Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Big Screen Buyers Guide - Part 1: Pro's and Con's of Plasmas and LCD's

Its amazing how far televisions have come in such a short amount of time. Older televisions weighed hundreds of pounds, and had such small black and white screens that they would be considered unwatchable in todays world.

The choices that we have for TV's nowadays are almost mind boggling. There are different types of projections televisions, plasma televisions, LCD televisions, and even the CRT television which has been around for quite some time. All of these different types of televisions have their plusses and drawbacks. Lets take a look at the pro's and con's of the more popular television types

Plasma television


A plasma television usually comes in a wide-screen design, which is called a 16x9 aspect ratio. This is very close to the aspect ratio used for most movies today (widescreen movies are filmed at this ratio). This makes movie watching very comfortable.

Plasma televisions are very thin, much thinner than an LCD.


Plasma televisions are expensive, with a median price of around $7000.

Reproduction of blacks and dark grays aren't as good as those in CRT television sets, but they are getting close.

A plasma television, like a CRT television, is subject to burn-in when a static image is left on the screen for too long. This means that the static image may not completely dissapear from the screen when the image changes.

LCD television

LCD televisions are very similar to plasmas in many ways, but they also have some differences. LCD televisions are commonly smaller, starting at 15-inches in size, and the largest LCD is curently smaller than te largest plasma television.


LCD televisions, while more expensive than standard CRT's, are cheaper than a comparable plasma television.

LCD's are completely immune to burn-in, unlike plasma televisions or CRT's.

Often have all the standards of a conentional TV.


LCD Televisions have a lower contrast ratio when compared to a plamsa television. They also have a harder time reproducing darker blacks and greys.

They are typically thicker than plasma televisions, and can't be seen well from the side.


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