Plasma vs LCD TV

Tags: LCD, Light, Picture Quality


Before buying a flat panel HDTV, one question that many people ask is whether to choose plasma vs. LCD TV. Both plasma and LCD TVs are very similar in aspect, features and to some extent in picture quality. The technology behind them is very different and comes in both cases with pros and cons. The answer to plasma vs. LCD TV question is not a straightforward one but more than anything it is subjective and has to do a lot with what your particular expectations are and how you intend to use your HDTV. Best thing to do is find out what are the pros and cons of each type of display and how they translate in a real life scenario. Applying this information to your particular case will allow you to decide whether to buy a plasma or an LCD TV.

Plasma vs. LCD Picture Quality

In an optimal/controlled environment, plasma TVs offer better picture quality versus LCDs. They have much vivid colors and better black levels than LCDs have. They also have better contrast (which partially comes from the better black levels) and better color gradients.

Plasma TVs are better if you want to watch movies or TV. The overall picture that you actually perceive during a movie will be better than in the case of LCD. Even if you actually find LCD models that have rating similar or greater than plasma TV those are only on paper. In real life there is a difference. Pioneer even presented at CES a prototype of plasma TV that has such a great contrast ratio that made its brother PDP-5010FD look low quality in comparison (even though it is currently one of the best HDTV in the world).

Plasma TVs are usually the natural choice of movie enthusiasts – especially the ones that use to dedicate a whole room for home cinema.  Why does this happen? They like movies and they like to get the best possible experience when watching them. For that plasma TVs are the best possible choice.

LCD TVs on the other hand compensate for their lower picture quality and black levels by being a bit more adaptive. They usually handle very bright environments better because they have better brightness, and generally in these conditions look better than plasma TVs. They also have a better picture quality when used as computer monitors because this is the purpose they ware initially created for. Derived from this, they are also a bit better for playing video games on them – this is however a bit subjective because some people actually prefer the vivid colors and deep blacks of plasma TVs in a game.

Ambient Light Factor

Until not to long ago, ambient light was the main argument you had in choosing LCD over plasma. With today’s models, though it remains a factor that helps you decide which technology to choose, it is not as decisive as it was before.

Before we see how plasma vs. LCD works in these two environments, one important fact you must understand is that no matter what TV you are using, the picture quality will almost always look better in a dark room. I say almost always, because in some cases if you set your TV at maximum contrast and brightness, the colors will look a bit unnatural and oversaturated in a dark room and better in a lit room. This is why in many stores the HDTVs are running at maximum contrast and brightness to compensate the huge amount of ambient light (which is about ten times more than the amount of light the average person has in its room). Keeping a plasma or LCD TV at maximum contrast and brightness is not recommended because it will make it wear up faster. These two settings should be kept at around 50%.

Now to compare plasma vs. LCD TV we consider the two lighting situations – well lit room and dark or less lit room.

Because of the differences between the materials used to make the plasma and LCD screens they perform differently when it comes to ambient light. Plasma TVs look better in dim or dark environments because they natively have better overall picture quality, better black levels and better color saturation. However when you turn on the lights or you open your blinds, because of the highly reflective screen the picture quality will be reduced. In the case of LCDs, you will notice they don’t look as good in a dark room but in a well lit one they will look better than a plasma TV because of their less reflective screen.

There is also another aspect that makes a difference between the two types of HDTV when it comes to ambient light. LCD pixels don’t produce light by themselves so there is a lamp behind the screen that passes light through them. They act more like color filters than light bulbs. Because of that plasma TVs have better black levels than LCDs. In the case of a plasma TV if a pixel is supposed to be black it will be very close to black, while in the case of the LCD there will always be some amount of light passing through from the lamp behind the LCD panel and that pixel will be lighted more than in the case of the plasma TV. In a dark room the poor black levels of an LCD will be much more noticeable while the plasma TV will look very good. However in a well lit room the ambient light will make the poor blacks of the LCD unnoticeable and its superior brightness will make it look better.

So to recap, in a well lit room an LCD will look better, while in a dim or dark room the plasma TV will have an edge. But guess what, plasma TVs have an ace in their sleeve.

Anti Reflective Coating to the Rescue

Some models of plasma TVs have their screens coated with an anti-reflective layer or the screen itself is made in such way to reduce the amount of reflected light. This is not something that you will find in all plasma TVs but it is pretty common in modern models and if you decide to buy a plasma TV it is a feature you definitely want to have. Manufacturers call this anti reflective coating, anti reflection or anti glare – it varies with every brand. Now, if you are wondering whether this anti reflective coating makes plasma TV perform as good as LCD in a well lit environment there is no easy answer. As in most cases when it comes to quality and efficiency it is something that has to do with the brand. Some do this better while others aren’t so great.

Response Time / Refresh Rate

Plasma and LCD TVs have different response times. This is due to the technology behind each of them. Plasma TVs have an almost instant response time – much like CRT TVs (your old “tube” TV) – and inherently a huge refresh rate. LCD TVs on the other hand have a higher response time which means a smaller refresh rate.

No to clarify a bit, let me explain what response time and refresh rate are and how they relate. The response time is the time it takes a screen pixel to completely change its color or pass from one state to other (e.g. from on to off). The refresh rate is a measure of how fast a screen refreshes its content. If the response time is low – meaning the pixel reacts fast – then the refresh rate will be high. A display with a low (or slow) refresh rate will have a high response time. The lower the response time it is and the higher the refresh rate the better.

Why does the refresh rate or response time matter in real life? If you watch a fast moving scene like sports or action movies on an LCD you will notice motion blur caused by the pixels not changing their colors fast enough. This problem will not happen with plasma TVs as the image will remain crisp even during the fastest moving scenes. So basically plasma TVs are more recommended if you want to get the best out of sports and action movies. If on the other hand you watch programs like National Geographic where the lion sits in the grass and slowly moves his head then any of the two types of display perform the same.

Does this mean LCD TVs will look bad in this situation? No it doesn’t! This is something you notice only if you know what to look for, or if the LCD TV has a really slow refresh rate (high response time). This was a problem with the older models of LCDs but – as it was the case with high amount of ambient light and plasma TVs – the LCD manufacturers have worked on this problem and significantly improved the response times. Not all LCD TV models have good response times for fast moving scenes, but you will find quality models with pretty good response times. They won’t be better than plasma TVs but they will be good enough to see action movies and sports without noticing the shadowing around moving images.

Viewing Angle of Plasma and LCD

If you intend to watch TV all by yourself, the viewing angle might not be a big issue, but if you want to sit with the whole family or have your friends over it is a good thing to have a wide viewing angle on your HDTV so everybody sees the content on screen at top quality. Plasma TVs have a viewing angle of about 160 degrees versus LCD TVs that have a viewing angle of 120-130 degrees. And more than that, plasma TVs keep the image quality across the whole range as opposed to LCD TVs which will change color depending on the angle you are looking at them. So even if the LCD manufacturers state the viewing angle to be 120 degrees, starting from about 90 degrees you will notice changes in color – especially in the dark areas that will not look as dark as they should anymore.
This is a clear advantage that plasma TVs have over LCDs even though serious improvements have been made in the last years by the LCD manufacturers. In the case of LCD TVs there is even a bigger problem with the models in the middle or entry level class, so pay attention to this aspect if you choose to go the cheap way.

Plasma vs. LCD TV Sizes

Regarding sizes, LCD TVs are more flexible versus plasma TVs. Plasma TV sizes start from 32 inch and go up to 65 inch. LCD TV sizes start much lower and go up to 58 inch, so if you want a small HDTV the only way to go might be an LCD TV. If you are looking for a small TV for your bedroom or kitchen the LCD may be the only way to go. Keep in mind however that many of the LCD TVs under 32 inch are not high quality (they are produced by 2nd tier brands). On the other hand large plasma TVs might be cheaper than large LCD TVs so if you are aiming to buy a large TV you might be more advantaged with a plasma TV.

Plasma vs. LCD TV Problems and Myths

Problems with Plasma TVs at High Altitude

Plasma TVs have a “problem” operating at high altitudes. Because of the rarefied air, when watching a plasma TV at high altitude you might experience a buzz-like noise. This happens because the fans that are cooling the plasma TV have to work harder to do their job. The problem is mainly of esthetic nature and it will not affect the plasma TV picture quality. Operating a plasma TV at a higher altitude than the one it was designed for, can however slightly shorten its life because the components inside it work harder. Pioneer states that their models are designed to work up to 7500 feet, Panasonic models go to 7800 feet and NEC plasma TVs are the best from this point of view by being able to operate normally as high as 9180 feet.

Plasma TV Burn-In Myth

Ah, this is my favorite! I have read many articles and guides online that scare people telling them plasma TVs develop burn-in and they recommend against them. The thing with these guides is that they are WRONG. They ware correct a few years ago however.

Older plasma TV models had a problem with burn-in. If you would have left a static picture (e.g. pausing a movie) on the screen for a long time or if you would have watched the same channel (that had a logo in the corner or news tickers) for many hours you would have likely ended up with a nasty burn in. Today’s plasma TV models however are very resistant to burn-in. You can play games on a plasma TV without worrying you will get burn-in and you can leave the same channel for hours and hours. With the older models of plasma TVs it would have taken just around 4 hours to get a burn-in from a static image. With today’s top quality models you would have to leave your plasma TV for over a day displaying a static picture in order to get burn in. So this is no longer a problem. I have read in a review online (I don’t remember the source unfortunately) that Panasonic engineers stated it would take their plasma TV models over four days to get burn-in.

Don’t worry about burn-in. Just enjoy your plasma TV whether it is while watching movies, TV channels or playing games on your X-Box or PC. If however you intend to use your HDTV as a computer monitor we strongly recommend you to choose an LCD TV. That is because plasma TVs, though are much more resistant to burn-in these days still develop this problem after a few days of being used as a computer monitor. Also we recommend to break-in the plasma TVs and calibrate them correctly to even further reduce the burn-in chances.

LCD TV Stuck or Dead Pixels Myth

Plasma TVs had burn-in and LCD TVs had dead or stuck pixels. You will still find models with a few stuck or dead pixels but think at this: there are over 2 million pixels in a 1080p LCD TV; you think two dead pixels would be noticeable? And this is if you happen to get an LCD with dead pixels because most of them have no dead pixels at all. Also remember that buying a top quality model means you have higher chances of getting one without dead or stuck pixels.

How to Fix LCD Stuck Pixels
Now if you do happen to get an LCD that has stuck pixels, there is a chance to fix it. I must first explain the difference between stuck and dead – stuck is a pixel that always has the same color, while dead is a pixel that is always black (off). You can’t fix dead pixels but it is possible sometimes to fix the stuck one. You get a piece of clean micro fiber cloth or some very soft cloth and put a bit of water on it. Make sure you don’t drown it in water though. If you have LCD cleaning solution it is even better. Wrap the cloth around your finger and gently rub the stuck pixel area pushing very softly and “massaging” in circles. Normally it takes a very gentle “massage” for a very short time (just 2-4 circular motions). If you’re lucky the stuck pixel started to work. If you’re not then you should stop. Do not over do it because you can damage your screen and make it worse. By the way, if you damage your screen like this, don’t blame me because I have warned you it can go bad.

Plasma and LCD TV Lifespan

Both plasma and LCD TVs have similar lifespan. The modern models go to around 60,000 hours until their brightness reduces to half (this is the industry standard to measure TVs lifespan). 60,000 hours means about 40 years using it 4 hours each day or 20 years if you’re watching 8 hours each day. It’s a lot of time and I bet meanwhile you will change a few models. So basically here there is virtually no difference in plasma vs. LCD TV technology; the only difference is given by the particular brand and model (as with everything for that matter).

Brand is Very Important

When comparing plasma vs. LCD it is important to make sure you compare models of similar quality. If you compare a model from a top brand with one from a lower quality brand you would trick yourself. The thing is that brand and manufacturing quality are more important than anything no matter if you choose plasma or LCD. Buy a quality product and you will be satisfied with it no matter what type it is and what you are doing with it. If you buy a top quality product and you also did your homework and know what is more suitable for you, then you can rest assured you truly have the best HDTV for your needs.

If you … then choose …

Don’t take the following as a rule but as a guide to better understand what is recommended for whom and in what cases. I hope it helps you to choose better if I give you some examples of possible situations.

  • If you want a HDTV mainly for watching movies, maybe to put it in your dedicated home cinema room where you can control lighting, and you want the best viewing experience then plasma TV is the best. LCD is not that recommended if you are the type of person very passionate about watching movies.
  • If you want a HDTV for everyday general use, without being interested in some particular content to view and you don’t have a lot of light in your room, both plasma and LCD will do a good job but a plasma TV will probably offer better image quality.
  • If you like watching sports a lot, plasma TV might be a better choice because of its almost instant response time and high refresh rate. You will see the fast moving scenes you usually get in sports crisp and clear.
  • If you have a lot of light in the room but you can use blinds when you watch TV/movies or you usually watch TV during evening/night a plasma TV can still remain a better choice (one that has anti-glare is always preferable) than LCD. The LCD might be better however if you don’t have blinds or you don’t want to close them and you mainly watch TV during day.
  • If you have an exceptionally bright room, and especially if sun is falling on the place you want to install the TV, then an LCD is much more recommended than a plasma TV.
  • If you want to use the TV a lot (predominantly) to play video games LCD is again much more recommended.
  • If you want to use the HDTV as a computer monitor it is recommended NOT to choose a plasma TV. LCD is more then recommended in this case.
  • If you do want to play games but you also use the TV to watch movies or TV programs more than you play games then plasma TV remains better.

I hope you got the idea. Basically you have to balance between picture quality, environment and the other things that might apply to your particular case.

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Comments:
  • Dear sir:
    I have a question about the screen refresh rate between the Panasonic and the Samsung plasma tv set. The Panasonic has 480 and the Samsung has only 60. Does it matter to consider the higher is better?

    Thanks
    Ronald

  • Where have you found those numbers? I think you are making a confusion. All plasma TVs have physical higher refresh rates than those mentioned by you. However, depending on the video source, they refresh differently. For example when displaying a 30fps signal, a 60Hz refresh rate can be used (displaying the same frame twice – 60/30). When displaying 1080p/24 (24fps) sources, the plasma TV can switch to 72Hz or 48Hz refresh rate (displaying each frame two or three times). As you see the screen refresh rate is usually a multiple of the refresh rate of the video signal. So I think that the Panasonic has a 48Hz refresh rate not 480Hz.

    Some plasma TVs can display 1080p/24 video sources at 24 fps – their native FPS in which they ware filmed. However not all can handle this in a perfectly smooth way, in some cases image flicker being observed. This 24fps mode is optional, and if you don’t have it on your plasma TV or you don’t want to enable it because it produces flicker, you can leave the TV in it’s default 60Hz mode and you can still watch that content without any problems. The advantage of 24p video is smoother movement. The downside with some plasma TVs is that you get flicker that is very unpleasant. Most plasma TVs introduce flicker when enabling 24p film mode, Pioneer models being some of the few that successfully handle 1080p/24 content.

  • I live at about 6,500 feet above sea level. This is the main reason I don’t just get the plasma. You say that Panasonic says their plasma’s are good to 7,800 feet. I couldn’t find that on Panasonic’s web site. I’m considering model TH-42PZ80U. Do you think my altitude will be a problem with that TV? Some people say a plasma will only last about 2 years at my altitude. Do you agree with that? What do you think of the anti-glare on that model? Or that model in general?

    Thanks,
    Bob

  • I don’t know how the new models like TH-42PZ80U perform at high altitude and honestly I don’t even remember where I read that Panasonic models work at well at high altitude. I suggest you find a HDTV / Home Theater forum and ask there. Maybe somebody that lives at high altitude can give you an exact answer based on his own experience. You can try http://www.avsforum.com/ where you will find a PZ80U owners thread (http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1000479). This is the best advice I can give you.

    Regarding how much it will last, I honestly doubt that altitude affects lifespan. The problem is if it is making a buzz noise. If you have a HDTV store in your area go and check them out and ask the salesman if he noticed any problems.

  • Dear Mister Helpful Man

    For awhile now I have been wanting to buy a flat screen tv and with Christmas coming up I thought it would be a surprise for my family to get on as a surprise gift. I like the Samsung brand and have found two that seem to bee good–and there is the problem. There is the PN42A450 and the LN40A500 and I don’t know which is better. Their both roughly in the same price ballpark from where I’m shopping so it come down to the bare bones now.

    The LN40A500 has Full High Definition 1080p and 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and the PN42A450 has 720p but a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. From what I’ve read online dynamic contrast ratio doesn’t seem to be the main importance but I wouldn’t know. I’m the only gamer in the house so 1080p would be nice so I could sit closer but is it that big of a deal if I only have 720p and is 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio really as cool as it sounds? Is there a real difference in the clarity and quality between the two?

    http://www.samsung.com/us/system/consumer/product/2008/08/20/pn42a450p1dxza/PN42A450_spec.pdf
    http://www.samsung.com/us/system/consumer/product/2008/11/19/ln40a500t1fxza/LN40A500_final_10-14-08.pdf

    Thanks again and keep up the good work!

  • @Kevin:
    They are both older models. I couldn’t give you much advice. Choose whichever you think is best for your particular habits. I have not reviewed personally any of them, so I can’t give you much details. I expect the PN42A450 to look better because it’s a plasma. You might also want to consider Panasonic TH-42PZ80U (1080p) pr TH-42PX80U (720p). On Amazon TH-42PX80U seems to be cheaper than PN42A450. Don’t know at what price you found them though. I wish I could give you better advice but as I said I don’t know much about these particular models. I expect the plasma TV to perform better though. But as you said, 1080p might be nice to have for gaming. Also if you’re a hardcore gamer, playing hours and hours you should go for the LCD because there’s no burn-in risk with it. If you play just occasionally or just a couple of hours at once, the plasma will do OK as well. Try to find them in a store and see them with your own eyes.

  • Ok – so here is my question. Looking at the HDTV’s for a family room – not a dedicated media room. It has a larger window with blinds – so in general it gets a fair amount of light – but I would not call it bright. I like the plasmas for sports and movies – but I’m concerned that I will have to much light in the room. Can you give some more specifics on how much light is to much light for a plasma?

  • @Doug Wenk:
    First of all, the most important thing is if light will fall directly on the screen reflecting from it. LCD TVs get glare as well, being better generally but not always. There are plasma TVs that have better performances when it comes to resisting glare – Pioneer and Panasonic are the best. Also, LCDs tend to handle light better at a cost: because they are brighter they handle the extra light but also don’t look as good as a plasma when it comes to black levels and contrast. If you buy a Pioneer or a Panasonic I don’t think you have any reasons to be worried about glare. If they can’t handle glare, probably an LCD will not preform great either. Remember that this guide is a general overview and specific models may perform differently. The high-end models, both plasma and LCD are very good and comparable in performances, so as long as you buy one of the high-end models I’m sure you will be satisfied. Read reviews to find more specific details about each model. To give you a good start, Pioneer and Panasonic are the best plasma TV performers when it comes to light and glare.

  • Hey The Best TV,
    I’m a hardcore gamer and I have a couple general questions about three different types of tv’s. Basically my only concern is response time and of course refresh rate. Now I’m not concerned about coloring, lighting, quality or anything else pretaining to the tv. As long as it shows a visually moving picture I’m satisfied. Now the three tv’s that I speak of are as follows Plasma,LCD, and Tube. I read in your description that the Tube television are equivelent to that of the plasmas in MS or response time and refresh rate, but the LCDs were lacking in this area. Out of these three it would greatly help me out if you could elaborate upon which would be the best type meaning Plasma,LCD,Tube and what make and model this would be for my game play paticularily for best response time and refresh rate. Including tvs that may be coming out in the near future. I want this tv for quickness and accuracy when moving and aiming in my gameplay.

  • P.S. I know it might be hard to narrow it down to one but if you could give the type that would best suit my concern Plasma,LCD,tube and top five models of that type I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks!

  • @Devin Midro:
    Go and watch an LCD TV with your own eyes! I personally don’t find the motion blur disturbing on high-end models. I own an LCD monitor with 5ms response time and I have seen LCD TVs with low response time that look great, as well as some with higher response time where the blur is noticeable. Some people swear that all LCD TVs give them headaches though. Maybe they are more sensible than the average guy, or maybe they are just taking the preference for plasma to extreme and throwing dirt at LCDs. Also, 120Hz LCD TVs are not going to improve much the sharpness of the picture, so don’t fall for it. There are 60Hz LCDs that perform just as well.

    Considering you are a hardcore gamer you may want to avoid plasma TV. If most of the time you play the same game for hours at a time and you don’t watch much TV or you don’t play other games as well you may get burn-in. It is not for sure but the risk is higher than in the case of normal usage. Of course the exact plasma TV model you will buy matters a lot – the top ones are more resistant to burn-in. If you mix the games you play and/or you also watch TV/movies it is unlikely to get burn-in.

    You have a top of plasma TVs on the homepage. For other types of displays I can’t give you recommendations.

  • Thank you. Informative, detailed, and clean. You know your shiet.

    ~Matt

  • Sir:
    I will soon purchase a plasma TV, approx 50″. My research has not answered what is best or fully what these terms mean to home viewing:

    HD

    HDMI

    DVI

    With such an expensive purchase cost is not at the top of the list. Quality is top consideration. Which of the 3 video/audio providers named above will give me the best viewing. And are these all a commercial purchase provider item or will my Comcast Provider play a role in offering me, either free or for cost, any of the items/hardware required to activate the best of one of the 3 listed signal providers.

    My thanks……

    Ken

  • @Ken Garrett:
    First of all, I appreciate comments on topic but not asking questions here without any relation to the subject of this guide.
    The best plasma TVs are listed on the homepage of this site. They are grouped by size. The one at the top is the best, the one at the bottom is not as great (but still a lot better than others). Pretty easy, huh?
    Regarding the terms, a quick search on Google would have revealed plenty of details about them.
    HD – High Definition, means high quality content. It has many flavors and it applies to both video and audio quality.
    HDMI – is a protocol/connector/cable for audio/video transport between devices. It offers best quality.
    DVI – same as HDMI but only for video and has lower quality (probably you can’t make a difference between them though).
    So, they are not providers. If you have Comcast, they can give you a device that you connect to your TV using and watch HD programs. You can also buy a Blu-Ray player and watch HD movies at best quality possible. Most if not all devices for high-definition audio+video use HDMI.
    I hope my answer helps. Honestly I did not understood your question well.

  • This is very informative review. It helps a lot with my research and LCD, and Plasma display.

  • I want to buy a plasma or LCD now, but wil be moving to the Middle East next year, for a few years, and I would take my TV with me. Do you know if I can use plasmas or LCDs in different countries?

  • Hi,
    Thanks for the very informative article. I decided to Go plasma, and also bought Pioneer elite PRO-151FD. The HD (720/1080P) is really great but standard def TV is not so good on this TV.
    Then I come across the latest Samsung LCD TV – LN55A950, which has stunning picture quality and also as per reviews has equal or better black levels compared to Elite KURO models and costs about $1000 less than Elite KURO model. My purchase is still within the 14 day exchange period so kind of in dilema. Any suggestions on which makes a better buy from picture quality point? ours is a bright family room and mostly we watch Movies / sports on TV.

    Thanks for your help
    Srinivas

  • Hi, I’m looking to buy a new something TV right now. I do play one game (Madden NFL) for hours at a time. Maybe two to three hours and I also play online with it. Is that too long gaming to get a plasma?

  • @Barry Farkas:
    It depends on the TV brand. I think Panasonic models work in Europe as well. I don’t know what television broadcast standard they use in Middle East. You will want to find out exactly what broadcast standard is used in the country you’re moving to and then read the specs of the TV and see if it supports it.

    @Mallem:
    They both have superb picture. The LN55A950 has LED backlight and because of that it can produce blacks comparable to those of Elite. I believe there isn’t a big difference between the two in terms of picture quality. For how you’re going to use them both are great.

    @Michael Simmons:
    As long as you also watch movies/TV it won’t be a problem. Especially with a Pioneer or Panasonic. Just make sure you leave pixel orbiter enabled.

  • Thanks a lot my friend. I’m looking at a 42″ Panasonic when is $300 less then a Song LCD. I do watch a lot of TV and movies also. I take care of my mother so I’m home almost 23 hours a day., 364 days a year. I’m not sure what a pixel orbiter is but I’m writing it down. I have a bad habit of leaving the TV on but I will be very careful.

    You are doing a great service here 🙂

  • I have motion sickness when watching Tv or playing Video Games.. Which is better an LCD or Plasma to lessen

  • In your response to Midro you suggested some people claim to get headaches from LCD tvs.
    Last winter i spent countless hours going over specs and reading what i could on LCD tvs and Plasmas, and concluded that an Lcd 37 inch by Sony was the best product at an affordable price .
    It was a gift to my son, and, after watching it a few times i was getting minor headaches and very sore eyes.
    yet he had no complaints of the same. I attributed it to maybe just being tired etc…
    This year im researching plasmas as im interested in watching sports mostly, yet was uncertain only because of the 120hz now available on LCD tvs.
    Now having finally seen something in print that is similar to my experiences with LCD tvs im confident that Plasma is the way to go.
    Thanks

  • @john: it may not matter which kind of TV you watch. I recommend you go in a store and watch both types and see if there’s a difference. It might be that your motion sickness has nothing to do with the TV type but rather it is just how your brain behaves. I know people who get minor headaches only from LCDs with low refresh rate, but I also know some that actually get dizzy from games no matter what display they use. The modern LCD TVs have good refresh rates (around 5ms) and perform very similar to plasma TVs in this area. Check out http://www.thebestlcdtv.com/ for a list of recommended LCD TVs.

    @Terrence3: 120Hz has nothing to do with the actual refresh rate. The purpose of 120Hz is totally different, and though manufacturers advertise it as a solution for motion blur, that is just marketing bullshit. Regular 60Hz displays can perform just as well when it comes to motion blur. What matters is the physical response time (good LCDs have a response time around 5ms which is enough not to get motion blur). You could get headaches from an LCD with high response time (e.g. 16ms) but one with low response time (e.g. 5ms) might look just as good as a plasma.

    Read about LCD TV with 120Hz refresh rate to find out what are the real advantages of it.

  • I’m in the market for a new tv, and from my research so far am leaning towards a plasma.

    However, I intend to use my tv occasionally as a computer monitor, i.e. to watch downloaded content on the big screen. Everything I’ve read states if you’re going to use your tv as a computer monitor you should go LCD.

    Other than that, the tv would be used for digital cable and the occasional movie. We do most of our watching in the evenings in a moderately lit room.

    Advice? Since I will be hooking it up to my computer should I get an LCD? Or can I still consider plasma?

  • @Donald:
    If you download movies on your computer and watch them on the TV there’s no risk of burn-in. The problem appears when you have it display the operating system stuff for a very long time. That’s because you always have the taskbar visible and other static images as icons and windows. If you’re using your computer as you normally do – work, text editing, browsing web, playing games, etc. – for a very long time and you don’t compensate by watching fullscreen content (movies, TV programs) more than using it as a monitor, then you can get burn-in. If however, you’re using it as a computer monitor for a couple of hours and then you watch a movie, it won’t be a problem.

  • I have a 42 inch flat screen plasma tv. It has a line going right down the middle and it takes a very long time to turn on. It is about 4 years old and viewed a lot. Please let me know what can be done or am I in the market for a new TV.
    Thank You Iain

  • @iain russell: I don’t know, I don’t repair TVs. From what I have read it might be an electronics problem. The TV has some electronics boards inside (4 if I remember correctly) and if one stops working properly you get a line (black?) across the screen in a certain place (depending on which board is damaged). From what I’ve heard, replacing the board is very expensive. I might be totally wrong here, though. Find somebody that repairs TVs and ask him.

  • at the end of a paragraph you mentiond break in and calibration of a new plazma can you elaborate for me and also which measurments in the spsifications signify the black level and what is the differance between native and dynamic.thanks.

  • @walt: Read more about Break In and Burn In and HDTV Calibration. Black level doesn’t appear in the specifications, however “contrast ratio” which appears in the specifications influences black levels a lot. The higher the contrast ratio is, the better. The thing is however, you should not trust specifications too much, especially when it comes to contrast ratio. Every manufacturer uses its own measurement technique and they are trying to come up with huge numbers (e.g. 1,000,000:1) for marketing purposes. The healthy way to approach this situation is to read impartial reviews to find out how a TV performs in reality. You should look at “dynamic contrast” as a solution for manufacturers to come up with huge numbers for the specs sheet. Even “static” contrast numbers are irrelevant, however dynamic contrast is even more irrelevant.

  • No cable: Does the choice btn plasma/LCD, 720/1080 change at all if I don’t have cable (and aren’t planning on getting it). I just watch network TV and mostly netflix dvds. I sit about 8′ from the tv, pretty straight on. I was thinking about the panasanic th-42px80u 720p, but am worried about the drag on energy from a plasma tv, so am now thinking about an LCD. Any help appreciated.

  • @Barbara: Read Plasma TV Size & Optimal Viewing Distance to find out the recommended size for your viewing distance and type of content. If what you watch on your TV is standard definition (SDTV) or enhanced definition (EDTV) like DVDs, 720p is enough. Regarding the power consumption, LCDs aren’t necessarily “greener”. You’ll have to take a look at the specs for the plasma and LCD models you’re interested in, and see which consumes less electricity. You can take a look at http://www.TheBestLCDTV.com for a top of best LCD TV models.

  • Barbara,

    I bought that same TV (th42px80u) about a month ago and like it quite a bit. As far as power it draws about 350 watts whereas the 1080p version (th42pz80u) draws about 575 watts. If that is a lot or not I don’t know.

    As far as 720p/1080p there is an interesting article here. http://www.carltonbale.com/2006/11/1080p-does-matter/ I sit about 13 feet from mine. The difference between SD and 480p HD is quite noticeable like the graph says. I don’t have experience comparing 720p or 1080p but for a 42″ the graph indicates you need to be between 5 and 6 feet from it for your eye (20/20) to be able to resolve the difference.

    This Plasma, in my opinion, has a much better picture than the LCD’s at a similar price. At 2 to 3 times the price the LCD’s get close and maybe as good but the blacks and motion are still better on this plasma.

    Bob

  • Thanks, Bob. Seems like that set is hard to find now! My local sears does have the 50 inch for $899, but I’m sure that won’t help w/ the electricity drain (I really couldn’t notice any difference btn the 720 and the 1080 in the store)…seems like most places have sold out of the 42 and for some reason the on line stores are treating them, price-wise, like treasured antiques, LOL. I re-measured my space and I actually sit more like 10 ft away, so maybe I’ll go with the 50 inch.

  • I just got 50″ Plasma Insignia HD 1080p. I’ve been to different review sites and nobody else mentions this problem. We are seeing a lot of pixel blurring in high speed motion scenarios. From what I researched I thought plasma wasn’t supposed to do this. We upgraded to the HD “box” from Comcast and it still is happening. Maybe we should try FIOS? We are probably going to return the TV. I wonder in your opinion if we just got a defective set and should try another or go back to drawing board and get something different. Thank you for informative website.

  • @Mary: Never seen an Insignia so I can’t give you any advice regarding it. Plasma TVs are very good with fast moving scenes (no blurring), however if the video processing system (the electronics part) isn’t up to the task, I guess this could happen. Never heard about a plasma with such problems either. So I don’t know what to say. You could try a DVD or Blu Ray player and see how that looks. It will help you figure out if the source is to blame or the TV itself. Also, try progressive content (720p broadcasts, 1080p/Blu Ray or 480p/DVD). Interlaced content (1080i, 480i) could, at least theoretically, look more blurry. Most, if not all, HD sports channels are 720p. Let me know what you have done, please.

  • Charles Roberton

    Hi, I have a Pioneer PDP-434PE which i brought 6 years ago now. As this is one of the earlier plasma tvs is there any issues i should be aware of? I watch alot of films and play xbox a fair amount. I do get a faint burn from static images, but once you change the screen a few minutes later its gone. So far so good, truly fantastic tv… Any feedback would be greatly appreciated…
    Cheers, Charlie

  • Hi, I’m enjoying learning from you. I would like some help with an issue I haven’t seen anyone address at other sites. I want a new HDTV for the primary purpose of viewing high res photos, and would prefer a usb function that would allow slideshows and music. I would also want to connect my laptop occasionally for the same purpose of displaying photos, because I might create a nicer slideshow from the laptop than is possible from the TV application for usb (more flexibility with timing and transitions). Mostly the TV would be used for standard definition viewing like news and weather, but HD OTA football is a strong interest. So the question is, do you recommend LCD for computers due to the likelihood of burnin, or is LCD going to offer a clearer, more useful display with the computer? The appearance of the photos is my largest concern, but I would want to be able to navigate to the files to run for slideshows without squinting or guessing. I think any HDTV would meet my everyday TV viewing needs, and I have one that is really fine for that now. –Also, do the usb photo slideshow applications privided by the TV show the images in the highest res on the TV, or something lower? I’d like to see those issues covered in TV reviews, but I haven’t seen a review yet that really covered photo viewing. It would be nice to hear if the WD HD TV media center box works well to display photos properly in high res on HDTV. Thanks, Johnny

  • @Charles Roberton: I know nothing about that model. But if it’s 6 years old and the temporary image retention (burn-in) disappears that fast, I don’t see any problems.

  • @Johnny Davis: Burn-in is a concern only if you have just a few photos and each stays on screen a long time. If you have hundreds of photos and each stays on screen just 30 seconds or so, it won’t be a problem. Also, if you display the operating system windows and static portions just for a while, again it won’t be a problem. Otherwise, you’re safer with an LCD. That being said, both LCD and Plasma will look good.

    The resolution will be that of the display. If the display is 1080p, then it will resize the photos internally to that resolution. Photos made with today’s cameras have higher resolutions. However, this is the case with any display, including the computer monitors. In other words the picture will not be displayed with 1:1 pixel matching, but it will be displayed fullscreen.

    Most TVs with USB and image support are limited to only JPEG images. You will have to check the specs of that TV to see if it supports other file formats as well. Using a computer is probably the best solution. One thing you must keep in mind is that you need a computer with HDMI output because most if not all TVs don’t support Full-HD resolution through the VGA connector. Also the computer video card must be able to output 1080p resolutions in order to get the most of a 1080p TV. If you have a HDMI output then it probably does support that resolution.

    WD HD TV media center – I haven’t had the chance or interest to test it.

    Regarding what resolution the TV should be, the images are best seen on 1080p but the SD content you normally watch doesn’t need more than 720p. Also, if you get a TV big enough for the photos to look great, it will be to big for SDTV which will look rather bad. So you can’t get the best of all unless you’re OK sitting closer to the TV when you watch photos and further when you watch SDTV.

    I hope it helps.

  • Thanks for the answers, they are very helpful. I knew that photos won’t be dislayed 1:1 (unless I downsized the images to match 1920×1080), but a store salesman had told me that the images from usb would be shown at a much lower resolution than 1080, and I was hoping that was a mistake. I don’t think he really knew the correct answer. I also know that SD content looks poor compared to HD because I have a 34in CRT 1080i TV now, and I expect that the flaws in SD will be magnified with the 50in size I’m contemplating. I’m willing to sacrifice that aspect in order to enjoy photos at high magnifacation in HD.

    I think I might enjoy the picture quality of plasma vs LCD, and I’m guessing that 1080p might look noticeably better than 720p for photos. Please let me know if I’m off base here because I’d enjoy saving the money on 720p if there won’t be a noticeable improvement with 1080p.

    I appreciate your help, and I hope that others will benefit from your answers, as I surely have.

  • I just recently purchased a samsung 58″ A550.Movies on blue ray,video games ,hd content all look great.My concern is the dissapointment i have over live action sports on hd broadcasts.Specifically,basketball and hockey.The clarity when the action is happening is almost “blur like”Also faint blue in the ice where it should be pure white.When the action is slower or stopped ,the picture is great.I was told plasma ’s do not have a “blur effect” so if anyone could add any information for me ,it would be greatly appreciated.Thanks

  • @JasonJ: Plasma doesn’t have any motion-blur problems. However if the transmission isn’t “progressive” but “interlaced” you will get motion blur because of the transmission not the plasma. Most if not all HD sports channels transmit in 720p (p=progressive) so I can’t really say what or where the problem is. If you find it blurry on a plasma it will probably be blurry on any TV. Maybe they just move very fast… Regarding the ‘bue-ish’ ice – you can calibrate the TV (see the calibration guide).

  • If I plan to use a computer to feed movies and programs to my TV, should I go with a plasma? I don’t plan on using the TV to surf the internet much, but I like to watch Lost on abc.com and use Netflix streaming. That being said, I generally prefer the look of plasma TVs over LCDs. What do you recommend?

  • @stencil: the only problem with plasma when using it as a computer monitor is burn in. however, if you will watch fullscreen and you will not have the operating system GUI displayed for hours you should be safe.

  • I’d like to purchase a plasma or an lcd for my office lobby. The wall space is 56″ and it’s an essentially a 10 ft. room or if I mount it on another wall then, it’s more like 15 ft. — we plan to loop photos and an event video on it during business hours…otherwise it would be used to show CNN or MSNBC. Can you tell me what would be a better TV choice and suggest a good brand? I’m guessing that a 46″ TV would be a great choice (or should I be looking at the 42″)! Thanks!

  • @Tia: Yeah a 46 inch TV would probably fit well there. You want to leave a couple of inches around it for air flow. You can also check the Plasma TV Size & Optimal Viewing Distance guide but your space doesn’t allow for a much larger screen from what I understand. Regarding recommended TV models, they are on homepage. Since it is a business setup you probably don’t need a very high quality. You say that the room size is 10 ft. but I suspect the viewers will sit closer. If the viewers will sit at 9 ft. or further, you can buy a 720p model (is cheaper) because they will not miss any detail.

  • Thank you so much for this website!!! My wife is allowing me to get a new tv, YAHOOO!!! you have answered all my questions, but one. You might have but I am sometimes blind so I apologise if you have. Does the angle in which you watch a plasma at have a huge effect on quality of picture? Also if mounted on wall does the angle come into play? Finally with your wonderful Optimal Viewing Distance chart does the angle in which you are viewing the tv at change the distance? Once again thank you so much for this education, it has helped me decide which is the best tv for me.

  • @James Gilbert: Picture quality remains unaltered on a plasma TV no matter the viewing angle (it is not as with LCD TVs). You can use a tilting wall mount or articulated wall mount so you can turn the TV in such way that it faces you when watching it. Ideally you should be seated perpendicularly to the TV to get the right aspect ratio. If you sit at a wide horizontal angle objects will appear tall and if you sit at a wide vertical angle they will look short or “fat”. The numbers in the distance table still apply. The situation is not the same as viewing from a perpendicular position, and they don’t apply as good as for normal viewing, however going in details here is overkill as the resulting answer is the same.

  • Dir Sir,

    I wanna buy a HDTV and after hours of searching I ended up in the following 2 models:

    1) Panasonic TX-P42V10E

    2) Samsung UE40B8000 40″

    My dillema , however, is whichone of these 2 to choose…………….

    And yet, do plasmas consume much more power than LCD TV’S?

    regards,
    Vassilis

  • @Vassilis: Unless you play games on it a lot or very often, i think the TX-P42V10E is better. If you play games, UE40B8000 is a safer choice (no risk of burn-in at all). Both TVs are great, but the Panasonic plasma TV has a better picture quality overall and has no problems with viewing angle as the LCD.

    Yes, plasma TVs generally consume more energy. However you should look in the specs of those two models to see how exactly they compare to each other from this point of view.

  • i need help please i want to buy the samsung ln52b750 lcd but at night the room will be some what dark is this the way to go? thanks john

  • @john linnell: if you mostly watch TV with lights off, or in a somewhat dark room, a good plasma TV will offer better quality overall because it has better black levels. That being said, LN52B750 is a very good LCD and it is certainly not going to look bad in a dark room. Just not as good as some of the best plasma TVs.

  • sir/madam
    I am looking to buy nbew 1080p tv. I have along room 23×12 feet and viewing distance will be approx 90/100 inches.large window at tv viewing end which lets in some direct sunshine, particularly during summer months but I can close the curtains. I am looking at samsung tvs, particularly the ps50b850 plasma and the ue46b8000 led, there is a £400 price difference as well as the 4″ in size.I plan on upgrading to skyhd and purchasing a bluray player. i watch a lot of sports and a reasonably amount of films.
    what do you recommend based on the viewing distance and sunlight and price difference.
    Your thoughts are much appreciated.
    Lewis

  • We want to buy a plasma but are afraid that the room might be too bright. The sun sets on the west side of our room (4 west facing windows) and our tv faces north (4 north facing windows) – you mentioned might be best to get a LCD. We watch tv in the evenings (sitcoms/sports) and on weekends (movies/sports) so do you think a plasma will work ~space can fit a 42″ or do we need to go to a LCD/LED?

  • @Lewis: There isn’t a big difference between those TVs. Unless you plan to play games a lot, in which case I would recommend the LCD, any of them works just as well. The difference in size will make the 50 inch model more suitable for movies (1080i/p) and the 46 inch one for sports (because sports programs are broadcasted in 720p). Regarding glare, since the TV’s back side is facing the window, not it’s screen, you won’t get too many reflections.

  • Hello sir,

    I would like to buy a Panasonic TV and the choices are entered Plasma 3: PT-X42G10E, G15E and V10E. Which of these 3 would you have recommended to me? Recencije I have looked at various forums, but nowhere I have not found any review of PT-X42G15E that me are somehow passing most liked considering what this TV has.

    Thanks

  • Corection, I think on Panasonic models TX-P42G15E, TX-P42G10E i TX-P42V10E.

  • Corection,

    I think on Panasonic Plasma TX-P.

    Thanks

  • @E>M>: I assume they are the same as US models TC-P42G10, TC-P42G15 and TC-P42V10. The V10 and G10 are reviewed on this site. The G15 is just like G10 but thinner.

  • Going larger… Replacing a Samsung 52″LCD in a basement. The natural lighting is limited and the recess lighting is dimmable. I’m comparing the Samsung LN 65 B650 and the Pioneer Elite 60″. Any thoughts….

  • @Boog: Pioneer Elite is significantly better than Samsung LN65B650. If you want a 65″ model, better consider Panasonic TC-P65V10 which is better than Samsung LN65B650 and almost as good as Pioneer Elite.

  • Quick question..I just bought a 42 inch Samsung 720p Plasma (manufactured in April 2009) because I wanted I high refresh rate to watch sports. When I watch sports though, I see blur like it was a 60mhz LCD TV.

    Why am I seeing blur? Is it my HD Box from my cable company as the video source?

  • @David Gamt: It’s NOT the plasma TV. The statement that high refresh rate is better and gives sharper images is misleading and used by manufacturers as a marketing tool. It is not the low refresh rate that will make moving images blurry, but the low (slow) response time. As long as an LCD TV has a response time under 10ms (ideally under 5ms) you won’t see blur because of the TV. The refresh rate doesn’t really matter. Unless you are extremely sensible to motion blur and your eyes are unnaturally fast, it is very likely due to the program/content. Try a BluRay movie, that will probably look just fine.

  • I purchased a Panasonic TC P50 S1 Model and very satisfied with TV. Only concern is when viewing a dvd in wide screen format you get the black bars at top and bottom of screen. Will watching movie on the TV burn and leave the bar images on the screen? There is know way to zoom it to were it fits the whole screen. So just worried about burn in of black bars.

  • @eric: it’s a concern only if you always watch movies with black bars. If you mix the content with full screen programs as well there’s no problem. Also see if you have an option in the menu to make the bars gray.

  • Sir:
    I like to watch movies, sports and want buy a plasma TV, approx 50″ or 60″, but, please I need help, your opinion about the DLP TV’s (mitsubishi wd 65737) thanks.
    best regards
    Ed Jordan

  • Dear Dir,

    I am going to buy a 50″ Tv and I am for a Plasma, not LCD. I will watch preferently movies and sports, I will not use tv for games an neither for PC conection.
    I am considering these two models:

    Panasonic series G10 (Tx-50G10) and Samsumg Ps50B650. I read very good opinions in both. It seems that color accuracy is better in the Samsung, although no so good in blacks. I do not know if both have the same quality in images in motion, perhaps Panasonic is better in that?

    I would like to know your opinon on these two TV’s, to help me to take better decision.

    Many thanks for your help

  • I have a CRT TV that will probably have to be replaced within a year. I have been doing a lot of research regarding plasma vs LED/LCD vs DLP. At the moment I am leaning toward plasma because of the superior picture quality and the lower price. Now, in 2010 for plasma, there is really only a choice between Panasonic and Samsung. I am most interested in the Panasonic S1 series (or possibly G10) and Samsung’s Series 6 (specifically B650). I would like something between 45 and 50 inches. I have read Panasonic has the best contrast (although some reports are popping up of thier black levels lighten up on the 2009 models rather quickly), best anti-glare screen, and lowest chance for burn in, but Samsung has a brighter picture with better color, a swivel base, and is superior in standard definition content. But, I also hear Samsung has a quality control problem, with many people complaining they got a defective TV. I have AT&T U-verse, and will probably pay the extra $10 a month for HD, but the quality of standard def content is very important to me (I have a lot of DVDs and VHS, plus I know most stations are not true HD), but the quality control issue with Samsung is making me hesitant to pick it over Panasonic. What is your expert advice?

  • I’ve been doing research regarding buying my first HDTV (currently have a CRT). Unless I can get lucky and find a 46″ LED/LCD on sale for around $1000, I have pretty much ruled them out, and am leaning toward either plasma or DLP.

    My TV is on between 9 and 12 hours a day. I do not play video games. I have a large DVD collection (no blu-ray), and many VHS tapes. I will most likely get HD from my cable company. I do not care about trendy extras like internet shortcuts or things of that sort. I want a TV that will give me the clearest and best possible picture from both my cable and DVD sources at a reasonable price.

    I saw the ShopNBC and HSN promotions of Mitsubishi DLP, and they make a really great case, but I know the lamp burns out every 2 or 3 years, and you’re looking at investing $100 for new lamps every few years. But plasma has the burn-in potential, and is almost as heavy as a CRT (by the way, if one is accustomed to CRT, is the glare on a plasma screen any worse?)

    Which would you suggest I consider more seriously? And if plasma, which brand would you suggest I give consideration to, Samsung or Panasonic?

  • Decided to buy a plasma……looking at the Panasonic 65″ S1. What’s your opinion? For the price and what the picture looks like, it seems unbeatable.

  • @Ed Jordan: I know nothing about that DLP TV, I have never reviewd any DLP TVs. What I can tell you is that a plasma TV very likely has a better picture quality than a DLP.

  • We’re about to buy our first flat screen tv. Does the introduction of LED LCD tvs change any of the pros and cons of plasma v LCD? I’ve heard that LED blacks are as good as plasmas. Is this the case or is it marketing talk? Many thanks.

  • Sorry – an additional question. Does the introduction of LEDs change the viewing angles of these LCD tvs?

    I guess what I’d like to know is would you still pick a plasma over a LED for all the same reasons that you’d pick a plasma over a LCD, or does the introduction of LEDs tips the balance towards these tvs and away from plasmas in any area?

  • I’ve just purchased an LG 60″ plasma and I’m really happy with it. Thirlled in fact. However, I’m curious as to one thing: Up close, I can observe the dither pattern. Everything is moving, as in the tiny pixels, even when it’s a solid color, say, like the Apple TV menu. This is unlike any LCD display, in which things are static (I’m here assuming a clean signal without compression, like Apple TV’s menu).

    Is this normal? Is dither inherent to plasma technology? I’m just curious since I’ve used an LCD with my Apple TV before and it displayed as it would on a computer LCD monitor. With a plasma, it’s fine from the normal viewing distance, but up close, I can see moving/dithery pixels.

    Thanks for any insight you can provide.

  • Dear Bestplasma TV,
    I would like to buy a tv within my budget.
    2 models im considering now, Panasionic P42X1 and Samsung LCD B530.
    The Panasionic model is only 720p but giving 600Hz. Samsung B530 is 1080p (full HD) but only 60Hz..
    TV is just for general usage. Not for computer or games.
    Which model do you recommend?

  • I will be purchasing a new HDTV for viewing in our bedroom (watching in bed) where we watch 90% of our viewing. We will be approximately 10-11 feet from the screen and will primarily be viewing HD shows from cable and rental DVD’s. Would you kindly suggest size and type of TV we should purchase?

  • Hi there, I just got myself a Samsung 42″ Plasma TV and quite happy with it but kinda need some advice from you.

    To quote part of your posting:
    “Also we recommend to break-in the plasma TVs and calibrate them correctly to even further reduce the burn-in chances.”

    Few questions:-

    1. When you say break-in, what does it means? And is there any guide which I can follow to calibrate the TV correctly?

    2. I am pretty confuse on the Dark level and Mega Contrast setting, the default is all turn off. Is there any guide for me to follow? – Is this included in the calibration as well?

    3. I’ve tried a number of movies from diffrent sources; cable TV, HD movies and also Blu-Ray. Overall the picture is great but at time, I do notice that even if the source is at 1080P, the images seems to be a little snowy. Is this normal or is there any setting is needed?

    I’m staying on the 22nd floor, not sure how many feet it is, and yes, I do get the buzzing noise, after reading your posting, now I am not sure whether I have made the wrong choice or not.

    Thanking you in advance for your opinions.

  • Hey TV Guy

    I have been told that LCD is better over plazma, as the plazma tv heats up really bad ie very hot to touch in the back of the tv. LCD is not like this? if so does the plazma tv burnout faster? and why plazma tv is less expensive than LCD?

  • Yea the DLP TVs are interesting to me and plasma as well especially the price of both.But have you reviewed the Mitsubishi Laser Vue TVs,any experience with them?

  • I’m purchasing a new TV for my family room. Currently, I have an old TV (no HD) and it’s a 24/25″, which is a pretty good size for the room I am in. My thoughts are a 32″, but when I look at them in the store, they look smaller than the TV I currently have (of course, the dimensions of the new TVs are rectangular vs the old square’s). With all of that, I am focused on sports-related viewing, the occasional DVD/movie for the kids. My thoughts are a 720p plasma (cheapest TV you can currently buy) at a 37″ or 40″ size. Agree? Any thoughts on the current 120Hz LCDs in terms of sports viewing? I’ve found that if you sit close enough to the 120Hz LCD, you will see the blur, but I know there are some LCDs out there now with anti-blur. How good are they? Which manufacturer’s do you recommend? Sorry for all of the questions, but…

  • I have just purchased a Panasonic 42′ Plasma V series TV. It is great and fantastic in all aspects and I am quite satisfied with it. My question is: Why does it generate so much heat feeling the screen and at the back of the TV while I don’t see this problem with my other 42′ LCD TV? Do all Plasma TV generate heat? Does this heat effect the life of the screen?
    Thank you,
    Abdul

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