Originally Posted by jaylotheman
Size at this point isn't super important
thats what she said. lol
ok moving on, my first point of advice would be to read the main thread on this topic...lots of good info there in the sticky.
Second, plasma vs lcd really comes down to what your likes/dislikes are in picture quality--you can ask everyone else for advice, but to be perfectly honest, what bugs one person, you may not even notice. And what annoys the heck outta you may not even be an issue for others.
But the most one can do is lay out the facts for you, and you can identify which characteristics sound like they appeal or don't appeal to you, then go check them out in person and decide for yourself. Don't buy a plasma because people insist on it, and vice versa.
Brightness: Its just a fact that LCDs, particularly most of the 08 models, have much brighter displays than plasma. Does it come at a cost? yes, the darker colors will look washed out. But whites will look "whiter" whereas on plasmas they can almost look grey.
Blacks: again, you'll get deeper blacks with a plasma. Alot of LCDs have greyish blacks, and the brighter you set the backlight/brightness scale, the worse it is. The Samsung A650 glass panel LCD does a better job at displaying blacks than LCDs in the past, but can't even compare to a plasma.
Motion blur: LCDs will display fast moving images/sports/action blurry sometimes. This won't happen anywhere near as much on a plasma. Again though, for some people--huge problem, for others, not a big deal. But its one of the more widespread complaints of LCD.
Clouding, flashlighting, etc: LCD pictures will do this...the image will appear spotty sometimes, or brighter in some areas than others. Its a more subjective problem than motion blur--in that some owners will swear its a huge deal, others don't notice it.
Burn In - again less subjective--either it happens or it doesnt. but its a risk of buying a plasma, just like clouding, flashlighting can occur on an LCD.
Price - you'll get your 1080p set in a bigger size if you go plasma. Won't discuss specific prices but you'll get a 50" 1080p plasma from a good brand like panasonic for the lower end of your budget, while a similar sized nice LCD will run you likely out of your budget.
so those are the FACTS. do some research and come to some conclusions. But again, at the end of the day, its whatever Picture Quality your eye likes the best that matters.