First post, glad I found this thread. Perhaps there are people on this forum that can assist.
I'm trying to decide on the best choice for the TV in the living room. I have a rather small living room that gets very little natural light and the viewing distance will be approximately 6 1/2 feet. I feel the best size is the 42" screen (maybe stretching to 46").
I had initially thought about going with plasma as my research tells me that plasmas are better for rooms with little light. Additionally, my research tells me that plasma is slightly better for very fast moving sports programming (hockey and football are key for me). The Panasonics looked nice and the Pioneers were super.
Here's my dilemma - we were given a Blu-ray dvd player as a gift. I can certainly hook it up to any 720p/1080i set and get a great picture with DVDs, but I feel like I would be missing something by not having a full 1080p set for the Blu-ray. Now, I understand that most of the DVDs currently released are not in Blu-ray format though many new releases will be. I'm not a huge DVD-movie watcher. I also know that it will be quite some time until over the air programming is in 1080p.
There are some great full 1080p LCDs out there that would be fantastic with the Blu-ray. My question here is twofold:
First, would I be missing something by having a non-1080p Plasma? (can't afford the full 1080p plasmas and don't want to go 50")
and second, have the full 1080p and latest geneation LCDs narrowed the difference in image quality for programming such as sports?
So, to sum it up, given my scenario, Plasma or LCD?