« on: January 07, 2008, 02:18:49 PM »
Plasma burn-in and gas-related longevity issues have been solved. Current plasma models will last as long or longer than CRT standard-def TV sets.
I'm not aware of any viewing-angle superiority of LCD versus plasma. The biggest issue when choosing between the two formats is the size of the TV you're looking for. Plasma sets are usually 37" and up, and LCD sets are usually 42" and down. So the only time it's a big issue to choose one or the other is if you're buying 37 or 42 inches, in which case you could choose either. If you're buying a bigger set, you can't buy an LCD, and if you're buying a smaller set, you can't buy a plasma.
Our plasma TV has been great. It doesn't get constant use (actually, I guess we watch it nearly as much as we watch the projector downstairs, but we don't spend a lot of hours in front of the TV) but the quality is excellent.
Actually, back to the burn-in issue... I've found that most TV sets on display in stores have the contrast cranked to the maximum, I guess to make a better looking picture under harsh fluorescent lights. If you leave the contrast too high you'll really shorten the life of the tube, not to mention that you'll have poor picture quality for anything but football or basketball games, or cartoons. The first thing you do when you get a new TV is to calibrate it, and that generally means turning the sharpness all the way down (sharpness is an artificial edge enhancement that degrades picture, despite what it sounds like), and turning the contrast down below the halfway mark (for best results use a calibration DVD or at least color bars), and turning brightness down to look appropriate based on your room lighting.