Originally Posted by Michael2000
Motion resolution, gaming input lag, 3D ghosting, and off-axis viewing problems are still major factors. Other LCD issues include clouding, and screen door effect, which some people find unacceptable.
I think it's all what you find acceptable. I didn't care for Plasma because of it's failings compared to LED LCD w/local dimming. I found the Plasma I had was troubled with Image retention, lack of brightness, dithering noise, poorer black level than my LED LCD TV, brightness strobing/flicker due to the ABL circuit, highly reflective screen worse than my previous CRT, a LOT of heat output, and high current (50" plasma) use next to my 36" CRT TV and 47" LED LCD.
My set with local dimming doesn't have clouding when it's enabled. I do get a bit of blooming (flashlighting) in rare screens that have a completely black screen with one or two words in bright white, centered. I also get DSE that I'm not fond of but Plasma gets this as well, and Image Retention will cause the same affect with panning backgrounds.
We picked out a Plasma 50" for my friend, a Panasonic 50ST30. I was going by salesman's bias and other plasma bias when we purchased his set. He's not a videophile and was really happy with the picture. It is a very nice picture.
I then bought the LG 50" 50PV450 and was bothered within the first 10 minutes with light strobing and flickering. I had all processing off including dynamic contrast and the room light sensor sensor/ eco setting. I went straight to the neutral settings and found this issue to be an affect of the ABL circuit limiting brightness output to keep from overdriving the power supply. The black level on the LGs are not good so it was a lot brighter than my LG LED LCD which has a black level measured down to perfect black by PCmag.
I also noticed the flickering/strobing on the Panasonic ST30 series after I seen it on my LG Plasma.
So with the Panasonic ST30, the negatives are the brightness strobing/flickering, lower brightness output, Image Retention, dithering, reflective screen, and IMO active 3D that I hate.
With my LG 47LW5600, the negatives are some minor blooming/flashlighting and the DSE. BTW, I have great off center viewing angles thanks to the IPS panel. No screen door effect here as that's a problem with LCD Rear Projection TVs that are already obsolete.
After trying both, and I consider myself a videophile, I feel the LCD is a better fit because the strobing/flickering drove me nuts along with the image retention and reflective screen. I found no problem with motion with the LCD although both the LCD and Plasma weren't nearly as good as my previous CRT JVC AV-36D302 TV.
Both sets have very good color, white level, and contrast. Both had punch but I do like a brighter screen that CRT and LCD give you.
On cost wise, both the Panasonic 50ST30 and the LG 47LW5600 sell at the same price but the LG is a smart TV while the ST30 is a VOD TV without the smart features.
I think these TVs are very compariable in performance with the edge going to the LG.
I heard that many of the makers are coming out with better circuit boards to make the flickering/strobing brightness less bothersome while coming out with brighter output. I really don't know if that's enough for most to consider Plasma over LCD with Plasma's high power useage, higher heat output, much heavier weight, and much thicker cabinet. With performance being a wash between the 2 technologies, only nit pickers who can be driven nuts by one anomaly, yet not another, will prefer one technology over the other based on that techologies performance instead of the individual TV's performance.
Power useage, weight and size may put the Plasma technology behind LCD making it's end, seen in the upcoming future.
I had thought Plasma was already dead then they finally came out with 1080p models.