Advice before choosing a plasma TV or LCD

Guide to choosing your next TV. Comparison between a Plasma TV and an LCD TV.

How to choose between LCD or Plasma

You are probably already thinking that it’s time to replace your old TV tube by one of these new models of liquid crystal display (LCD) or plasma display. However, there are some differences between these two technologies. Below, we offer a number of aspects that are worth taking into consideration when buying your next TV.

TV and LCD Tips for buying a TV

  • Before choosing between a plasma or LCD screen it is better take into account the type of use to which it will provide. If the room is large and well lit, the plasma is the best choice (for now) that provides viewing angle of 180 degrees and is the best screens to reproduce black and gray colors. LCD is a good alternative, but the larger sizes are even more expensive than a plasma in the same size and the images have the clarity and precision offered by a plasma screen.
  • For smaller rooms or spaces with limited light, LCD is recommended for its excellent lighting, ability to see close-up images with less distortion, and advantage of generating little heat and low power consumption compared to the plasma, which have higher consumption energy and generate high levels of heat, so that a smaller space would not be optimal.
  • Although they are very thin, plasma TVs can weigh about 45 kilograms, almost like a tube TV 32 inches, and require a table or wall mount that can support its weight. Additionally they require ample ventilation because the voltages used are high and quite heated. They also use a lot of electricity, with a typical 50-inch panel, consume between 450W and 500W.
  • By contrast LCD they weigh about 13.5 kilograms, consume less and can be placed in almost any space.
  • In very quiet environments such as a bedroom electrical discharge plasmas generated by each pixel to excite little buzz produces a sensitive ear can hear.
  • The lifetime of the equipment is an important factor when investing in a new TV. Taking into account the wear and tear of the screen by its use, a good plasma TV has a half life of 30,000 hours against 50,000 LCD. This aspect should be considered in addition to the normal wear of the screen this may suffer damage some of its components, it useless, and thus the whole TV. It depends largely on luck, but the LCD to have a greater number of components on your screen is more likely to fail.
  • Most televisions come with some sort of speaker and tuner included. The tuner serves local programming for air or cable. For those who want to use external speakers or an external tuner for cable or satellite, an alternative to reduce cost is to buy a plasma or LCD monitor instead of a TV, where speakers and tuner are optional.
  • Finally, we can say that LCD is a popular choice for almost all uses, including as a monitor. The plasma is suitable for large, spacious rooms. Good buy!

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