Originally Posted by Bluemustang
Yeah I was hoping to wait for a sale (i've seen tvs drop 3-400 on sales) but if im limited to retail stores thats limiting. Plus thats another more then $100 in tax. But true I've heard that theres variability sometimes in quality within the same model so having a retail store to return to is ideal.
A few more questions if you don't mind.
Will plasmas or this samsung i chose still be decent in somewhat light conditions? Say like light coming through the window with blinds up though. I'm not too concerned about it but itd still be nice not to be too washed out with a little light.
Another thing I'm worried about is, even though the samsung have good anti image retention. Will having a lot of static images like GUIs on a game cause image retention issues over the course of years. Like having a gui up then playing something with motion for a few minutes to clean the image up then back again and so forth. Just worried that this process might degrade the plasma, at least image retention wise (even with good anti image retention) over the course of years. Any thoughts?
And lastly about the image slides you used to break in your tv. Will 100 hours suffice? Id rather not wait 200
PS: after googling those image slides it says for panasonics. Is that propritary somehow or will it work fine for a samsung too?
ya those slides work for any plasma. I also actually run them as a way to remove image retention also. The all grey almost white slides really help that.
To be totally honest with you I love my plasma but I am afraid to game on it. That's why I bought a really nice 27" 120 hz dedicated gaming screen. I do have the panasonic plasma though. I think you will be fine playing some games with the Samsung. CNET left a static dvd screen on overnight by accident and they were able to completely remove the image retention. I wouldn't game for hours at a time for weeks straight but if you mix up your content I would think you will be ok. You can also run the built in screen wash after gaming. I know it sounds like a lot but I think it's worth the picture quality.
Put in a blu-ray or animated blu-ray and it's mind blowing.
Also if you watch a lot of cable the Samsung cleans the picture up better, but blu-ray on the panny is amazing.
Also the Samsung is better at 3d and comes with the glasses. Even though I love my panny, the Samsung actually has some pros over the panny. I hate Samsung LED's but there plasmas are great.
Also some people say motion handling on the Samsung is better.
But the panny black levels are much darker.
I think 100 hours is good also. Some people say it's not even necessary at all but I like the idea of all the pixels aging evenly for the first 100-200 hours. People say the phosphors age rapidly during these first hours.
These plasmas have come a long way with reflections and as long as light isn't pouring in you will be fine.
I'm telling you the best advice I can give is to order from a brick and mortar with no question asked return policy. You will be kicking yourself when you want to return it.
I almost bought from an online retailer and after 3 tv returns later I was so grateful I didn't. Plus Best Buy priced matched Amazon so I don't see a reason not to get from best Buy.