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Plasma vs LCD vs DLP vs. headache

 1:41 pm on May 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Looking to get a new TV but am very confused, each article that I have read has a different oppinion. I have seen plasma tvs that look far suprioer to LCD then I have seen LCD that are better then plasma. The prices are in the same ballpark.

What do you think? What is the right way to go?



 2:14 pm on May 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Buy one of each?


 2:15 pm on May 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

I just bought a dell 37" LCD ..very happy with it .


 2:30 pm on May 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

As you're probably aware of the cost differences already, here's a short overview of other factors for further research:

Plasma - Good color fidelity and shadow details, but not suitable for brightly-lit rooms.
LCD - Good brightness, lower cost, but color fidelity and shadow details are limited.
DLP -- Good brightness, color and shadow fidelity, limited light source lifespan. Motion of DLP elements can cause color artifacts such as 'rainbow effects'.

For critical viewing with a small group, the plasma is the most popular.
For a large home theater, the DLPs can illuminate a much larger screen for more people at lower cost than plasma.
The LCDs are considered a good option for non-critical viewing and 'everyday TV' use.

The above are generalizations; Manufacturers are continually striving to overcome the limitations and shortcomings mentioned. But hopefully, this will at least let you know what to look for when evaluating candidates for purchase.



 3:22 pm on May 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

We just bought a 56" DLP Panasonic for our home theater and we love it. Great picture, color, everything...


 4:35 pm on May 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

I bought 40" Samsung LNS 4051D LCD because:

1) It fit in the space I had for it; and

2) I have many windows in my living room and the LCD doesn't reflect ambient light like plasma does.

Ordered the sucker online. Am very pleased with it except for one thing - the black plastic around the screen is as shiny as patent leather.


 4:37 pm on May 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

I thought this article was interesting



 5:12 pm on May 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Forget about the TV and buy a lot of books. ;)



 5:52 pm on May 22, 2006 (gmt 0)


Do you not get the typical sun glare on the LCD? What happens when the sun goes down and you have artfical lite? I was told plasma is better for that enviornment.


 5:54 pm on May 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Sun glare and artificial light reflection is minimal. Go to your local Sears, Best Buy or whatever and compare LCD screens v. plasma screens. You'll see what I'm talking about.


 11:47 am on May 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have a 27 inch LCD monitor for my computer and love it, because it won't get the burn-in a plasma TV can get. My eyestrain and headaches have gone away, since I got this monitor last year.

I just got a 50 inch plasma TV. What a great picture. My friend says the picture looks way better than his 52 inch DLP. I have also watched a few movies on my LCD and the plasma is a much better picture.

The plasma picture definitely looks more vivid than the LCD, except the plasma has trouble showing black in dark scenes. That is because LCD is backlit and plasma is lit by the plasma pixels.


 12:00 pm on May 23, 2006 (gmt 0)


Im gonna buy a TV this year and I have a big interest in HI FI stuff, I can tell you what Im waiting for thats the new Phillips LCD, it should come here in june, its the follow up to philips 42PF9830, the new should have improved the motions on the screen which have been a little problem for LCDs.


 12:17 pm on May 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have had a 42inch Sony plasma for a couple of years I got pretty cheap when a local tv shop closed down. I think the picture is better in every way to any LCD I have ever seen. I would study the pictures side-by-side for awhile in a good tv store. I don't think the LCDs are there yet. Pixelated and faded are the only way I can describe them. A good HD picture off a plasma just jumps off the screen.

Hey I know - you buy mine and I'll talk hg into letting me get a bigger new one. Our living room is "just right" for a 60inch. And now that the MAVS [nba.com] have made it into the playoffs - we really need one! hehe!


 1:06 pm on May 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Brett there are a lots for plasma, but also for LCD, plasma handles moving pictures real good, but not contrast, low power usage and slow pictures like on a LCD, also some manufacters are closing there plasma production.

As said before wait for the new philips, it think it will be cald 42PF9831 it handles the moving issue good. Also it got a full HD display 1920x1080, which you will not see on any plasma yet, they just got there firs HD ready logos on the new plasmas this year.

Also Sony is a very good brand no doubt, if they had a 1920x1080 LCD and the techninc in motion as philips new I would buy such one.

Improtant is, your LCD/Plasma must have HD READY logo.


 2:13 pm on May 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Is the phillips 42PF9831 only in the UK? I looked on the phillps site but didn't return a result. A quick google search shows only .uk sites.

I was told samsung lcd and plasma are the way to go. Is that not good?


 5:42 pm on May 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have a large Samsung DLP that I've been very happy with. It has about 8,000 hours on it.

I'm not sure about the new LCD and plasma technology, but I think one of the issues that steered me toward a DLP when I bought it was screen burn. I don't know a technical term for that, but it has to do with watching regular format and having the sides be brighter when switching to full wide-screen mode because the center is dimmer or more worn out than the sides. That isn't an issue with DLPs. I don't know if it's an issue with current LCD or plasma screens.


 7:02 am on May 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Just picked up a Sony LCD - KLV-S32A10. Had a Tube WEGA before that. Not much of an electronics buff but the picture looks damn good with DVDs.


 8:01 am on May 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'd always go with Plasma, the image is sharper in almost all lighting conditions.

I have a 42" HD Panasonic, it is now 16 months old, but, it still looks great over the fireplace.

It is extremely heavy....so you need at least two hefty guys to get your Plasma TV mounted on the wall! Mounting the bracket needs some thought, and if you want external SS speakers....more thought!

Plasma worked best for me, but, I already knew the guys who could help me mount it. It is not a buy-off-the-shelf.....DIY thing......it weighs a ton!


 4:29 am on May 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

When I was in the US recently I was shocked at how poor the quality of LCD offerings was. I don't know if you're just behind in the technology, but the stuff I have on offer in Japanese stores blows away even the best plasma screens. I spent a lot of time researching my TV and ended up with a 45" Sharp Aquos LCD. I didn't see anything close in the US. The models on display looked to be a couple model years back. The future is LCD screens folks. Those plasma dinosaurs you have now will be outdated soon enough. ;)


 8:07 pm on May 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

It sounds like it is almost better to wait a year or two to see if one technology gains the upper hand.

The "guru" at the local store told me sharp is not a good make. That samsung and sony are better in LCD and plasma. BUT I read that Sony is stopping to make plasma and going forward with only LCD.


 8:39 pm on May 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Did you compare the pictures? I've had nothing but compliments about the quality of the picture on the Samsung 40" LCD I just bought.


 8:49 pm on May 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

I bought an LCD, a plasma AND a DLP for Christmas and the DLP wins easily for my favorite TV to watch. The picture just seems better on it. It's also quite a bit brighter than the plasma and the lcd.


 9:29 pm on May 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Dang Scott ..3 new TV's!

Well since you prefer the DLP I'll PM you my home address so you can get rid of the other 2



 10:31 pm on May 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

This is one of the best topics ever! I'm also trying to figure out what to buy. Personally, LCDs seem to have the best picture to me and I've stared at them all.

In my home viewing angle is very important because one of the two couches is at an angleto the television. I replaced my tuner / amp and speakers about a year ago. I know its a kids show but the beginning of Ice Age sounds makes my house feel like it's crumbling.

I need the TV!.


 10:34 pm on May 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

the whole thing reminds me of beta versus vhs ;)


 10:27 am on May 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

The general consensus in Japan at all of the electronic outlets is that if you want the best, Panasonic makes the top plasma units, and Sharp make the best LCD. I spent days in the mega electronics stores where they display about 50+ models on the showroom floor. Looking at all those units led me to believe the consensus was right. ;)

I was very disappointed in the US stores because the selection was so tiny. It must be tough to make an educated guess as you really can't compare many models side-by-side.


 12:13 pm on May 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Dang Scott ..3 new TV's!

Yeah, pretty much maxed out my Best Buy card. I got a pretty good deal on them 'cause I got them right before Christmas (big sale).

I will also agree with the point that plasma's are quite heavy.

Visit Thailand

 12:38 pm on May 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

For all of you buying these sexy new flat TV's how have you installed them? Did you place them on a cabinet or install them on the wall and if the latter what did you do with the wires?

In Thailand Sony not too long ago launched wireless speakers for one of their home theatre systems.


 7:40 pm on May 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have an built-in entertainment center that was part of the original house design. I wanted at least a 42" widescreen to replace a 32" CRT, but would have to pay a guy about $1500 or so for a redesigned entertainment center. I settled on a particular 40" LCD because when installed, there was about a a little over a quarter inch clearance on either side.

lawman likes new widescreen much better.


 9:18 pm on May 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have a Sony Grand Wega 55" LCD and the picture is fantastic. HD is stunning. I love it and do not regret the purchase for one minute.

I wanted as big a screen as I could afford, so plasma was out. Maybe in a few years, and I will get a large plasma and move the 55" into the bedroom (that may take some convincing with the war department).

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