How To Choose Between Plasma, LCD and LED HDTVs

Choosing a television set used to be easy, but as the technology has advanced it has gotten rather difficult to select one, especially when you don’t know what the differences are. Below is a run down on what you should know about each type of HDTV to help you make a choice.

1. The Plasma HDTV

The Plasma TV is commonly found in home theatres because they come highly recommended. The picture quality on the Plasma is richer than all the others. If you put all three side by side you can see the difference right away. The contrast ratio on the Plasma is also higher and it has the best black levels. When watching a lot of fast paced action on the Plasma the movements are smooth and have very little to no lag at all. It can be viewed in a variety of angles with no obvious blurs on the edges as you peer in from the sides. The Plasmas lifetime is almost the same as all the other types of HDTVs. Manufacturers peg the Plasma’s quality to decrease by the 17th year. The drawback on the Plasma HDTV is that it consumes more electricity to operate because the neon gas it uses takes more energy to generate images. 


LCD HDTVs are catching up with the Plasma technology. Although they both use different technological approaches to display images, the LCD’s picture quality comes close to the Plasma. The LCD is cheaper to maintain in the long run because it uses less electricity to operate than the Plasma. You can use the LCD as a computer monitor as well and it outshines the Plasma on this level. Viewing still images is best done on the LCD as it displays sharp contrasts. A negative aspect of watching videos on the LCD is that you can’t quite view the LCD from anywhere in the room. The right spot will always be in front of the LCD where you can see everything clearer than you would from the sides.


LED HDTVs use small light emitting diodes to display images. The black levels on the LED are comparable to the Plasma and even watching fast movements on the LED are as smooth as they are on the Plasma. The LED is just as energy efficient as the LCD. It takes less power to operate which is good on your electricity bill. A downside to the LED would be the purchase price so it will cost more for you to own one. The upside is the fact that the LED can be produced thinner than all the other options and it looks great against the wall.

Now that you have information on all three choices you can start weighing the pros and cons. If you can’t really tell the difference between the image qualities then choose one that you are ready to afford. 


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