Originally Posted by Farley1
Originally Posted by fafrd
What are you trying to understand? If you can be more specific with your questions you are more likely to get effective replies...
I didn't know enough to ask anything more specific than "what are the differences between plasma, LCD, LED-LCD".
I did some Googling and read on cnet and pcmag and amazon and elsewhere, and think I have a handle on it. Now the confusing part is reading everything in terms of model numbers and figuring out what people are talking about. I hadn't read a thing about TVs since we bought our current 46" Samsung LCD back in 2008, and I don't think I knew what I was doing then.
I guess I want an LED-LCD backlit display due to the rather bright lighting conditions we currently have most of the day in here.
Yes, if you have bright viewing conditions and need a panel with high light output, LED/LCD is probably better for you than plasma.
The one exception could be the Samsung F8500 which is the brightest plasma ever produced.
If you already have an LED/LCD, I might suggest you think about what it is about that panel that you would like to improve upon with a new TV and post those desires here. In addition, you should give an idea of the screen size you are looking for and the budget you have to spend.
As an example, the F8500 costs $1800 for 51", $2400 for 60" and $3100 for 64", so if any of those sizes at those prices are interesting to you, you might want to check out the F8500 at your local Best Buy. Based on what you have already indicated, I would probably suggest that the F8500 is the only plasma you might find suitable to your viewing requirements (or it's successor the F7000 due out later this year, but identical in terms of picture quality).
If your budget is below these levels or you are interested in higher resolutions like 4K and/or larger panel sizes than 64", LED/LCD will probably be your only option this year and you might want to have a look a the Vizio's 2014 lineup of full array local dimming (FALD) LED/LCDs (the best kind of backlight for improved contrast and dark level performance):
http://store.vizio.com/news/vizio-announces-pricing-for-best-in-class-p-series-ultra-hd-full-array-led-smart-tvEdited by fafrd - 3/8/14 at 4:58pm