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Plasma vs LCD

Plasma vs LCD

Plasma vs LCD

In a world where television is much more than a mere entertainer, where bulky CRT TVs which we once thought to be the best things on earth are on the verge of  extinction, there seems to be a eternal battle that’s waging inside every consumer – should he buy a Plasma or an LCD? While they may look the same on the surface, the two are as different as coffee and tea. Though both are beverages, they have completely different flavours, right? The same applies for Plasma TVs and LCDs – both are flat-screen tellies but are based on dissimilar technologies.

But which is the better of the two? Well, the answer isn’t all that simple. For one, it all depends on your requirements and budget. Starting off with the picture quality, Plasma TVs are much better than LCD TVs. Their contrast and brightness are better, and most importantly, black levels and fast-paced action is where Plasma HD TVs win hands down. For, LCD TVs are known to suffer from the rendition of weak black levels ever since they were introduced. Also, Plasmas have very wide viewing angles, which makes it possible to view the pictures from any angle. When it comes to colours, plasma TVs are again more efficient than LCDs.

Moving on to extol LCD TVs, the first aspect worthy of mention is their availability in even sizes of 15 inches and lower. When it comes to svelte looks, it’s LCD TVs that outdo Plasmas. LED TVs, (LCD TVs with an LED backlight) can be even slimmer than existing LCDs. Their contrast ratios are also more immense than that of Plasmas, with some LED TVs quoting contrast ratios of 1,000,000:1 and even higher. Another aspect in which they score is lifespan. Plasmas can actually wear out after 25,000 to 30,000 hours of usage while LCD TVs are more or less immortal. Several HD LCD Televisions of today though, are able to tackle their erstwhile problems with black levels and motion with the aid of latest technologies.

So, at the end of the day, it is you who has to decide. If you’d prefer a light weight TV that is easy to be moved around, then an LCD TV could be ideal. Or if a really large wall-mountable screen is what you want and the desire is coupled with a heavy purse, then go for a Plasma. So who’s the winner? Plasma or LCD? Cappuccino or iced tea? You decide.