Nothing new here, only a reminder of what I and others who really do know what’s what have told you for a couple of years. If you want the best picture on your TV larger than 42-inches and don’t want to spend a fortune, plasma is best for most users.
While what you see most and what is advertised most is LCD or the misleading name LED, the fact is that picture for picture, plasma is demonstrably better, more enjoyable and, when it comes to best value, plasma still leads.
LCD TV company’s PR firms have pitched me recently, trying to tell me about the virtues of their client’s LCD sets. Unfortunately, the email never even mentioned that plasma sets have a fantastic picture. They were quick to suggest that LCD is best in a room in which sunlight streams in and onto the screen. That the company never mentioned plasma as a viable choice is disingenuous, and I told the PR rep so, in few words. After a bit of soft shoe via email, he quit our banter, knowing he had no legitimate argument.
The fact is that for screens under 42-inches, one must choose LCD or LED backlit LCD. Plasma does not start until 42 inches. For 50-inch screens and larger, price a plasma set using guidelines in my article and in Gary’s. Plasma will likely be less money for the best than the best LCD, which is LED backlit LCD. The cost for, say, an excellent 50-inch plasma set, such as the g25 series from Panasonic, is going to be a few hundred dollars less than a similar size LED backlit LCD set of that technology’s best effort. Look for deals from LG and Samsung on their plasma TVs, as well. Just FYI, a couple of weeks ago, I helped a friend buy a Panasonic TC-P50G25, their 50-inch non-3D 1080p set. For reference, we found it online with a delivered price, including white glove, into-the-house, set-up and check-it-out-service for just under $1,000.
Yes, LCD sets use less energy, but not necessarily that much less. Besides, if you want an eye-popping picture that is viewable from a wide angle and with images that do not choke during times of lots of motion, plasma is king. My friend is VERY happy!
In the end, look carefully at both technologies, and also at the rear projection technology of DLP, principally from Mitsubishi. That one is generally less expensive for larger sets, but, there is the after cost of replacement of the bulb as often as every two to three years at a cost of about $300. And the off-angle viewing capability is less with DLP. Do look at all three technologies and buy what looks good to YOU. Just be sure to see them and know what you are doing. It’s your money, not mine, but I want you to be happy with your purchase.
No one I know, and this is a considerable group, who has taken my advice for plasma over LCD has been disappointed. No one. I only know two people who purchased DLP and both are happy, though neither researched nor looked seriously at other technologies. It was all about price over performance. LCD purchasers
3D TV? I’m not there yet. It’s too expensive and the LED Glasses are an added expense as well as an inconvenience. And there is little programming available, though this is certain to change. Early adopters will not be deterred, but others should wait another year or more. Things will certainly change, but let’s not rush into buying 3D until things settle down with this technology.
That’s it in a nutshell. Between my linked article and Gary’s, you’re armed with the knowledge to help you make an intelligent decision.