Plasma TV vs. LCD TV vs. LED TV

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Difference between Plasma TV, LCD TV and LED TV

When the time comes to choose between Plasma, LCD and LED TV, things can become complicated. There are two powerful and competing technologies with great features in similar packages. In order to choose one out of the three TV types, you should know something about the technologies used and features offered. The Plasma TV consists of individual pixel cells which excite xenon and neon gases with the help of electric pulses, causing them to glow. LCD displays use liquid-crystal-filled cells placed between two sheets of glass. The difference between LCD and LED TV technology is the backlight. LED TV's have Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs.

Plasma TV

Picture Quality

When it comes to picture quality comparison, the plasma technology dominates in normal lightning conditions. LCD televisions are great for enlightening places such as a sunroom or breakfast rooms. LED technology has improved the LCD's contrast level, but plasma still rules because the measured black level is remarkable. LED displays are gaining territory in the television market with their reputation for flexibility.

Computer Use

A functional consideration would be the computer use, where LCD display functions are pretty sound, especially when displaying static images. With heavy use, LCD monitors display full color detail without showing signs of screen burn. The plasma has some problem here, but has increased anti-burn qualities recently, as well as static signal managing. LED televisions response time runs somewhere near to a 120 and 240 Hz refresh rate and LCD are known to display computer images in elevated superiority.

Fast-Moving Video Playback

The fast-moving video playback feature varies in each step of technology. LED TV's new refresh rate has reduced the motion related blur, but the plasma technology has always been excellent in this category. Although, LCD televisions have improved their technology in fast-moving video playback, still the uninvited motion blur effect is generally present.


Let's look at plasma, LCD and LED TV's longevity theme here. LCD manufacturers claim that displays have a 100,000 hours life span. A more realistic approach would be the display lasts as long as its backlight does. On the other hand, plasma televisions use the noble gas glow technology and the manufacturers give a half life of 100,000 hours. Keep in mind that this is an activity based phenomenon, in time the phosphoric rudiments fade. The LED TV is stated to have the same 100,000 average hours of use, so it is up to you to decide which one to buy

Similarities and Differences

As we looked at the three technologies that compete in the area, we can see that there are advantages every manufacturer offers.

  • In my opinion, plasma TVs, with their natural and active phenomenon technology seems to be ahead of the game when compared to LCD and LED technologies.
  • Plasmas offer the largest sized units, arguably the best pricing and the sharpest contrast levels giving plasma a slight lead in quality but LCD and LED technologies are striving to reach the same levels of quality.
  • LED TVs are coming in at second place in the marketplace currently due to high quality improvements.

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  • John . 3+ yrs. ago

the disadvantages of Plasma vs LCD include: more susceptible to burn-in (although this is not as much of a factor now, due to technology improvements in the past few years), more heat generation (as well as more power consumption), does not perform as well at higher altitudes, screen glare in brightly lit rooms, heavier weight, and more delicate to ship.

  • lxhotboy . 3+ yrs. ago

True about the glare if you dont have your room lighting setup right. I have no burn in issues with plasma and the power consumption may be an extra $10-$20 a year to operate plasma depending your picture settings but when you get use to plasma quality the picture on LCD seems trashy.

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