Originally Posted by Thomas27
Up until 15 minutes ago I was set on buying a plasma. I read several threads about screen burn in even on the new plasmas. Im very responsible with my TV's, but the problem is my roommate would be on it more and he doesn't give a **** (he didn't know you needed to change oil in a car...) So what would be a good LCD panel as well? Im still very open to plasma. I wouldnt mind getting used or late model for cheap so I can get a better quality screen.
If you wanna go the LCD route you'll have to either do a 60Hz model, go with a CCFL backlight, go to a 46" screen instead of a 50" (which doesn't sound like it'd be a big deal to you) or do the used route, and I have no opinion on the used route. The LG 47CS570 is a CCFL, 120Hz LCD. The Samsung 46" EH6000 series is a direct backlit LED/LCD but that sits at the very top of your budget if that's alright. The Toshiba 50" L2200 is another full array LED/LCD but its only a 60Hz model. And the Samsung 46" E550 model is another CCFL LCD but its only a 60Hz as well.
Personally, even if you do have an irresponsible roommate, I wouldn't worry about burn it. Every display technology can suffer from IR. Burn in is a non-issue for plasma TV's IMO. Just something the doubters like to try and hang their hat on. Regardless, to each his own. If you go the LCD route the models I listed above I think are the best options for the size and price point you're looking at.
Here's a good burn in article