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lcd or plasma?
show user profile  STRAT
Hi guys, just a quick OT question.....

I'm just looking to purchase a new flat screen tv, on a budget. I've seen a great sony 32in LCD.

What's the differences in viewing tv on an LCD compared to a Plasma? i only have a small living room btw.



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6/28/2010 1:33:24 PM (last edit: 6/28/2010 1:33:24 PM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
Plasma's the last I read (a bit ago) had a slightly better contrast ratio.

However,...that being said....LCD's are far and wide considered to be the better overall technology.

I have a Sony XBR LCDtv, it.

edit - small living room?.....really that irrelevant. Both types of TV's are thin. The size set you want depends on your viewing distance (from primary viewing seat to TV).

btw - The NEWER LCD's have LED backlighting,...which is rapidly becoming the standard....this is very good as it provides incredibly even lighting....and the TV's are usually only about 1" deep.
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6/28/2010 1:48:24 PM (last edit: 6/28/2010 1:49:55 PM)
show user profile  Bobbyboy
LED TV's are brilliant from what I have seen! Just stunning contrast and detail.

But they are also expensive still, so if you are on a budget I guess stock standard lcd or plasma would be the go.

I have a 50" plasma myself, and I can say that the picture quality is great. Now it was a cheaper model, but still beats a lot of the more expensive lcd's I saw. Has very smooth play back and good contrast and brightness. The worst thing with it is having to worry about burn in. I hear some newer plasmas have measures to prevent it.... mine doesn't, and it does happen, very easily too :S

Other considerations might be, plasmas are very power hungry and they run very hot!

LCD's can be just as good or better but you'd be paying top dollar.

Look at the specs for the tv you want and make sure they are what you would expect. full HD 1080p, high contrast ratio, 100hz or higher refresh rate, high brightness level ect.

If you only want a 32" tv I don't think they generally come in full HD, usually 720p and around that size I think most are LCD

I bought my cheap brand 50" plasma for $1000au, it's full 1080p and 100hz, Look stunning playing Bluray.

When you find one you like, try and find a review for it on Cnet

Good luck

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6/28/2010 4:51:37 PM (last edit: 6/28/2010 4:57:25 PM)
show user profile  JonathanH
Bobbyboy, be careful of your acronyms! "LED TV"s are a specific subcategory of LCD TVs.

"LED-backlight LCD television... is an LCD TV that uses LED backlighting rather than fluorescent lights used in traditional LCD televisions."

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6/28/2010 6:06:28 PM (last edit: 6/28/2010 6:07:05 PM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
Hmm.....I interpreted Bobby's response to be correct.

LED tv's are brilliant. He is using the normal marketing term which is LED tv, and implies an LCD tv with LED backlighting.

Then when he says "stock standard lcd tv" I didnt think he meant that LCD was different than LED....but was referring to the 'normal" LCD tv which uses flour backlighting.

And nowhere, is anyone confusing LED TV (which means LCD tv with LED backlighting) with OLED TV....which is another animal entirely.

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6/28/2010 6:10:00 PM (last edit: 6/28/2010 6:10:00 PM)
show user profile  toldaddy
I own both, and I seriously have no preference between the two... Games and movies look great on both. I don't understand what the big fuss vs. the two is.

If you're looking for some reviews, and different options check out cnet:

I say splurge as far as you can, you won't buy another TV for a while.. Get something you'll enjoy. ;)

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6/28/2010 6:44:12 PM (last edit: 6/28/2010 6:44:12 PM)
show user profile  spoon
I've spent months and months reading about this, and these are the biggest pros and cons i can remember. This is partially from own experience, and partially hear-say, so don't take this as the thruth, they are just my findings.

LCD Pros :

- very bright

LCD Cons :

- very bright (bothers some people, but not me)
- some slight blurryness during camera pans etc ...

Plasma Pros :

- no blurryness at all during camera pans, if you can compare LCD next to plasma, you'll see this is not a small difference, it is clearly visible! it doesn't mean lcd is awfull at this point, but plasma is definitely better on this aspect.
- less suitable in areas with large windows etc, lcd are better here because of higher brightness
- usually have better blacks, although this might no longer be valid with todays lcd with LED backlight

Plasma Cons :

- image burn-in, some people say this is something of the past, some say it isn't
- plasma used to have higher power consumption, but this is also something of the past

Whatever you buy, don't buy the low-end. Low-end TV's might have the same panels as their mid-range or high range counterparts, but the difference is in the electronics, and those are very important because they are responsible for :
- scaling (HD channels are appearing, but not all channels/broadcasts are HD)
- pulldown (bad pulldown will result in choppyness when playing certain types of movies)

But ... after spending all that time researching this, i felt kinda silly. If you go into a store, and buy a mid-range model, you'll probably be happy with whatever you bought, wether its an LCD or a plasma.

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6/28/2010 7:35:17 PM (last edit: 6/28/2010 7:35:17 PM)
show user profile  toldaddy
This is an XBox PS3 console war, but it's a good summary what makes a good HD picture.

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6/28/2010 8:07:34 PM (last edit: 6/28/2010 8:12:54 PM)
show user profile  Bobbyboy
@ JonathanH - sorry if there was any confusion, I did mean LED backlit

@toldaddy, nice movie, I learned something new about pulldown and refresh rate! :D

@spoon, very nice list there! I would say you are probably right about the lower end tv's having poorer quality electronics. I have heard from a friend with the same model tv as me that it is pretty shitty at tv ect. But since all I do is watch movies, mostly bluray now, I don't see any issues with it and no pulldown issues, though it is 100hz

So I guess it comes down to what you intend to do with it, I hate the idea of watching shitty quality tv on such a big screen, and even with the best tv's I still think tv looks crap.

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6/29/2010 1:54:33 AM (last edit: 6/29/2010 1:54:33 AM)
show user profile  toldaddy
The good news is I don't think you'll be disappointed either way you go. ;)

FYI: If I were to buy again my scale would probably be tipped toward LED backlit due to the thin factor. It might not seem like a big deal, but having a thick plasma box hanging off your wall can be an eye sore.

A small thing to pay attention to is how easy the I/O is to access. Our plasma is wall mounted and is a PAIN to navigate.. it's so wedged between the wall and TV you can't see what you're plugging into where, and forget about getting component A/V connections right the first try.. *shudder*.. To that end I recommend finding a TV which features an easy to access IO on the side of the TV facing out. it might be slightly less classy, but it's worth avoiding the headache. But that's just me.

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6/29/2010 3:14:52 AM (last edit: 6/29/2010 3:16:06 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
thanks chaps.

lcd it was. should be collecting it tomorrow night. (a whole day without tv :O )


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6/29/2010 12:56:36 PM (last edit: 6/29/2010 12:56:36 PM)
show user profile  spoon
Dude, why didn't you buy a plasma?!


Is this your first flatscreen? What size did you buy?

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6/29/2010 1:02:54 PM (last edit: 6/29/2010 1:03:42 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
looking at the opinions in general, LCD's seam a better option. besides, my budget is extremely limited :P

it's my first flat screen in the house yeah (other than my two Apple 30 inchers in my home office).

it's a sony 32inch, 1080 HD, built in freeview, satnav, and teas-maid and all that, and they took away my old hulking great mass of a tv we used before, for around £350. quite happy.

will go to the store to collect it tomorrow, together with a nice stand :)


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6/29/2010 1:09:40 PM (last edit: 6/29/2010 1:10:25 PM)
show user profile  mrgrotey
So they've already taken your old tv and you wont get your new one until tomorrow? That seems odd.

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6/29/2010 1:16:17 PM (last edit: 6/29/2010 1:16:17 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
it's a 'trade-old-tv-in' scheme tesco are running. they needed to take recept of my old working tv in order to place the next day delivery order. i decided to do it in-store to save a small bob on delivery, which would have been a seamless swap over.


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6/29/2010 1:19:43 PM (last edit: 6/29/2010 1:19:43 PM)
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