Originally Posted by sirjonsnow
The above poster is the only one I've ever heard say LCDs are bad in light, claim plasmas are brighter, and to blame anti-glare screens?? LOL And bad viewing angles when LCD's are generally 170-176 degrees?
No, he isn't the only one. I have a large plasma and a large LCD TV. I would agree that contrast under high ambient lighting is better with the plasma, not by a huge margin, but noticeably. If you are dealing with direct reflections (a window on the wall opposite the TV) then the LCD is much better.
As for viewing angles, the plasma wins hands down. There really is no comparing them. You may want to think that LCD have closed the gap because all the marketing folks have claimed 170° viewing angles but side by side in a room even Stevie Wonder could tell which set is markedly better for contrast off center.
To the OP, I have an LCD in the bedroom. When I/we are actually watching something, we normally have a little ambient light as it does make the apparent contrast look better.
When she is asleep and I am just watching the news before falling asleep, I watch it with no lights on. Blacks are not bad when there is other color on the screen, but when the screen goes completely black (pause between a commercial, etc.) you can visibly notice light leaking out around the LCD elements, both as a grey screen, but more noticeable as light hitting the walls and ceiling as the light escapes out around the edge of the LCD elements.