Originally Posted by goingup
Thank you for explaining that... it helps allot. I had a Hannspree 42" TV and loved the picture it had until it suffered from light diffuser failure after 4 years. Anyway thankfully I took an extended warranty and Walmart has issued a e-gift card for the complete amount of $553 for use at Walmart or Sams Club. I am leaning heavily on this plasma but my wife believes an LED is better. She feels they are brighter and come with Smart TV apps. Anyone care to help me on that!! I am having a hell of a time convincing her this is the best I can get for under $650. The cheaper the better for me right now too.
Your wife isn't entirely wrong. LED tvs are significantly brighter and if your viewing condition demands a bright TV (very well lit, bright light sources behind the TV, etc), then an LED TV will definitely be better than the Plasma for your room
. Also, these Plasma TVs are very glossy with no anti-reflection coatings, so if you have windows/lightsources behind the TV, the glare from them may also be an issue.
That being said, you simply cannot achieve better picture quality for the price with this plasma if you can control light/viewing conditions
for your TV. As already pointed out before, Plasmas also have much better motion resolution compared to LCD sets. Daytime viewing isn't too bad, but if you have a very bright viewing room, then an LED/LCD set would probably look nicer with less glare. Plasma panels also give you spectacular viewing angles, which LCD tvs cannot compete against.
As far as SmartTV apps go, you can probably spend $30-$40 to buy a chromecast device or a Roku and you'll have plenty of smart apps on a non smart TV. Personally, I don't think it is worth paying the premium for "Smart" tvs unless they are very well done and the apps are well maintained and updated frequently.