Originally Posted by burnsalkire
Let me state for the record.....You and your wife have to wear sunglasses at night to watch your LCD. The matter being LCD is best suited for outdoor patios and perched above the Wal-Mart check out stands.
Like my set, most HDTVs have "picture modes" that can be set with entirely different settings for backlight intensity, brightness, contrast, color, etc. I have one such mode calibrarted for full daylight, and an entirely seperate mode set for artificial light. This is because the light spectrums are different and any display set up for one environment or the other would be compromised by the other ambient light type.
Sometimes you want to watch a game in the mid day, with sunlight streaming into the room on all sides, an LCD does not fade into unusability. But I grant you, few rooms have as much glass as mine.
It is entirely possible that if you buy the absolute correct technology HDTV for a given room, that if you were to move it into a different room, it would represent a compromised image. There are three major technologies to consider:
DLP: The most screen for the money, but with compromised brightness and narrow viewing angles. Still, these could be best for Home Theater usage, especially for smaller rooms, or where a large display is desired behind a retractable front projection screen, and all the seating is centered. The two types of projection lighting are lamps and LEDs - the lamps representing a periodic replacement expense. Available in both 60Hz and 120Hz refresh.
Plasma: Intermediate brightness and contrast but with good color fidelity and the least blur of the three technologies. Often best for moderate light to full darkness, depending upon both the intensity and direction of the room illumination. An increasing susceptability to burn-in as brightness and contrast are increased. Typically limited to 60Hz operation, a select few expensive Pioneer displays support 72Hz.
LCD: The highest brightness, contrast, and color saturation available, depending upon type of backlighting - CCFL vs. LED. Total freedom from permanent burn-in, with a few exceptions that represent defective driver circuitry. Intermediate viewing angles, better than DLP, not as good as plasma. Many examples of 120Hz sets from many manufacturers. Sample-and-hold blur occurs which some viewers are sensitiuve to.
None of these three technologies are superior to the others under all conditions of use. The user must pick the type most suitable for his viewing environment.