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LCD vs Plasma

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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
Hi Guys,
I have no knowledge whatsoever about TVs and I have seen thousands of posts in various forums but I cannot understand if for a 42 inch TV is better to go for a Plasma or LCD screen.
I use the TV mainly to watch TV, occasionally a DVD and rarely a blu-ray.
I don't use it for games.
Could you please advise on what it is better considering that I have no intention to buy another TV in 5 years time?
Also any link to a cracking deal will be appreciated, especially if it is a Sony or Philips.
Thanks a lot
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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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#1
lcd, better image quality and will save you alot of money
#2
trust me LCD hands down, plasmas are slowly dissapearing from the stores
#3
for 42" better to go down plasma route
#4
If you want to watch in HD then a 42" Plasma is likely to be better. Otherwise, there's not that much difference.
#7
Defo go for the plasma. killerof8 is correct in the sense that plasmas have indeed become more scarce, however this is not to say they are inferior, quite the opposite I'd say! LCDs still suffer with motion blurr, and from what I have personally seen, the 100Hz models tend to have a strange look to them, almost as if the characters on tv are robotic in movement.

Go for a Panny plasma, if you aren't intending to play any games then there's really no reason to go LCD. Plasma gives more true-to-life colour accuracy and the images don't appear pixellated.
#8
jimmy2007
I thought you preferred LCDs?
I'm confused:?


well a good deal is a good deal
price matters!:p
#9
I have a Samsung Plasma. Not impressed!

Whites are not white, which leads to skin colours looking a bit poorly

Plasma TV's also get very Hot, great in Winter when you need all the heat you can get, terrible in Summer

So Personally if given the choice right now I would buy and LCD TV with a Minimum of 100Hz and LED back lighting

Probably this spec is double the price of a 42" Plasma, but I dont think you will live to regret it as I have with my Plasma
suspended#10
LCD 100%, until OLED's take over as the dominant Television :)
#11
Panasonic Plasmas are a great choice if your going over 42"
#12
Panasonic or LG plasma's over 42", LCD on anything less.

Not been THAT impressed with the Samsung LEDs so far, the brighter spectrum of colours look great but the blacks on the 7000 series are very blue-ish compared with the Panasonic plasma that it sits next to in our store.

A plasma will generally give you a more natural looking picture, whereas sometimes and LCD can look a little too vibrant and flesh tones are a little unrealistic.

remember tho, any TV is only as good as what you put thru it.

you could have the most expensive tv out there, feed it with a bad signal and you'll see a bad pic.

Choose a TV the same way as you always have

its the right size for the room
it has enough connections for your current equipment and enough to future proof you for a few years
you can see the pic demonstrated with various sources such as freeview/sky/blu ray and judge the difference between them all.

I personally rate Panasonic as probs the best out there now Pioneer have stopped making TVs, with LG being a very good alternative for those with a lower budget. yet to see the LG LED sets yet.
Sharp I've been less than impressed with, same with Sony's range.

your average plasma won't use THAT much more than the equivalent size LCD, and probs less than the average desktop PC uses.
#13
I've got a Panny Plasma & still gives the jaw dropping experience when watching blu's thru 1080p. I upgraded from LCD as colours appear almost too false with them & the motion tracking on lcd is annoying.

If u can stretch to say £700 there is a panny plasma but it is 1080p & 50" from john lewis
#14
Its all down to personal preference.

It took me 12 months to decide on which TV to settle on.

Have a good look around, make the shops life difficult by getting them to plug dvd players in, blu ray players and test TV signals. Have a good play with the settings.

For what you want it for I would probably say you will be more pleased with Plasma.

However you do need to watch for image retention and screen burn especially with channels that stick a static logo in the corner of the screen, for example if you sit and watch MTV all day everyday when you change to another channel you will continue to see a ghosted image of the MTV logo in that corner of the screen.

Its not as much of an issue as earlier plasmas but it still happens (Samsungs are terrible for it) some models are more prone to it. Its something to keep in mind when shopping for a Plasma.
#15
well any screen can suffer from image retention including CRT and LCD. in the basement of the store I work in, we have a load of CRT monitors that were part of our old till system and they have some really bad image burn cos the system didnt have a screensaver that kicked in after a certain time.

the majority of TV channels dont have a static logo now, it often moves very slightly or even shimmers so that image retention isnt a problem.

most recent tv's have an inbuilt system to combat retention anyway,such as pixelshift.

you're more likely to get it if you leave a game or DVD on pause for hours on end.
but as most DVD/blu-ray players have a screensaver built in, its nothing to put you off buying a plasma tv
#16
slackrat77
well any screen can suffer from image retention including CRT and LCD. in the basement of the store I work in, we have a load of CRT monitors that were part of our old till system and they have some really bad image burn cos the system didnt have a screensaver that kicked in after a certain time.

the majority of TV channels dont have a static logo now, it often moves very slightly or even shimmers so that image retention isnt a problem.

most recent tv's have an inbuilt system to combat retention anyway,such as pixelshift.

you're more likely to get it if you leave a game or DVD on pause for hours on end.
but as most DVD/blu-ray players have a screensaver built in, its nothing to put you off buying a plasma tv


You are more likely to get it with a Plasma, I was simply pointing out its something that needs to be thought about when choosing plasma as some sets are more prone than others.

To eliminate the risk of retention and burn you need to take most care in the first 200 hrs of use, basically keep brightness and contrast low.
#17
Celticsun
You are more likely to get it with a Plasma, I was simply pointing out its something that needs to be thought about when choosing plasma as some sets are more prone than others.

To eliminate the risk of retention and burn you need to take most care in the first 200 hrs of use, basically keep brightness and contrast low.


and I was simply pointing out that its an issue with all types of screen, cos theres a lot of myth and scaremongering about plasma TVs that turns from good advice into chinese whispers and becomes distorted and suddenly you've got people unwilling to even consider one cos they've heard that they catch fire, leak gas, need gas refilling, are too power hungry and can give your children AIDS.

right about the first 200hrs of use part.
however I've had a samsung 42" PQ series for almost 3 years and its had no bother.
it currently resides on my dads house where he watches cable channels like UK Gold and Discovery all day.

the more recent samsung plasmas are very disappointing in terms of colour quality against the likes of LG and especially Panasonic.
#18
To be honest, it just depends on what you prefer. I prefer LCD to plasma when looking at them side by side. I think you just need to look at both and decide which is best for you.

one piece of advice though. Measure the distance from where the TV will be and where you sit in the room. Then stand that distance away from the TV in the shop. That should give you a better idea of the screen will look like in your room.

BTW I have this TV:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-KDL32W5500U-Widescreen-Freeview-Motionflow/dp/B001RCU7FI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1264590399&sr=8-1
#19
I'm also looking for a new TV (42") but am leaning towards LCD.

Tried to turn it on this morning and got sound but no picture....

Do you guys know of good deals ATM? Thanks.

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