First things first, there is no such thing as a perfect machine, even if we’re talking about Harley Davidsons. This is very true with TVs, particularly if the subject matter involves the two top contenders for that empty space in your living room: the plasma and the LCD. There’s always a pro and a con to each, which ultimately, will depend on what you, the buyer, exactly have in mind. Here’s a comparative review of the plasma TV versus the LCD TV:
Plasma TV pros and cons
Flat, big, sleek and impressive. Sounds like a supermodel and looks like one as well. That’s a plasma TV for you. These units are very attractive and so are many of their features. One of the most outstanding of these features is of course, size.
Plasma TVs aren’t for the meek and shy. They range in size from a small 32 inches to a monstrous 63 inches. That should give you enough options where to put your TV – in a cozy bedroom or an especially built home theater den under your basement.
With plasma TVs, black is black – not dark gray, not ash, not charcoal. What does this mean to you? Simple: more details in terms of images appearing in light and shadow which, if you think about it, is really what pictures are about.
Got more than two pairs of eyes ogling your new plasma TV this weekend? No problem. Plasma TVs have wider viewing angles, with some units going up to around 160 degrees. If there’s someone viewing from the sides, rest assured that they will have exactly the same viewing experience as those sitting right smack in the middle of the room.
If you compare plasma TVs vs. LCDs, you’ll find that they are relatively more expensive than their liquid-crystal display rivals. However, this is only if you’re in the market for smaller sizes. Go larger and you’ll find that plasmas are cheaper than LCDs of the same size.
LCD TVs pros and cons
Used to be that LCDs were mere silver medalists in the size department but they’re quickly catching up. So there’s really no excuse why an LCD TV can’t take the place of a plasma in your home theater room. An advantage to LCDs: they’re lighter, so they’re easier to move around and won’t worry you as much should you decide to mount them on the wall or the ceiling. LCDs are also tougher than plasmas and can save you more in terms of power consumption.
Granted that LCD TVs don’t display blacks in the same way as plasmas but they do make up for it by near-comparable picture quality and the fact that you can set up your LCD TV just about anywhere, even right where the light from the window across the room will hit it. A plasma can’t do as well if there’s too much lighting in the area.
However, in terms of picture response, the vote goes to the plasma TV. Plasmas don’t suffer as much as LCDs in terms of pixilation, so whether you’re watching everything in slow-mo or prefer light-speed fast action scenes, plasmas can perform better.
LCD TVs have a wider viewing angle than plasma TVs, which can go as far to the sides as 175 degrees.
LCD TV manufacturers are making it in the price war. You could get a slightly smaller LCD unit for about a hundred dollars less than a slightly wider plasma TV.
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