Why would you choose a TFT over a plasma?

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  1. lapino

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    I have a Panasonic 42PV500 on order right now, but this afternoon I've been checking out some LCD tv's too and it seems the new Samsung LE40M61 is a very good LCD tv (got the EISA award too!). So I'm starting to worry a little if I made the right choice (coming from a Philips 42" plasma). My questions to you are:

    * why would you choose a TFT over plasma? (pan PV500 vs Samsung LE40M61) ?
    * would I notice going from 42" > 40" ? (does this REALLY make a bif difference)
    * I'm going to use a xbox360 on my new tv, is TFT better suited for this?
    * will a plasma display the analog signals better than a TFT?

    Quite a few questions, but I have to be 100% sure about my next purchase. The plasma will cost me about 200€ less than the Samsung, so that's not a big issue. Thx for your help!
     
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    Main reason i'm after one is the lack of screen burn. That and the fact i can't just let a bandwagon go by.
     
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    Same as astobilla, my main reason is also lack of screen burn
     
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    Price mainly,aren't HD plasmas more expensive than LCDs?
     
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    Non-square pixels on all but the most expensive of plasmas is the main factor for me. Makes PC resolutions & aspect ratios more of a chore.

    Plasma picture can look more natural though, probably mainly due to the superior black levels.

    As an aside, went into a large Comet a couple of weeks ago where they had about 10 TVs in a line all displaying HD feeds. The most expensive set by some margin was a 50" Pioneer plasma.....with an 'HD Ready' logo burned into the corner of the screen!
     
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    Also screen life - an LCD should last 30 to 50,000 hours whereas I think a plasma is nearer to 10 to 15,000.

    Cheers, Dave C.
     
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    I don't know about anybody else but I always see the lines on a plasma even across the room!
     
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    Higher res + square pixels make LCD's much better for my main application: PC display.
     
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    LCD tvs are not reflective which is a big bonus as well.
     
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    LCD's and Plasmas's should last around the same time. The electrics inside are more likely to blow up before either of the panels actaully "wear out"!
     
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    If you spend all day watching TV (16 hours/day) you'd get nearly 6 years before your plasma was at 1/2 brightness. By then, large plasmas will be dirt cheap, so I don't think it should be an important choice variable today.
     
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    I'm especially worried about analog broadcast quality on the Samsung TFT. The main reason I'm thinking about TFT instead of plasma is because I *am* going to use a xbox360 on it, and I really don't want to screw up my screen with image burn. But the wife watches tv quite a lot, so I need picture quality to be good enough there too. Also, we're used to a 42", the samung is 40"...big difference?
     
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    Im a very keen gamer, i play games from anywhere between 2 to 6 hours a day, and i have never had any sign of image retention, never mind burn.

    Since i bought my plasma, i have played nothing but 720p games, because they look so much better, they seem to be more fun to play! particularly True Crime (£4.99 from game) and Amped 2.
     
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    I find Plasmas flicker horrendously, though not as bad as most CRTs.
     
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    I have a panny 6 series Plasma and I still cant find an LCD that will beat it for Picture Quality. Its really getting to me as I want an LCD for the bedroom but I just can't put up with the dodgy PQ. Going to have a look at the samsung 26" to see if I can live with it.

    Never worried about screen burn, play xbox games all the time.

    Had the screen 2 yrs now :)
     
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    Brightness of the picture and weight of the set were important reasons why I went for LCD in the end, as I tend to get banished to the conservatory to watch footy and cricket. LCD has a much brighter picture, which in the case of the Hitachi 32LD7200 I have, you can adjust manually to suit. The analogue picture is excellent although I would still say that a good plasma has a more natural look. I was also put off plasma a bit in the end by the stories of robustness. Most of the 'screen burn' stuff I ignored as it's mainly myth but I was bothered by owners of the pv500 talking about having to 'run it in' for the first 200 hours and keeping the brightness/contrast down etc. You don't need to worry about any of that with an LCD.
     

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