I went a LCD Series 9.
Before I had decided on the series 9, I had decided on a LCD for 4 main reasons
1. I had concerns about the half life. i've seen older plasma's and thought the colour was terrible on them. While I expect that they have improved them, was not convinced.
2. Plasma's run very hot, especially when you get close to the screen. in my experience, electrical devices that run hot do not have a long life.
3. Warranty, I noticed that you could not buy a plasma with more than 1 years factory warranty, whereas there were a few options with LCD that gave 3 years warranty.
4. To be honest, i could not notice any major differences in picture quality by looking at a plasma or LCD. Often I'd have to read the label or feel for heat, thus I didn't feel like I would be getting any great benefit from a plasma other than getting a slight saving, which was not worth my piece of mind.
That brings me to why I chose the series 9.
I very nearly bought a 52 inch Bravia. My only reservation was it is a bit smaller than I wanted. The only real local alternative I had for the price was a 60 inch LG plasma, Which was a plasma. I had read a few very favourable reviews for the Series 9, but none of my local retailers had them in stock at the time (it was near christmas). I found a retailer that had the 55 inch model and was blown away by the quality of picture, I cant tell the difference between plasma and LCD, or (100hz and 200hz for that matter) but the series 9 stood out by a mile. When I found out about its DLNA capabilities and 3yr warranty, I was sold!
I have absolutely no regrets comparing what is on the market today and am very satisfied with my decision, however, there are a few irritating issues that I live with - DLNA could use an overhaul and the full TV guide takes an eternity to load - but these issues I can live with for the increased picture quality.
A few members in the past several weeks have asked the question many of you have asked yourselves before making a decision:
<b>Plasma or LCD?
What did you choose?
Why did you choose it?
Are you happy with your decision?
If you could, would you go back and buy the other? (Why or why not?)</b>
(Let's not go too much into features, but discuss the actual panels, and the benefits, likes, dislikes, etc.)