Originally Posted by Lotus
Right but we aren't talking about money, but which for sports. Also the new 50" plasmas can't touch the Sammy. Only the Kuros can. PQ is all about color accuracy and contrast ratio first and foremost. Since the Sammy has the best CA of any set being manufactured today, and 3rd best contrast.... do the math.
Wrong wrong wrong....sports are better viewed on a plasma:
I'm doing the math! Are YOU doing the math? ....for less than the Samsung you can get the new Panasonic Viera and it's every bit as good as the Kuro. Everyone in the business will tell you that you can't beat a Plasma when it comes to 50" & + for sports....Plasmas are way faster than LCD and I will tell you why:
1. The only technology that supports individually addressable pixels is the OLED....and OLED's do not require back lighting therefore you get perfect blacks since you do not have to lower the power of the LCD's and turn off the back lighting to get blacks or turn down the power on the plasma panel. The OLEDS will eventually be cheaper to manufacture than LCD or Plasma since there will be less cabinet, less electronics since there is no backlighting required....Until this technology is readily available...Plasma panels in the 50" and above will remain superior to LCD technology because:
2. Plasma panels handle blacks and contract far more simply and effectively than LCD panels...you need to turn LCD panels off to produce blacks and the effect of turning them off and on even at 120 hz will produce a blur in the larger panels...
While the "response time" of LCD TVs has markedly improved in the last couple of years, they still suffer from a slight "trailer" effect, where the individual pixels are just slightly out of step with the image on the screen. During fast moving sports scenes, the most discerning eyes can detect this slight motion response lag.
3. Plasmas also have better viewing angles than LCD's.
4. Plasma flat screen technology consists of hundreds of thousands of individual pixel cells, which allow electric pulses (stemming from electrodes) to excite rare natural gases-usually xenon and neon-causing them to glow and produce light. This light illuminates the proper balance of red, green, or blue phosphors contained in each cell to display the proper color sequence from the light. Each pixel cell is essentially an individual microscopic florescent light bulb, receiving instruction from software contained on the rear electrostatic silicon board. Look very closely at a plasma TV and you can actually see the individual pixel cell coloration of red, green, and blue bars. You can also see the black ribs which separate each.
Whether spread across a flat-panel screen or placed in the heart of a projector, all LCD displays come from the same technological background. A matrix of thin-film transistors (TFTs) supplies voltage to liquid-crystal-filled cells sandwiched between two sheets of glass. When hit with an electrical charge, the crystals untwist to an exact degree to filter white light generated by a lamp behind the screen (for flat-panel TVs) or one projecting through a small LCD chip (for projection TVs). LCD monitors reproduce colors through a process of subtraction: They block out particular color wavelengths from the spectrum of white light until they're left with just the right color. And, it's the intensity of light permitted to pass through this liquid-crystal matrix that enables LCD televisions to display images chock-full of colors-or gradations of them.
As the above advantages show, plasma technology has the better picture quality in normal to low room lighting conditions and are better in 4 out of 5 picture quality categories. Plasma technology will almost without exception triumph during night time viewing. LCD televisions are great for sunroom/breakfast room type environments. Also, LCD monitors are generally better for public display such as airport signage and retail store signage due to the bright room light environment.
5. LCD manufacturers have made great improvements in black levels and in many cases have managed to match the contrast ratio of plasma displays. However, Plasma TVs still maintain a clear advantage in this category due to fading blacks when viewing LCDs from off axis. In a dark room environment the user will notice the hazy effect present in blacks on LCD TVs. For scenes with a lot of dark and light images shown simultaneously - as with content originating from DVDs, video games, and NTSC TV signals - plasma TVs still consistently outperform LCDs.
6. Due to a deeper pixel cell structure plasma technology again triumphs in depth perception. With an incoming HD signal plasma looks more three dimensional than LCD TVs. LCDs rely more on the effects of lighting for depth characterization and images at times can appear flatter.
7. When comparing the 6,500-K spec for color temperature, plasmas are almost always flatter accross the spectrum and much more stable than LCD's which typically tend to vary by color even after calibration.
I agree that Samsung has dramatically raised the bar for LCD TV performance, but the technology still has further to go.
However if I was spending my money on a TV that's as expensive as a 50" LCD by I would get the plasma. In 7 out of 8 categories it is superior to LCD. LCD gets an 8/10 and plasma gets 9.5/10.
That's it end of discussion....period.