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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-08-2008, 02:04 AM
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Plasma VS LCD

I am trying to decide on either a 42" Plasma or 42" LCD.

If you had your choice of these three models, which would you pick and why?
BTW, these are all LG models.

42PG25 (Plasma)
50PG30 (Plasma - because I can get it for the same price I can get the 42LG70 for)
42LG70 (LCD)
42LG50 (LCD)
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If you are going to put the tv near windows, go with the LCD due to the fact that plasmas will have glare. Not familar with the LG. I bought a 40 LCD Mitsubishi 1080P.
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also don't know if your a gamer or not but plasma really doesn't like video games as much as lcd

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I've been on the fence between plasmas and LCDs so thanks for everyone's input.
I'll probably end up going with the 42LG70 but would still like to hear everyone's input.
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I went plasma..they had a better picture

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I would recommend the plasma. Also, I play tons of games on mine. Hell, thats all I really use it for. Also in my opinion I think LG's plasma line is better than their LCDs.

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Definately Plasma. I have had both and there is no comparison, even with gaming. I have had 2 LCD's and neither lasted that long for the money. I now have 2 plasma's. One 42" Samsung, the other 50" Panasonic. Both are fantastic but I think panasonic makes the best. Panasonic is a bit more expensive.
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They are both good, scope them out and see which one looks better to you. For the most part, Plasma's have better "blacks" and richer colors but do have a problem with glare and burn in (though they have gotten better about this). LCD's don't have the issue with glare, generally have longer longevity, and can be made to look almost as good as a plasma (by adjusting the brightness and color settings using a calibration DVD). I think it all comes down to personal choice, but I prefer LCD's.

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heres the raw facts.

Plasmas have better color and are better for movie watching if you're concerned about total visual quality. However, they have burn in - bad for computer displays/gaming. I have a buddy with a 60" Panasonic top of the line plasma, they have some of the best pixel dancing algorithms to prevent burn in, and his burns in nasty quite frequently.

LCD's lack true black as mentioned earlier, and they tend to lose color fidelity at steep angles. However, they have superior static display - good for pc screens and gaming. They scale well with different resolutions, and theoretically they may end up lasting longer. They run cooler, and consume less energy. I own a 48" LCD because I use mine for gaming and PC use often, a plasma just can't be used for that for long periods without damage, no matter what people say. And, honestly, with OLED's just cresting the retail market, plasma's will probably end up being a thing of the past.

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heres the raw facts.

Plasmas have better color and are better for movie watching if you're concerned about total visual quality. However, they have burn in - bad for computer displays/gaming. I have a buddy with a 60" Panasonic top of the line plasma, they have some of the best pixel dancing algorithms to prevent burn in, and his burns in nasty quite frequently.

LCD's lack true black as mentioned earlier, and they tend to lose color fidelity at steep angles. However, they have superior static display - good for pc screens and gaming. They scale well with different resolutions, and theoretically they may end up lasting longer. They run cooler, and consume less energy. I own a 48" LCD because I use mine for gaming and PC use often, a plasma just can't be used for that for long periods without damage, no matter what people say. And, honestly, with OLED's just cresting the retail market, plasma's will probably end up being a thing of the past.
I have had my plasma on for 6-8 hours at a time with no problem. Also use mine as a computer monitor and have left static images on for an hour and never had burn in problems. If the screen goes completely black for a second after a long static image, you will see a burn in look but as soon as the next bright screen comes up...its gone.

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heres the raw facts.

Plasmas have better color and are better for movie watching if you're concerned about total visual quality. However, they have burn in - bad for computer displays/gaming. I have a buddy with a 60" Panasonic top of the line plasma, they have some of the best pixel dancing algorithms to prevent burn in, and his burns in nasty quite frequently.

LCD's lack true black as mentioned earlier, and they tend to lose color fidelity at steep angles. However, they have superior static display - good for pc screens and gaming. They scale well with different resolutions, and theoretically they may end up lasting longer. They run cooler, and consume less energy. I own a 48" LCD because I use mine for gaming and PC use often, a plasma just can't be used for that for long periods without damage, no matter what people say. And, honestly, with OLED's just cresting the retail market, plasma's will probably end up being a thing of the past.
+1 My brother has a Plasma and i see burn ins on his from time to time, to me its just a pain in the ass to have to stress over it. There nice tv's but hell i dont want to stress over worrying about something being burnt on the screen all the time.

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i have both. the plasma (720p) has a better picture on tv and stuff cause of color and black levels and refresh rates. it has no burn in and ive never seemed to worry about it.

the lcd (1080p) is more versatile for computer hookups and gaming with no chance of burn in and 0 glare. of course the picture looks better on it when i get a better source simply cause of 1080p v 720p.
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The price difference is about $500 from a 720p LCD/Plasma to a 1080p LCD/Plasma. In your opinion, is it worth the $500? I'm no video junkie, but I do like what I saw in the 720p Plasma.
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The price difference is about $500 from a 720p LCD/Plasma to a 1080p LCD/Plasma. In your opinion, is it worth the $500? I'm no video junkie, but I do like what I saw in the 720p Plasma.

what do you watch mostly?
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The price difference is about $500 from a 720p LCD/Plasma to a 1080p LCD/Plasma. In your opinion, is it worth the $500? I'm no video junkie, but I do like what I saw in the 720p Plasma.
I know you asked him...but do you have a blu-ray/hddvd? If not, they are a waste. I dont forsee broadcast 1080p anytime soon and when they do, I really think we will be on something bigger and better (1440p) and 1080p tv's will be much cheaper.

When I bought my 60" plasma, it was $2000 on sale and the 1080p was $4500. By the time I actually buy blu-ray stuff, the prices of the 1080p tvs will probably be at that $2000 mark. So I figure why not just buy a 60" 720p now for $2000 and in a couple years buy the 60" 1080p for $2000 and have 60" great quality tv s for less than the nice one to begin with.

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At those sizes go with whatever has the best picture for the most frequent type of use it will see. Once you move above 52" or so the price point for LCD's increases significantly, especially at 60" or above.

I went with a 60" 1080P LG Plasma above my fireplace as the LCD that was comparable was over $2k more and the picture quality wasn't nearly as crisp, especially on standard viewing (non-1080).

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I know you asked him...but do you have a blu-ray/hddvd? If not, they are a waste. I dont forsee broadcast 1080p anytime soon and when they do, I really think we will be on something bigger and better (1440p) and 1080p tv's will be much cheaper.

When I bought my 60" plasma, it was $2000 on sale and the 1080p was $4500. By the time I actually buy blu-ray stuff, the prices of the 1080p tvs will probably be at that $2000 mark. So I figure why not just buy a 60" 720p now for $2000 and in a couple years buy the 60" 1080p for $2000 and have 60" great quality tv s for less than the nice one to begin with.

Also for what it's worth most maufactures are already phasing out 720P displays. with the new models hitting the shevles only the smaller - 40"ers and less still have a 720p option. By 2009 you prob wont find a 720p only display around except the cheaper 3rd party brands like Vizio....
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I have both & watching tv/movies looks better on the Plasma. I even hooked up my PS2 & it looked better too.
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I went with a Plasma for 2 reasons, the picture was better and I have kids. If they touch the screen it's a lot easier to clean and less prone to scratches.

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what do you watch mostly?
I just watch movies and TV.

No we don't have a Blu-ray dvd.
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Go with a Plasma, you won't regret it - I had a LCD and returned it after a week for a Plasma, big quality diff IMO

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I just watch movies and TV.

No we don't have a Blu-ray dvd.
id go with a plasma then. without a bluray player or a computer hooked up, you wont be giving the tv a 1080p source.

for the money id just go 720 and do at least a 50" screen. you should be able to get a good one for close to 1k.

if you really want the 1080p, then you can get a 42" for about the same price.


in all honesty you cant go wrong with lcd/plasma/720/1080 as long as you get a good deal and get a good brand.
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I'll be getting a deal using employee pricing on LG products from a friend
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not sure what deals you are getting but this is a good deal:

52" 1080p samsung lcd
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?t=842207
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We saw alot of nice ones at Fry's. We were wanting a 42 because its only for the office. We will be sitting close to it. lol

I watch movies on Netflix sometimes so it would be cool to put it on the big TV.
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Don't plasmas put out a bit more heat in comparison to an LCD?
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Don't plasmas put out a bit more heat in comparison to an LCD?
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I went through the same set of pros/cons a couple of months ago. I would get a LCD if you plan to stick with LG's. IMO-the only plasma's 50+ worth getting are panasonic's and pioneer's. Also, IMO- a 1080p is worth it. Just not $500 bucks worth it. Just read some of the reviews of your choices on amazon.

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