Originally Posted by WheelHoss1
To all these people talking about preferring plasmas: thanks for the autobiography. Plasma vs LCD are totally different aesthetics and saying you prefer one is like saying you like pasta over hamburgers.
I hate plasmas. They all look grainy and dark compared to LCDs. But I don't pretend I can't see the appeal of plasmas.
I kind of think some of you are trying not to like LCDs.
If your post was directed at me you're coming of like an asss.
I gave a back story because so many variables play a role in image quality so the more information given the more likelihood a problem can be diagnosed and resolved. That hardly qualifies as you sarcastically stated an "autobiography"..
We are not trying to dislike LCD. The technology is inferior to Plasma and now OLED. It requires literally owning the flagship models to perform anywhere close to what you can have for a budget plasma. Even still those high end sets will undoubtedly be rife with flaws.
It is certainly your prerogative to have disdain for plasma but a $400 720p set turning Dish Network into near Blu Ray quality while the Sony W850B looked like upscaled SD is nothing short of amazing. The 8550 is far behind the 4500 in this department as well though better than the Sony.
Even 4k on the 8550 is matched by the 4500 in terms of clarity and depth of field in side by side comparisons. The plasma boasts the inky blacks too without being crushed. On the 8550 the blacks have a blue tinge. Color was more vibrant on the LED.
If you think its just me read what Katzmaier said after comparing the 9000 displaying native 4k while a Panosonic plasma played 1080p. Unbias staffers were asked to choose which T.V. was 4k. Only one could and only after moving close enough to see the pixel structure on a flat image. At 8 feet on a 65" the pictures were identical.
He stated that any advantages the 9000 had over other non 4k models he has tested actually had nothing to do with the much added resolution. Contrast, black levels and uniformity were the reasons for improved picture quality.
And I don't know how you came to the conclusion that the 8550 "blows the Sony X900B out of the water." Cnet said the 9000's picture quality was "not as good as the Sony." That and other reviews have also said the Sony had better blacks than the 9000 which has deeper blacks than the PN 8500 which is the ultimate plasma in recent years let alone the 8550 that is known to have less zones and inferior blacks to the 9000. Only advantage I've heard is color accuracy though that can be fixed with calibration.