Anyway, it was on sale for a SWEET price ($1299). A comparable LED/LCD set would've run a minimum of $2000. The reviews all indicated that this was a great TV. I just had it delivered on Monday. From what I can understand, plasmas tend to produce a better overall picture than LEDs, but the difference is pretty slim, and to be honest, I can't tell the difference. Generally plasmas have better black-levels compared to LEDs, but LEDs can produce brighter whites. Brighter whites sounded important for hockey-viewing, but after seeing this plasma in action, I had to buy it.
The first game I watched (Monday night on TSN2, it was a Versus broadcast) left me disappointed. The ice appeared pretty dull and grey compared to the picture on my old LCD RP set.
I did more searching online, and found some different picture settings to try. I watched the Sens game last night and the picture was 100% better. I attribute this in part to the picture adjustments I did to the plasma, but also I think the Versus broadcast was lower quality, and I think whatever arena the game was in (can't remember) was probably poorly lit, and the camera angle was different.
Suffice it to say, I am a very happy plasma owner. The fluidity of the motion was MUCH better on the plasma than my old set, and colours appear more vibrant. Watching other TV in high-def is also a pleasure.
The one downfall to my plasma (and most plasmas from the sound of it), is that the screen is quite reflective. This isn't a big deal in my basement, as I can dim my lights and close the blinds, but it's still a drawback.
I can't compare my TV to LEDs currently on the market, as I've never had one in my setup, but I can say that I'm quite satisfied with my purchase.
I was just wondering if anyone had a similar experience with a plasma? Any hockey-watching plasma owners out there?