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Sat Sep 25 05:34:07 AEST 2021

Choosing Your TV

Plasma vs LCD: Which is better?

LCD (liquid crystal display) and plasma televisions are the most popular electrical appliances in the country today and prices for the stylish televisions have fallen dramatically in the last five years. A 42-inc plasma screen in 2000 was just under $24,000, now they sell for just under $3000. The price of LCD televisions has dropped nearly two thirds in the last year, with an LCD that sold for $14,999 in $2004 now selling for only $5999.

So what is the difference between LCD and Plasma TVs?

Plasma televisions use tiny gas plasma cells charged by precise electrical voltages to create a picture on the screen. LCD Screens are made of liquid crystal squeezed in between two glass plates and images are created by electrical charges applied to the crystals.

Advantages of Plasma

Better black levels than LCD, which means better contrast and detail in dark-coloured television or movie scenes. It’s hard for LCD to display true black, although this is improving.

Better viewing angles than LCD – usually 160 degrees. A better viewing angle means you can sit further to the side of the screen without the picture’s quality being affected.

Plasma can come in much larger sizes than LCD at a cheaper price.

Advantages of LCD

They are not as heavy as plasma screens, making them easier to move and wall-mount.

LCD tends to have a sharper image than plasma when comparing screens of the same size. They also use less power and last longer.

Unlike plasma, LCD televisions aren’t prone to screen burn, which occurs when an image is left too long on a screen, resulting in a ghost of that image burned in permantely.

So which is better?

Overall, plasma tends to be cheaper than LCD. Plasma televisions also come in much larger sizes at lower prices. If you are after something 42 inches or more, plasma will be more affordable.

If you’re satisfied with a more modest size, you could probably choose either, but plasmas don’t come in the smallest sizes.

Your best bet is to judge the picture quality of both in a store and choose whichever you like best.