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Which TV is Best:
LCD, Plasma, DLP, LCoS or LCD Rear Projection?

Gas Plasma Flat Panel Displays

Plasma, or more formally, gas plasma, offers some great features, and has slightly more natural color than LCD. However, many of the virtues it once had over LCD have faded away. In the past, shortcomings in LCD sometimes made plasma the better choice. However, much has changed in both technologies. Both have gained ground, with LCD gaining somewhat more.

Plasma and LCD are both available in the largest screen sizes, but this is one place where plasma has an advantage. Prices on 60" plus screen sizes are lower for plasma screens.

Drawbacks for plasma are a tendency to reflect room lighting, creating glare, to consume more energy and generate more heat. They are also heavier than similar sized LCD screens. Plasma also has the disadvantage that over its life span, the image brightness will decline somewhat.

Plasma Pluses: LCD Minuses:
  • Excellent picture
  • More natural color than LCD
  • Widest viewing angles
  • Bright image
  • Heavier than LCD
  • Reflects room lighting
  • Consumes more energy than LCD
  • Generates a lot of heat
  • Some risk of image "burn-in"


Home Theater Basics

What is HDTV? ... EDTV? ... DTV? ... SDTV?

Aspect Ratios Explained: What's the difference between 4:3 and 16:9

Section 1: DLP Rear Projection

Section 2: LCD Rear Projection

Section 3: LCoS Rear Projection

Section 4: LCD Flat Panel

Section 5: Plasma Flat Panel

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