slomo007 wrote:I would avoid DLP as well unless price is your main concern. Perhaps I have just not seen a properly setup one, but I have never seen a DLP come close to matching the picture of either a plasma or LCD. My preference is plasma, due to the darker blacks. I also don't care much for projections of any type.
Of course plasmas are probably the most expensive, so only go that route if you can afford it.
i agree. as far as quality goes, none of the rear projection televisions can match plasma's black level. plasmas generally boast the highest contrast ratios of any of the competing technologies, which is one of the most important factors in picture quality.
the true cost to own is kind of confusing--
DLP, or any of the rear projection sets, require lamp/bulb replacements every couple of years. currently the bulbs are around $200-300. they should get cheaper as time goes on. some sets require a service tech to install the lamp while others can be done by the consumer. anyway, DLP is cheap up front but requires continual lamp replacements which decreases the price gap.
plasmas are energy hogs and can cost $30-$50 more than DLP and LCD per year in electricity.
LCD displays are cheaper than plasmas for the small sizes but for 40" and higher plasmas are cheaper than LCDs.
i would tend to stay away from the bargain brands. they may be cheaper up front but typically dont look as good and dont last as long.