Sometimes i feel like completely giving up on HDTV gaming, and finding a stellar 32" CRT SDTV with a component connection(I had a sony wega, but it's color gamut wasn't so hot, plus it was silver) XP but they
take up a lot of space...Yet if they were flat screen and lighter i'd asbolutely have one on stand by, but again for the wiiU i'd be completely missing out on 720p, true widescreen, HDMI and the big screen. SO,
the goal like you is to find a 16-20ms plasma with good black levels, solid color gamut and hopefully the ability to disable auto dimming(there's gotta be a way and it seems easier on the samsungs by the looks of it. XP )
This entire ordeal has me frustrated and completely OCD'n. Xp My current plasma/gaming set up has been on the fritz because of this
issue for months now, where hand held gaming has taking up my gaming time. I mean, Constantly reading up on reviews, along with these
input lag tests that seem innacurate is just incredibly annoying. Owning a 32" CRT SDTV was so much easier, and stress free. Zero lag, great black levels, PERFECT motion(Plasma's still have a little
bit of blur depending + Artifacts but it's good enough), no auto dimming. The dream set up for anything 480i related, which is why they're still ideal and always
will be for Retro NES, SNES, Atari 2600, Genesis ect ect gaming.
It was my main TV, but, a year or so ago i wanted a 'big screen' for watching movies, but i was also scared about upgrading
because of the giant input lag scare. Never again will i bother with an LCD or LED, so it's just a matter of finding the right plasma.
And it seems like our choices as far as 16ms capable sets(or so they say) are down to the Samsung E530, E550 and E6000(HDMI Labeled 'PC' - 16ms), along with Panny's
2012 lineup which has received conflicting results (16ms, in the 40's? performs good, no wait... it's pretty bad. WTF.....I guess it really is a matter
of trying it for yourself and doing a side by comparison with a CRT like i do, or even
my LK450 to see if it matches the 16ms. Yet i just don't want to be buying and returning anymore TV's, it's such a pain
in the A** and i feel like such a goof ball having to do so.
Now I'm scratching my head on samsungs plasma lineup because even IF you label HDMI 'PC input' which
gives you the 16ms(Ya...according to HDTV.Uk Test IF it's even true, hell maybe it only applies to the UK models)
you're then gimped out on having Color, Shaprness and color temp control....which doesn't fly with me.
But ya, the LK450 is a gamers dream to game on concerning lag at least through component...But i can't get past the
motion blur/smearing which distracts me to no end....I mean honestly, the image looks great static, but what is the
point of having HD, when the blur is constantly smearing the detail like a VHS tape on crack?lol
in motion, Rayman origins for example looks MILES better on a 480i CRT using component or even RCA cables and it least it doesn't
lose any motion detail again when in motion. Plus the LK450's black levels are weak. It's a one trick gaming poney,
good for certain types of games, but step into 3rd or first peson territory and you'll be screaming because of the
camera panning-blur and of course the flat black levels when the screen gets dark. I've had it with that set.
rambling aside, like i've said i find Mega Man 9/10 on the Wii/PS3 to be thee' best game
to test for lag, also wii pointer controls like on the wii's menu for ex among many other things.
The later NES mega man titles have incredibly fast and zippity controls
that are pixel perfect to the touch, constantly using the jump button is a great method.
On my CRT it flowls like butter, and feels so great. The Lk450 feels awesome as well, with an ever so 'slight'
difference, while my X5 raises the lag to around 2 frames which would most likely satisfy many gamers out there, but for me
it just kind of hampers the experience, it's not true to how the game should feels and the fun factor and intuitiveness
drops.Edited by WaveBoy - 7/27/12 at 10:18am