Then i helped my friend choose then set up a 46" Sony XBR and i spent a lot of time making it look good, and also helped my next door neighbor set up his 40" Bravia LCD TV and i couldn't get either of these to look as good as my old plasma so i gave up on LCD and picked up a 1080p plasma instead and it's way better than all the LCDs.[/QUOTE]
I too just helped a good friend set up his 40" Bravia. A couple of weeks ago he came to me and asked for my recommendation as to what display he should buy. Well, being a PDP owner myself and a solid believer that it is still the best picture you can buy, I gathered a feel for what he was trying to ultimately accomplish with the set ( something in the 40" range / his seating distance of around 12' / general viewing with occasional standard DVD) Also, he indicated he did not want to spend a pile of money on this particular set in this location. So I thought simple, a 42" PX75U would fit the bill perfectly. Great all round performer - the size range he wanted and no need for a 1080 set at that distance, plus you can pick these sets up for a song these days. EASY - should be ALL SET!!!
Well much to my dismay he calls me up a couple days later to let me know he just picked up his new set - a 40" Bravia 1080p.
A complete 180 from what I tried to recommend. So, not to hurt his feelings of course, I cheerfully went over and helped him set it up and to the best of my ability I tried to act enthused for his purchase.
Having said all this, the point being, after spending time with his LCD it really 'awakened' me upon returning home and firing up the ol' Panny as to how much difference there still was between the two techs. I guess one gets complacent over time with their own set and when subjected to a direct comparison with another display (in a real world environment - not a showroom) you are reminded why you chose what you did --- PLASMA