Originally Posted by mgarrison1
Simple question...which would be better...plasma generally has better color and side viewing angles but with LED's looking better would that be a wiser choice? Also, when it comes to price the plasma 3d's are a lot cheaper than the led's...is it worth it?
Unfortunately, your question is not that simple. Your question is like asking, who's the better athlete... Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Wayne Gretsky, Jim Brown, Usain Bolt, etc. It's very subjective and depends on the viewer.
In order to narrow it down though, if you gave more informatiion on what will be your use then it becomes a little easier.
What will be your primary use? Will you be playing video games? Watching movies? Network TV? Streaming movies from a HTPC? Using Netflix? 3D?
Where are you watching? In a home theater, a small den? How much light in the room? Is the light controllable? How far will you sit from the screen? What size do you want?
For a home theater setup you can't go wrong with a projector. Having a huge picture like the movies beats any other IMO. Plus you can find them pretty cheap. I have a 3D DLP projector that is great for 3D, 2D, it's bright enough for sports from a satellite dish and I'm typing on it right now. A 70" monitor looks pathetic next to it. When it's movie time (3D too), big football game, fight night or if I'm playing games online, I go with the big picture.
In my den is a Panasonic 65GT plasma. It's a smaller room and plays movies even 3D very well. I can control the light in there fairly well so I don't get a lot of reflections. It's easier to sit down in front of the fireplace and watch this screen versus a big movie effect in the theater room.
If I couldn't control the lighting in my den and it had a lot of light or if I played a lot of games in the den, I would be prone to getting an LCD or LED. But you have to be careful regarding reflections on any set.
Find out the top TV's in plasma, LCD and LED, then take a trip to some local stores and compare. Be careful because most plasma's look like crap next to an LCD in bright store fronts. Most of the Tv's aren't calibrated as well and they run some cheap coax to all the TV's so by the time it hits the 50th TV, the signal is degraded. Try to look at each TV when hooked up to a BluRay disc if possible. Ask to see the TV with a Bluray or 3D, etc. Try to look at it in the same light that you have in your house. And like someone said earlier, make sure you have a 30 day return so if it looks like crap in your room after you calibrate it, you can take it back.