Originally Posted by Jawzey
Eh, it's as simple as this. You get what you payed for with a plasma. If one is looking for a TV with no glare and that is good for daytime viewing with plenty open windows, then maybe an LCD is a better option for him or her. I haven't really seen or tested a matte screened plasma, because I frankly haven't had the desire to. I've been watching on a Panny 42X50u for the last 7 years. For the first 5, it was downstairs in the living room where we have A BUNCH of open windows and sunlight. Didn't bother me when we watched it because I didn't really look for it in the first place. For the last 2 years it's been in my older sister's room who is off to law school. I watched TV in her room for a while until I got my 42UT50, and I still have had no problems with the glare! As long as one is not looking for it, then it should not bother them, and these gimicky Plasma's with their filter's and crap aren't even worth the damn money. The UT50 is a great set that's relatively cheap, doesn't have that louvre crap, and is just overall a great set. Glare doesn't bother me because I don't look for it in the first place. Don't worry too much about these matte screen Plasma's, they are honestly redundant, IMO.
I highly disagree with this.....It depends on the situation, I bought a LG plasma some years ago that was very glossy, returned it with in a few days because it literally was unwatchable. It wasnt a fact of "dont look for it" a majority of the screen had a reflection that was distracting. Then at night I have a vontage modem (with a LCD) about 15' away and to the right, I could practicaly read what the modem said.
After returning the LG I found a TC-P4632C for less than half price. It was alot better than the LG but still not great. I recently upgraded to the 55st30 (again less than half price
) and I cant believe how much better it is than anything I have had in the past. I think it comes close to many LCD's.....I used to notice the opposing florescent kitchen light, now I have to really look for it. The filter on the st30 is impressive to say the least, I remember looking at the panny X1 years ago and it cut light but had and X pattern on the screen. For the quality of image+filter I dont think you can do better (for example the LG possibly has a better filter but likely has a worse picture).
If you can afford it, you should buy a panny with equal or better filter to the st30. Use it for a few days and return it if it is too glossy.