Originally Posted by Dino520
John..have you ever owned a plasma? Do you own the 87? I wonder how they compare! I`ve never owned either. I`m a virgin to HD. The hd dvd is in the works...but I`m wrestling with the plasma vs dlp first.
I'm lucky enough to have multiple conference rooms set up where I work with Pioneer Plasma's so have lot of exposure on how they compare versus a Samsung HLT-6189s I have at home.
The smaller Plasma's are quite reasonable now up to 46" but then get more expensive as you go towards 60". Pioneer Elite ($$) is still the best Plasma out there, with Panasonic coming in second. But comparing say a 61" LED DLP cost to a 60" Plasma, it evident that large plasma's are much more expensive then the latest LED DLP's.
Picture quality the Plasma has a wonderful soft look (film like), where as the DLP has sharper look, but not as harsh as a LCD flat panel. Brightness with the Plasma gradually gets dimmer but it's half brightness life point is like 60,000 hours now on some models. The LED DLP's stay about the same brightness most of their life, currently +100,000 hours.
Powerwise a large 50" Plasma consumes a lot of watts, runs hot, and weighs quite a bit (150 lbs) . YOu have to contend with image burn in with Plasma's. With DLP's a few people can still see rainbows. Note most RPD (DLP/LCOS) have a reduced vertical viewing angle typically +/- 30 degrees compare to Plasma. Usually this isn't a problem but you should be aware of it.
The LED DLP consumes about half the power on larger sizes compared to a Plasma, weight is about 75-90 lbs depending on model.
You need a strong wall mount or stand to support a large plasma, a small plasma say 46" is a lot easier to wall mount. The xx87s/xx89s series of Samsung are about 15.4" deep and you stick them on a table up about 20" from the floor.
You can put a great DLP next to a great Plasma and get a comparable picture quality. Your biggest decision is what size screen you want, viewing distance you utilize, whether you want it mounted on a wall or want it on a table or stand. 1080P Plasmas 42" and 46" are quite reasonable, go larger and you have to consider LED DLP's for value.