Which type of flat-panel HDTV should you buy?
Considering a flat-panel TV? The latest LCD and plasma HDTVs deliver outstanding picture quality, and both display technologies have improved dramatically over the past two years. Each type has a different set of strengths that make it more suitable for certain viewing situations.
LCD vs. plasma
If you poke around the Internet you’ll find a ton of information (and some misinformation) about today’s flat-panel TVs. The information below provides a quick comparison of plasma and LCD. Because of the difference in performance
between fluorescent-backlit LCD TVs and LED-backlit models, they are separated them into two different rows.
Plasma 42″-65″ Very Good to Excellent
Pros: excellent contrast and black levels; effortless motion; rich colors Cons: not as energy/power-efficient or thin as some LCDs LCD with standard fluorescent backlight 19″-70″ Good to Very Good Pros: panels weigh less than plasma and use less energy Cons: picture slightly less natural and “film like” than plasmas LCD with LED backlight 22″-60″ Very Good to Excellent Pros: panels use the least energy and weigh less than plasma; models with local dimming capability can have black levels rivaling plasmas Cons: picture slightly less natural and “film like” than plasmas
LCD vs. plasma: Two ways to increase contrast ratio are to make whites look brighter, or blacks look blacker. LCD screens are typically brighter than plasmas, making them good choices for viewing in rooms with lots of light. Plasmas are known for producing deeper black levels, which makes them a smart choice if you do a lot of viewing with your room’s lights dimmed or darkened.
TVs can also achieve dramatic contrast levels. The most sophisticated type of LED backlighting employs clusters of LEDs which can be switched on and off independently. This “local dimming” approach represents the current state of the art for LCD picture contrast.
All 1080p HDTVs have the same screen resolution — 1920 x 1080 pixels — but they don’t always deliver equal picture clarity. Most sets can display absolutely flawless still images. But moving objects on-screen are more difficult to display cleanly. This can be especially apparent if you watch lots of things with fast action, like video games or sports.
What you should know about motion handling:
*Motion handling has always been a strong point for plasma TVs. Because of the way plasma TVs create the picture, there’s no lag or ghosting, and motion looks very natural and crisp. So if clear, true-to-life on-screen motion is a high priority for you, you should definitely consider a plasma. *For LCD TVs, on the other hand, motion handling has traditionally been difficult because of the way they create the picture. But many of today’s LCD TVs are better equipped to display fast motion without blur. If you want smoother motion with an LCD, look for a model with a 120Hz or 240Hz refresh rate. These sets include sophisticated processing that can virtually eliminate motion blur.
Plasmas generally offer slightly better contrast and black level performance than LCDs, along with noticeably wider viewing angles. People often describe plasma’s picture quality as “film like,” so it’s a great choice for a home theater.
A plasma TV might be for you if:
* You like rich, warm colors and deep black levels. *You’ll be sitting off-axis when you watch TV or movies. *You want the smoothest, most natural motion with fast on-screen action, like sports or video games.
If you need a screen smaller than 42″, LCD is your only flat-panel TV option. LCD displays are very bright (brighter even than plasmas), so they can be better choices for more brightly lit rooms, including kitchens.
An LCD TV might be for you if:
*You want an ultra-thin TV — LCD TVs, especially LED-backlit models, tend to be thinner than plasmas. *You do a lot of daytime viewing in a room with windows lacking blinds, curtains or drapes. An LCD’s bright picture will be look better in bright light; some LCD screens also resist glare. *Low power consumption is a priority — LCD TVs are usually more energy-efficient than plasma models with the same screen size.
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