Originally Posted by Daekwan
I dont understand why the LG plasmas are so unpopular. But it seems nobody likes them. But their price and bang for the buck features seem unbeatable! I'd love to see a head to head comparison of LG vs other brands, in person, using my own source material. Which would be COD on the 360, ESPN HD, Military channel SD and streaming movies to an AppleTV. Thats easily 90% of my viewing.
Ive even read in the plasma world, even Samsung is better than LG. Meaning if you are looking for top notch plasma you should look Panny>Samsung>LG>Everybody else.
They're around if you dig hard enough, cnet is usually on top of those. The HT mags seem to do less comparisons but go more in depth. Neither of them are gamer focused, but a little googling will usually find you some input lag tests, and the LGs just don't test well.
I've had both Samsung and Panny plasmas. The Samsung C8000 had absolutely perfect color reproduction, great configurability, a ton of apps, and played back anything you could throw at it over DLNA. An excellent anti-reflective coating too. Input lag was good in game mode, and movies looked perfect in 96hz. But it had really bad IR, and a ton of 3D ghosting. The black level was also nothing special, I've seen better LCDs, and it had crazy firmware bugs that made the black level even worse. The cons outweighed the pros and I was never happy with it. I think I paid like 1600 for a 50" on Black Friday at best buy in 2010.
A year or so later I found a deal on a 60" ST30 at Costco for like 1200. I almost didnt buy it cause it wasnt the top end model, but I really didnt like the C8000. The panny has MUCH better black levels, almost as good color, a lot less 3D ghosting, zero IR. Input lag was just as good. The apps and local playback not nearly so much, but a $50 streamer box can handle that. A little more reflective but not a huge deal, and 48hz is a little flickery but its still decent direct 24p. Still way happier overall, and paid much less for a much better and bigger set. I don't really have an itch to upgrade until someone makes a set where black is absolutely positively black, zero light emission.
Based on my own experiences Id probably blindly stick with Panny going forward. It's not like testing or replacing a TV is a simple affair, you really want to do it right the first time.