"I'd still tell you to lean towards OLED, LCOS, and DLP first before going plasma, but...a year or two could really change the whole landscape anyways..."
I respect your opinion Q of BanditZ. That's cool. If you like DLP etc better I wouldn't argue. But, this is a thread about what we recommend to others
and why, to which I'd add:
Given the experience of those who have switched from DLP to plasma, I certainly can't agree about recommending "go DLP over plasma" for picture quality.
From a recent thread on whether to go DLP or Plasma, former DLP owners unanimously have preferred the plasma to their DLP. I think it's relavent as these are owners who have lived with each technology, vs someone who has only looked at them in a store. Each of these quotes are from different former DLP owners who've switched to plasma:
|I started out with a 46" Smasung DLP, had it for about a week, and decided to return it. In the end, I spent about $1000 more for a plasma with a smaller screen, but I am much happier with the plasma. As one of the previous posters said, I could never get natural looking colors on the DLP. HD PQ was good, except for the crazy colors, but SD was really bad. On top of all of that, I could not watch it for more than 30 minutes without getting the DLP induced headaches. The only benefit I see to the DLP's is no worries about burn in. But if you take some minor precautions, there are no worries with plasma either.
Another who replaced his DLP with plasma, talks about the DLP:
|The set did have good PQ with HD sources only but I about went
crazy trying to get the colors right. You had access the SM to do much
correction. I got frustrated with the lack of detail in dark scenes.
I even had it ISF calibrated and finally gave up.
Hopefully the new HD3 with the 7 segment color wheel will correct this
but I just couldn't wait.
Doesn't matter now, I'm spoiled (by plasma).
|Same thing here. Got the Sammy 50inch DLP and returned it after a week for the Panny 50" Plasma. The DLP's black levels look horrible to me and I could never get that "tube tv look" out of it. Now the plasma is just what I wanted and I would never consider DLP again unless they made great strides in the black level area.
|You can search for my story as to how I had the 567 DLP and then returned it. What I didn't like
1. The whine from color wheel
2. the poor black levels
3. the off center picture degredation (verticle)
Was the upgrade to plasma worth every penny? YES!
|Before I bought my plasma I demo'd a 43 inch samsung dlp for ~1 month. I did like the sharpness and clarity of the picture but the colors were always a little too much like a neon sign. That and the fact that the picture was almost invisible from one of my primary seating positions made me consider plasmas. I haven't looked back since I got my panny.
|The colors on my 50" DLP were never right. I was always tweaking this and that in the service menu and it just got really tiring. Add on the not-so-great black levels, not-so-great shadow detail, fan noise, an occasional headache, and a lip-sync problem....and I returned it to Sears. Oh and the other annoying thing I found with DLP was on fast pans in movies. Like someone else said, it made me very aware of the screen. It hurt my eyes to watch them sometimes.
And this about an LCD RPTV experience:
|i wont push you one way or another but:
a friend of mine who resently bought latest 60" XBR sony LCD RPTV made a coment after seeing my 42 Panny pwd6uy, which went something like this:
him: um i should have bought plasma
him: PQ is far better on you plasma, plus in the daytime when all of the windows are open pic gets washed out.
when he saw black level in dark room(9pm) he was ready to go home and pack his tv to send it back.
So, I'd say there are good reasons why plasma can be preferable to DLP.
Some of the guys above own the Panny ED plasma, which they prefer to their DLP, and which you can easily find for under $3,000 (it's listed at $2,700 at one reputable on-line dealer right now). That, and my own experience with the ED plasma, contradicts the idea that you need to spend over $5,000 for a plasma or "it just isn't worth it."
Food for thought...
(And I happen to really like DLP! Maybe there are some who have switched from owning a good plasma to DLP and preferred DLP. But I've yet to see anyone who has.).