Choosing Between LED, LCD & Plasma TVs

January 21, 2010 by

Since entertainment technology was first introduced to consumers, televisions have evolved to provide viewers with exceptional viewing quality. Nowadays, there are a variety of televisions available in different brands, manufactured across the globe and seen in every home. Televisions have become something that people are willing to splurge on, to complement their living rooms. With the enormous amount of choices laid before them, and the emergence of the new LED TV, the consumers of today need to know where their money is going before they make their big purchase. For consumers to make an informed decision about buying the television that suit their needs, it would be good to know the differences between the types of televisions that are available. Consumers need to be aware of the pros and cons of those image panels that has become a compulsory household gadget. Once people can differentiate between a LCD, plasma and LED TV, they can determine the most suitable television for their lifestyle.

The LED TV has been surrounded by a great deal of hype, causing it to be known as the television of the next generation. Reputed for using the latest technology of light emitting diodes as its backlights, they have replaced the fluorescent lights in liquid crystal panels with LEDs; making it a LED television. The advantage of these set of panels is that they offer high quality images that surpass the other types of televisions. Not only that, they are designed in such a way that consume less power, making them very energy efficient gadgets. Apart from that, they are available in such slim designs, making them lightweight and easy to be secured to the wall, to free up floor space. They also come in a whole range of sizes that can suit each consumer’s individual needs. Thus, the LED TV seems to gain an upper hand over all the other television models in nearly every aspect, and it is almost too good to be true. Probably the only disadvantage that consumers will find is in terms of its pricing. Costing a little more than its counterparts of other television types, the LED TV is considered expensive. However, since it has been newly introduced, this is only expected. Given a longer frame of time, the price will eventually decline. As for now, being considered the best and most reliable flat panel, it comes as little surprise why many people are willing to spend a little extra cash to own a LED TV.

On the other hand, the conventional LCD televisions have been around for a while. They made their debut around the same time plasma televisions were introduced. Being popularly used as computer monitors, the liquid crystal displays also made their way into homes as a home television panel around that time. They come in a variety of sizes and their screens are said to have a longer lifespan than the plasma television, reaching almost over thirty years. Another advantage of the LCD panel is that is has a cooler running system. Besides, it does not pose burn-in susceptibility. Apart from that, it is less glaring and is able to perform better at higher altitudes. When placed in rooms with brighter lighting, it looks better. LCD panels are also more energy efficient than the plasma television. However, they are using the older technology of backlighting, whereby the display screen is illuminated with fluorescent lamps. Among the televisions available, the LCD televisions are known to provide the worst display performance. This is due to the fact that they have a lower contrast ratio and also a slower refresh rate. This means that the LCD television cannot take pride in providing deep blacks, and it cannot escape from blurring images because of its weakness in tracking motion. To add on to that, LCD televisions have a very narrow viewing angle. This makes it a problem in rooms with smaller spaces as it would be very difficult to find a perfect spot to provide clearer images for all to watch. As far as price is concerned, LCD flat panels used to be more costly than plasma televisions, but as more and more were being manufactured, their price have been taking a downward trend and they are definitely cheaper than the LED TV. Taking into account all its advantages and disadvantages, Samsung and Sony are mostly recommended to be the better brands.

The plasma television, on the other hand, is among the older species of flat screen displays. In plasma televisions, electric currents transform gas into plasma, which in turn, release light to create images. They do come with a good package of plus points. One of it is providing better contrast ratio. Besides that, they have a reputation of rendering deeper blacks, which translates into more depth in the color of its images. They also have thumbs up for better response time. This leads them to produce clear and dynamic images. Not only that, they have a better viewing angle, making these plasmas suitable for almost any room size. Their availability in very large screen size also gives consumers a pleasant home cinema experience. Given their cheaper price for their size, they used to be very popular among buyers. However, despite a string of advantages to its list, the plasma television comes with an almost equal amount of disadvantages. One of it is in regards to their lifespan which is short, lasting for less than 15 years. They are also thick and heavy for their size, making them rather difficult to move around and very fragile to ship. Besides that, they are famous for generating more heat, and therefore utilize more power as well. This is not taken very well by consumers who increasingly becoming more environmental conscious. Not only those, these plasma screens are glaring in rooms with ample lighting. Although technological advancements have improved its conditions, plasma televisions are still susceptible to burn in. Given all its pros and cons, most people agree that among the better models for a plasma television come from the range of Panasonic and Samsung.

Entertainment technology has certainly come a long way, and is providing consumers with a whole world of television panels with different sizes and picture quality. As more advancement is on its way, televisions are only becoming better and better; larger and lighter, with clearer and deeper color, wider viewing angles and more energy efficiency. There is no doubt that for the moment, LED televisions are standing tall, running ahead of the race with a handful of advantages over its counterparts. At the end of the day, it all weighs down to what consumers want and what it takes to suit their needs as well as lifestyle. The key decision making factor would heavily weigh upon how much they are willing to pay for it. After all, everything comes with price.

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