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While I was in Best Buy this morning doing a little last minute shopping, I thought I would head over to the flat panel section to give them a view. I thought I would share my observations.
While all of the sets I observed looked pretty good, I understand the discrepancies while making observations in this environment, including calibration, or lack-there-of. This will be a quick, unscientific, perceptual comparison between a 52" LCD (sharp) and 50" plasma(LG), which happened to be beside one another.
IMHO, there seemed to be three main points of notice:
1-The LCD showed very vivid colors, with a tad more 'pop' than did the Plasma, and the LCD blacks were on par with the plasma.
2-The LCD showed a brighter 'white' or a 'whiter' white.
3-The Plasma showed an overall more natural tone and dimensional picture.
The single biggest draw for me was the WOW factor displayed by the dimensionality of the Plasma picture. I kept going back and forth from one to the other to try and put my finger on why this was. Both pictures looked beautiful, but, the LCD(when compared with the Plasma) just looked 2-D'ish to me, or lacking a sense of dimensional field, and I just couldn't ignore the 'looking thru a window' experience of the Plasma.
Despite all the inherent advantages and disadvantages of each technology, I would have to say that I prefer the viewing experience offered by Plasma.