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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!.
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.
lawman likes new widescreen much better.
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).