Originally Posted by Robert George
That said, in the 42-60" display category, there are competitively priced plasma options that calibrate considerably better than LCD. Instead, the LCD makers and sellers are too busy scaring people with "burn in", shorter life, and other such negative hype about plasma. Remember, these films are still mastered using CRT monitors, and plasma comes much closer to the look of a CRT than LCD ever will.
Don't buy into the plasma cool-aid.
Yes, a good plasma TV will yield a better picture than a good LCD...right now. However, the tech is getting better all the time and will catch up to those levels. Sure, plasma might have improved, too, but it simply has too many shortcomings:
- The fact is, plasma TVs are
more prone to burn-in. It's not nearly as bad as it used to be, but with all the bugs, bottom lines and HUD displays on games that spend a great deal of time in one spot these days, it's a dangerous game. It's one thing if you build a dedicate home theater to watch movies, but if you're going to do that, you should be considering FP anyway.
- Plasmas, like CRTs, are power hogs. With new legislation going through on "green" technology, LCD is one of only a few display technologies that can hope to create a big screen with a small electric footprint.
- Ask the average buyer where they have their HDTV. Most will say it's in a living room with plenty of windows letting the sun in. Under those conditions, it doesn't matter what the screen technology is. Without proper light control, you have no hope of properly calibrating the display. You're not going to see inky blacks in a room with a giant picture window. Further, most people never even do any kind of image adjustment after pulling the TV out of the box.