LCD, LED, Plasma... which one? (in Off-topic)
December 22 2010 12:27 PM EST
Time to replace my old CRT TV so what do you technophiles recommend, and why.
Any other tips or comments are welcome.
I'm planning on using up my collection of Futureshop gift cards on boxing day.
December 22 2010 12:28 PM EST
oh yeah... mainly used for some tv watching (Go 'Nucks) and the old PS3
i have always heard that plasmas are better for gaming due to the refresh rates but they do burn more electricity.
LCD with refresh rate of 5ms or less works fine for gaming, and you dont have to worry about screen burn.
For gaming I'd suggest either an LCD or LED, Heard about some funky things going on when gaming with plasmas. Not sure if those issues were ever resolved with the technology though, because last time I read about it was about a year or 2 ago.
I retract my former statement after doing a bit of research.
Here's a good video rundown between LCD/Plasmas:
I have the exact same question Loch. Except I use my TV for lots of gaming. I am interested to hear more info...
I am not exactly on a tight budget but I don't like to spend money I don't have to.
December 22 2010 3:39 PM EST
If it's over 30", make sure it's 1080p. Under that size, you can't tell a difference. For gaming, make sure the response time isn't unusually slow. Otherwise, you'll be fine with whatever you buy. Just be sure to check the consumer reviews for the models you're looking at.
heres my toss
i dont recommend plasma because most have a heads up display that will burn.
now as for gaiming, if youre an xbox player you definetly want to use 1080 as most if not all games come playable at that resolution, now ps3 has most if not all games playable at 780 and some games going as far as 1080, if you dont believe me check red dead revolver.
me personally im waiting for boxing day sales to buy my tv this year seein as im behind on having a good tv for gaming. and i dont care if its lcd or led just as long as its a panasonic, pioneer or sharp brand. and it has 2 hdmi and atleast 2 usb ports.
1080 is a must if you're going to hook up a computer to it and use it for anything other than playing video.
How large and price range?
December 22 2010 11:26 PM EST
i got a 55inch samsung led series 6 (7 and 8) are 3d tvs but u lose contrast when going 3d hence my picture quality is better. the leds are the most energy efficient and give a better quality black than lcds more in line with that of the plasmas. mine is 200hertz although tv is generally only 50 or 60hertz and movies seem to play around 100hertz. My qualtiy of film in action and fast seens is to me indistinguishable to the plasma my fiancees parents have that runs at 400 hertz plus my tvs refresh rate is down around 3ms. I personally say go led.
December 23 2010 2:25 AM EST
I say LED too but wait for awhile because the prices are gonna drop soon, DO NOT buy one until after the holidays for sure.
December 23 2010 3:22 AM EST
Definately LED, that is the freshest and most advanced in technology compared to other two. LED displays are better described as LED backlit LCDs actually so it is an evolution of the regular LCD. The Benefits are a bunch (some already mentioned) Better and more color production and color gamut. uses Less energy and is more efficient. All new LED TVs are gonna have pretty low response time and will look beautiful with your xbox360 for gaming over HDMI. Another big advantage of LED that noone mentioned is its dimension. its very very thin, much thinner than previous two technologies so it will look very high tech and be very light. The only other technology that can produce even thinner, paper thin, is gonna be OLED but that technology hasn't matured yet for making TVs. LED is gonna be pricey so if budget is really tight, go for a good LCD monitor, make sure you don't buy an ancient one, cause the 1st generation LCD weren't too superb. IF you want best quality, go LED and if you wait till after new years or better yet even after CES 2011, I bet those prices will drop on the older models as new ones are released.
Stay away from plasma, your images will burn in, and your TV will be useless and you will have kind of like ghosting. so after you play a game it can have some parts on screen that are constant when yo will turn off the TV those parts will still be there, and if its left on long enough it will be perminent. Don't get Plasma unless you wanna be afraid everytime you turn on or use the TV of it breaking and you losing all your money. Not worth headache. plasma used to be considered top dog back in day against early LCD with better color and picture overall, but now that difference has been removed with greater technology in LCDs and the burn-in effect always plagues plasma TVs. The only cool thing they have is a cool name "plasma" lol.
Yea, wait till like February. But I use a Plasma to game on with my 360, and it does a fine job. I havent really noticed any ghosting. Black coloring is really nice. You don't have to worry about images burning into plasmas anymore. Plasmas last just as long as LCDs as well.
December 23 2010 3:46 AM EST
I haven't really been paying attention to seasonal price fluctuations in TVs over recent years.
Based on what has been said here would I be correct in concluding that prices in February will be lower than even Boxing week sales?
Here is a site I found informative. Helped dumb down everything for a guy like me to understand.
December 28 2010 5:38 PM EST
that article looks ancient
December 28 2010 7:14 PM EST
Actually it seems no more than 6 months old by my estimate.
(the references in the 3D section are the tip off)
Kinda sucks, I like getting stuff, but don't like spending money... ah the hard dilemmas of life.
After spending hours and hours watching and reading articles on T.V. vs T.V. and the endless debate of Plasma/LCD/LED/DLP I ended up going with a 42" LED/LCD LG. Absolutely love it.
January 4 2011 11:39 AM EST
Nice! Grats on your new T.V. :D
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