Plasma or LCD? Which type to buy?

Discussion in 'Displays' started by Brian Price, Oct 29, 2004.

  1. Brian Price

    Brian Price Stunt Coordinator

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    I would like to get opinions on the pro's and con's between buying a plasma or an LCD tv for use in a condo. Don't want to spend an outrageous amount of money but want something solid. Any and all comments would be appreciated. Thanks.

    Brian
     
  2. Dean_S

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    I recently made the same decision and ended up choosing LCD over Plasma. I tend to like the plasma picture a little better then LCD but decided that my usage patterns needed to be the driver of this decision and not based 100% on PQ. Since I use this TV for at least a few hours each day AND I watch SD programming with side bars (not stretched) about 75% of the time...I got concerned with burn-in on a plasma. Plus the lamp life at standard setting on an LCD is predicted to be 60,000 hours (double the predicted life of plasma). Now that I have the LCD I am very pleased, the PQ is very good (not quite as good as my direct view CRT), the blacks are good and overall I find it satisfying to watch. I have the 37" Sharp.
     
  3. Steve_L_B

    Steve_L_B Stunt Coordinator

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    FYI, the new Panasonic 7UY series plasmas have new and improved phosphors that are supposed to be much less prone e to aging effects and burn-in. The rated life to half brightness is now 60,000 hours, comparable to CRTs.

    -Steve
     
  4. Mort Corey

    Mort Corey Supporting Actor

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    Depends on how big a screen you want.....and, of course, how much money you're willing to spend. FWIW, most plasma displays are now rated at about 60,000 hrs to half brightness, so the longevity between the two is a toss up. Smallest plasma is 37" as is the largest LCD (at a reasonable price anyway...I think a 46" LCD is now available but waaaaay up there in the $$ department)

    If size isn't an issue, I would rather have a good LCD than a cheap, off brand, plamsa. If you're looking for something 42" and up, than plamsa is the choice.

    Mort
     
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    Plasmas run hot and burn a lot more electricity than LCDs. Just something to keep in mind.
     
  6. Gabriel_Lam

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    What's your price range? What's your viewing distance? What kind of source material will you be viewing most of the time?
     

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