Originally Posted by s2mikey
Seriously, LCDs have made some strides in their performance and are no longer just glorified computer monitors. But, look at what they have to go through to get good PQ: LED dimming, motion enhancement filters, refresh rate shenanigans, post processing gibberish, etc, etc. Plasma just does it naturally and without any snake oil or junk science.
Don't be silly. Plasmas have many shortcomings and are not totally "natural" looking. PWM or dither noise for starters. I've owned around 20 plasmas, including Samsung, Panasonic, Pioneer, and Hitachi, so I am well aware of the plasma "look". Sorry, but all these plasmas I've owned simply cannot deliver the kind of clean crisp picture that a top-notch LED can deliver. They are inherently noisier. I've also had about 9 LED's. There is just something cleaner and crisper in the processing on my 240Hz Sammy LED's.
So don't give me this crap about "tricks" that LED's must use to look "natural". Plasmas must use the "trick" of dithering to render certain colors. There is nothing natural
A large part of the reason certain LCD's and LED's do not look natural is because of matte screens. Plasmas use glass, which gives them a certain sense of depth, like looking through a window. You can get this same effect with a glossy screened LCD/LED instead of a matte screen. The matte screen is the problem, not the LCD. LCD's used to also lack this depth because of poor contrast. This has been addressed, and you can get black levels just as deep if not deeper on LCD-LED's these days as you can get from (non-Kuro) plasma.
Nothing wrong with a top-end LCD - if the price is right and the LCD meets someones needs more than a plasma. The only situations I could see that being the case would be LOTS of ambient room lighting or heavy gaming. Otherwise you get more from top-qualty plasmas than you do with top-quality LCDs. And it costs you less too.
There really aren't a lot of top quality plasmas--my whole point. LG's just don't cut it. LG = Lotsa Glare/Lower Grade.
All that leaves is Panasonic and Samsung. Neither of these can even do 96hz properly without something like false contouring, flicker, or elevated black levels.
Most people recommend NOT using the 96hz feature on Samsung and Panasonic plasmas, and sticking with 3:2 pulldown.