Originally Posted by dochollerin
I love that everybody votes plasma yet plasma sales are in the trash. So what's the discrepancy?
Either you're all liars, which is fine.
Or you're all enthusiasts who know plasma is better. This is fine also, but I must ask, why didn't you advise your friends to buy plasma? If you're an enthusiast why didn't they take your advice?
I think everyone owns LCD and LED TVs and won't admit it.
The issue is that the poll here only represents AVS Forum users, which is not an accurate representation of the actual panel display market. Average Joe Sixpack shopping at Wal-Mart using an IQ that might be less than the diagonal screen dimension is picking up a Sceptre or a Vizio LCD and calling it good. What is attracting the eye of A.J. Sixpack? The LCD panel with the brightness pushed to 11 and visible from orbit (or at least 100 yards down the aisle on the endcap). Combine that with the historical stigmas that plasma technology continues to labour under into the present and it's not a mystery as to why LCD panel sales trump plasma.
I do personally own a Pioneer Kuro KRP-600M and it's the most fantastic viewing experience I've ever had in any home, including projection screen setups. When friends have looked into purchasing flat-panels I advised them on the pros/cons of both technologies, and ultimately their viewing needs are what should govern their choice, not my personal bias. If you have a bright room with lots of natural or artificial ambient lighting and the viewers are only watching for casual entertainment then LCD/LED becomes the more attractive/appropriate choice. If you are regularly watching feature films and have lighting control over the room then plasma is the go-to. I personally think a lot of the ancillary considerations in the LCD/plasma debate are superfluous.
Power consumption? It's not as though running a plasma display is going to add thousands of dollars to your yearly electric bill. In my mind watching a film is entertainment; I'll be energy frugal with my dishwasher and clothes dryer.
Weight? This argument is trotted out every now and again and has no bearing on the actual performance of a display. Might be a concern if you are using an articulating mount but beyond that so long as your house wasn't built by hydrocephalic monkeys any wall will handily support the weight of a plasma.
Buzzing? Maybe if you are watching silent movies all the time or prefer your movies on MUTE. It's been my experience that any panel noise from a plasma panel is masked by the ambient noisefloor of the programme material. Buzzing really loud? Guess what, your panel needs to be serviced or replaced.