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Is Plasma better than CRT ???.

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by jerkyboy, Nov 30, 2003.

  1. jerkyboy

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    I have a Panasonic 36 PL30, which is a pretty decent set, But I am seriously considering getting the latest 6 series Panasonic 42" Plasma.

    Is Plasma really that much more impressive than a decent CRT set ?. I have never seen one set up properly in a shop so its very hard to judge.

    I have a DVD player thats Progressive Scan ready. Am I going to be blown away by this ?.

    Also I plan to use my Xbox on the Plasma, how good will this be. Is it close to a PC monitor in terms of sharpness and clarity ?.

    Please help me, I dont want to spend £3000 and be dissapointed.

    Any feedback please.
     
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    Go to the very top right hand of the screen and youl find a red search box......click on this and type in plasma vs crt.....youl find several posts on your topic.

    danny-p
     
  3. hornydragon

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    Picture will be bigger and set will be 3 inches deep, but better quality, thats up to your eyes.
     
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    Jerkyboy,

    Never expect to be 'blown away' - unless someone's aiming a sawn-off shotgun at you. You'll just be setting yourself up for disappointment.

    Plasmas, when properly calibrated and fed a clean signal from a high-fidelity source such as DVD can provide excellent results. However, not even the best Plasma can give contrast and colour depth to match good-quality CRT's. As for fine-pitch PC CRT monitors, forget it, no Plasma will approach the sharpness or clarity. None.

    Apples and oranges - plasma panels are large, versatile and slim, and (with the exception of ALiS panels) are progressive displays, which makes them well suited to film viewing. CRT TV's are interlaced displays - better suited to display video sources, but can reach levels of sharpness and contrast other display technologies, including LCD and DLP, struggle to compete with.

    If you need to try before you buy, look around some more for a retailer who specialises in Plasmas, and audition a few. Then decide which you prefer. Who knows, maybe you'll be 'blown away' after all.

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  5. mrsimes

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    Jerkyboy,
    I'm in more or less the same situation.
    I've posted before as I would basically be using a Plasma for Sky TV and XBox. I too do not want to spend £3000 only to be disappointed.

    Unfortunately down in the South West, I have only found ONE example of a plasma screen which did 'blow me away', so in my opinion you CAN get stunning results with the right set up. However, I could not establish how much the right set up would cost!

    The amazing example that I saw was on a Panny 5 showing Monsters Inc in our local Panasonic shop. The source was from an expensive Panasonic DVD player but the shop assistant could not tell me how it was connected to the plasma. I asked if it was RGB and he just said 'yeah', but I got the impression he was just agreeing with me. I could be wrong.

    Everywhere else that I have been, the picture quality is *terrible*. Why large stores such as Comet and Curry's etc even bother to set these screens up, I do not know.
    Yesterday we were shopping in Bristol. We visited John Lewis. I was with the other half who I have convinced we should buy a Plasma. When she saw the screens in John Lewis she rapidly changed her mind. I don't blame her. If the picture quality I saw there is what I can expect when I get home, then I would not have paid £300 let alone £3000.
    They looked appalling. All the colours were bleeding and shimmering, dreadful. We then went into Dixons. They were just as bad. When I commented to the shop assistant about this, he said, quote "oh don't take any notice of the reception in here. All the plasma's are fed from the same aerial and most of these displays aren't set up properly anyway. When you get one home it will look amazing!"
    Hmmmm. But will it?

    At least in Dixons, I could look around the back of the Plasma's. I could see that one was connected with a SCART cable. I can only assume (or hope) that it was coming from a poor source...

    Due to lack of decent set up's down here, I've decided that I'm going to bite the bullet and just buy a screen. If it arrives and I'm really disappointed, I'll just have to bear the cost of returning it. At least I will have tried, and who knows, I may be amazed after all.

    In the 'get you plasma's out' thread I have seen a couple of snaps of an XBOX game on a Panny 6, and it looked nice and sharp, so here's hoping.

    Good luck,

    Si
     
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    For better or for worse........

    You can't say that one is better than the other. All you can say is that there are differences and that one person will prefer one over the other.

    Many people prefer CRT. However, those of us who dislike (intensely)

    > poor geometry
    > poor convergence
    > image instability (bounce)
    > etc....

    will, despite their shortcomings, always chose plasma (or LCD) over CRT.

    The point is, there are deficiencies with every technology. To claim that one is better than another is just a matter of opinion and this is hugely subjective. Only you can decide which you prefer.

    But, in order to do this, you have to compare like with like; a similarly-sized set, driven from the same good quality source.
     
  7. NicolasB

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    Of course pretty much anything looks good playing "Monsters, Inc." - it's a very good transfer, and very forgiving.
     
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    I think the biggest problem with plasmas are the fact that people sit too close. The first thing anyone says when they see a plasma (apart from the depth) is the poor picture, but they tend to look at the screen from 2 inches away. When you goto superstores and look at screens your way to close, plus the fact the signal is terrible and enlarged even more on a Plasma than a CRT.

    I have been running my 32" CRT next to my Plasma for the past 4 days now, playing all sorts of films and the only negative thing I can say is the weaker black. Sure Sky looks worse but I think the quality of Sky is diabolical (but then again I am enlarging the picture another 11").

    For me, I believe the only real way to use a Plasma is Home Cinema rather than an everyday Tv replacment, anything over 32" shows too many imperfections for day to day viewing.

    I tried watching Sky on my CRT projector for a day but I found the quality so poor it disturbed me.

    Each to there own I guess.
     
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    Get a proper demo at a proper AV showroom, it's the only way to do it. Take a variety of different films (animated, live action, something dark, something bright, something with fast/complex motion). Any self-respecting AV store will give you the time and the advice you need, and what is more they will use proper connections, cables and sources.

    I must admit I only saw DVD sources before I bought mine (from Audio T in Basingstoke), but, using the right connections and good quality cables, sky looks fantastic on any channel that is using high enough bit rate. Couldn't be happier myself.

    By the way, some of those stores on Tottenham Court Road also take the time trouble and expense to show the plasmas off at their best. Worth a look.

    Stevie
     

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