Plasma vs. LCD TV

There is a great Plasma vs. LCD TV debate. Like most questions about technology, the difference between plasma and LCD TV is subjective. It depends on how you intend to use your plasma or LCD TV and what features are important to you. The question you should ask yourself isn't a question about what's better; it's a question of which one works better for you.

Contrast and brightness on plasma vs. LCD TVs.
Plasma televisions tend to have better contrast and brightness than LCD TVs, due to the different type of technologies involved in the respective televisions. However, plasma screens are covered with a durable outer-layer of glass to protect the screen, and this glass can be reflective in brightly-lit rooms. Therefore, LCD TVs may be more practical for real-world viewing in brightly-lit rooms, while plasma televisions are ideal if you always watch your TV in a darkened room.

Plasma vs. LCD TV: consider the viewing angle.
Viewing angle is one big point of difference between plasma and LCD TVs. Plasma televisions offer significantly higher viewing angles than LCD televisions, almost to the point of 180 degrees. This is important if your viewers are spread out across a wide viewing area, as plasma screens don't suffer quality degradation at wide angles. If you have a smaller TV room and can look at the television straight on, then this is a relatively minor difference.

Burn-in is a factor.
If an image stays on a screen for a long period of time, like if you hit pause on a video game and walk away while you grab dinner, or if your DVD returns to the menu and displays a static picture, you might face burn-in with your plasma television. When an image is "burned in," the pixels in the image basically become frozen on the screen in a faint, almost ghost-like image. Plasma televisions are susceptible to burn-in, while LCD TVs are practically immune to it.

Plasma vs. LCD TV weight and durability.
If you're looking at the weight and durability of the two, LCD TV wins hands-down. LCD TVs tend to be lighter than plasma televisions of the corresponding size and are therefore easier to mount on the wall or on lightweight stands. Plasma televisions may require extra support for mounting. LCD TVs are also more durable than plasma TVs, so if you're tempted to install your television yourself or want to adjust it after it's installed, an LCD TV is probably a better choice.

Power consumption in plasma vs. LCD TV.
Plasma screens run hot and require significantly more power than LCD TVs. If you're environmentally conscious or just conscious of a high electric bill, LCD TVs are a better choice when it comes to energy consumption.

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