Large Screen Televisions: Plasma or LCD?

So you’ve decided that it’s time for you to choose a new TV.

Unless you’ve been really unlucky or are a gadget freak, it’s likely that things have moved on since you last looked at televisions. The big choice now is between LCD and plasma high definition televisions.

So what’s the difference and which type of display should you choose?

When large flat screen televisions first came in, your only affordable choice was plasma. Now you have the option of LCD as well, except at the really giant screen sizes where LCD technology isn’t a viable option.

LCD television screens are made up of hundreds and hundreds of small dots or pixels. These are turned on and off as needed but if a pixel fails, it will show up as a black dot. You’re most likely to notice this on a computer screen but it also shows up on television screens. the difference is that you’re less likely to notice it on a television screen unless a cluster of nearby pixels fails, then you’ll begin to focus on that spot as you watch. You can guard against this to an extent by making sure that your manufacturer’s warranty covers pixel failure but some guarantees put a minimum number of failed pixels before the warranty applies.

Plasma screens create their colors by sending an electrical charge which is then passed through a pixel grid a bit like the old fashioned television screens.

It is generally thought that plasma screens produce blacker blacks than LCD screens, which tend to display black as a dark charcoal gray.

At very large screen sizes then plasma wins hands down because of the technicalities of producing flawless LCD screens.

One of the current best 50 inch HDTV screens is the Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ800U. It has a high 30,000 to 1 contrast ratio which makes for stunning television viewing and game play and it’s quite affordable. You can discover more out more about the Panasonic TH-50PZ800U here.

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