I could've sworn I read that they now have the smarts to turn-off all parts used exclusively for 3d acceleration, & hence lower their envelope to the same as the lowest VA only parts.
Yeah I didn't think so, I vaguely recall from readings ages ago, that there's still some qualities Plasma's maintain a lead in for some time into the foreseeable future.Better in every respect? Of course not. The LCD will be worse in at least three respects: black depth, ghosting/blurring and (depending on panel quality) viewing angles.
None of these is generally an issue - the human eye is a surprisingly adaptive organ. The best approach would be to view panels in your price range with your own eyes, and pick the one that looks best to you.
Hint: ask for the remote control and reset the display mode to normal (most panels are usually set to "presentation" mode in the store, in order to make them look better than they are - you won't be using this mode at home, so try to see how they really look).
I will the do the physical testing you suggest, but I've very little time to do that justice, so I want to at least narrow things down to one display tech.
Then I will physically compare TV's using that display technology (after I've narrowed them down to a shorter list).
For "bang for buck" IQ, which would you pick & why: Plasma or LED LCD?
(I don't care about power consumption, or purported reliability levels)
Some excellent tips, I will definitely be sure to look out for these traps!However, search online for "[TV model]+problems" before you buy. Many models have specific issues that may or may not affect you (for instance, many Sony models artificially limit VGA signal to 720p even when the output device is capable of 1080p).
If you intend to connect a PC, make sure you can completely disable "dynamic contrast", "motion interpolation" (i.e. 120Hz upsampling mode) and check that the TV doesn't have too high input latency (some models have been known to have >60ms of input latency which is both visible and annoying in games).