I have long lurked on your forums looking for specifics on HDTVs and home theatre equipment and I have seen a few threads along these lines but haven't quite found what I'm looking for. I took the plunge today and signed up to ask my question. The title details exactly what I'm inquiring about.
So as you know where I am coming from, this is what I am currently using:
GPU out: MSI Hawk Radeon HD 7870 via HDMI @ 1920x1080
TV: Sony Bravia 46" LCD
Audio: receiver to BOSE surround so audio is irrelevant to the topic at hand.
I sit on my couch about 8 feet away from the TV, which is wall-mounted. Below is a pic. (Mine is the one on top)
I wish to replace the TV I am currently using with a 55 to 60 inch plasma (I have to squint on mine sometimes, so I want something bigger) and then give mine to my wife (she's using a 32" LG and she doesn't squint because she has super good eyeballs
The reasons for this are: plasma is, from what I have read in various places, and PLEASE, correct me if I'm wrong, one of the best pictures available, does motion very well, has a higher refresh rate than my current LCD (60Hz=60FPS capped=sad panda) has reduced input lag, (**I don't know what my current TV has for lag, but since I've been using it for a few years I don't know if I would notice better or worse,
but since I'm a gamer primarily, this is pretty important to me) burn-in seems to have been greatly reduced from the days of yore, and probably the second most important consideration: it's muuuuuuuch cheaper than like LED or OLED or IPS or whatever.
So the wife has told me that $900 is the limit and I have been browsing around looking at reviews of various TV's, and I have found some, even some for super awesome prices http://brandnewdealsusa.com/60-Panasonic-Plasma-600HZ-1080p-HDTV-P3085110.aspx
Although I saw that the input lag on the above submitted link is horrible sooooo I'm giving it a wide berth.
Anyways, given the above, and my budget, (Seriously, I can't go above $900) does anyone have any suggestions? Obviously 60" is going to be better than 55" but since I'm coming from a 46" anyways, if there's a solid TV at 55" at a good price that meets the above requirements I will get it and call it a day. (But seriously, 60" would be SWEET)
Thank you to any and all who read this and I appreciate any and all assistance anyone may provide in this matter.
PS: While 3D is a nice feature, and it would certainly be cool to try it out, it's not at the top of my list of must-haves. If it has it great, if not, oh well.
PPS: I do not care about power consumption. Seriously, look at my living room