Whats the Difference between a Plasma and LCD?

Found 16th Jan 2009
I have just brought 42" Samsung tv online, which looked to me a great bargin.
This evening when I was showing my partner my expensive purchase he realised its a Plasma instead of LCD!! (Silly of me I know!)

Is there a huge difference? Can I still use a Plasma for the change over?
Ive been warned by other people not to play on consols if you have a Plasma, is that true?

Any help would be very appericiated

Many Thanks!!

26 Comments

Urban Legend

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plasma uses much more power, more CO/2 emissions than an LCD or a standard tv

life span of plasma is about 5-6 years, lcd about 10years, but as always things nowadays are **** and dont last long at all, ive got a 32" toshiba lcd only 2yrs old and already has burn marks on the screen from watching in 4:3 instead of 16:9, yet my 28" toshiba crt which is about 10yrs old is till running great

davedave3;4093071

plasma uses much more power, more CO/2 emissions than an LCD or a … plasma uses much more power, more CO/2 emissions than an LCD or a standard tv



But many of us think that plasma produces a far better picture than lcd. You shouldn't have any problems using a console on it and issues like screen burn have largely been overcome in modern sets. If you like the picture and are happy with the price you paid then stop worrying and enjoy:thumbsup:

Can I ask how much you paid as we are looking for a replacement for our 42"

Original Poster

Thanks so much I feel alot better now!!

I only paid £369.99 plus 1 years Warranty, So I should'nt really be complaining!!
Thanks everyone, definitly going to keep it! :thumbsup:

If you decide to think it over further, you could always return/not accept delivery and get your money back.

Mildlytight;4093124

But many of us think that plasma produces a far better picture than lcd. … But many of us think that plasma produces a far better picture than lcd. You shouldn't have any problems using a console on it and issues like screen burn have largely been overcome in modern sets. If you like the picture and are happy with the price you paid then stop worrying and enjoy:thumbsup:




AGREE:thumbsup:

We have had a plasma for over 4 years and the picture is excellent, and have never had "screen burn". We have just upgraded to a new HD 50" version again in plasma. I think the main thing with LCD is the screen can be damaged easily by cleaning - pushing on it, and this doesn't happen with plasma - well it hasn't to us. You won't regret it, enjoy.

davedave3;4093071

plasma uses much more power


Actually, not that much and it depends what you're watching. They work in a different way to LCD, which has to activate all pixels all the time, as well as backlights

wickedteen;4093099

life span of plasma is about 5-6 years, lcd about 10years, but as always … life span of plasma is about 5-6 years, lcd about 10years, but as always things nowadays are **** and dont last long at all, ive got a 32" toshiba lcd only 2yrs old and already has burn marks on the screen from watching in 4:3 instead of 16:9, yet my 28" toshiba crt which is about 10yrs old is till running great



Most plasmas now have a 100,000 hour lifespan. Over 8 hours a day that's 30 years.

To the OP - tell your partner you're better informed than him and Plasma was a much better image. :thumbsup:

Original Poster

lol,
Thanks Guys!

Agree Plasma is far better! Have both types in the house so can say that with honesty.... although to be fair alot depends on the quality of the tv anyway. Have seen some dreadful LCD picture quality on some cheap sets... :0)

LCD engineer and I purchased a Plasma....

insight101;4093901

LCD engineer and I purchased a Plasma....



Says it all really! :whistling:

Common Plasma TV Myths
Plasma displays leak gas and/or require periodic refilling: False The pixels of a plasma television are made of permanently sealed glass cells filled with a harmless neon/xenon gas mixture. Plasma displays do not leak, nor do they require maintenance. In a 42” screen there are over 400,000 cells.
Plasma TVs consume lot of energy: False The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) stated in a 2005 study that it couldn't identify a single display technology as the clear "winner" in energy efficiency. As LCDs and Plasma TVs were scaled up in size, the NRDC found that "LCD technology had no consistent efficiency advantage."
LCD TV is replacing plasma TV.: False Panasonic make the world’s largest plasma TV. A whopping 150” screen. If LCD was the ONLY way forward, Panasonic wouldn’t have developed this monster TV and shops wouldn’t continue to sell Plasma TVs, which make up more than 50% of the TV sales against LCD, CRT & Rear Projection sets.

slackrat77;4094287

Common Plasma TV Myths Plasma displays leak gas and/or require periodic … Common Plasma TV Myths Plasma displays leak gas and/or require periodic refilling: False The pixels of a plasma television are made of permanently sealed glass cells filled with a harmless neon/xenon gas mixture. Plasma displays do not leak, nor do they require maintenance. In a 42” screen there are over 400,000 cells.Plasma TVs consume lot of energy: False The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) stated in a 2005 study that it couldn't identify a single display technology as the clear "winner" in energy efficiency. As LCDs and Plasma TVs were scaled up in size, the NRDC found that "LCD technology had no consistent efficiency advantage."LCD TV is replacing plasma TV.: False Panasonic make the world’s largest plasma TV. A whopping 150” screen. If LCD was the ONLY way forward, Panasonic wouldn’t have developed this monster TV and shops wouldn’t continue to sell Plasma TVs, which make up more than 50% of the TV sales against LCD, CRT & Rear Projection sets.



Check out the power consumption comparisons for yourself at ebuyer.com/sea…356 . 42" plasma TVs consume about 40w more than 42" LCD screens.

Yes but like someone said on one of the 17 threads about this today it depends what you're watching and many other factors. They work in different ways

these days, lcd and plasma quality are about the same with probably small differences (looking at good premium tvs). Both are good technologies. Although probably doomed with OLED, that time is still a long time away.

dxx;4094443

Check out the power consumption comparisons for yourself at … Check out the power consumption comparisons for yourself at http://www.ebuyer.com/search?store=73&cat=133&subcat=2356 . 42" plasma TVs consume about 40w more than 42" LCD screens.



don't need to, i sell tvs for a living and as has been stated, they power in different ways

an lcd backlight is always on constantly using electricity whereas to create dark and black scenes, a plasma tv actually blocks or stops electrical charges to the phosphors.

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European parliament wants to ban plasma tv, as the emissions are worse than lcd

davedave3;4095267

European parliament wants to ban plasma tv, as the emissions are worse … European parliament wants to ban plasma tv, as the emissions are worse than lcd



So every manufacturer of plasma tvs will be out of business?

it just proves these people know zilch

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davedave3;4095267

European parliament wants to ban plasma tv, as the emissions are worse … European parliament wants to ban plasma tv, as the emissions are worse than lcd



Where did you hear this?

So when are CRTs gonna be banned? They are far less energy efficient!

guv;4095295

Where did you hear this?So when are CRTs gonna be banned? They are far … Where did you hear this?So when are CRTs gonna be banned? They are far less energy efficient!



It's another lie from the newspapers about the EU. The EU's even got a section on their website debunking all the nonsence said about them now. They must be getting upset. Bless 'em.

I've heard all the rubbish about Plasma's over the years and even before I bought mine . They only last 30,000 hours , you get screen burn etc ,etc . Absolute C*ap . I've had my Panasonic TH37 for 6 or 7 years now bought from Richer Sounds for £1200.00 and that was in a sale and it's as good now as it was when I bought it . Perfect picture in every way and NO screen burn and this thing was on for about 8 hours every day . A customer of mine has had a Panasonic for even longer , possibly 9 or 10 years , it's on the wall and still has a fantastic picture , this cost over £5000.00 .If you ever look at the free brochure from PC World about Tv's ect , even they state Plasma's are better , of course I wouldn't believe everything they tell me .
A friend of mine has recently bought a 42" LCD , it's a LG , nice looking TV but OMG............the picture is absolutly terrible . They have tried it through there Sky box , freeview and it's still the same . The picture seems out of focus and the colours are washy. If all LG's are like this ,they are a total waste of money .
So, if you want excellent picture quality , buy the best there is ..............A Panasonic Plasma .

ricko;4098446

A friend of mine has recently bought a 42" LCD , it's a LG , nice … A friend of mine has recently bought a 42" LCD , it's a LG , nice looking TV but OMG............the picture is absolutly terrible . They have tried it through there Sky box , freeview and it's still the same . The picture seems out of focus and the colours are washy. If all LG's are like this ,they are a total waste of money .So, if you want excellent picture quality , buy the best there is ..............A Panasonic Plasma .



Actually you'll find the Pioneer Plasmas are the best in the market!

LG make LCD and Plasma panels - I can vouch 100% for the quality of the latter. They're stunning.

As for your friend buying a 42" LG LCD, it all depends how you're connecting stuff to it. LCD doesn't really like SCART connections and freeview will look pixellated. But what you're saying is spot on - Plasma TVs are still the best in the market.
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