Originally Posted by rst21
I'm in the market for a new TV as my old TV is about 20" too small for it's space. I mostly watch sports but my room is very bright with a large South facing window as well as a West facing smaller window. I was at a home theatre store yesterday and watched a basketball game on a Samsung LED - it looked terrible with a ton of motion blur (my 5 year old Sharp LCD looks perfect in comparison). But the store also had a plasma located near to a window and I couldn't stand the glare/reflection. Does anyone have advice for this situation? I really didn't like either TV.
Was that Plasma at the store a brand/model that has an Anti-Reflective Filter? Or was it one of the various models that do not
have an AR Filter? The AR Filter makes for a huge reduction in reflectivity so this is very important when looking at TVs in the stores.
Is your living room as bright as the area at the store where you saw the glare/reflection? A South-facing window will be a challenge for any type of TV if it's letting too much light into the room. A few of my rooms get so bright that even my older matt-screened LCD TVs get overtaken by a big round blob of light and become unwatchable.
The problem with the new higher-end LCDs and LED LCD TVs is that they have a very glossy screen to give them more depth but they are very reflective - more so than a matte-screen LCD or a mid-to-high-end Plasma with a good AR Filter. These glossy LCD/LED TVs are indeed very bright and during bright scenes this helps them punch through the light better than most Plasmas, but in dark scenes that LCD/LED suddenly becomes a very reflective dark mirror. I have a small glossy LED LCD on my desk that does this and i have to concentrate on not looking at the reflections. I would not be able to tolerate it on a large primary display.
And even an AR Filter-equipped Plasma in an overly bright room will get washed out but the reflections won't be as pronounced as on a glossy LCD. The 2011 Plasma models (Panasonic ST30/GT30/VT30 and Samsung PND6500/PND7000/PND8000) all have excellent AR Filters. The new Panasonics (ST50/GT50/VT50) have new improved AR Filters that are designed for a bright room, and the new panel is reportedly brighter than last year's models. I don't know if Samsung has improved AR Filters this year but last year's models were a little brighter than the Panasonics.
The bottom line is that if a room is so bright that any of the aformentioned Plasmas aren't bright enough, then that room is too bright and not a good environment for watching any sort of TV. Just about all of the Panny and Sammy Plasma owners who have posted their settings and calibrated settings seem to have their screen brightness set to around 70%-80% or so, and they also are not using the overly bright Vivid or Dynamic picture modes. I like a bright TV yet i have the screen brightness on my older dimmer G10 set to 85% and it's plenty bright enough for watching sports and auto racing in the afternoons in my bright man room.