I just purchased the TH-50PZ85U
. The main use for the plasma is gaming on the 360. My biggest concern when purchasing a display was to eliminate any lag in the video being displayed. From what I've read so far Plasmas have the least amount of lag.
I am concerned about burn in (gaming) and the amount of glare (lots of sun light in the room).
Why did I choose this Panisonic? Well we have the 110 inch version at work and I love it(No, you can't come play Halo 3 on it). I purchased a Pani for my Mother and love it. The other was the positive reviews here on the board. Pani seems to have it right with the plasmas.
Other displays I considered are the Philips 47PFL7403D/27 and Samsung LN46A550. The main reason I didn't get these displays is that they are LCD (video lag). Other reasons: Philips is selling off its LCD line which didn't make me any more comfortable buying their newest unreviewed untested displays. The philips has an edge with the 2ms response but by all accounts the Samsung is a superior picture and build quality.Maybe I'm missing it but there should be a sticky in the LCD and plasma for best gaming display.
I would love a serious in depth conversation regarding this. Something I should note is I always ask the top ranked people in a game what display they have. It is all over the place with many playing on 8ms Westinghouse and Vizio displays.
Currently I play on a PT-AX100u Panisonic projector. Its great on a 110 inch widescreen but I'm looking for something sharper. I'm also not interested in replacing bulbs every year or so. I'll keep it but use it for what its made for, movies.
I'm by no means an expert so please be kind when correcting any errors I've made. Hell, I'd be grateful to anyone who proves me wrong and points me in the proper direction. My goal is only to find the best gaming display in the 47-50 inch range.