Are plasmas better than LED TVs

LCD versus plasma - flat screen television technologies in comparison

Only a few TV manufacturers still build plasma televisions. LCD televisions dominate the market, especially with screen sizes up to around 1,20 metres. However, this has nothing to do with the quality of the plasma. Basically, both technologies have their advantages and disadvantages, and with each new generation of products, manufacturers have succeeded in mitigating weaknesses inherent in the principle. A general recommendation for LCD TVs or plasma TVs cannot be given.

LCD or Plasma: location of the TV

The important question is still where the device will be. Plasma televisions show their strengths in darkened rooms. However, if light hits the screen directly, the image quality is significantly weaker, since the glass of a plasma television reflects the light strongly. In bright rooms, an LCD television is more advisable.

LCD or Plasma: picture quality

Many plasma televisions shine with a strong contrast, the colors appear more natural, black surfaces appear really deep black and not dark gray as on many LCD televisions. There are hardly any trailing effects. The problem of angle dependency also hardly exists - the image looks practically the same with plasma from all sides, while with most LCD televisions it looks milky when viewed from an angle. In terms of contrast and black level, LCD televisions have now been able to catch up noticeably thanks to LED technology. So-called LED televisions - actually LCD televisions with LED backlighting - have a similarly rich black as is known from plasma televisions. However, LED televisions currently still cost significantly more than LCD televisions with conventional fluorescent tube backlights.

LCD or plasma: burn-in

Plasma televisions generally run the risk of "burn-in". If you leave a still image for a while, it can be mixed up with the current image as a "ghost image". This results in permanent damage that can seriously impair viewing pleasure. Such static scenes are most common in video games, so plasma televisions are hardly suitable for gamers. While there is a similar effect with LCD TVs, unlike plasma TVs, ghosting is temporary on LCD TVs. If you disconnect the device from the mains, the effect should disappear.

LCD or Plasma: power consumption

It is no longer true that plasma televisions are power guzzlers. The most economical TV sets are all LCD televisions. Still, there are modern plasma televisions that use less power than the average LCD TV. In general, the energy consumption of a television depends on the size of the screen. In the case of plasma televisions, the picture content also has a strong influence on power consumption. Light scenes require more energy than dark ones. Therefore, the power consumption of plasma televisions can be kept within limits if the contrast is turned down.

LCD or Plasma: resolution

"Full HD", ie a screen resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, is now available on every current LCD television with a screen size of 81 cm (32 inches) or more, but not all plasma televisions. The "Full HD" resolution is important if you want to enjoy Blu-ray films or the HDTV offerings from RTL, ProSieben and other private broadcasters (HD +) without any loss of quality. Televisions that only have the "HD Ready" logo without "Full HD" show fewer details. For the public broadcasters' HDTV channels, the lower HD resolution of 1280x720 is sufficient for the time being. However, ARD is expected to switch to Full HD in the coming years.