Plasma VS. LCD

Stridder44

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We're getting a new HDTV soon (probably 50" range) and Im trying to figure out/remember which is better: plasma or LCD...help!
 

Frisco

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Heb1228 said:
Plasma will work better for larger sizes and will look better if its gonna be in a bright room. Thats the direction I'd go at this point.
Good point! I failed to take in consideration the size he was looking to get.
 

EricNau

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I like LCD better. Plasma has had too many problems. I hear those are being fixed with more recent models, but I would still be leery.

That said. If you want around 50", you don't really have a choice except Plasma.
 

student_trap

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OK...

LCD:

- i think they only go up to 40in (anything higher than that will be really expensive!)
- better overall picture in my opinion
- longer lasting
- problems displaying a 'true' black

Plasma:

- Cheaper at larger sizes (80" is the largest i have seen in person)
- burnout problems (apparently this is less of an issue now, however how much you can trust the companies that are trying to sell you a £4000 TV when they tell you this is unknown!)
- older tech

I went with a 40in LCD by Sony, and have absolutely no problems with it, it's picture was the best to my eyes, and i was never going to buy plasma because of the burnout problems!

My best advice, be aware of the limitations of both types (burnout/difficulty in displaying 'black') and check them out with your own eyes, pick what you think looks best!
 

pseudobrit

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Triple chip DLP.

Plasma = burn-in = junk.

DLP's cheaper, too. Unless you absolutely need the flat panel, anything over 42" you should buy DLP. And make sure it's triple chip.
 

Black&Tan

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...and didn't plasmas have problems with longevity. The screen was only good for a few years....