Quoted from cfh:
On the LCD colordmd the different styles are really cool. and every game should be viewed in each style to see which one is best. We have over 35 of the colorDMDs at the Ann Arbor pinball museum, and there isn't one style we use over another. Each game is micro-managed to see which produces the best LCD style.
On the LED we only have Cirquis Voltaire in LED colordmd. For Terminator3 we have a different brand made by a couple guys here in Michigan. Frankly it is WAY better than the colorDMD version, as far as the colorization. It isn't even close frankly. And their price point is $100 less than colorDMD. They also have done Jurassic Park and Terminator2, and we should be getting those into our machines soon.
But to clarify, if the colorDMD LCD is available for a game, that's really the way we like to go. The LED DMDs (regardless of who makes them) we just personally don't like as much. But this may be a "vanilla versus chocolate" type argument. That is, there are fans of both LCD and LED, and neither is "right".
As far as installation of the LCD panel in dataeast games, yes it is a bit more involved. You have to grind the back top edge of where the DMD panel originally mounted to make the LCD panel fit. Also you have to open the back box in a specific order with the LCD panel installed. That is, remove backglass. Fold down DMD panel. Then open the insert light panel. The light panel goes behind the taller LCD panel and you can't open it (to get to the boards) without removing the DMD panel first. This isn't a big deal to me personally, but i could see how some people might complain about that.
would you mind sharing the name of the alt. color company in Michigan?