My 8 year old Panasonic TH-50PHW3 has started to fail (strange green horizontal lines appear on the right hand side of the screen for a minute or two after cold start). So, this is my early warning to think about getting a replacement. Having dropped 4K on the panel new back in 2000 I am slightly disappointed that it has not lasted longer but then 8 years is not bad for a piece of consumer electronics.
So my question. My brother has a 46" 1080p Samsung LCD and says I'd be mad to buy a plasma rather than a LCD now. My main question is would I be most likely disappointed with:
a) Going to a LCD from a Plasma
b) Going to a smaller say 40-46inch screen (my viewing distance is about 3 meters from the sofa to the plasma on the wall).
What are your thoughts and experiences.
I watch TV via a Windows Media Center PC connected via VGA (but it could do DVI if the TV had such an input) and XBox via Component, Wii/Backup Freeview via composite. Sometimes (rarely) DVDs via component. I have a Marantz SR5300 AV Amp - which I use solely for the audio switching.
Finally any recommended models/brands of TVs.
Thanks in advance for any pointers!