It's tax refund time and I'm in the market for a new TV. I'm not a n00b and I do know the strengths and weaknesses of each tech but I've never owned a plasma set and have always wanted one for its strengths in playing movies. However, my wife and I are the kind of people who just keep our TV's on about 8 hours a day every day, even if we're not actively watching. I also play a lot of video games with static HUDs.
I'm leaning towards getting another LCD for those reasons, but if someone can convince me that a plasma set won't start to noticeably degrade after a few years in those conditions, I'd probably buy one. I've read the stories, for example, about the Vieras automatically raising the black level after only a few months of use.
Basically, all the features I'm looking for in an LCD (full array LED with local dimming, 240hz, etc.) are to find one with an overall picture that approaches that of even most low end plasma sets. But I know an LCD TV is not going to wear out before I'm ready to replace it.
One thing I'm concerned about with LCD is banding - my current LCD TV has terrible banding. Is that still an issue?
I guess I should mention that I'm looking for a 46" set or so, and my budget is around $1,000.
Am I still right in going for LCD?