Originally Posted by instantpop
Or even IF you're a gamer, imo. I just made the switch from LCD to Plasma. Amazing...and my games look great.
I've debated LCD versus Plasma for over a year now and I just can't make myself take the risk involved with a Plasma. I like the darker blacks, faster response time and better SD viewing, but none of that matters if I need to constantly worry about IR. My family will use our next TV for everything; computer monitor, videogames, DVDs, HD and SD.
Sometimes I fall asleep watching ESPN, sometimes I come home after a 12 hour shift to find my kids asleep in front of the TV with a DVD menu that has been on the screen for several hours. Computer and videogame use will constitute at least 60% of our use on our next TV. When the top Plasma's (Panasonic/ Pioneer) have warnings against displaying still images (Computer, DVD Menu, ESPN logo and Videogames) more than 15% of the time I just can't justify the purchase.
Then there is the fact that Plasmas come in lower resolutions than LCDs. I know I know, most people notice black level and color saturation before they notice resolution, but a computer notices the resolution first. I'm also trying to figure out how a set with a resolution of 1024x768 qualifies as HD. I guess it qualifies because all the Plasma manufacturers got together and decided it qualifies. Still, last I checked 1280x720 is the minimum resolution for High Definition.