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Which Is Best For Home Theater - Plasma Or LCD?

Aug 17, 2007
It's become one of the great home theater rivalries...Plasma television versus LCD. Which one do you buy as the showpiece for your best home theater system? Plasma or LCD?

Maybe it's a guy thing... I'm not sure but when I went shopping for my television, my better half, my gorgeous wife or "she who must be obeyed"... call her what you like, just didn't seem to care what type of television I purchased, Plasma or LCD, just as long as it produced a good quality picture.

Let's make some comparisons about the respective merits of either version. When setting up a home theater center the television is the centerpiece so you want to make sure you get this right. I will list what I consider the advantages of either type.

Plasma Advantages

1. Definately screen size. Plasma tv's are available in size from 32 inches, all the way up to over 100 inches. Certainly an advantage if you prefer the bigger screens.

2. Viewing angle is an interesting debate. Some say plasma while others say LCD. Maybe plasma "by a nose" but there is nothing in it. LCD's have improved markedly though and are rapidly gaining the upper hand in this area.

LCD Advantages

1. LCD tv's are definately tougher and more durable, not that you'll be tossing the thing around the back yard! They certainly hold the upper hand in the "durability stakes."

2. Installation is usually a breeze with LCD's where plasmas require a little more installation know how.

3.LCD's are lighter although this could have something to do with the fact they are smaller however, they are also thinner than plasmas. Whether this is an advantage I'm not sure and in the end, it may be up to "the eye of the beholder!"

As you can see, there is not a lot of difference in my opinion.

Life Span

There is always an argument for and against concerning plasma and LCD life span but to be honest, there is not much difference between either version. You could reasonably expect to get 15-20,000 hours use from either television before backlights need to be replaced however, replacing an LCD part will cost you more than a plasma at this stage of the evolution in technology.

Picture Issues

LCD's are perhaps more consistent in the area of picture brightness during normal conditions of light but under home theater situations, plasma will have the edge.

Pixel issues are again line ball with both plasma and LCD having their for against arguments. Burn-in issues were once a drawback with plasmas but technology in recent years has "levelled the playing field" in this area.

Which Is Best?

I'd rate plasmas as the choice television for a home theater set up. Let's face it, you'll more than likely use your home theater to catch up on plenty of movies. However, with technology advancing so rapidly, LCD's are gaining more and more of a foothold.

What did I buy? Plasma. Why? Because in the end, I got a great deal on a set which was on sale and hard to resist at the price. I'm betting this may ultimately sway your decision as well. And yes, my better half was more than pleased!
About the Author
Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. What television is the best fit for a home theater set up...plasma or LCD? Read this revealing report to find out plus, get the latest home theater tips and tricks at:http://www.hometheaterinfoline.com
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