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I can't believe I've never looked into plasma much before, but my friend just bought one, and I was about to tell him he wasted his money until I realized that I didn't really know what was bad about plasma. I knew there 'were' susceptible to burn-ins, and that they were an 'old' technology, but I finally started to look into the differences, and it looks like I might have been missing out.

I've had my Sony Bravia 40" LCD for over a year, and it's been great, but not amazing. It stutters sometimes with the motionflow on standard (which I can't watch a movie without it anymore).

Here are my main uses for a TV and features I want:

-Mainly for movies, rarely for gaming

-Always in dark room

-Want some kind of motionflow/frame blending?


So there it is, I really only use it for movies now, and I read that plasmas have improved a lot since they were first introduced.

Here are the questions I have:

-How susceptible are today's plasmas to burn-in?

-Do they have motionflow features?

-In the dark, is quality better than a LCD?

-What are the top brands for plamas if different from top LCD brands?
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Plasmas are far better than lcd, the image is better in every way. You must be carefull tho because when the plasma is new, the phosphors can retain an image. This is called image retention and will fade with time. It occurs when the pixels burn out faster than the surrounding ones do and you are left with a slight image retention. If this is repeated then you can get permanent burn in.

I had the dillemama while ago and decided to go for the panasonic txp 42 g20 which uses the last generation pionnerr kuro tec, worth a few grand, but now much cheaper. I just make sure my screen saver is set to 1min etc, you really must be soo carefull.

I could spend an hour explaining it all but just read the sites

The best features are: an lcd will blurr when moving an image around the screen, especially first person shooters, its terrible. Its like smudging but plasmas handle motion perfectly.

Also plasmas are much brighter, and display colour much more accurately.

The blacks in plasmas are soo much better. If your watching a dark scene the lcds backlight lights up the screen, makes the dark areas look blue. Again plasmas are perfect in comparison, i cant even watch lcd now.

The motion really did it for me. Hope this helps
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Plasmas are far better than lcd, the image is better in every way. You must be carefull tho because when the plasma is new, the phosphors can retain an image. This is called image retention and will fade with time. It occurs when the pixels burn out faster than the surrounding ones do and you are left with a slight image retention. If this is repeated then you can get permanent burn in.

I had the dillemama while ago and decided to go for the panasonic txp 42 g20 which uses the last generation pionnerr kuro tec, worth a few grand, but now much cheaper. I just make sure my screen saver is set to 1min etc, you really must be soo carefull.

I could spend an hour explaining it all but just read the sites

That's only an issue with still images though right? If I'm watching a movie, or as long as there isn't any one pixel staying at the same color for too long, then it should be fine?

Do people 'break-in' new plasma's then by just looping a fullscreen video on it all day? Mine will be connected to my computer, but only on when watching a movie.

EDIT: Also do most warranties cover burn-ins?
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I can't believe I've never looked into plasma much before, but my friend just bought one, and I was about to tell him he wasted his money until I realized that I didn't really know what was bad about plasma. I knew there 'were' susceptible to burn-ins, and that they were an 'old' technology, but I finally started to look into the differences, and it looks like I might have been missing out.

I've had my Sony Bravia 40" LCD for over a year, and it's been great, but not amazing. It stutters sometimes with the motionflow on standard (which I can't watch a movie without it anymore).

Here are my main uses for a TV and features I want:

-Mainly for movies, rarely for gaming

-Always in dark room

-Want some kind of motionflow/frame blending?


So there it is, I really only use it for movies now, and I read that plasmas have improved a lot since they were first introduced.

Here are the questions I have:

-How susceptible are today's plasmas to burn-in?

-Do they have motionflow features?

-In the dark, is quality better than a LCD?

-What are the top brands for plamas if different from top LCD brands?
By motionflow I'm assuming you mean frame interpolation, or 120/240Hz. Personally I think that looks absolutely awful, it completely ruins movies for me. 24 frames a second or nothing.

But to answer your questions, they've gotten a lot better with burn in. It doesn't happen as much.

I often see plasmas advertised with 600Hz refresh rate, so I'd assume they have some sort of "motionflow" type thing.

In the dark, quality is waaaaay better than LCD. As a general rule, you want plasma for dark rooms and LCD for brightly lit rooms.

Top brands include Pioneer, Samsung, LG, and Panasonic.
 
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-How susceptible are today's plasmas to burn-in? much much less than older plasmas

-Do they have motionflow features? yes

-In the dark, is quality better than a LCD? double yes

-What are the top brands for plamas if different from top LCD brands?panasonic makes the best plasmas
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@Metal

Yea, frame interpolation. I only like it at it's lowest setting, any higher and I agree, it's ugly, but if I watch at 24p, it's too choppy. I could probably readjust to it, and also some movies look good with it and some without it.
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Hi there , lol. Looks like I'm going shopping this weekend !
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Ill give a comprehensive answer if you dont get one in the morning pal im wrecked. Theres lots of info out there, thats how I lernt. Break in takes a while, ive started watching mine on dynamic recently to try and break it in a little quicker, but it nearly burns my eyes out its soo bright lol. Get a panasonic g20 you wont be dissapointed, its one of the only 42" plasmas thats 1920x1080.
    
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I cant really say that I know everyting but I would prefer a plasma of lcd anyday. My mom just got a Samsung 50" 720p and for them its great and the picture is really impressive. The only screen burn worry is non-hd content that has black letter box....
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Hi there , lol. Looks like I'm going shopping this weekend !


plasmas cons: extra weight makes them harder to mount on walls and if you have a small room with bad ventilation the extra heat might bother you in the summer, or u might like it in the winter
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