Originally Posted by vddobrev
Yea, you can make fun as much as you like. Most non standard "architectural" houses with lots of glass are poor for tv watching. Such is my living space and I love it, I like bright and sunny. I made a choice.
If you like dark living space optimized for plasma, this would be your preference.
So, we have a living room too. It's bathed in sunlight during the day and with vaulted ceiling and hard floors it's not exactly acoustically ideal either. My plasma, you may have guessed, doesn't live in this room. Not that it couldn't: I rarely watch TV during the day as I'm never home and even if I did the VT has an excellent screen filter to reject ambient light. But I wouldn't bother as my VT60 would look quite small replacing the 82" monster that resides in there now and, honestly, it's be a waste of the VT60's capabilities.
My VT60 isn't for everyone. To be honest, as much as I love plasma I rarely recommend it to friends and family. Most people I know don't care much about the particulars of good picture quality and even those that might are much like yourself: not interested in a 'theater-like' experience. The versatility of LCD is a big part of it's appeal and an even bigger reason why it won the market-- nothing looks better under the bright lights of a warehouse store better than LCD. I wouldn't argue this point. No, my plasma resides in my 'personal theater' where light is more easily controlled and the acoustics are better thanks to carpet and wall coverings. When I say 'personal' I mean it: there are only two chairs in this space. Again, this isn't to say plasma can't exist elsewhere! I once lived in 700 sq ft apt and I was very proud of the 46" plasma that was my only TV. But just like a sports car gets better when you take it to a circuit; plasma really comes into it's own when the lights turn off.
The reason for this is contrast
. While it's true that most modern LCDs rely on trick LED lighting to simulate the appearance of deep blacks the truth is it's just that: trickery. If an LCD needs an area of the screen to be lit brightly then the black level of that area of the screen rises and it's corresponding contrast drops. This added luminance inadvertently adds to the color of whatever is being displayed.
Let me use this example: try turning off any and all picture controls that activate LED dimming on your panel (if your panel allows for this) then put up a full black screen. Now try and toggle back and forth a few times. You should notice that blacks become much more 'gray' with the LEDs lit than when the dynamic LED dimming turns them off to simulate a black field. Like it or not this is your baseline black level when the TV is displaying an image-- this is the proverbial palette with which your display will paint it's image. These blacks appear gray due to more white being added from the displays LEDs. Just as this white taints the color black so to will it taint every color that is being displayed causing them to lose saturation and look washed out. Again: you may never notice this
even when watching in the dark simply because you have no point of reference but, trust me, next to a proper plasma like the VT60 your LCD will look washed out and a bit dull no matter how many pixels it has.
And, unfortunately, it gets worse! The new crop of OLEDs hitting the market do to my plasma what my plasma does to your LCD! With the ability to cut each individual pixel to zero luminance an OLED display has the absolute perfect palette with which to make the most breathtakingly realistic images I have ever seen. Of course, this all feeds into the ISF assertion that dynamic range (contrast) is the most important aspect affecting picture quality not
resolution. But that argument has already been made.