Plasma or LCD?

  • FitguyKool

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    Jul 20, 2009 5:06 AM GMT
    I'm in the market for a new TV: Plasma or LCD?
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    Jul 20, 2009 5:13 AM GMT
    if you want size, great colour and the best blacks, plasma is still ahead of LCD..

    However Plasma is only a stop gap measure and is quickly being replaced by LCD which will then be replaced by OLED in a couple of years..

    for duration LCD will outs and will be around for a lot longer then Plasma but LCD is far more expensive then plasma in the 47 and up sizes
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    Jul 20, 2009 5:48 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidif you want size, great colour and the best blacks, plasma is still ahead of LCD..

    However Plasma is only a stop gap measure and is quickly being replaced by LCD which will then be replaced by OLED in a couple of years..

    for duration LCD will outs and will be around for a lot longer then Plasma but LCD is far more expensive then plasma in the 47 and up sizes


    I work in Television and agree with Tanker.

    LCDs STILL have motion artifacting problems and poor black level display compared to Plazma displays in the larger than 47 inch sizes.
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    Jul 20, 2009 5:51 AM GMT

    LED is the way forward!!! Just think of a contrast ratio 1,000,000:1 minimum. SURE FIRE WIN!!!
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    Jul 20, 2009 5:51 AM GMT
    So we should wait for OLED to come out in several years?
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    Jul 20, 2009 5:55 AM GMT
    I AM DROOLING OVER Samsung Series 8

    http://www.samsung.com/us/productsubtype/led/

    ...but I'd settle for their 55-inch Series 7 LED TV. icon_cool.gif

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    Jul 20, 2009 6:02 AM GMT
    Plasma is slowly being phased out. But it does yield better image quality than LCD.. deeper blacks and faster screen refresh. And from what I've seen, plasma sets are selling for cheaper prices than LCD, particularly in the 40" and above sizes.

    The only downsides to plasma I can think of are screen burn-in, higher electricity consumption, and more heat coming from the TV. The screen burn-in may not be much of an issue with modern plasma sets, but if you tend to watch the same channels all the time, you may notice the station logo burned into the corner of your screen over time. And since plasma sets tend to get really warm, expect your living room to get warmer. And expect to hear the little humming sound of cooling fans from the back of your TV.

    I think LCD is your best bet right now. Most of the mid and upper range sets have some sort of technology that compensates for the slower refresh rate. So fast moving objects on your screen don't have so much of a "ghosting" effect. And the prices have fallen to a more affordable range.

    Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony all offer excellent LCD TV sets. Definitely go to the store and see it in person.
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    Jul 20, 2009 6:17 AM GMT
    Caslon12000 saidSo we should wait for OLED to come out in several years?

    oled TV's are already available from Sony in japan, it will only be a matter of time before they get here, however the problem right now is scale and cost, for a small tv they are incredibly expensive!

    if you've no interest in replacing your TV right now, I'd wait a few more years, interesting things are happening and you don't know, however if you want a new tv now, just go with whatever you prefer.

    OLED tv's are still really a way off for general consumer they are a high end luxury
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    Jul 20, 2009 6:22 AM GMT
    One thing I don't appreciate with Sony products is that they tend to syndicate everything, pretty much like Bose systems. "Incompatible this, adapter that."
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    Jul 20, 2009 1:38 PM GMT
    FitguyKool said I'm in the market for a new TV: Plasma or LCD?



    For the best experience, I'd say go for a plasma. For something a little more manageable, LCD's are fine.

    LED LCD's are the best. They're quite pricey, but a must-have for any videophile. I just bought one and think it's amazing. I've experienced no technical problems like I do with my regular LCD's. There's an effect called "blooming" that is known to happen from time to time, but I've yet to experience any issues.

    I own an old Sony 46" plasma (bought the last model before Sony stopped manufacturing them). It's over 4 year's old and has the same picture quality today as it did the day I purchased it. However, plasma's run hot, are heavy as hell, and they consume massive amounts of energy. If you're a gamer, it's best not to play on a plasma (LCD's are the way to go).

    Good luck.
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    Jul 20, 2009 1:56 PM GMT

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    Jul 20, 2009 4:57 PM GMT
    ZiMsTeR saidI AM DROOLING OVER Samsung Series 8


    Do you mean the 8000 series? (These are the very thin 1,000,000 to 1 dynamic contrast sets).

    These are the edge-lit LED LCD TVs, not true LEDs (or OLEDs). Meanwhile, the 120 HZ Samsung UN46B7000 is what has caught my eye. It is ony 1" thick, and truly is designed for a wall mount. So far, everything I have read about the 240HZ version (the Series 8000 ) says that extra 120 HZ is overkill. But they are reviewed highly.

    I don't think they are pricey....considering what I spent for my original Plasma Pioneer TV in 2003!! I have seen the "black" colors which are not supposed to be as pure as those for plasma TVs....frankly, I can't see the difference...and there is a near three dimensional quality to the HD display for the LCDs.

    [Edit: I have been doing more research since my original posts. Samsung may be premiering a 31" OLED in the Fall 2009 lineup, but are now saying it will be four or five years before the larger screen sizes see OLED technology.]