Plasma TV and LCD TV Guides
Plasma TV or LCD: What is the Difference?
Plasma TVs or LCDs look very similar to each other externally. But they differ in their technologies. Both types of TV sets show excellent picture quality; however there are slight differences in the quality of the picture. Both the technologies offer long life to the televisions, hence no need to worry about it. Though some reports suggest that Plasma TV sets have short life span, it is not true. Plasma TV sets as well as LCD TV sets normally show a good performance for approximately ten years or above.
Here are some reasons which can help you choose between Plasma TVs and LCD TVs:
Save Some Bucks
Plasma sets are likely to cost slightly less as compared with the same sized LCD TVs. Hence at the same cost, you can think of buying a bigger screen.
Plasma TVs have advanced contrast levels when compared with LCDs. That means they can perform well if the room is light controlled. They have richer blacks and improved contrast. Contrast ratio defines the proportion of white and black colors in the image. High contrast ratio depicts greater difference in bright white and dark black colors and takes extra time "turning off" their backlights for an actually dark image. While they display normally bright in large rooms, they perform well in conditions where there is plenty of ambient light. LED or LCD TVs mostly use a separate light source and perform well in smaller rooms with bright light.
Plasma TVs stand out with regards to the accuracy of color and saturation which implies that colors are vibrant. They exhibit movies or videos with full colors, exactly the way they are seen.
Burn-in issues were common in the old Plasma TVs. Burn-in was often mentioned as a drawback of Plasma TVs. It meant that after pausing a movie or a channel for many hours, it used to leave a “ghost image” on the screen. It used to permanently etch at one place as it was there for long time. But now technological innovations have changed the new Plasma TVs. It is no longer an issue to be concerned about now. A technology named “pixel orbiter” present in the new Plasma TVs has suppressed the problem of burn-in. Despite the elimination of the problem, manufacturers recommend avoiding any program with static image to be displayed at the bottom of the screen for long hours. Dissimilar to plasma, there is utterly no fear of image retentiveness on LCDs.
The branded Plasma TV’s average half life is 50000 to 70000 hours. It comes out to be 20 years if you watch the TV for six hours every day. But if the Plasma TV is not branded then the Plasma life is expected as less with no guarantee.
At high altitudes, the performance of plasma displays can alter since the gas accommodated inside each pixel is strained and it is more difficult for it to perform well. However some manufacturers create Plasma TVs specifically designed to facilitate their performance at high altitudes. The prices of such models are higher than the standard prices of Plasma TV models.
Plasma TVs normally support large screen sizes. If you are planning to buy a larger TV screen, then Plasma TVs are more recommended than LCDs. Plasma TVs are best if you want a screen sizes of 42” or more. LCDs are best for if you want a screen size less than 42”.
Plasma TV can handle motion tracking much better than LCDs. This means fast moving images such as sports will appear fluent and sharp without blurry images.
TV sets nowadays come in two shapes. The popular ones are 4:3 that depicts the dimensions four inches of width for a height of three inches. Wide screen shapes come similar to the movies and high-definition programming. Plasma TV display is available as wide screens with 16:9 dimensions.
Plasma TVs are available in 720p or 1080p. High resolution comprises more pixels in the same area and increases the clarity of the image. Hence 1080p resolution is more worthy. The closer your TV screen is to be placed, the higher is the resolution you require.
HDMI is a new type of input used for HD-DVDs, HD-satellite, HD-cable boxes and the latest video game console. Normally every HDTV comes with HDMI inputs. But check for the TV you decide to buy for several HDMI inputs so as to facilitate your high definition devices.
Computers and Video Games
Plasma TVs and LCDs clasp the game console without any troubles. It is difficult to differentiate in this case and give any one TV more points. Both LCDs and Plasma TVs work best for computers and video games.
The standard warranty of Plasma TV compensates for the parts for one year and services for 90 days or more. Plasma TVs usually come with one year warranty. Some manufacturers extend the warranty period for larger screen models or for some models those are to be shipped to distant places.
Updated on : 14 June 2011 12:58 PM