My old 50 inch samsung DLP from 2005 started to act up several weeks ago, and its only a matter of time before the wife gives me the all clear to replace it. I'm planning to replace because I anticipate that repair will cost several hundred dollars at minimum, and likely more-- its just not worth throwing that kind of money to keep this old beast of a TV working.
Looking at new TVs, I'm torn between plasma and LCD (LED). I really like the panasonic st50 plasma line, and can probably splurge for the 60 inch model. After reading reviews and avsforums, I have some concerns about image retention with really any plasma, but especially the st50 line when using it as a display for an HTPC running SageTV. At avsforum its sometimes hard differentiate honest opinions from fanboys of either LCD or panasonic plasma. Some people have reported series image retention issues with the st50 line, more than the equivalent samsungs plasmas.
In the context of running a HTPC as my primary engine for consuming TV, Bluray, music, etc.. should I forget about buying a plasma and focus on LCD panels instead? I'm not gaming, and I don't have the desktop of my HTPC up for extended periods of time (*intentionally). Still I worry about what happens if the desktop or some other screen/application gets stuck on the screen for an extended period of time accidentally. Sure I can do things to mitigate this from happening, but its a concern-- the question is, should I be worried about image retention/ burn in?
FWIW, I'm trying to keep this purchase under $2000, ideally under or around $1500, which is the price of the P60ST50 that I've been oogling over the last two weeks.