I just wanted to also make 2 other points...It's funny you mention looking into the newer Pioneer plasmas....they have no motion issues...IT'S NOT A FUNCTION OF A PLASMA TV !!!!!!!!!!
Plasma pixels don't turn on and off...basically,the plasma gas inside is electrified and depending on the speed of excitement through the phosphor, you get colors. This is at the speed of light(electrons). It does use more power.
In lcd tech, the backlight is ALWAYS ON!!!! It never turns off!!!!! You need a backlight, a light difuser, liquid crystal, color filter, all in that order like a sandwich. So think about that, the light is already behind 3 walls! before it gets to you. It will NEVER be as bright as it was when it left the backlight. When you electrify the liquid crystal at various levels, it changes polarity and the polorizer blocks the light which in turn changes that particular color. You will NEVER have good blacks on lcd tvs because the light is always on.
With all the LCD bashing I have done in my posts, I DO agree that it's not a terrible tech, just way over rated as a great alternative to crt tvs. The ONLY ONLY ONLY advantage that they have over crts is that they are thinner and lighter(thats 2, sorry!) My main point in ALL my posts is that DONT BUY THE HYPE OF SONY TVS!!!!!!. CRTs were the best. Sony made the best! Period! Everyone knows that. LCD is a totally different tech and Sony DOES NOT have the same corner of the market as they did with crt tvs. If you look at the specs and compare the specs and not your crappy eyes, you can see plainly that they are not equal! Yes Your eyes are important and what you see obviously is important. But when it comes to lcd tech, DONT think that a Sony that is priced $1000 more than a competitor means that it is a better tv. You're an idiot if you think so!!!
I hate to be so mean but dag gum it!
I hate to see people spending their hard earned money with a company that just ISNT making XBR calibur tvs anymore. I'll give you one example... My Sony KD-30XS955 30 inch HDTV CRT tv. It has the LAST Super Fine Pitch CRT tube Sony ever made! The model that came after my tv which I believe is the XBR 910, DOES NOT HAVE THIS TUBE. It has an inferior Trinitron tube. My tv and the XBR of the same model year has the SAME TUBE!!!!! The difference in the 2 tvs is some features like pip and some programming stuff. The TUBES are the same!!!!!! The XBRs they made after my model year DO NOT have the Super Fine Pitch tubes in them. Mine was the last that Sony made with that tube. So they started dumping on quality after my model tv. The XBR is supposed to be the best right? Then why did my tv have the same tube as an XBR? OK fine....they made an in between product that had a better tube but with less software stuff like pip, I get that....but why did the new XBR NOT contain the Super Fine Pitch Tube? Because Sony was relying on their name to get them by.
I TOTALLY love this tv I have! It is THE best HDTV you could have gotten at the time including the xbrs that had the same tube. Nothing compares to it even 3 years after that model year. XBRs are supposed to be THE BEST SONY MAKES!!!!!! PERIOD!!! Am I wrong??? Is there a better Sony tv you can get besides the XBR at least for consumers??????? NO NO NO NO NO!
I'll finish with this....If XBRs are supposed to be the top of the line, the creme of the crop, the best of the best, then WHY do their specs not match up to other tvs in their class?????? Specs don't matter? The don't even list brightness levels or RT on their website. I wonder why....Educate yourself before you spend $2000 on a tv! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!