Originally Posted by plmn Color accuracy, contrast, black levels, motion, viewing angles, glare
. But don't take my word for it. Do your research, you will find every single professional review rates the Pioneer the better overall TV.
That simple enough for ya?
Yes, it is simple enough for me
. But this not what I am writing about. My point is that it is hard or impossible to make a compelling case for plasmas vs. LCDs in a showroom
during a 10-minute sales presentation to a typical shopper. Let's take the features you mentioned one by one:1. Color accuracy
. In the showrooms the only point of reference Joe 6P can use is human flash, which plasmas tend to show too dark and too red. Thanksgiving turkey look that way, not people. Sony LCDs are a lot more accurate in the showroom in this regard. What Jor will not see are all these color charts that only the calibrators and their customers understand. Score one for the LCD.2. Contrast
. While in the showroom, Joe will wait when the demo shows mostly white and notiice that the plasma is gray and the LCD next to it white. No contest. Then he will notice that the blacks on the LCD are more black than on the plasma. He will not know or care about the construction details and why this is happening. Score another for the LCDs.3. Black levels
. In the showroom, plasmas have lousy blacks because of the ambient light and the grayness of what inside the screen. This combination sets a lower limit on the perceived level of black. The effect is that and those promised super blacks cannot be demonstrated to Joe. As some posters already admitted, LCDs thrive is a well lighted environment. Score another for the LCDs.4. Motion
. In the showroom, they typically show either slow-moving objects like a person talking or some really crazy and jerky action. Neither will reveal the advantage that plasma still has over LCDs. Only a slow A tie.5. Viewing angles
. The problem is that the saleman will not alert Joe to this syndrome - why should he? - and Joe is not that well informed to look for it. Either way, plasma wins.6. Glare
. This one is really simple: Joe will quickly realize he can see reflections in ALL plasmas but only in SOME of the LCDs. He will most likely buy the latter. Score another for the LCDs.
As far as me doing some research, I already did. It is about plasmas competing with LCDs for Joe's credit card. The competition is in the showrooms, not a calibrator's lab.