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Plasma vs. LCD Television: How To Pick The Perfect TV

One thing we know for sure is that both are designed to provide images that are crisper and higher quality than regular cathode ray television sets. Even though early models of plasma and LCD televisions were really expensive, new technology has resulted in significantly lower costs to consumers. In the matter of plasma vs. LCD television, both are a good choice for some people in some situations, but what are the differences between the two?

The Difference Between Gas and Liquid Crystals

Plasma televisions replace the regular picture tube with a layer of gas between two clear screens. The gas is designed to allow electrons to work with the unit, displaying images transmitted digitally.  LCD televisions use a similar technology, except that a layer of liquid crystals is put between the screens (which is where you get the name, Liquid Crystal Display). These crystals react with electrons in the same way, producing the images you see on your screen.

Common Ground

Plasma and LCD TVs have many common features that make either a desirable choice for most people, but especially when you don't have a lot of space. Both are extremely thin (some are less than 4 inches wide).

Also, both television types can be mounted onto a wall, so you don't need a television stand or entertainment center, They do also make a lot of really nice stands these days which allow you to mount the television to the stand. They don't take up much space and allow you to put your DVD player or gaming console somewhere.  

Finally, while early versions of plasma screen televisions were very limited by the life span of their screens, both plasma and LCD televisions now usually last around 60,000 hours.

Picture Quality

Even though both types of televisions will enhance your viewing experience, true aficionados will be drawn toward LCD screens because they often have higher resolutions (i.e. more pixels per square inch).  This makes a sharper, more well defined picture.

On the other hand, plasma televisions can produce a wider range of colors and they look more “true” on the screen. This is really important when it comes to the color black, which makes much of the contrast in movie quality images. Plasma televisions can make a truer black, making it better for movie lovers.

Value for the Money

One clear advantage for plasma televisions is their cost – the same amount of money will buy a larger plasma screen than an LCD. However, LCDs use much less energy, so they are cheaper to operate in the long run. 

In the end, the choice between the two is really yours to make.  It depends on how much money you are willing to spend and the type of image you are looking for (better resolution or better color).  Either way, you'll like these TVs much better than the old cathode ray screens.

I realize it's a hard decision to make, and I'm not going to try and make it for you.  I've provided this site so that you will have lots of information to make your decision based on.  Feel free to read the other articles and good luck in your hunt for a great TV.