Originally Posted by cawgijoe
I hate to bring a different technology into this area of the forum, but It's driving me crazy.
I'm trying to decide between two sets (actually three, but the other isn't completely in the wild yet).......the LG Infinia 55" 8500 and the LG Infinia PK950 60".
One is an LCD/LED and one is a plasma. There is a price difference between the two and it's currently in favor of the plasma set.
I keep going back and forth..........I suppose if the two were the same price, I would go for the 8500, but they are not.
Any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated.
Will be using Directv HD.......a Sony PS3 (some gaming)......and an OTA Winegard antenna.
Most users on this forum would probably recommend the 950 as most believe that plasma has a more realistic picture than LCD. There are advantages and disadvantges to both technologies.
Typically better black level (helps the other colors stand out better),
Better viewing angles. Most LED backlit LCD's have a very narrow viewing angle. Not to say that the picture looks terrible as you move off center, but the picture is not as accuarage as it is within 15-20 degrees of center.
Plasma typically offers more screen real estate for the dollar. There is just no substitute for size.
Energy consumption is a minor concern to most people. cNet did a test on the 950 about a week ago. If memory serves me correctly, they estimated the annual cost of running the 950 at about $54. This is about two to two and one half times the cost of a new LED/LCD, but we are talking a total of $3.50 per month. Television usage would probably never make a difference to your utility bill.
If you read cNets reviews on LCD TV's, the ones receiving the highest rating so far is a conventional flourescent backlit LCD from Samsung. Based on my experience with LCD's (currently own three) and what I have seen in stores and in friends homes, I have to agree with cNet.