Originally Posted by brentsg
I had a 5080 and 4671 side by side in my home. In a lower ambient light situation the 71 could NOT achieve the blacks of the Pioneer in any sort of calibrated state. By calibrated state, what I mean is that maybe the Samsung could get darker if you attempted to shut the backlight down to the point that you destroyed the image, did not attempt anything silly like that.
I really wanted to love and keep the 71 so I really put time into trying to make it equal the 5080 in this area.
I currently have a 5010 and the 4671 did best the 5010 on detail/resolution for a static image such as a test pattern. Unfortunately if anything is moving on the screen, which is pretty common when watching content, the 5010 absolutely destroys the LCD.
I would bet the "noise" they are referring to is due to the plasma not being a sample and hold technology like LCD is. Unfortunately it's that fundamental difference in the two technologies that produces the motion blur/smearing effect that LCD is still trying to overcome.
i've spent way too much time comparing the two technologies. nothing technical, just eyeing it. all depends on the source, the lighting situation and calibration.
in a store you can only do so much. once dial in a much as you can you just have to decide what advantages of each you can live with more.
sometimes the picture on the plasma will look better because a scene was bright, dark, saturated, had whites, had blacks etc....
i'd stare at one scene and like the plasma then another would come up and the lcd kicked the pants off the plasma, then i started to notice that even with the kind of saturated contrasty result of the plasma it just wasn't more "convincing" in it's performance than what i saw in lcd. lcd looks more natural to me.
at one point in this process, i bought a plasma to have at home and seriously considered keeping it, till i started seeing reflections in the dark part of the screen even in low light.
soon i dreaded really dark scenes on my plasma because of the reflections of my table, cups, lamps, myself!! what the heck was all this dark performance good for if i see myself in the darn screen.
boxed up and returned the plasma.
later ended up with an lcd in the main room and a plasma in the bedroom where it performs nicely if it's not getting sunlight through the windows. luckily i don't sit home all day watching tv.