Originally Posted by SequiturNon
My recent TV was a Samsung DLP, 65 or so. Got it in 2005, used it until this summer. Great TV, many years of service, though it did blow a color wheel three years back.
Recently bought some Panasonic VT50 plasmas for living room and bedroom. Waited this long for the technology to advance with the flat panel displays. Having used DLP for so many years, and now seeing the quality of these new Panasonic plasmas, I'm never going back to DLP. The plasma pictures today look amazing, whereas the DLP has an "old" projection look to it. And the thin formfactor of even the big plasmas today, it really is a huge benefit. You can get a slim cabinet to seat the TV and audio equipment, or simply throw the TV up on a wall. Can't do that with DLP.
Frankly, I can't wait to get rid of all the "cabinet" TVs out of our house, we're sick of the room they take up and what a pain in the arse they are to move around. So yes, count me in as one of the thin-is-in sheeple if you like, but the latest plasmas are really spectacular, imo.
Sorry about your color wheel. Samsung seems to have had many of them go bad, just as flatscreen manufacturers have had their share of bad models as well. Also. going from a 720P set to a 1080P set can make a big difference in picture quality (DLPs have been 1080P for at least six years now).
That "old projection" look and the large screen is what I want for my Home Theater experience, especially for 3D. Only an actual projector does it better.
The 73" DLPs are about 18" deep and most TV stands are 20-22" deep anyway, in order to house the AVR, Bluray player, and cable/sat box, so they fit on the same stand you're using for your plasma.
DLPs have excellent picture quality and one can't beat the value. One can buy a 73" DLP for less than half of what you paid for your 50" plasma, and that gets one more than twice the viewing area.
I think plasmas and LCDs are just fine if that's what you like, but the cuteness of the thin form factor (which most people never take advantage of anyway) and other claimed advantages just aren't worth twice the price for half the size
Again, that's what is great about having three or four different types of TVs available. Everyone can get something they like. whether it be plasma, DLP, or LCD.Edited by Augerhandle - 6/19/12 at 9:26pm