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This will be the Beta vs VHS of 3d
The flicker occurs in the plasma-based "active" (or "active shutter") technology that is currently favored by the 'big' electronics manufacturing and they have a point: the black ratio alone is at least one to two magnitudes greater as well as having sharper colors. The passive mfgrs are offering a highly competitive product (from a purely graphical perspective) despite the fact that they continue to suffer from the mass of the requisite - and often proprietary - expensive glasses and their tendency to lose synchronization. That is the so-called "flicker" and that makes it seem like an occasional minor irritation but can tend towards the maddening. The depth of color of plasma is not worth the irritation of watching shows on those screens for very long unless one is committed to displays of both zen-like calm and being outrageously ostentatious.
This will be a replay of the betamax vs vhs battles of the late 70's and early 80's and, not unlike that battle, consumerism and frugality will overcome the graphical superiority because it's just not so great as to be worth the troubles of the more expensive and, unlike the beta, not exactly the most reliable.
So, the general consensus is that Passive is a better overall deal - the picture quality may not be as good but go for a refresh rate of at least 120hz, with 240hz being better and 600hz being best and the image quality can be minimal (and it will significantly reduce lag on the 2d-3d conversion!) And while I have not tested nearly enough to specify a best in class on my own I would have to agree with the previous posts, as well as the editors of CNET, that the LG and Vizio are among the best for the price with this year's edge going to the Vizio. It's the one that I'm getting ready to purchase!
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