LCD’s are superior like Gregus said.
And yes, get the high def. Then you can watch blu-ray and all that shit.
The way I see it, you rarely go out and buy a TV so you might as well get the one that won’t become obsolete soon. After playing some PS3 games on a normal TV and going to high def, the difference is massive.
Neither is superior. If lcd was that much better, plasmas would be dying out.
Plasmas have better black levels period, and NO ghosting, at least on quality ones. I’ve never seen a plasma ghost. LCDs on the other hand do, although its mostly corrected now.
If you plan on watching a lot of movies or dark tv shows, get a plasma. The blacks are the truest and if you get an lcd, they will appear grey in comparison. I have a samsung ln40a650. When I got it, it was THE top of the line tv. There might be something else better now, but you’d have to pay a lot for it (well over 2000 for a 40"). Point is, my high end lcd cannot match the black levels of an older plasma with only a 10,000 contrast ratio (my tv is 50:000).
If you intend to use it for internet as well, then go with an lcd to avoid burn in, even though thats not as big of a deal on plasmas now, its still an issue.
You need to figure out what you’ll be using the tv for and then pick which technology suits your needs, not the other way around.
If power consumption is THAT high on the priority list and you can’t pay your electric bills, then you probably don’t need an hdtv right now anyways.
Plasmas do ghost, you even contradicted yourself in your own post.
We have a 50 Inch plasma in one room, a 50 inch Sony LCD Bravia XBR and 2 more 40 inch Sony Brawia’s LCD’s in other rooms.
Needless to say im a videophile and an audiophile and actually own alot of the equipment im talking about.
The new LCD’s are stunning and their refresh rate is exceptional. I only Buy Sony TV’s. IMO, when it comes to TV’s It’s Sony and then everyone else. Even Panasonic although good, is still second to sony.
When I say ghosting, I am talking about OLD plasmas. I own a 50" 720p panasonic plasma and there’s NO ghosting. Its about 3.5 years old, so its not new tech. I have not seen ANY plasma ghost that are recent (last year or two). Point one out to me if you can find one. If its Westinghouse, don’t bother. LCDs still have blur even though its gotten a hell of a lot better. Its your call and how anal you are about “quality.” Same reason why people still game w/ crts b/c of the hz (100-120hz) vs lcds (60z). Even I notice a difference, but it doesn’t make me go out and spend 600 on a 22" lcd 120hz pc monitor. If this guy is asking about 720p and 1080, he’s probably no videophile, as you claim to be.
That said, Plasma is really the best way to go for movies unless you need a 100" screen.
I’d love to see your sony tv vs my Samsung. I bet if you took the bezel off and just looked at the panels, you couldn’t tell the difference. Sony isn’t THAT good and your panel isn’t that much better if at all unless you spent 8k on a tv and that’s in another league. Its top 3, but not always #1. When I bought my samsung, there wasn’t a sony out that was as good. Lower contrast, refresh rate, etc. Just didn’t match the sammy and the price was higher as well.[/quote]
Plasmas still ghost with enough time. But whether it will for you is dependent on what you always watch. So it is user dependent to a point. Put on CNN for 18 hours per day and you WILL burn in the cnn logo in time. Pixel rotation and all are just bandaid fixes to this technologies Achilles heel.
Sony Never publishes their real specs. They have 2-3 versions of the same TV lines. Their Wega series has about 3 models all being Wegas. One i have in a 40 Inch was 4K another $1500 in the same Wega 40inch LCD configurations. Marked difference between them. The 50 Wega XBR is about 6-8 K depending where you shop. It is another league, i agree. The screen processor can make even an old VHS tape and turn it into 720. Amazing TV. Full 1080I and 1080P. It’s Sony’s best.