Originally Posted by tombaker
1. Floating blacks should be called pumping blacks, it when one scene moves to the next and the same area of black is in the same spot as the next scene...but the black level changes. They can happen in either Plasma or LCD.
Haven't really noticed anything on my LCD at home.
2. Viewing angle on LCD is dependent on which type of LCD technology is being used. S-IPS being the best and S-PVA being a close 2nd...and TN being the worst. TN is cheaper to manufacturer, and has naturally faster response times. Viewing angle on top brand and model LCD is far less of an issue than is being portrayed. Viewing angle is also one of the easiest things to assess in the showroom.
Panel type huh? I've never heard this before, but It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest. In a showroom, its quite obvious that some panels have worse off-angle viewing than others. Generally, the top brands have very good viewing angle while some others do not. My Samsung at home is quite good. I'm sitting off-angle right now and the picture is just fine.
3. The KURO line is dead with Pioneer leaving the HDTV business.
100% true. Get them while they're still available!
4. LCDs are still improving.
I garuntee you that Plasma manufacturers aren't sitting on their duffs waiting for LCD to wipe them out.
5. If plasmas were all so perfect as being suggested, they would sell better than they do. Size for Size in the mid-level they are cheaper than LCDs. But they don't sell better. If these obvious and necessary Plasma advantages were so noteworthy to the viewers, why do LCDs now dominant the marketplace? Everyone needs an education on technology or should they just believe their own eyes.
This is not necesarily true. Must I quote Betamax vs VHS? In that case the "superior" (as in superior picture quality) product lost to an inferior one, if you consider longer recording times to be inferior. Another example is Laser Disc. Vastly superior to VHS, but it couldn't dislodge VHS as the leader in home video sales. It took DVD to do that.
6. In a day room with sunlight coming in through the windows, not directly on the HDTV, LCDs have better black levels than Plasma. In a dark room with the lights dimmed Plasmas have a better black level.
I'm not so sure about that.
6. The difference between the top of the line Plasma and the Top of the Line LCD technologies is trivial. The biggest factor at the top of the line is cost.
Yeah...top of the line LCD costs a lot more (depending on brand) than a Top of the line Plasma. For straight up picture quality, Plasms is still on top. LCD still has blur issues and the contrast does drop out slightly in angles beyond 30 degrees. Plasma doesn't have those issues, so a top of the line Plasma will look gorgeous regardless of fast motion and from what angle you are viewing it.
I will agree though that in many respects, a top quality LCD can look almost as good as a top quality Plasma. When it comes to the mid-tier sets though, its anyone's guess as the picture quality varies considerably from brand to brand and model to model, so the superiority of either technology is more difficult to pin down at that level.
7. The steps to prevent burn in on Plasmas are a hassle, and for a large purchase, a valid reason to keep away from a Plasma. There is no warranty that will cover your burn in. Most people have seen a burned in plasma before, and a negative story gets repeated 50 times verse a positive story get retold 7 times...so the reality of plasma burnin is still an issue. Buying a LCD is valid insurance policy to prevent burnin of major purchase. You feel better having insurance even if you don't yourself get into an accident.
I agree wholeheartedly and is the #2 reason I chose LCD over Plasma.
8. Plasma technology requires sub frames to be created by blinking the pixels to create the perception of different colors. For some this creates a noticeable flickering.
I've never seen this on a set on a showroom floor. Nor on my buddy's Plasma.
9. 6 bit TN LCD technology creates a dithering process to create more colors than the panel can display inherently. This design causes headaches and flickering to some users.
Considering most panels these days are 8 bit and some of the newer one's are supposed to be 10 bit, it shouldn't be an issue.
10. Better TVs are being produced with every generation, many opinions based upon prior generations or selective sampling of manufacturers.
That is spot on around these forums. Plasma camp harping on LCD viewing angle, when on the top brands, the contrast barely drops out in the off angle. Most consumers don't even notice it anymore. LCD camp talking about burn-in (I'm guilty of that!) and phosphor trails when those problems were rampant on early models, but exceedingly rare these days.
One thing that bugs me around here is all the Kuro worship. Fans of this display talk about it like its perfect. When many in tha plasma camp talk about how perfect Plasma technology is, they are really talking about the quality of a Pioneer Kuro and not the technology in general. Other manufacturers aren't producing plasma displays anywhere near the same quality, and Kuro fans are quick to point this out. So when the Kuro line is gone will that mean LCD and Plasma technologies are on a more even playing field now?
11. Matte finishes used on most LCDs do not display reflections like the screens used on most Plasmas.
The #1 reason I bought LCD over Plasma. I got direct sunlight shining into my livingroom window. Matte screen was an absoulte must when choosing my TV.
12. Your mileage may vary.
As in all things.