The TV family tree now has a couple of new recruits, as well as Plasma and LCD. Now there is LED. The industry is calling these back lit led TVs as just simply LED TVs. For along time There has been popular discussion of LCD TV vs Plasma TV. LCD and plasma have been at each others throats for quite some time now. In the 5 years since both have been in the marketplace you would think the answer to this would be clearly defined, but it’s a bit more difficult then that.
We’ll start with the differnces of the two technologies. Lets start with plasma tv. Plasma TV has hundreds of thousands of gas cells that are brought together to make a picture. On the other hand LCD or liquid crystal display uses “glass sandwiches” of liquid crystal. This picture is created by regulating the amount of electrical charge to each indivual crystal. Then the screen is lit behind by a series of LED’s or florescent tubes. This is because the differences between the technologies. For example if a plasma cell is off Its not lit up meaning more blacks, A LCD pixel is still using electricity and lit even when the screen is black. However LCD backlighting has gotten better over the years, plasma television has stayed 1 step ahead. Even with the largest sizes we’ve seen some excellent results from the best LCD TV 55 inch screens, but without debate plasma TV is still better. The disadvantadge, the motion blower is the major one. There is a lag when LCD pixels turn on and off. Even the best LCD TV have a refresh rate of 5 milliseconds or less, but it can still lead to a lagging in motion effect. Plasma TV has the privilege of not having to worry about this, and of course there’s a black level issue.. If your considering a plasma television there’s two things to keep in mind. First plasma’s our not available in smaller screen sizes. Just 42 inches or larger. So a cheap plasma TV is usually around $600 or less. Therefore there not ideal for small rooms like a kitchen. 2nd, Plasma TVs will show room light more so then other TVs. If your room is very illuminated with windows and lamps. Then you may want to turn them down and close the curtains. Now on to Plasma television and how it will give you a bright and detail picture. They also have a slim design that allows them to be set on a stand or on a wall. Plasma televisions have a history of having rich colors, impressive contrast levels and smooth motion.
The 3 main advantages to having an LED TV were not going to give you a science lesson about the technology. Its color, depth and energy efficiency. Comparing it to Plasma TVs and LCD TVs . LED TV’s have darker blacks and whiter whites. This is also called contrast ratio and you’ll often see this listed as a feature on TV’s. Basically the higher the ratio the better the contrast so the better the picture. 2nd the slim and thin design of LED TVs is breath taking. LCD TVs cannot hold a candle to LED TVs in regards to its thinness. LCD TVs are usually 2 times bigger as a LED. 3rd, LED TVs function differently from Plasma and LCD TVs. You’ll be able to go green because LED use a lot less energy and will help you save money down the road. there’s a final benefit for having a LED TV. you can watch your LED TV from almost any angle in the room and unlike plasma and LCD the color wont be darker.
So how do you choose between a LED TV or a plasma tv? If you want a cinema-like experience in a dim or darkened room. Then you’ll like plasmas fluid motion and true to life color. If you like slimmer TV’s less then forty-two inches with brighter whites and darker blacks then LED is right for you, but overall Plasma televsions are way cheaper in price.
This “LCD vs Plasma Television” article is by Mike A.