Originally Posted by sirh
I have been a LCD person for a long time. I think it was because most of my TVs were small and at the time I bought them there was a decent price difference between the small plasmas and small LCDs and a distinct like of choice at the small-size tvs in the plasma realm.
I've accumulated 5 TVs for my house, all LCDs. 3 of them are 40" or less, one is a 50" and one is a 55" LED-LCD (the UN55B8500 from a few years ago). I am now replacing the UN55B8500 with a Panasonic ST60 (Plasma). Ironically when I bought the B8500 it was because the reviews had said it "approached plasma" in terms of PQ. I do not remember why I didn't clue into that at the time, but based on many factors (extremely bright room, misinformation, used to lcd from previous buys, etc) I opted in to LED/LCD over plasma.
Time has passed and I finally got over the LCD thing. Light is no longer a factor. I think the issue was that I had bought small LCDs and then when it was time to buy bigger TVs, I stuck with what had worked for me. I do remember being concerned with IR, burn-in and "buzzing" back then so I bought the b8500 instead of a Panasonic Plasma. Thanks to sites like this, I finally got over my worries and decided to switch to Plasma.
Now, take what I say with a grain of salt. The ST60 hasn't arrived yet -- its due to be delivered early next week, so I haven't seen it. I am trusting the reputation of reviewers at this point. If that TV turns out to be as good as they say (and it beats down the UN55B8500, which it _should_) I will be buying plasmas until the next great display tech comes along.
So count me as a NEW Plasma customer.
I had the same concerns and I still do. I have personally experienced several PDP Tv's with extreme Image Retention, which is unacceptable to me. Even more unacceptable is a highly reflective screen. It bugged me so much during the days of CRT's that I would arrange the lights in my living room around
the placement of my TV's. And then when I moved in with my girlfriend (now wife) she always wanted to put the lights where they reflected directly off the screen, which drove me mad, but of course, she didn't want to move the TV to fix the issue. I hate, HATE, HATE
reflections more than anything.
And now I have a living room with a sliding glass door about 35 degrees from my HDTV, which happens to be a matte screen LCD and you know what? NO REFLECTIONS! I never, ever want to go back to glossy. Unfortunately I fear I may have to. I want a Sony full array LED for my next TV, but I fear they may be too reflective.
Don't get me wrong though. Picture quality on PDP tv's are great. The best picture I've ever seen was on a Pioneer Elite. It was gorgeous
and if I had the capability of completely controlling the light in the viewing room, I would put in the closest equivalent I could find. But for now, that's not possible, so until then, its LCD/LED for me.