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Plasma, LCD or LED HDTV? How to Choose?

Television technology has become so advanced that you find yourself lost in the maze of jargons. There are different types of TVs available and the salesperson generally employ terms such Full-HD, HD Ready, LED, Plasma screen etc., which leaves you even more bewildered. But fret no, the help is at hand. We will discuss the most popular types of TV displays available today Viz. LCD, Plasma and LED TVs.

LCD TV: LCD Stands for Liquid Crystal Display. This type of screen contained micro colored liquid crystal pixels. LCD is the most common type of HD display. The technology has evolved over the years however it suffers from lack of depth of colors. The viewing angle of these screens are also quite limited, hence it is not very suitable for bigger rooms. LCD screen is generally considered to be more suitable for TVs in the size range of 26 to 32 inches. The display is considered to be more energy efficient than Plasma TVs.

Plasma TV: Plasma TV contains tiny gas cells which are covered with glass. These cells exude ultraviolet light and glow to produce a picture. Plasma displays are not receiving much attention in comparison to LCD and LED displays despite the fact that these screens display much deeper colors than LCD. Its response time is also low which makes it perfect for displaying videos without losing any picture quality. This feature also makes it an ideal candidate for 3D TVs. There is a downside to Plasma too. The displays are energy hog and consume much more power than LCD and LED TVs. Although, the newer Plasma models use considerably less power.

LED TV: LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes. LED TVs have picture quality which is comparable to Plasma TVs but are capable of delivering them with much lower power consumption. However, LED is still an emerging technology and therefore costs more than all the other options viz. LCD and Plasma.

After this discussion, you must now have the fair idea of how these different displays can fulfill your different requirements. The choice of a particular TV will depend on your set of requirements. You can keep the following points for making an informed choice.

  • For TV viewing, Plasma scores over all the other screens due to its smaller lag time. Other displays may leave ghost images as their response time is generally longer. You should also take into account your viewing angle. Plasma TVs again offer you bigger and better viewing angle than LCD or LED. Plasma also offers you deeper and richer color contrasts.
  • You should also consider the life span of these displays. LCDs are designed to last for approximately 35000 hours of work. Plasma used to have lower life span but the newer models are catching up. However, Plasma will consume much more energy than LCDs. LEDs are considered to be the most energy efficient displays.
  • If you are planning to install a large screen then Plasma will serve you better. Plasma display is the best choice for screens above the size of 40 inches.

Happy HD TV viewing!


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