The lighting is much brighter in a showroom than in your home, and bright lighting favors LCDs.
To truly compare, shop in a store with a darkened room full of TVs.
I love my DLP! :)
My Sony XBR CRT gives the best PQ you'll see in a TV.About the only drawback is that they weigh about a half ton.
Plasma! Still the best.
If I ran mine 24/7, in 6 or 7 years I'll replace it for around $500.
I rather enjoy my two LCD's I got on clearance (both for less 1000 combined), took forever to tune the pictures in good but hey they still look ten times better than SDTV.
Being a greedy capitalist pig does have its advantages. ;-)
The latest breakthrough is the Laser DLP, which offers better resolution at half the price of plasma.
My new Panasonic plasma shows burn-in on hockey games (only shows up on the very white ice of HDTV, not noticeable otherwise.)
The burn-in lasts about 24 hours and then goes away so I am not completely flipping out. But I am careful now not to leave it on one channel for more than an hour if it has one of those dumb lower corner channel signatures.
But sports in HDTV (on the plasma) just blows your mind. Movies and Discovery and PBS documentaries are also amazing.
But I'd buy a Sony LCD next time.
You didn't think television technology stopped at the plasma, did you? It's called SED TV and it's essentially a bunch of miniature CRT's bundled side by side together.
The article does a good job of pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of the plasmas and LCD's so it's informative in that regard. (Like how black is still somewhat gray on a plasma since the plasma cell that is trying to be black is still on, emitting light to reduce latency). Cost? Comparable to plasma.
I still have my 10+ year old 35" Mitsubishi tube and if SED plays out, I will have skipped the LCD and plasma generations for this.
We have a 60" Sony DLP and absolutely love it. No burn in, it's relatively light in weight, has a clear, crisp picture, and no blurring.
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My personal soap box is that anything you buy will not only be good, it will be very good. It will far surpass anything you have now, and you'll love it. As far as quibbling between competing technologies I think that it sort of goes like this
Plasma - If money is no object and/or you want to hang on wall like a picture.
DLP - For screen sizes >= 50 inches.
LCD - For screen sizes < 50 inches.
But like I said, it's all good. Don't fall victim to analysis paralysis. I've had a DLP for 2 years and love it.
We purchaced a 61" Sony
Outdated will have buy a new Lamp @ $140 every yrs but it i whay he wanted and what we had in cash plus the 4 yr warrenty in home service 4 $179