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Plasma versus LCD

In need of a bit of advice here...

To cut a long story short, we decided to buy a new big tv for xmas. Hubby went to pick it up and they gave him the wrong one (same price, same size, same maker)
we got a LG 42" Plasma when we wanted a LG 42" LCD tv.
We called the shop and they said we got 8 days to make our mind up and we can exange it after those days.
We tried normal tv, dvd and some psp2 games. I personnaly think that the picture is not as sharp as I was expecting...

The question is should we stick with it or exange it for a LCD one?
Which one is the best regarding pic quality, reliability, duration?
Surfed a bit for answer but I aint none the wiser...
Any idea??
Plasma televisions are getting better everyday but the problem is that you will hardly find plasma under 100". If you really don't need so big screen I would rather recommend you LCD television.
Picture may not be so sharp because you don't use recommended resolution which is written in instructions. Picture on LCD will be beautiful and sharp only on one resolutiuon but if you change resolution it will become blurred.
Few years ago Plasma had relatively bad life duration but manufacturers made big imporevement on that area. You will be able to use Plasma television 15-20 years without any problem. It also depends how much time do you watch television. However, LCD's don't have problems with duration time. It's your choice. Wink
Hey my parents have an lcd television. and i personally prefer lcd to plasma televisions. Lcd seem to be sharper than plasmas, however plasmas are usually larger in size. so it really just comes down to personal choice[/b]
I think lcds are generally better, for a start they dont burn like plasmas(thats why i personally wouldn't hook up my pc to a plasma. although lcds are smaller, they usually have a sharper picture.
whats the difference? the tv's look the same...
In 10 years the plasma screen will probably have some burned in ghost images and the plasma gas leaks and deteriorates causing a much duller/darker image that would not be worth fixing.

In 10 years the LCD set will need a new lamp which runs ~$250.
But after the lamp replacement it will be as good/bright as new.
Well, I'm more of a fan of plasma, as they are getting better and better. Just recently, Panasonic and Pioneer released 1080p plasmas, and soon, they'll be more 1080p plasmas.

As for your situation, what exact model did you get? Also, what model were you supposed to get?

Also, nowadays, Plasma TVs tend to have a slightly shorter life span than LCDs, but the difference isn't as great as it used to be. As for burn-ins, there are methods to prevent them, and it's only for the first few hours (can't remember how many) that you have to be careful, afterwards, you should be fine. One reason LCDs tend to be sharper is because many of them are available in 1080p, while most plasmas are 720p/1080i. But, like I said, there are new plasmas that are capable of 1080p. However, there are no 42" Plasmas at 1080p.

I'd still be happy with LCDs, they're really good, but so are plasmas. IMHO, plasmas are only the way to go if you're settling with a high-end television, otherwise, LCD is the way to go.
plasmas expensive at bigger screens, lcds cheaper, LCDS more expensive wen smaller, plasmas cheaper
think of it as an X the line going down from top left to bottom right is lcd, the other is plasma in terms of price
Thank you for your imput...
We got a LG, there was only £7 difference between the plasma and the lcd, looking at the spec on the web site, the plasma is brighter with a higher contrast (1000/5000 compared to lcd 500/1600) and got a higher number of pixels... So maybe it's for the best.

And in any case I dont think hubby want to lug it back to the shop, it's a big bugger !

IMO plasmas are the way to go. Sanyo makes some good ones from what my dad and I have found (he was just in the market for one) and I know that on top of Panosonic and Pioneer, Sanyo also has a 1080p Plasma (the one we settled on for the house) so really it just depends on the brand. But for a good Plasma it would be cheaper to get a good LCD. As far as your trade in from the Plasma to the LCD, good job, sounds like you got a good deal!

my mistake, it was a Samsung my father got, not a Sanyo...for some reason I was thinking Sanyo...probably because I was looking at something by them...idk though.
Plasmas have a shorter lifespan than LCDs by far, but LCDs cannot match the colors of plasma. On an LCD TV, there is usually no true blacks either due to the nature of the panels used (the backlight almost always shines through the blacks). LCDs look sharper, as has already been stated, but only on their native resolution.

I would stay with the plasma, especially if it is a higher resolution than the LCD.
LCD has a much better quality screen definition than plasma due to the pixels being closer together!
There was a very nice article comparing Plasma and LCD televisions from a neutral perspective in the November 2006 edition of the IEEE Spectrum Magazine. In fact, the article is available free online:

Now that you are a proud owner of a plasma television, I think you would find it interesting to learn more about plasma and LCD TVs by reading that article! It is upto you to make the decision after reading it!
for me is LCD better of plasma
You should take LCDs over Plasmas as Plasmas have many more problems than LCDs do.

LCDs are the best !!

In a couple of years, I think that Plasmas will be outdated.
Lord Klorel
plasma TV has the problem that those particles will burn in your screen and the black dots in your screen. Even the fans of plasma TV produces much noices and warmth, not good with a hot summer.
Even the prices are too high.

So one advice: buy LCD so you don't have all those problems from above.
I think that LCDs look the best. They usually seem sharper. Also, plasmas can easily burn badly. LCDs don't usually have that problem. BTW I would recommend a TV that is true HD: 1920x1080.
Plasma have lower contrast and losses more with use. LCD have a best image, but is poor in angles bigger than 60º.

For a Home Theater system, the two are ok. If you have a good movel design and if the TV is not near of the spectator.

I recommend LCD, is more expensive but extremelly better.

Buy what you like...
Plasma vs LCD: Which is right for you?

If you're in the market for a flat screen television, then you probably have one big question you want answered: plasma vs LCD, which is right for me?

The two different camps of flat panel display standard will, of course, gladly spruik the advantages of their own standard and the deficiencies of the other. But which type of display, plasma or LCD, is better? And which will give you more bang for your buck?

1. Plasma and LCD technology - what's the difference?
Plasma and LCD panels may look similar, but the flat screen and thin profile is where the similarities end. Plasma screens, as its name suggests, uses a matrix of tiny gas plasma cells charged by precise electrical voltages to create a picture. LCD screens (liquid crystal display) are in layman's terms sandwiches made up of liquid crystal pushed in the space between two glass plates. Images are created by varying the amount electrical charge applied to the crystals. Each technology has its strengths and weaknesses, as you'll read below.

2. Is there a difference in picture quality between plasma and LCD screens and normal CRT TVs?
It's not what's happening behind the screen that's important - it's how the screen performs as a television that matters the most. In that regard, both plasma and LCD sets produce excellent pictures, although many home entertainment specialists and gamers still say CRTs produce the best overall images (although plasmas and LCD sets are quickly catching up in terms of quality).

Those same home entertainment specialists will tell you that for basic home theatre-like usage, plasma screens have a slight edge over LCDs. This is because plasma screens can display blacks more accurately than LCDs can, which means better contrast and detail in dark-coloured television or movie scenes. The nature of LCD technology, where a backlight shines through the LCD layer, means it's hard for it to achieve true blacks because there's always some light leakage from between pixels. This is steadily improving with every new generation of LCD, however.

3. What advantages does plasma have over LCD?
Apart from better contrast due to its ability to show deeper blacks, plasma screens typically have better viewing angles than LCD. Viewing angles are how far you can sit on either side of a screen before the picture's quality is affected. You tend to see some brightness and colour shift when you're on too far of an angle with LCDs, while a plasma's picture remains fairly solid. This is steadily changing, however, with more and more LCDs entering the market with viewing angles equal to or greater than some plasmas. Plasmas can also produce a brighter colour, once again due to light leakage on an LCD affecting its colour saturation.

Plasma pundits will also tell you that some LCD screens have a tendency to blur images, particularly during fast moving scenes in movies or in sports. While that was true for older generation LCD screens, newer models have improved significantly - so much so that the differences in performance between LCDs and plasmas in this regard is almost negligible (here's a tip -- if you're shopping for LCDs, check the refresh rate. The lower it is, the better the image quality in fast moving scenes).

Perhaps the biggest advantage plasmas have now over their LCD cousins is price, particularly in the large screen end of the market. Plasmas typically come in larger sizes than LCDs at a cheaper price. Plasmas being sold in Australia generally run between 42-inches and 63-inches wide, with the cheapest 42-inch selling for approximately AU$3,000 (although you can expect to find sets cheaper than AU$3,000 in real world prices). 60-inch and above plasmas can go for as much as $20,000. LCDs, on the other hand, top out around the mid 40-inch mark, and are more expensive than similar-sized plasmas. Sharp's high end 45-inch LC45G1XSYS LCD, for example, retails for AU$8,999, while Pioneer's top of the line 43-inch PDP-436HD plasma goes for AU$5,999.

4. What advantages does LCD have over plasma?
It's not all doom and gloom for LCD though, as it has the edge over plasma in several key areas. LCDs tend to have higher native resolution than plasmas of similar size, which means more pixels on a screen. If you're a true high-def junkie who's keen to see every pixel of a high-res 1080i/p image reproduced pixel-by-pixel (providing you have a source that high, of course), then LCDs are the way to go.

LCDs also tend to consume less power than plasma screens, with some estimates ranging that power saving at up to 30 per cent less than plasma. LCDs are also generally lighter than similar sized plasmas, making it easier to move around or wall mount.

LCD pundits also point to the fact that LCDs have a longer lifespan than plasma screens. This was true of earlier plasma models, which would lose half of their brightness after more than 20,000 hours of viewing. Later plasma generations have bumped that up to anything between 30,000 and 60,000 hours. LCDs, on the other hand, are guaranteed for 60,000 hours.

You might have also heard that plasmas suffer from screen burn in, an affliction not as commonly associated with LCDs. Screen burn in occurs when an image is left too long on a screen, resulting in a ghost of that image burned in permanently. Newer plasmas are less susceptible to this thanks to improved technology and other features such built-in screen savers, but we still hear anecdotal reports here of burn-in with new plasmas.

5. Which is better value for me right now: plasma or LCD?
If you're in the market for a big screen television -- and we're talking 42-inches and above -- then we'd suggest plasma as a safe bet. Plasmas give you more bang for your buck at the big end of town, and while LCDs can give you better resolution, the price difference is currently too wide. However, if money's not an issue and you want the sharpest image in town, then a large LCD is for you. At the smaller end of things (15" to 36" TVs), LCD is the only way to go if you want something slim and tasteful. And the best thing is that LCDs are getting cheaper all the time.
If you are talking value for money. IMHO, if you want a screen larger than 42" then go for plasma, otherwise go for LCD.
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