Originally Posted by rskay
This is my first post. I'm getting my first big-flat-hd television within a week or two. I have done an unconscionable amount of research (letting other -- probably more important things lag). But I still don't know.
I'll be a getting a 50-52 in. In a room with one big window on the side of the TV. Will sit about 10 ft away. I've decided to go 1080p-- had the bad luck to see a Blu-Ray DVD playing and I knew I had to have that before too long.No gaming-- probably no computer use. Mainly sports and movies.
Everything I've read says the PQ on the Plasma's are superior-- better blacks and better motion. Also even the sales people all said Plasma was a superior technology. I was all set to go that way. But once I started looking at models in stores I liked the LCD pictures better! I thought the resolution and vividness of the images were knockouts. I'm not that worried about clouding etc. So I decided to get a LCD.
Now I've read this thread and started to have doubts again. Can I be right and the rest of the world wrong? Is there something about the store displays that isn't true to what I will have at home? (I know whatever I get will look great by comparison with my old SD.) Is it all just a matter of taste-- and my taste is weird?
My current choices are two Samsungs-- the 5084 Plasma or the LNT5267 in the LCD. (They are very close in price-- and the Samsung seems great in both techs. I really like the Sony LCDs but can't justify the extra price).
I love this forum and I need to say what many others have. I am astounded by the helpfulness and generosity of the subscribers. Thanks.
I think the brightness of LCDs can have a real impact on the showroom floor. They are practically nuclear in my local chain retail stores. I think psychologically this can make them seem, in comparison, more detailed and bolder than adjacent Plasma sets. It certainly makes them jump out and seem to occupy a dimension of their own.
The problem for me, though, is that I find it very hard to watch an LCD with brightness that high for any extended amount of time. The intense light in a moving picture is quickly fatiguing and headache-inducing. Even on my laptop or computer monitor - I have to dial brightness waaay back from the highest settings. And, once the brightness is dialed back on an LCD, the rest of the picture's flaws becomes easier to spot (again, generalizing there are some nice LCDs out there).
Plasma pictures are often more laid back, deeper and richer, in my opinion. LCDs are brighter and more punchy/contrasty. I don't think there is a right or wrong here (well, maybe in the lab there is in some cases) -- I think it is which one appeals to you personally and what your eyes can tolerate for long periods of time. Try and spend some time watching an LCD in a showroom, and adjust the brightness if they'll let you play with the remote. See if you like the picture when the brightness is dialed back to match the Plasmas.
Truthfully, though I plan on buying a Kuro in the coming months, I secretly wish an LCD would be released that would blow me away. I hate the idea of worrying over IR and Burn-in and certainly wouldn't mind spending less money than I will on the Kuro. But, for me, it's all about the best looking picture and right now that belongs to the Kuro (again, in my opinion.)