LCD v Plasma

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Aldi are selling an LCD TV next week and they have given the reason for choosing LCD over Plasma as this...

LCD TVs have a typical lifespan of over 50,000 hours (25 years of typical use), Plasma is only approximately 25,000 hours. Plasma TVs are very fragile and can easily be damaged during installation. LCD TVs are lighter, user friendly and more robust and therefore much less likely to get damaged. Plasma TVs can suffer from ‘burn-in’ after prolonged use that can result in permanent ‘ghost’ images being visible on the screen – LCD TVs do not suffer from this problem. LCD TVs use less electricity than Plasma TVs.

What does anyone think?

I prefer Plasma as the best ones have 8000:1 Contrast ratio this LCD has 600:1. I think by the end of next years most TVs sold will be one or the other.
 

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dynamo985 said:
how much are they selling for?
27 inch £599.99 Tevion

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a mate of mine who is a salesman at comet says, LCD will take over from Plasma as plasma have to many problems... customers are calling out the techs to the plasma's all the time, for various problems
pixels locking in to one colour ie you get a bright white dot in the middle of your screen that doesnt go away...( not always white and can be anywhere on the screen)
if you leave your TV on a channel with a logo (VH1, Cbeebies etc etc) then this gets burned into the screen and can be seen whatever channel your on :(

i have another mate who has had 2! and got rid of both (obviously didnt learn first time lol)
i personally have a back projection TV and i have had 2 screens replaced for the same burn in problem.... lucky for me i took out the extra cover from comet. they replaced them both no problem... but the engineer did tell me that the screen would have cost me £300 if i had to buy it!!!

having said all that, the mate who had 2 plasma's and got rid, has now got a ceiling projector, and plays games from his Xbox on an 8ft screen :) says its the best thing hes bought (payed £1,999 for it)
having been and looked at it, thats my next TV purchase :) (i also have an Xbox lol)
 

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LCD is better than Plasma without any doubt. Plasma burns gas to produce the colours resulting more heat. Obviously the risk of damage is higher. LCD is liquid crystal display which we are using for many years say watches, calculators, monitors, display panels and so. They dont produce much heat and they last longer.

Contrast Ratio 600:1 is the lower end I believe. Products like Sony, Lowe etc have much better ratio. End of the day, you will get what you have paid for.

No doubt LCD will take over Plasma very soon. Dont be surprised if most of the Plasma users want to get rid of theirs. We will find them on eBay for £200-£300 by next year.

So dont rush - wait few more months and get an LCD with better resolution.
 

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Well I spent a couple of hours looking at LCD TV's at the weekend and IMHO they were all sh!t. Plasma screens weren't much better. I couldn't find one that I could bear to look at for more than a couple of minutes.

And I'm blind as a bat. I'll be sticking with my 3 year old Sony 4:3 for a couple more years until the next generation screens come out.

:D
 

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Hi Stick, I have spent weeks looking around and bought nothing yet.

That is why I said "So dont rush - wait few more months and get an LCD with better resolution."
 

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Agreed that LCDs are getting better BUT at the moment plasmas give the better quality of picture. Yes they do have the disadvantages of screen burn, greater fragility (not a problem once installed), shorter life and higher power consumption.

Set against that plasmas are cheaper, still have a better contrast ratio and are brighter. The problems with screen burn and life are not as bad as they used to be either. Granted these differences may disappear with better development of LCDs but we are talking about next week.

One thing I would say from personal experience is that when you start talking about big TVs (over 28") you really need image enhancement as you start to notice the lines/pixels otherwise. Personally I wouldn't buy ANY large screen TV (CRT, plasma or LCD) without it.

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BGonaSTICK said:
And I'm blind as a bat. I'll be sticking with my 3 year old Sony 4:3 for a couple more years until the next generation screens come out.
:D
Im with this idiot

Unless you want to fit it on a wall , or live in a bottle , get a tube - plenty around for half the price, are multisystem, include speakers, and last five years plus


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Most techies agree that CRT is still the best. My Philips with pixel plus is fantastic.
 

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Most techies agree that CRT is still the best. My Philips with pixel plus is fantastic.
Yup, gotta agree with that. I also have a Philips, a 32pw9618, and it really is the mutt's nuts for picture quality.

Pity about the weight though.

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Got a 13 year old Sony 29 inch,picture is still great compared to many other new crt-tv:s and better than all flatscreens.I would wait a couple of years with buying a flatscreen.

If I had to buy a new one today it would be a crt again,if I had to go flat it would be a projector but not a backprojector though.
 

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Pity about the weight though.

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LOL, or get the wife to hold it...
Theres a joke somewhere there


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Wait a bit for the new sets with a slimline CRT. They'll be about 38cm. deep compared to the present 60cm., and about a third of the price of an equivalent size LCD.
Should be arriving next year sometime.

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LOL, or get the wife to hold it...
Wife's not holding anything at the moment. Both hands are in bandages after having surgery yesterday for carpel tunnel syndrome.

Guess who's cooking the Chrimbo lunch now?

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Ouch. Be sure to wish her a Happy Christmas and a speedy recovery from all at SCOUK!

... and don't forget to do the washing up as well...
 
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