Originally Posted by Guibs
That's what I am thinking but plasma scares me. Buying a tv now and not knowing how it will look in one year is scary.
Rising black scares me
Image retention bothers me
I hear complaints about buzzing
Then there is the white flickering...
Add possible floating blacks...
I admit I never owned a plasma. But for the life a me, plasma are like a tv that is always changing. The tv you are buying now won't necessarily be the tv you will use later. I am. It the kind of guy who can't afford to change tv every 2 years...
all can be valid concerns but really are not on most plasmas as big of an issue as many make them out to be.
you've ran the gamut of LCD's out there today pretty much so i would give a panasonic or samsung plasma a shot
notes on them are this
rising blacks and with it more rapid IR is potentially a problem with Panasonic's
buzzing is a common problem on Samsung's
avoid LG's they lag too much and are sub par compared to panny and samsung anyways.
if you can find a pioneer they are the best and really do not suffer from anything mentioned above without serious abuse and they have low lag.
i only personally have experience with two panasonic plasmas both 2009 models, we have a 50X1 and a buddy of mine has a 50S14.
both have black risen and have increased IR as the major noticeable result, 2010 models do not have this happen as bad as 2009 models did and both of us are 100% happy with our purchases and game on both of them. we experience IR quite often but not from games but using and asus o!play on it (black background with bright white text menus = rapid IR) however as fast as that IR occurs its gone in the same short amount of time once you watch something moving or run the IR remover built into the TV so its really not all that bad, plus its only really visible on an all black screen at night time, when watching TV its very rarely notable before its reduced to the point of non existence on even black screens.
as for floating blacks and flickering whites, yes both happen but no they are not as commonly seen as you might think, you really have to be on the look out for either one to see it and this something that does effect all plasma's due to the way they work.
buzzing can happen on panasonics but it takes an all white screen with really jacked up picture settings to make it happen and even then the only way you hear it is if the room is dead quiet, its so low of a buzz that any ambient sound will drown it out easily.