12/12/08

The Great Debate: Plasma or LCD?

There’s a chill in the air, its Holiday time…
Need to get ‘da gifts; a TV would be fine..!

‘Tis the season to buy electronics, and those new flat panel televisions are sure the hot item these days. But what to buy? The quantity of available information is overwhelming, and there are too many sets to choose from.

Ugh!

Today I am going to throw a quick primer at you – a few quick tips to help you narrow down that search. Let’s see if I can help you answer that pivotal question: Plasma or LCD?

I’m not going to get into a technology discussion today, but just a few pros and cons of each type of TV. Let’s start with LCD televisions…

Advantages for LCDs would be a brighter image and screens that are less prone to glare. This makes LCD a good choice for daytime viewing in rooms with copious windows. You also don’t have to worry about image burn-in with LCD technology. For the green-conscious out there, LCD sets tend to consume a bit less electricity than plasma, although the gap between the two is closing as technology progresses.

The three main disadvantages for the LCD TVs would be motion blur (for fast moving scenes such as sports), brighter blacks than plasma, and a dimming picture when viewing from off-angle.

What does plasma bring to the table? Items in the plus column would be far superior side angle viewing, better contrast and blacks, and no blurring of motion.

The drawbacks to plasma would be more glare on the screen, slightly higher power consumption, and concerns of image burn.

So what’s the right answer? Let me start by saying that technology has improved greatly in the last year or so, and either choice is a good one with some of the quality sets out there. However, if you are a sports junkie, go plasma. But if you have a bright room and glare is a concern, then LCD is the road to follow.

Keep your eyes open for our recommended picks in each category in the coming days. Until then, happy viewing..!

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