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The problem with PDPs is on-axis viewing. I brought home a brand new Panasonic PDP, determined to like what the prevailing AVS wisdom said was the best budget HDTV.
My 50" TV was centered in front of my couch about 7' away. There was a reading lamp at both ends of the couch. Whenever the lamp was on, the person at the other end of the couch had a view of the reader superimposed over the HDTV image.
This was TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE performance for me. For you, perhaps you have "learned to live with it and your brain pretends it doesn't care."
The truth of the matter is, that the best PDP with the best anti-glare coating is still a shiny piece of glass, and the heavier the coating, the dirtier the glass looks.
Anti-glare matte finishes on LCDs have gotten much better. Some plastic matte screens now include millions of tiny raised microbumps. These break up reflections and even avoid highlights. This tech was copied from nature, many insects have such eyes and survive because predators don't see reflected light.
In many rooms with controlled lighting, you are free to indulge a preference for one tech or another. In bright rooms with uncontrolled light, a matte-screen LCD reigns supreme. In darkened theaters, PDPs are preferred.
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