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Plasma -vs- LCD? Pros and Cons

If you're looking into a new TV purchase these days, you have only a few options… Plasma and LCD are major hitters. What follows is this professional’s opinion; you must ultimately do the research yourself.


Plasma TVs
Pros: Exceptional color reproduction. Our eyes have become accustom to viewing TVs with Phosphorus displays. As with TVs of old, Plasma TVs also use Phosphorus to create the beautiful colors our eyes crave. The viewing angle (side to side) and refresh rate (rate at which the image is refreshed) of a Plasma product shines above most other product types. Plasma TVs also have a glass protection screen in front of the panel which can help protect the panel from impact. Prices have fallen recently and have made the Plasma TV a very affordable purchase.

Cons: Energy usage. Using a Plasma TV has been likened to 'leaving the refrigerator door open'. Reliability and longevity are also a factor to consider. Over time, the Plasma panel becomes more sensitive; “Sparkles” or misfiring pixels are common. The Plasma uses many high power components; which, due to failure, have given it a less than reliable stigma. Image retention and image burn are quick to occur. Realistically, 5-7 years of life.


LCD TVs
Pros: Light weight and bright picture. Color reproduction has improved by leaps and bounds over the recent years. Some products available do rival the Plasma products in picture quality and reproduction. Cost cuts have also brought the LCD into the price range of many. Energy usage is typically less than that of the Plasma. Image retention is not a major concern for this product. Less parts than a Plasma = Less failure. LCD panel life is estimated to be about 10 years.

Cons: LCD panels use back-lighting systems. Because the 'color' of the light does not change, the color reproduction of the LCD product is not as natural to the eye as the Plasma product.


LCD-LED TVs
(Same as LCD TV, with the following exceptions)
Pros: LED back-lighting produces a more Plasma like color response.

Cons: Panel life is about 70% that of the standard LCD products.

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My lg plasma really flickers but it does this randomly. Sometimes it will happen all the time other days not at all. I have tried sorting the cables and unplugged etc. it is 10 years old but just wanted to check before having to buy a new tv


I suspect its a component (Capacitor) aging and eventually would need to be replaced. How do you have it connected? Is there a cable box or Direct TV receiver that you use to display TV Channels? If 10 years old does it even have an HDMI input? Should be very happy you got 10 years of life out of this Plasma. My thoughts is that it would take more to repair this than to purchase a new LCD or LCD/LED thinner TV. Plasma does have the best color but the LCD and LED TV's are much lighter/take less energy and are much brighter. Good luck.

Dec 10, 2014 | LG 42PX4DR 42 in. Plasma TV

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problem with the screen is cracked


For a Plasma or a LCD a cracked screen is the end of the set.

In Plasma sets the "panel" or Plasma Display Panel the cost of the part is as much and usually more than the set cost new.

Time for a new set and some major stores at purchase also offer insurance policy for this kind of event.

Mar 22, 2012 | Samsung 43 PN43D450A2D Plasma TV

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CRACK LCD TV SCREEN


A couple of weeks ago we had the screen broken in our LG LCD TV when one for the kids threw something at the screen. We got a quote to fix it and it was going to cost more to replace the screen than what it would be to buy a brand new TV. We shopped around for a new TV, comparing LCDs and Plasmas. In the end we purchased a new LG Plasma, which had a thin layer of glass over the screen for protection compared to the LCD. We thought this would be much safer with a 4 and 6 year old around the house running amuck. And there seems to be no differfence between the LCD and the Plasma. Hope this help someone's problem.

Mar 06, 2008 | Sony BRAVIA KDL-46V3000 Television

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