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What`s best 42" plasma or LCD?

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by Dmitry Markov, Nov 25, 2004.

  1. Dmitry Markov

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    Hi everybody!

    I've got quite a dilemma: want to buy a 42" panel but just don't know what technology to prefer plasma or LCD?

    Despite the cost what is really better?

    Thank you!
     
  2. Nick_UK

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    Plasmas have a better "contrast ratio". This means that the number of steps between the whitest white and the blackest black is higher, and you will see better pictures on a plasma, especially on poorly-lit scenes.

    Also, the colour rendition on a plasma is better than a LCD - this is also the reason why LCD monitors are not recommended for photo work on a PC. The phosphors used in a plasma screen are very similar to those used in a CRT. LCD screens develop less heat than plasmas.
     
  3. Dmitry Markov

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    Thanks, Nick!

    But plasma also doesn't like still images like photos, does it?

    I mean i'd like more to read about your subjective feelings.

    Thank you nevertheless!
     
  4. jimg

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    LCD's are brighter and I personally believe have better colour rendition. I was about to buy a 42" plasma and looked at the Pioneer and Panasonic offerings, but was blown away by the Sharp Aquos 37" LCD. For me there was no comparison, but one thing is for sure you have to ignore reviews and get out and look for yourself.
     
  5. Dmitry Markov

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    Thanks jimg!
    Shure you're right saying i must look it myself.
    Today i'm about to see Sony 42" LCD. Any comparison with Philips?
     
  6. Nick_UK

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    You might want to read this independent article :

    http://www.plasmatvbuyingguide.com/plasmatvreviews/plasma-vs-lcd.html

    particularly the bit that says :

    "In plasma displays, each pixel contains red, green, and blue elements, which work in conjunction to create 16.77 million colors. Insofar as each pixel contains all the elements needed to produce every color in the spectrum, color information is more accurately reproduced with plasma technology than it is with other display technologies. Not only are the chromaticity coordinates more accurate on most plasma displays, the color saturation resulting from the pixel design of plasma displays is remarkable.

    LCD displays reproduce colors by manipulating light waves and subtracting colors from white light. This is an inherently difficult template for maintaining color accuracy and vibrancy-though most LCD displays manage quite well. While color information benefits from the higher-than-average number of pixels per square inch found in LCD displays (especially when compared to plasmas), LCDs are simply not as impressive as plasmas with similar pixel counts."
     
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    to be fair LCD wins on resolution, altitude ( you might want it in your personal jet ), static display, longevity ( after the backlight dies at 60000hrs you can change it ), and no burn in. So you won't be constantly seeing that too bright channel logo thats burnt itself into your screen.

    equally LCD could have dead pixels. does have motion issues. contrast isn't as high.

    Today I've bought an Aquos 45" from sharp which I will mostly be using for HD playback so my thoughts are totally biased and could easily be dismissed :p
     
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    http://www.theperfectvision.com/newsletter/tpv57/sharp_lc37gd4u.html

    This review claims "DVD comparisons (480p component) against the Pioneer and Hitachi plasmas were much closer than HD comparisons, but the Sharp still had more accurate greens and less video noise than the plasmas (especially the Pioneer), and, of course, would go much brighter."

    Who knows, it is down to personal choice at the end of the day. :zonked:
     
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    Jimg,

    Which model 37" Aquos did you go for - or are they all the same in terms of picture quality.

    Also, did you compare it against the Philips 37PF9986/12?

    Thanks

    Peter
     
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    the 45" one :)


    lc-45gd1e
     
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    Hi Ultim8fury!

    My congratulations!

    What are your first impressions of this purchase: is it really worth its money?

    Best regards,

    Dmitry
     
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    doesn't arrive until tuesday so I can't say yet. There was no way I'm paying saturday delivery charges for a specialist plasma/lcd courier and I'm working on monday.

    So its an anxious wait until tuesday when I can pluug it all in and finally play back some of the HD stuff I've been collecting on something other than my pc monitor.
     

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