Originally Posted by tex94
I may have to rethink my stance on plasma but I'm worried about IR, buzzing and reflectivity.
There are a lot of happy plasma owners. For you to be one of the happy ones it would be a good idea to look closely at how you would use a plasma display. Several top calibrators who are known here at AVS come through the Bay Area. One of them is located in Santa Rosa, and Jeff Meier(USB), D-NIce, and David Abrams do tours.
Reflectivity is an issue that's directly related to your viewing room. I have a Kuro on a wall facing an East wall of windows with two more windows on it's South side. There are bamboo curtains on the windows. In general, reflectivity hasn't been a problem for us. Only you can determine if it can be controlled in your room.
For buzzing, just buy with a no cost return policy. There's no way to tell if buzzing will be a problem for you unless you test a specific display in your viewing room under normal viewing circumstances.
IR comes and it goes. There have been outlandish claims from every angle on this topic. Anyone who watches the super bowl, and immediately runs a white screen to check for IR will probably find some. Someone else who spends a lot of time changing settings or playing games will probably be able to find some IR using a white screen. If you watch a variety of source materials, and don't feel the need to tweak settings every few minutes, then you shouldn't have a problem. Just go easy on the fixed images when the set is new, and with the money saved over an Elite, have one of the best professionals calibrate your display after it's a couple hundred hours old. Or, get lucky and find an Elite older than the Nov. release.
Our Kuro is a little over five years old and it's been calibrated twice by Jeff Meier(UMR), and I spent time with D-NIce when he calibrated our Nephew's Panasonic plasma. If you want the best out of a display, I'd recommend both of them, and David Abrams too. Robert Busch (bht) in Santa Rose also has an outstanding reputation.
I've checked our display once for IR because of all the IR posts here at AVS. That was last summer, and I didn't find anything. Jeff Meier did his second full calibration this December and he didn't find anything.
Our viewing habits include heavy NFL (logos), NHL (logos), and shinny disk movies from Netflix (black bars). During the off season I watch the NFL network and have a few 49er games saved on our DVR that I watch to keep my spirits up. That's a lot of logos and black bars.
The movies that fill the screen, and the variety of sources with logos seem to be enough to get rid of any IR before it can be noticed. After the initial few hundred hours, I've depended on our viewing habits to take care of any IR potential.
Best wishes for your search to find the display that makes you happy. Edited by htwaits - 2/8/13 at 5:44pm