Plasma vs LCD vs LED TV’s26 Aug 2009 55 Comments
This is a question thats has been going on for years. You hear people always saying that some are better for gaming, while others are better for watching movies or sports. With the new LED technology coming out, we want to get to the bottom of this….
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With Samsung’s new sexy line of LED tv’s, i think we were all intrigued and wanting to splash out the extra cash for one of those. To put things into perspective, basically an LED tv is a LCD tv but with better blacks, colors and contrast. Thats it? Pretty much, yeah. You are paying the extra money for those options. Unless you meant OLED which is still not really consumer viable yet and will cost you about $2500 for an 11inch tv. Now the myths.
The Plasma Myths :
1) They experience burn-in. This is not true, maybe it was more than 5 years ago but not anymore.
2) They have short life spans. this is also not true as modern day plasma’s can give you 34 years of life, but do you want your tv for that long? Whats important to us is that you can keep your plasma on 24/7 and not worry about its life span termination.
The real Plasma problems :
1) They are glossy due to the fact they are glass. This means if you live in a place where you can’t control your lights or dont have any blinds or shutters, you may have alot of reflection to deal with.
2) They have to be conditioned. None of us actually do this, but for the first 100-200 hours you should keep the brightness and contrast levels way down, and then after those hours, optimize them for your usage to get best results.
The Good :
LCD’s tv tend to be more cost effective than plasma’s. They are usually lighter and slimmer. But maybe most important of all is their matte finish which enables you to watch tv in a room with lots of windows and lots of lights. LCD whites should be better than those on the plasma’s as well. Supposedly, they are better for gaming as well.
The Bad :
They tend to struggle in fast motion. (you can find this cited everywhere but i have yet to actually notice a difference personally) . Compared to the plasma’s they are weaker in blacks, contrast and motion blur. Allegedly, images are less smooth and you get better shades of grey in plasma’s.
It seems as if the Plasma’s have more of an edge in many of the departments, especially in the larger sizes (40″ and above). Personally, i enjoy the LCD tv’s much better than the plasma’s, i think they are clearer and have images which are more crisp. So at the end of the day its down to personal preference. For all those people wanting to spend an extra wad of cash on the LED’s, remember, they have only changed the backlights, so the upgrade may not be worth the price. Its like an owner of the iPhone 3G upgrading to the iPhone 3GS, its an amazing phone but the upgrade is just not worth it. But if its your first flat screen tv and you dont mind the extra cash, then go for it. Below is a list of the best Plasma and LCD tv’s in the market.
1) Pioneer Kuro Elite (this range can cost up to the price of a compact car)
2) Pioneer Kuro
3) Panasonic Viera (best value for money in the Plasma range)
THE LCD’s (including LED)
1) Samsung (series 6-9 are better than the ones below, while 4&5 compete well, but maybe slightly inferior)
2) Sharp Aquos
3) Sony (Sony stopped making LCD panels, they use the same ones in the Sharp Aquos so basically you are paying extra just for the name)
Personal preference of best TV available : SAMSUNG LCD