LCD V Plasma – What’s the Best Choice of HDTV?

Okay, so you’re looking to upgrade your TV to something far more impressive. You’ve heard about LCD and Plasma, but you’re not quite sure which is the best choice for you.

Okay, so let’s take a look at some vital aspects of TV’s…


LCD TV’s are much better than they used to be, but Plasma TV’s still have the edge on the contrast issue. This is due to the fact that LCD cells are lit from behind even when showing black, whereas Plasma cells are completely switched off when showing black.


Plasma tends to be better for color, but it does depend on the light, the manufacturer, and the particular model of TV. Plasma color is better in rooms with normal or lower lighting, whereas LCD color is better in rooms that are brightly lit, due to their brightness and built-in anti-glare technology.

Viewing Angles

LCD TV’s have better viewing angles than they used to have, and you can expect the best LCD HDTV models to have about 120 to 130 degree viewing angles. However, Plasma TV’s still win on this at the moment.

Computer Use

LCD screens are the best for computer use, as they are great for displaying static images without having flicker, and most importantly, no screen burn-in as can happen with Plasma screens. They are also great at displaying lots of data with wonderful precision and clarity, for example large spreadsheets.

Fast Action Sequences

Plasma wins when it comes to fast action, due to their ability to handle fast-moving images, and also their high contrast levels. LCD screens are better than they used to be for fast action, but still not quite up to the standard that Plasma has set.

Power Consumption

LCD’s use approximately half of the power than their Plasma counterparts. This is due to the fact that LCD’s are illuminated by florescent backlighting, whereas Plasmas use a lot of electricity to illuminate each individual pixel on it’s own.

Screen Resolution

LCD’s win here, as they have higher screen resolutions per screen size. For example, a 40-inch LCD screen would have a resolution of no less than 1366 x 768, whereas a 42-inch Plasma screen would have a resolution of only 1024 x 768.

In Conclusion

So, which type of HDTV should you choose? Well, think about what you are going to most likely be using it for. For example, if you are a fan of watching fast action movies in the dark, or you are a sports fan, then Plasma is the choice for you. However, if you are more into slower-paced shows, or would like to be able to use your screen for computer use, then LCD is the one you need to get.