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LED, LCD, and plasma high-definition TVs, what are the pros and cons?

Asked by 2davidc8 (9701points) May 5th, 2012

Looking at ads from local TV and electronics stores, I see that now there are 3 kinds of flat-panel HDTVs: LCD, LED, and plasma. What are the pros and cons of each? Do you think one technology will surge ahead while the other two die off, like what happened to Betamax vs. VHS, Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD, etc., or will they co-exist for a long time?

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chyna's avatar

I’m not trying to be rude, so please don’t take it that way, but if you look over to the right of this question where it says Related, there are some of the same questions you asked and some really good answers.

mazingerz88's avatar

Just recently bought our first HDTV less than two months ago. It was a Sony Bravia LCD 40” TV. If watching movies in Blu-Ray discs is important to you, getting an LCD TV is a good way to start. The quality is very good. But we ended up replacing it with a 46” LED TV, same brand. LED’s are more expensive ( higher by $700 in our case ) but it’s suppose to use less energy and as far as my experience is concerned, Blu-Ray screen quality is superior compared to LCD.

I have no direct knowledge about Plasma TV’s. But if it’s between LCD and LED, I’ll suggest go for LED.

65Stang's avatar

plasma heats up gas to show the picture; they tend to be hot to the touch and dont last as long. LCDs have light bulbs around the edge that shine onto the picture; they are not as hot and give a better picture. LEDs the picture itself is made of lightbulbs so the picture is even clearer and sharper and is cool to the touch. 60 hz is good for watching the news or your tv shows; 120 hz is good for watching movies and sports; 240 hz is for the sports enthuiests. hope this helped!

2davidc8's avatar

@chyna Thank you for pointing that out. I’ve read all of them now. Funny thing was, Fluther usually informs me if a similar question has been asked before, before I hit “submit”. But it didn’t this time. Plus, the list of related questions that appear to the right only come up after you’ve hit “submit”. It doesn’t come up while your composing your question.

The last 3 related questions are quite old; it’s time for an update, as technology moves with lightning speed these days. Also, none of them addresses my second question, that is, which technology do people think will be the dominant one going forward?

@mazingerz88 and @65Stang Thank you for your input and for relating your experience.

mrrich724's avatar

LED is LCD, but a better version, so no need to compare those two.

Then there’s plasma. Let’s just say LED is more energy efficient, puts off less heat, is thinner, and presents no worry of burn-in (look it up).

LED is the way to go.

Plucky's avatar

Burn-in really isn’t an issue anymore.

Preference in TV depends what you want it for and what type of room it well be in.

We have a plasma. I choose that in the end because I play video games and I like the vibrance of the plasma. We don’t have a lot of light in our living room so the reflection from the glass is very minimal. My only issue with plasma is the higher use of electricity. If we could afford it, I would want LED but they are so much more expensive.
As for what will stick around, all of them will be here for a while (however, 3D won’t last in my opinion). No worries there.

2davidc8's avatar

Thanks to all for your responses.
Have you checked prices lately? The prices for all 3 are quite comparable where I live. OK, maybe LED is a bit more than LCD, but really competitive. That’s one of the reasons I asked the question originally. Many earler postings talk about a difference in prices, but I do not find that to be the case, in general.

lukiarobecheck's avatar

TV Screen Technology

Read pages 1 and 2 for the most concise description of what you are looking for. CNET is always a good site to go to when looking for electronics help.

2davidc8's avatar

Great link, @lukiarobecheck. Thanks.

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