About a month ago, I bought a Sony KDL-55EX640. It had TERRIBLE clouding issues, so I exchanged it for a second one. This one has TERRIBLE flashlighting in both upper corners. I can mostly get them to go away if I tweak my settings and drop the backlight to minimum, but I don't think I should have to do that to enjoy my new TV.
I've been looking into the Panasonic TC-P55ST50. It's gotten very good reviews. I can get it for $100 less than what I paid for the Sony.
What I truly care about is picture quality, black level, and screen uniformity. The Sony looks fantastic in bright, colorful scenes, but terrible in dark ones because of the flashlighting/clouding. I keep reading that plasmas have the best picture quality, black levels, and screen uniformity. Other than the burn in/image retention (which seems to be a non-issue these days) why aren't plasmas the first choice for everyone? What am I missing?
I have 15 days to make up my mind. Is it worth switching? Will I be happier? I don't watch TV. I watch Blu-rays, DVDs, Netflix and some downloaded videos. I occasionally play video games, but not more than a few hours a week. I watch in a mostly darkened room.
I think I've answered my own questions, but I'd love some input. Thanks!