Most people when looking at a HD TV set would probably have no idea whether it is LCD or plasma. Both varieties of HD TV are aesthetically similar being thin and stylish and in terms of picture quality are also quite alike. There are however certain differences between the two forms of television that affects the decisions people make when purchasing. Both forms of HD TV set have various disadvantages and advantages that will be highlighted in the forthcoming article.
Firstly it is important to look at the benefits of both types of television over regular cathode ray traditional devices. These flat panel sets offer far greater picture quality than CRT TVs; as always though it is worth reminding yourself that price will have some part to play in terms of picture quality.
Flat panel HD TV sets do offer ultimate style, looking great even when they are turned off, the option to wall mount or even utilise a minimalist stand is the hallmark of contemporary living. They can also save space and when hooked up to a HD source allow the viewer to see movies as they were intended in full 16:9 format.
There are however differences between plasma and LCD televisions. To study these differences it is worth taking a categorical approach looking at the size of the set, quality of the picture, the viewing angle, brightness, energy use and lifespan.
Starting with the size and weight of plasma and LCD HD TV sets it is plasma devices that tend to be larger than LCD models. Plasma sets are available in gargantuan screen sizes up to seventy one inches, in comparison the maximum size for a LCD television is forty six inches.
Plasmas are also typically heavier than LCD varieties, by as much as ten percent depending upon the components used. Additionally LCD screen are normally thinner than their plasma counterparts although this can change depending upon the manufacturer.
In terms of picture quality plasma screens are regarded to offer a truer HD (High Definition) picture with better contrast ratios. However LCD can produce clearer images in smaller screen sizes due to better resolution. In fairness both have clear and sharp image resolution in a range of different sizes.
One of the most touted problems of the plasma television is the issue of image burn. In the past this was a major factor in many people choosing LCD varieties although recent technological advancements has meant that it is now less of a problem. That said it is still unadvisable to leave a still image on a plasma screen for extended periods of time as it becomes etched into every image thereafter. Fortunately LCD TV sets do not suffer from this problem.
The choice of a plasma HD set over an LCD one is preferable for many if brightness is a major issue. Plasma sets operate better in low light environments although in normal light conditions LCD sets produce a sharper image without glare and reflections. Because of the backlighting issues and the technology used for each type of television there are contrasts in the energy efficiency of each. Plasmas tend to use more power than LCD counterparts although both use around half the power of a traditional CRT set.
The lifespan of each television type is around sixty thousand hours before the screen dims by around half; subsequently this is not a major concern. It is hoped this article has drawn some direct comparisons between plasma and LCD HD TV sets.
In terms of advice; those who require a smaller set will be better off with an LCD whereas those hoping to achieve a home cinema will probably want a plasma device. Either way, both have amazing picture quality and provide an amazing viewing experience.
Technology expert Thomas Pretty studies the differences between plasma and LCD HD TV sets and why research is needed when selecting a new television.