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LCD TV vs. plasma TV

See LCD vs. plasma.

LCD vs. plasma

Following is a summary of differences between LCD (LED) TVs and plasma TVs. In 2015, the three remaining plasma TV manufacturers (Panasonic, LG and Samsung) exited the market. However, thousands of plasma TV sets are still in use and much loved by their owners.

The two display technologies differ greatly. LCDs shine light through color filters, whereas plasma generates the colors by igniting phosphors (see flat panel TV, LCD and plasma display).

It should be noted that LED TVs are really LCD TVs that use LED backlights instead of the older fluorescent lamps (see LED TV).

Wall Mounting
Plasma sets are heavier. However, all flat panels require a secure mounting. If the studs in the wall are not conveniently located, reinforcements are necessary.

Light Reflection
Glare from ceiling lights, table lamps and sunlight are an issue. Plasma TVs generally reflect light like old CRTs, however, some have more glare than others. The same goes for LCD TVs.

The General Opinion
The consensus from showroom sales reps who watched TV day after day was that plasma offered the best and most natural image, especially in sets 50" and up. However, LCD sets are lighter and use considerably less energy. OLED, the latest display technology, has the best of both (see OLED).

Bad Pixels, Image Retention, Burn-In and Buzz
Stuck pixels on LCD panels show up as persistent, tiny pinpoints of light, which may be annoying. If found early on, manufacturers have been known to replace the set.

Plasma TVs were subject to image retention and burn-in, which are faint images that remain on screen due to static material displayed for long periods such as black bars and channel logos. Image retention was temporary, but burn-in was permanent and occurred when the same content appeared for hours on end, especially in the first days of use. However, newer plasma TVs continuously rotated the image one or two pixels, making them less susceptible to burn-in. Another issue with plasma was a possible buzz at altitudes above 6,500 feet.

              LCD       Plasma

  Glare       Maybe     Yes
  Weight      Lighter   Heavy
  AC Power    Lower     Much higher
  Colors      Rich      Richer
  Blacks      Good      Blacker
  Contrast    Good      Better
  View Angle  Fair      Excellent
  Speed       Fast      Fastest

LCD Vs. Plasma
LCD uses liquid crystals and color filters while plasma uses gas and phosphors (see plasma display). Whereas plasma displays always emit light, low-cost LCD displays only reflect ambient light.

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