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They're in a place with lots of lighting and aren't even calibrated. What did you expect? They're never going to look great in those terrible settings haha.

Yes but same situation for both formats and in every picture he posted the LEDs looked better.
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Of course they look better. In those lighting settings a LED TV will always look better. This really isn't anything new. Take either TV in to your room where it's your lighting then adjust the settings to better fit your area and you'd have a different picture. Whether it's LED, LCD or plasma, they're not going to look their best in a showroom at a costco, best buy, etc.
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Of course they look better. In those lighting settings a LED TV will always look better. This really isn't anything new. Take either TV in to your room where it's your lighting then adjust the settings to better fit your area and you'd have a different picture. Whether it's LED, LCD or plasma, they're not going to look their best in a showroom at a costco, best buy, etc.

That doesn't make a lot of sense. Costco isn't much brighter than say my living room in the middle of the day.

Are you basically saying LED's look great out of the box and plasma needs to be calibrated to the room? No wonder it's a dying tech. tongue.gif
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All things aside. I really wish I could take both home and put them on the wall and see which is best. I feel like the plasmas white would pop a little more for me in low light. But not sure how much more.

If money was no thing this would be easier. But tuition costs a lot. And we just bought this house so...
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That doesn't make a lot of sense. Costco isn't much brighter than say my living room in the middle of the day.

Are you basically saying LED's look great out of the box and plasma needs to be calibrated to the room? No wonder it's a dying tech. tongue.gif
No, I'm saying no matter what TV you get if you want a better picture you're going to have to calibrate it. Just because Costco isn't much brighter than your living room in the middle of the day doesn't mean that a LED TV would be perfect for him or for me or for anyone else. Everyone's got different lighting/placement for their TV. What settings you have for your TV that you think give the best picture are different from mine. Doesn't make your settings any better or worse than mine, they're just different. Calibrating a TV is to help give the best picture possible and in the end you calibrate it to a point that you are satisfied with.
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All things aside. I really wish I could take both home and put them on the wall and see which is best. I feel like the plasmas white would pop a little more for me in low light. But not sure how much more.

If money was no thing this would be easier. But tuition costs a lot. And we just bought this house so...

I think based on what you saw with your own eyes and given the advantages of LED, like design, power usage, heat output compared to plasma, the answer should be pretty easy. thumb.gif Oh, not to mention no image retention after gaming.

I'm surprised the 2014 vizios are in store already... pretty cool.
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That doesn't make a lot of sense. Costco isn't much brighter than say my living room in the middle of the day.

Are you basically saying LED's look great out of the box and plasma needs to be calibrated to the room? No wonder it's a dying tech. tongue.gif

That doesn't make a lot of sense. Costco is more than likely a lot brighter than your room. Unless you have a really bright room.
A lot of companies tend to 'calibrate' certain TVs to optimal settings and others to bad settings, to try sell better.
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I think based on what you saw with your own eyes and given the advantages of LED, like design, power usage, heat output compared to plasma, the answer should be pretty easy. thumb.gifOh, not to mention no image retention after gaming.

I'm surprised the 2014 vizios are in store already... pretty cool.

Pretty sure we're not back in 2005. That whole image retention stance is outdated. As for the power usage that's not as big of an $ impact as you might think.
http://www.rtings.com/info/lcd-vs-led-vs-plasma/power-consumption-and-electricity-cost

Sure a LED will use less power, but it's not like a Plasma is going to cost so much in electricity use that it will break the bank.

As for design you might want to see how thin plasma's are today. Not like they're bulky like they used to be.

Heat output? It's not a oil heater it won't be making your room toasty.
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I figure both of them would look better calibrated than they do in the store. They provably just pull them out of the box, plug them in and walk away. No one I've met at these stores know what they are taking about. I made the kid at best buy today feel like a fool I'm sure. (Unintentionally)
Another thing I noticed with the LEDs is the colors seem a little artificial. Like digital vibrance. Not a huge problem though because I have always preferred the colors to be on the high side of vibrant.
I noticed that the plasma colors were much more accurate and true to life when displaying people and scenery, but when displaying graphics, they really feel flat in the color department.

Also, there is another thing I noticed that hopefully somebody can explain:
When the screens were displaying the Costco logo that has the wholesale undeneath following the three horizontal lines. I noticed that when the image was completely still the lines on the LED would "dance" and judder around while the plasma lines were completely still. Not sure what's going on there...

Also to whoever asked, I have access to either sams club or Costco.
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That doesn't make a lot of sense. Costco is more than likely a lot brighter than your room. Unless you have a really bright room.
A lot of companies tend to 'calibrate' certain TVs to optimal settings and others to bad settings, to try sell better.

My house faces the south and with the curtains open it's pretty bright. and yes, I watched tv with the curtains open... because I have an LED. biggrin.gif
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