I'm in a bit of a dilemma when it comes to choosing between LCD and Plasma. I currently am trying to decide between a Samsung LN-S4095D (LCD) and a Panasonic TH-42PX60U. They are currently in the same room and I will not be keeping both. I'm not rich or anything, just trying to discern which is best for me.
With several hours so far, comparing the sets to one another, I'm still very much on the fence about it. I will be doing pretty much everything with whatever set I keep, from gaming (classic and current) to movies to HD and SD broadcasts. I'm just looking to see if anyone can make a suggestion based on my observations so far..
-higher resolution, so things in general are a bit more detailed
-no concern about IR/burn-in (I realize this issue on Plasmas is mostly a non-issue nowadays, but I must admit a slight concern at least)
-anti-glare screen. not a huge issue, but there is a difference between the two
-old school games (SNES/NES, perhaps others - haven't tested) have issues with vertical lines visible against dark backgrounds. for some reason, this is a big issue since the plasma doesn't seem to have as much trouble with those old games
-response time is noticeable, especially in fast sequences (like when passing a ball cross-court in NBA 2K7)
-black levels - not too bad, but can detract a bit, especially compared to plasma (blacks just seem more natural and dark in the 'right' way on a plasma..)
-SD content, in general, looks a bit more washed out
-overall more natural look to people, environments, etc.
-SD content seems a bit brighter, more crisp
-handles classic gaming much better (not great, but no strange vertical line on the SNES)
-no response time issues in comparison to LCD
-slightly lower resolution, which results in perhaps a slight
-no pc input (not a big deal, unless I want to upconvert XBox 360 DVDs beyond 480p - even then, it's not a huge difference compared to VGA upconversion to supposed 1080p on the LCD)
-potential for IR/burn-in due to gaming (again, I realize this isn't much of an issue anymore
-light reflections can be an issue sometimes
I realize LCD has more 'severe' cons at this point, but it's a much harder choice than it may seem. I really like how LCD looks for gaming and HD broadcasts, but the Plasma looks damn good (perhaps not quite as sharp, tho) for both too - not to mention it handles SD broadcasts better. I would like to be able to play my older games on my HD set, even though it won't be too often, so that's a factor. With regards to gaming in general, I guess I have been 'afraid' of Plasmas because the common theme seems to direct people away from them if they are gamers. It's a difficult choice, that I'm sure many of you can relate to.
Any advice or comments would be much appreciated. I thank anyone who had the patience to read all this! If anyone would rather PM me, then that's totally fine.
Thanks for your time!