Originally Posted by M-ACE
Are there any LCDs in the 46" 1080p group that can handle fast motion?
I love watching football, hockey, and fast action SD/HD movies. Is there an LCD out there that really performs well?
Or should I move into the Plasma forums?
I'm sure you've heard this before, but I'll tell you again just in case. The best way to decide what you like is to view them in stores. The problem I've got with most big box stores is that they run a continuous loop of video. What you're watching is always a mystery. The sales reps never seem to know if it's 1080p or 720p or whatever. And they're incapable of changing the video to something more real life. I recently went through this myself. As nice as it looks to see a slow motion shot of horses running down the beach, it's not something that I'm going to watch in the living room, so it's hard to evaluate them in the stores. If you can find some place that will let you bring in your own HD-DVD player or xbox 360 then take advantage of that.
My first LCD purchase was the samsung 5265f. I watched it for 1 night and determined it wasn't for me. There was a definite motion blur when watching sports and the SD content looked horrible. I'd say it was unwatchable. I took it back and went for the sony 46" xbr4 and it's fantastic. I'm really not seeing any blur when watching fast moving scenes or sports. And the SD content is leaps and bounds better than the samsung. At least to my eyes.
A little more info about your viewing area would help determine if LCD or Plasma is better for you. I myself have a couple of windows and a skylight in my viewing area, so I opted for LCD. Plasma doesn't tend to do as well in brightly lit areas. Plasmas are less susceptible to burn in than they used to be, but it still happens. They also tend to be heavier and use more electricity. LCD's in general can't achieve the deeper blacks like plasma's can, but this newest generation of LCD's is pretty darn close.
In any case, make sure you get a TV that can be returned with no hassle so you can make up your mind for sure once you get it home.