Originally Posted by DaMac78
I have to strongly disagree. It is also a matter of taste after all. But Plasmas certainly do not outperform high end LCD-TV's.
I have hated Plasma since I first saw one and still hate the latest models. Some people dont seem to see this; but if I stand in front of 50 TV's at a big retailer, I can pick out every Plasma within seconds. They flicker like looking at an old CRT-Display with 60Hz, they are not bright and they strain my eyes. The picture is nowhere near as sharp as a LCD and the black levels are no better than a backlit LED like the HX929.
I know, if I would say these words in a Plasma-biased forum I would be blasted with hatred just like in Xbox vs Playstation forums.
The fact is, I am VERY picky and so is my colleague. We always end up ignoring the Plasmas because they are just so bad in our eyes.
If you like plasma, go ahead and buy one. Everyone must decide what is best for their own eyes. But If I'm on the lookout for the best TV available out there, it sure aint no Plasma.
I completely agree that it's a personal choice and opinion based as to what you like, but strictly performance based the top plasmas out perform even the top LEDs like the 929, 950, and Elite. I am in no way saying they aren't good sets, I am only stating that you shouldn't say he absolutely doesn't want a plasma. First you need to find out his needs and what he wants. As far as looking at them at large retailers, yes you can tell them apart, they always have LEDs on a vivid mode because so many people like extremely bright TVs. Also, as far as the top TV on the market it IS a plasma, Panasonic VT50. And the top TV, which all else are compared to IS a plasma. But like you said, it ultimately comes down to each individual.
Originally Posted by Mlapd
I would have to disagree. Plasma and LCD(LED) both have there strengths and weaknesses. I have owned a number of sets over the years, both Plasma, LCD, LED etc... and while plasma has it's advantages in veiwing angle and supossedly blacks (this is the case compared to less expensive LED's not the 929), they usually reflect alot of light and are not as bright as LCD(LED). I have always been notorious for returning a set if I wasn't satisfied with the picture. I've owned a GT30, D7000 (supossedly one of the best plasmas from last year) and several others, and my point is that i'll agree that a Plasma might be an amazing choice for him, but it will depend more on other factors like his room setup, lighting, veiwing angle, but a Plasma does not out perform an LED like it is superior. I once thought the same and felt I was always a Plasma guy, I can tell you that my 55HX929 has the best picture out of any I've owned. You have to be very careful when you read the reviews from some of the major sites, because they are biased. Cnets rewiew of our TV was completely off. I almost didn't purchase it, but luckily I come on this site enought to get real world reviews from owners. I would just say do your research not only oon the TV, but what your house setup is going to be, then make your choice.
For blacks the big deal is it can reproduce them with no blooming or bleed-through which occurs with LEDs and even the 929, as well as good shadow detail. Most of the high end plasmas reflect the same amount of light as most LEDs due to the AR filters. As for reviews, I couldn't care less about Cnet or consumer reports, I consider what calibrators, engineers, and calibration reports show along with personal experience. I'll be the first to say that I can't stand most LED TVs, but there are always those exceptions, like the 929 and 950 even the NX720 (even with its shadow detail issues).