Originally Posted by myoda
I prefer plasma, but for my environment, the 70 inch Sharp gives me very good performance for the price paid. I don't want to sit in the dark to watch tv during the day, so I needed a screen that did not reflect light when my pocket doors are open. I upgraded from a 51 inch Sony to a 65 inch Mitsubishi DLP back in 2006. The DLP had very accurate color, more natural than my current set. I did not want to want to risk ir - wife puts stuff on pause for extended amounts of time - so LED for me in the living room. The biggest benefit for me in upgrading from DLP to LED is the lack of fan noise. I use this set more as a large monitor - the text is much sharper (no pun intended) than on the DLP. I appreciate the great black levels, off axis viewing angles, and true to life color of a plasma panel, but glare and reflections off the screen were a downer....
^ Some very sensible comments myoda. Thanks.
Originally Posted by jrodefeld
And if it is true that the ZT60 is the last Panasonic plasma, I feel that would be a travesty as well. The last company making quality plasma screens abandons the technology.
I understand the desire to move towards OLED tech, but honestly how long do you think it will be until we can buy a 50 or 60" OLED display that blows away the Kuro (or the ZT60) for $3000 to $4000? I would say it will be a good four or five years at least.
I sort of doubt the 2013 PDPs will be it, but these are two reasons why I'm starting to look at plasma again as a possible replacement for my 10+ year old 34" 1080i CRT. A third reason is the potentially deeper blacks on the new lower-end models... Won't know if they're deep enough though until I see em side-by-side with the CRT.
CRT still has some advantages for me over the flat panel techs. It doesn't burn-in as easily (or noticeably?) as plasma, so I never think twice about watching "scoped" or 4:3 pillar-boxed content on it (though I'll usually expand 4:3 content to fill more of the screen anyway, which is another plus for CRT). And upconverted SD-DVDs, and poorly-mastered Blu-ray/HD content (which is still pretty common) look very good on my CRT.
It's hard to really appreciate the detail in some of the better scoped HD transfers (e.g. How the West Was Won, Ben Hur...) on such a small screen though. And I do watch a fair amount of wide/scoped content, which is a slight source of concern with PDP. If I get a flat panel though, I suspect I'll still go with plasma for the superior PQ, and just let the chips fall where they may re burn-in.
...And contrary to one of the last posters above, I will never, EVER, EVER buy another TV which does not have reflections again!! Reflections mean a clearer, sharper picture, which is a necessary trade-off in my book.
Edited by ADU - 5/4/13 at 2:49pm