Choosing a Television: Plasma or LCD?

What Is The Difference?

Televisions with plasma technology use small cells containing electrically charged ionized gasses, commonly known as fluorescent lamps. Plasma screens are rarely found in displays smaller that 37", with greater sizes lending to better image quality. LCD televisions, on the other hand, use liquid crystal technology to display images on the screen.

Which Television: Plasma or LCD?

It's important to note that, despite their individual advantages and disadvantages, manufacturers are beginning to phase out plasma televisions in favour of the LCD option. Some manufacturers such as Panasonic are continuing their faith in the plasma option, however if you choose to go down this route, you may find your options are limited.

With that in mind, there are advantages to owning a plasma television. A superior contrast ratio means that plasma screens are capable of producing darker colours, improving picture and colour quality. Plasma screens also offer a greater viewing angle, with less degradation as the the angle becomes wider, as well as higher refresh rates, leading to reduced motion blur.

Of course, it's not all good news and there are several disadvantages to owning a plasma television. Some models, especially earlier models, are susceptible to screen burn, as well as the fact that the brightness of the screen could decline over time. Plasma televisions are also heavier than LCD equivalents and tend to consume more energy while in use. Plasma screens also tend to falter in higher atmospheres due to pressure differentials.

Final Choice

Although plasma televisions may appear superior in the short term, the long term options are less rosy. That said, Panasonic claim that their VIERA range of plasma televisions are the best selling in the UK, so there may still be some life in the technology as yet. For a top of the line plasma TV, why not try http://www.panasonic.co.uk/html/en_GB/Products/VIERA+Flat+Screen+TV/2011+Plasma+TV/TX-P65VT30B/Overview/7036857/index.html.

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