmas on brightly lit warehouse floors.
So LCD manufacturers moved on to 'frame-interpolation' which essentially splices frames in between the actual frames from the source. Where do these extra frames come from, you ask? Out of the manufacturers butt, that's where! They're generated using the actual frames as a map to chart where the display 'thinks' things will be in-between. Much to chagrin of enthusiasts everywhere people actually LIKED this! There are even some fans of the soap-opera effect on this very forum! Lol!
Kidding aside, the technology has gotten better (and less noticeable) to the point that even plasmas now incorporate it as a way to appease their customer base. Honestly, this speaks more to the source than to the displays themselves. If the producers of content would move to higher frame rates then there would be no need for this wizardry-- and it looks like it might happen! Currently the new film The Hobbit is being produced at 48fps (a doubling of the traditional 24fps). Another good example of the power of a high fps: games. Play a 60fps game (like Call of Duty) on a plasma OR an LCD and the image is fantastic. My blurry old LCD suddenly looks crisp and clear when pwning teh noobs online... Just not as crisp as my plasma.