Difference between LCD TV and Plasma TV

This article tells the difference between the LCD TV and Plasma TV.

Advantages of Plasma TV over LCD TV

Here are the list of advantages of Plasma TV over LCD TV:

  • Better contrast ratio and ability to render Deeper blacks.
  • Better colour accuracy and situation.
  • Better motion tracking (little or no motion lag in fast moving images due to the use of sub field drive Technology).
  • Wilder side to side viewing angle.

Disadvantages of Plasma TV over LCD TV

Here are the list of disadvantages of Plasma TV over LCD TV:

  • It is not as bright as an LCD TV, better for use in a dimly light or darkened room.
  • Screen surface is more reflective than most LCD TVs.
  • More susceptible to glare screen surface reflects ambient light sources.
  • Plasma TVs are more susceptible to burn-in of static images. However, this problem has diminished greatly in recent years as a result of the incorporation "pixel orbiting" and related Technologies.
  • Plasma TVs generate more heat and use more energy than LCD TVs, due to the need of light of phosphors to create the images.
  • Does not perform as well at Higher altitudes.
  • Potentially sorter display life span, this is used to be the case. Early plasmas had 30000 hours or 8 hours of viewing a day for 9 years, which was less than LCD. However, screen life span has now improved and 60000 hour life span rating are now common, with some sets rated as high as 100000 hours due, to technology improvements.

Advantages of LCD TV over Plasma TV

Here are the list of advantages of LCD TV over Plasma TV:

  • No burn-in of static images.
  • Cooler running temperature.
  • No high altitude use issues.
  • Increased image brightness over plasma, which makes LCD TVs better for viewing in brightly light rooms.
  • Screen surface on most LCD TVs is less reflective than Plasma TV screen surfaces, making it less susceptible to screen glare.
  • Lighter weight (when comparing same screen sizes) then plasma counterparts.
  • Longer display life used to be a factor.

Disadvantages of LCD TV over Plasma TV

Here are the list of main disadvantages of LCD TV over Plasma TV:

  • Lower real contrast ratio, not as good rendering deep blacks, although the increasing incorporation of LED backlighting has narrowed this gap.
  • Not as good at tracking motion (fast moving objects may exhibit lag artefacts). However, this is improving with the recent implementation of 120Hz screen refresh rates and 240Hz processing in most LCD sets, but that can result in the "soap Opera effect", in which film-based content sources look more like video tape that film.
  • Narrower effective side-to-side viewing angle than plasma.
  • On LCD TVs, it is common to notice color fading or color shifting as you move your viewing position farther to either side of centre point.
  • Although LCD TVs do not suffer from burn-in susceptibility, it is possible that individual pixel on an LCD televisions can burn out, causing small, visible, Black Or White dots to appear on the screen. Individual pixels cannot be repaired, the whole screen would need to be replaced at that point, if the individual pixel Burnout becomes annoying to you.
  • LCD TVs are typically more expensive than equivalent sized (and equivalent featured) Plasma TV, although that is no longer a factor, now that Plasma TVs has been discontinued.

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