Originally Posted by saprano
That has nothing to do with his point at all.
They're not buying LCD's because it's "brighter" and "fits the environment better than plasmas". They know (and don't care) nothing about that. It's the misconceptions of plasmas why most buy LCD's over plasmas.
I think there is much truth to what you are saying but it's never quite that simple, on the defense of the average consumer some of the legacy Plasma issues however greatly reduced still hold true. And all this must be told to the consumer when qualifying them for the sale purchase. Plasmas put out allot more heat and consume more energy then LCD's do, additionally they are usually heavier and not as thin, which people like for wall mounting and aesthetic purposes. Samsung has made a fortune in the thin LED arena profile making them super ultra thin by using edge-lit technology. High sales figures show that people are just eating this all up, they can't get enough of it and the display is never to power efficient or to thin for people it would seem. However for the true video enthusiast who know's better the sacrifice in picture quality is unacceptable. But for the average layman person looking for a new TV right now they won't know the difference, or in some cases won't even care. The most important features to them are the looks, the super thin futuristic design that looks good in their home of course
the very (affordable) price, and something that they can do all their stuff on without any worry of issues down the road. To the average joe it's the best thing since sliced bread.
So while Plasmas still have some of the old legacy issues, mainly image retention, buzzing or humming, heating, higher power consumption, and yes although not very likely or common anymore possible screen burn, 9 out of 10 people will most certainly choose the LED over Plasma because they just don't want to have to worry about these things. Especially with similar picture quality and pricing and if not for no other reason than to just have that peace of mind while playing their video games.
Summing this all up LED's have come way down in price as a welcome and logical alternative for the consumers and we can't blame them, it's probably going to be the same scenario with OLED vs LED in the near future but well have to wait and see what happens down the road though.
PS: OLED is off to a good start with a positive outlook among the people so far, and once all the major issues are worked out assuming they can be worked out the potential for less power consumption, thinner more futuristic looking profiles, better picture quality, it's a combination winner. The only thing holding back OLED right now is the high cost associated with it, but once that comes down it will all fall into place I think.