Originally Posted by WarriorNine
Thanks to those who have had time to take a look at and respond to my previous post. I need to make an edit, with regards to my pros and cons. I went out and picked up a universal S-Video cable that works for a variety of systems (SNES was the one I had in mind, since that was the only older system I tested that had weird graphical glitches on the LCD). To my surprise (and pleasure), the S-Video cable eliminated those problems on the LCD altogether - so that is no longer a 'con' for LCD.
My re-edited list now looks like this:
-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
-pc input is nice to have, as it frees up a component input and allows me to upconvert everything to 1080p on my XBox 360
-response time is somewhat noticeable - I tested various games and, while there is a degree of blur on both Plasma and LCD, Plasma was less noticeable
-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., though this is debatable based on settings for both TVs
-SD content seems a bit brighter, more crisp - this seems to vary tho
-no response time issues in comparison to LCD
-slightly lower resolution, which results in a little loss of detail
-no pc input (not a big deal, unless I want to upconvert XBox 360 DVDs beyond 480p)
-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, especially considering my set up (not many different places to put my lights)
Again, thanks to all who have read my previous post as well as this one. I'm still not quite sure, but taking care of that classic gaming concern on the LCD has just made my decision harder! It seems the biggest issue will be response time vs. detail. When playing 360 games, side by side, the edge went to LCD due to a bit more detail and clarity. I realize it's not really possible to have it all, as both technologies have their limitations. This is similar to choosing your favorite kid (or cat, since I have no kids)! Any further comments and such would be appreciated.
To dr0s: regarding the off-angle viewing. It seems like this Samsung model has no noticeable washout problems when viewing from the sides (I keep my energy saving level on 'low'). I was sitting pretty far off to the side last night while a friend was watching directly in front. I did move around a bit and couldn't notice much of a difference (nor could he, when we switched seats). I know they claim to have a 178 degree viewing angle for this LCD and I can say from viewing both the LCD and Plasma that they are very comparable regardless of your viewing angle.