Originally Posted by jonnythan
That's a flawed comparison. LCD TVs can push overall brightness levels much more than a plasma. However, if you tried to use the Best Buy wall settings on that Sharp in your living room it would be uncomfortably bright. Once you turn the brightness down to more normal levels, you lose a lot of the color and contrast. The Best Buy demos also don't show a great deal of natural-looking content like movies - most of what you see is of nature, artificial graphics, or sports.
Those TVs also aren't calibrated.
Ironically, after giving this a lot more thought, I'm leaning toward a 65" VT50 again. Only thing stopping me is that after 4 years of LCD use (previous TVs to that were Panny plasma also), I noticed slight flicker in every plasma I've looked at in the stores recently. So I'll have to track down a VT50 again and look for flicker. If I see, it I don't think I'll be able to deal with plasma. Of course, I'm also really tired of clouding, flashlighting, bad motion, lag, and crappy blacks. I'd be trading those for IR issues, line bleed, and possible flicker. I did a test with a home made cardboard cutout, and at my 9 foot distance, the 80" might be way too big.
This is nuts, I'm going to have to go spend a few hours in BestBuy again staring at floor models. Since I plan to upgrade again once 65"+ OLED sets become available and affordable, I'm not sure getting an expensive 80" now based on old tech makes any sense. And based on what I've heard about all other Sharps, the 80" is the only one I would have considered.
Oh, and you guys touting Mitsubishi DLP are CRAZY! Why? Geometry issues.
My number one grievance with CRT monitors was always trying to get the geometry right, and having to deal with that kind of nightmare again is not my idea of fun.