Originally Posted by Ken Ross
Spincut, certainly not compared to any LCD of this era! To my eyes the Pioneer plasma whites are white without any eye fatigue and I love to watch in total darkness. But everyone has different levels of tolerance to eye fatigue, so I can't tell you 100% you'll be fine. What I can tell you 100%, is that the Pioneers and plasmas in general will be easier on the eye than a typical LCD that has not been greatly tamed.
Hm, well thats the problem, it's hard to tell in stores, and someone has to be very familiar with what i'm talking about to say that they didnt get the problem with plasmas, and not just a fan of plasma performance in general.
All things equal i probably would like to have a Samsung 81, but the XBR2 i had was almost unwatchable in the dark (unless i turned the light censor on, which dimmed it below the manual backlight level when the lights were off, making it watchable, but alot dimmer than it should be).
also my old sony flatscreen CRT did glare a little bit when i watched it in the dark, but my eyes adjusted, they simply could not adjust with the LCD, even when i tried dimming it.
I am looking at a panasonic 700u since it's the only plasma that comes in 1080p at 40", it's a shame a pioneer doesnt, although i dont know how they really compare in terms of burn in handling, although alot of people also relegate panasonics as the top black and performing plasma maker out there.