Let me start this post off by saying I spent 3 hours at a best buy store today talking to the people there and watching televisions. Yes, I know they try to sell you things but generally with how I am, I can get them to have a conversation with me and be real rather than just sell me the most expensive thing as I'm not a person that walks into a store with a definite thing I want I'm always browsing trying to learn.
Originally Posted by MasterofBlasting
Plasma does seem to have a better picture quality then LCD. This can be considered opinion, but Plasma's do tend to produce a more accurate and life-like picture.
Sometime people aren't concerend about getting the best product they can, but rather getting the latest technology or the most expensive product they can afford. The logical reason why someone would choose LED over Plasma, is brightness.
Plasma TV's can have a hard time in brighter rooms. Solution, close the curtains, or turn off the light. But this may not be enough for some viewing areas, and an LED is the best way to go.
This is the exact conversation I had with the guy, a video game junkie I'm guessing. I walked in looking at LED LCD tvs and he turned me off of the Sharp a bit saying that they had bad PQ in high moving scenes. If I was playing lots of video games I wouldn't like it as much as other televisions. After watching some hockey game scenes and other fast moving scenes I was worried but I'm still going to ask around here first. Meanwhile, the plasma seemed to be fine compared to the LED LCD tvs of Sharp. Samsung faired better but still was effected. I quickly wrote off the Plasma at first, old tech, and the LED was brighter. I watched it for awhile though and movies seemed much more real.
When I asked about why people got the LED when the plasma was cheaper and had GREAT picture quality he simply said "Brightness". It was the number one way they were selling TVs he told me. People go to the brightest TV they see and it's LEDs. Plasmas have GREAT PQ, but LEDs sell better right now.
Second thing he said was newness of the technology. No matter what, people want new technology.
Those two things explained to me why LEDs have been the thing people have been raving about and made me rethink Plasmas, especially when being told the Plasma 8000 series Samsungs have a lot of preventive measures against burnin.
Originally Posted by sphna12d
Plasma's are heavy, energy hogs and possibly lose some of their great black levels over time. In certain darker environments, Plasma's can be ideal but not everyone has an ideal environment for a Plasma.
This "heavy" thing is a joke. The Plasmas I saw today were everybit as thin as LED tvs. As for doing better in darker environments I totally agree. The plasmas in the theatre room of bestbuy looked great but outside in the bright lights the LEDs looked amazing. I think with proper settings both would do great so it really depends where the TV is going.
Originally Posted by seanclayton
This is not a great answer. Burn-in has had a lot of improvements. I was just at the store looking at the Samsung 8000 series 64inch and learned a lot of the anti burnin prevention serious. Don't think a 2 word answer will end a thread.
All in all, I'm confused as to whether to get the 64 inch Samsung and pay the extra 4-500 dollars, or stick with my choice of a 70 inch sharp after spending tons of time watching them. Decisions decisions, but if you don't mind losing some inches, and your TV is going in a darker place like a basement or something, plasmas are probably a better bet. People may be like "well I got a LED your plasma sucks" but well it's whatever. Deep down though when I thought about it, I wanted to have the newest thing when I first went into the store, and after leaving, I was confused as to whether I wanted the newest thing, or the thing I thought would probably best fit my needs. I'm guessing though that a lot of people literally walk into the store with their minds set on LED because it's the newest tech and don't even think about plasmas.