I posted this in the Panny thread, but it is getting buried there. I'm considering the Panasonic TH-50PE700U at Costco as a replacement for a Loewe Anaconda 9383 Basalt 38" conventional CRT set.
First, I'm interested to know how the overall brightness compares of a typical CRT to plasma, both new and after a few years, as both technologies tend to lose brightness over time. Our CRT set is adequate in the room during the day and perfect in the evening when I watch- even after almost 4 years. Same for the reflections and glare. I had the CRT set calibrated by an ISF tech with a Sencore ColorPro. The chart shows Luminance of 15.45 fL at 100 IRE with Gamma of 2.36 for reference.
Would a Plasma be a reasonable replacement on the basis of brightness? If it is likely to be much dimmer at all, I might consider an LCD. At present, I haven't been impressed with the viewing angles, blacks and motion blur on LCDs, but I have yet to see the newest 120Hz sets. The plasma looked great at Costco, but hard to compare in a showroom with what I have at home. I know I can always return it, but I'd like any comments in advance.
The Loewe is a nice set, but its biggest drawback for me other than screen size is white uniformity. Unlike most CRTs that fade gradually to the corners, the Loewe has some serious striping in the middle that is readily apprent on uniform scenes, like snow, water, sky, etc. How do plasmas do in this area in general and from one sample to another?
Any other input on expectations or alternatives going from my current set to an LCD or Plasma model would also be welcome.