LCD, LED, Plasma... which one? (in Off-topic)


Lochnivar 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.

Lochnivar December 22 2010 12:28 PM EST

oh yeah... mainly used for some tv watching (Go 'Nucks) and the old PS3

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] December 22 2010 12:34 PM EST

i have always heard that plasmas are better for gaming due to the refresh rates but they do burn more electricity.

QBPit Spawn [Abyssal Specters] December 22 2010 12:38 PM EST

LCD with refresh rate of 5ms or less works fine for gaming, and you dont have to worry about screen burn.

Xenogard [Chaotic Serenity] December 22 2010 12:40 PM EST

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.

Xenogard [Chaotic Serenity] December 22 2010 12:50 PM EST

I retract my former statement after doing a bit of research.

Here's a good video rundown between LCD/Plasmas:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nClZYshG5o

Admiralkiller December 22 2010 3:27 PM EST

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.

Demigod 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.

Unappreciated Misnomer December 22 2010 5:55 PM EST

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.

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] December 22 2010 5:57 PM EST

1080 is a must if you're going to hook up a computer to it and use it for anything other than playing video.

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] December 22 2010 7:07 PM EST

How large and price range?

Ancient Anubis 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.

Pwned 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.

{EQ}Viperboy 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.

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] December 23 2010 3:31 AM EST

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.

Lochnivar 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?

Admiralkiller December 23 2010 4:13 AM EST

Here is a site I found informative. Helped dumb down everything for a guy like me to understand.

Admiralkiller December 23 2010 4:13 AM EST

Suppose I should uplink the link eh?

http://www.mysimon.com/consumer-reports/tvs-buying-tips

{EQ}Viperboy December 28 2010 5:38 PM EST

that article looks ancient

Lochnivar 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.


{Wookie}-Jir.Vr- January 4 2011 10:49 AM EST

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.

Kingkiller January 4 2011 11:39 AM EST

Nice! Grats on your new T.V. :D
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