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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 05-15-2010, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking about a 40-50in plasma or LCD. Been doing some reading and see that a Plasma has a better picture quality and the"burn-in" isnt that big of an issue if take care of your TV. Now there are the LEDs. I dont really watch movies just play xbox or watch TV. Would like to spend less than 1000 and best buy has no interest for 36 months for over 1000 so I may go over.

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I have a LCD in the bedroom and a plasma in the living room. I'd pick the plasma every time over the LCD.
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Go look at all three next to each other (Fry's) and you'll see that LED is NUTS!

A year ago they were more than twice the price of LCD but now they are only a bit more....

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I saw a Vizio (yes i know its a Vizio) LED at sams club the other day and it seemed to be a bit grainy and the movie they were playing looked weird (maybe since the movie was filmed with older technology?) I think i may got hit up best buy and got look.
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I saw a Vizio (yes i know its a Vizio) LED at sams club the other day and it seemed to be a bit grainy and the movie they were playing looked weird (maybe since the movie was filmed with older technology?) I think i may got hit up best buy and got look.
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Ive got a 42" sylvania plasma 6842THG in the box with mall mount for 950 if your interested. Been sitting here for 2 yrs in a box. Higher than the vizio but then again theres probably a reason.

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I saw a Vizio (yes i know its a Vizio) LED at sams club the other day and it seemed to be a bit grainy and the movie they were playing looked weird (maybe since the movie was filmed with older technology?) I think i may got hit up best buy and got look.
walmart usually dosent have them hooked up to hdmi. usually just a regular rca thats why they always look shitty at walmart. i have a vizio (lcd) and they are know to have a grainy look when they are trying to process shades of black (as do most cheaper tv's) i'm not a huge movie fan, i just play xbox and watch tv as well and i think it suits me just fine. i wont upgrade for a while just for the fact that my tv works fine for what i use it for. the only way you notice the difference with other tv's is at the store when they are sitting right next to one another.

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i have a 40 inch samsung LED in the bedroom and its SICK- 3 million to 1 contrast ratio 120hz... very nice and it was only $999 at frys. it beats the hell outa my 46 samsung LCD in the living room that was closer to 2 grand

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Also keep in mind every unattended little kid has come over and dicked with the picture settings in store. If you are going to compare tv's in store pickup the remote and adjust the picture to taste on each.
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I recently purchases a LED Samsung TV and am very pleased with it. It came down to a Sony or Samsung in the picture department. I ended up getting the Samsung 7 Series, good bang for you buck if you can find them on sale. I went on CNet and tuned my tv to their optimal viewing settings and whoa what a difference from the show room settings. Bluray on LED is crazy, things just look so real it looks fake.

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My brother has a 46in LED tv.......The picture on that thing is ridiculous!!! LED > plasma > LCD

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In the living room, I have had a 42 in Visio plasma for a number of years. Nice pic but it sure puts out a ton out heat (and lots of RFI for you electronic types). Guess that is a norm for plasma generators . My next set will be a larger LED unit to replace the living room plasma. I also have a 32 in. Visio LED out in the garage with video also off the satellite. It also has a nice pic. Very light weight and thin compared to the older plasma.

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52in Sony Bravia LCD in the living room....love it.

46in LG LCD in the bedroom...love it as well.
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Does where your putting the TV have lots of windows? Plasmas have a rather reflective screen and that could be annoying.

I thought it was best to avoid plasmas for gaming? Have they improved enough to not have to worry so much about burn in?

I've got LCDs, but my sister's BF has a 55" LED and that thing is a monster. If you have the funds, go with that! I was looking through the ads today and noticed that Sharp now sells LED as well.
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52in Sony Bravia LCD in the living room....love it.

46in LG LCD in the bedroom...love it as well.
My older son has a Sony Bravia and hooked up to their Verizon FIOS cable, the picture is outstanding!

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I have both and we much prefer the plasmas

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I have a LCD in the bedroom and a plasma in the living room. I'd pick the plasma every time over the LCD.
Same setup, but I like the LCD. Perhaps because I've had one plasma fail on me?

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Sitting here watching a 61" Samsung LED DLP and I absolutely love this thing. No bulb to worry about either.. yet I don't think Plasma or LCD have it either.
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I have a LCD in the bedroom and a plasma in the living room. I'd pick the plasma every time over the LCD.
Exactly.
I have a 55" Plasma in the living room and a LCD in our bedroom, both my boys rooms, and their play room.
I will take the Plasma any day.
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went and picked up the 46in samsung LED 6300 series from best buy for 1399 yesterday.. Got 120hz.. Was gonna go for an 8000 series for 1700 with the wifi /internet and 240hz but the guy said I wouldn't notic that much of a difference. This TV IS BAD ASS!!! Would be nice if they didn't jump a grand for a 46 to a 55 they should really have a size in between but so far I'm really happy with the tv and my 0% interest for 36 months!
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btw the new sharps with the new "yellow" were nice but the yellows/oranges and such colors were BRIGHT!! I was hoping for something more from it but from what I saw the samsungs were head over heels better than other tvs I saw.
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went and picked up the 46in samsung LED 6300 series from best buy for 1399 yesterday.. Got 120hz.. Was gonna go for an 8000 series for 1700 with the wifi /internet and 240hz but the guy said I wouldn't notic that much of a difference. This TV IS BAD ASS!!! Would be nice if they didn't jump a grand for a 46 to a 55 they should really have a size in between but so far I'm really happy with the tv and my 0% interest for 36 months!
I snagged the Samsung LED 7100 series for $1299 about a month ago, haven't looked back yet. And yes the 36mo no interest is very nice

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Plasma, hands down... higher refresh, higher contrast (non dynamic) cheaper price... people that say led or lcd, just dont know what they are talking about




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Thinking about a 40-50in plasma or LCD. Been doing some reading and see that a Plasma has a better picture quality and the"burn-in" isnt that big of an issue if take care of your TV. Now there are the LEDs. I dont really watch movies just play xbox or watch TV. Would like to spend less than 1000 and best buy has no interest for 36 months for over 1000 so I may go over.

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the plasma is going to have darker blacks than an lcd and you'll generally want plasmas in a darker area because they have a very reflective front screen that will bug you if you have light coming in that's reflecting off of it. plasmas are also "faster", but it's not something that you'll notice most likely...especially with the new 120/240hz tvs. plasmas are also much heavier, are quite a bit hotter when running, etc.

with that said, i've had both and i really don't care which i'm watching because they both look excellent and you probably woudln't notice the difference in any of them unless you had different tvs sitting next to eachother.

also, "led" is an lcd...it just uses led lights in lieu of fluorescent, like a standard lcd does....this is one of the reasons that they're so thin.
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also, "led" is an lcd...it just uses led lights in lieu of fluorescent, like a standard lcd does....this is one of the reasons that they're so thin.
and emit MUCH less heat....

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Plasma, hands down... higher refresh, higher contrast (non dynamic) cheaper price... people that say led or lcd, just dont know what they are talking about
El Wrongo. It all depends on the application. As someone sells these for a living, you really shouldn't make such broad sweeping statements. Plasmas aren't always the best option.
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We just picked up a 55" LED LCD. It's hanging on the wall and it is thinner than the pictures next to it. I love it, picture is excellent and for the price I'm happy.

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and emit MUCH less heat....
yeah, they do put out less heat, but a regular lcd with fluorescent lamps doesn't put out anywhere near the heat that a plasma does. anyway, it's just funny when someone says, "should i get an lcd or an led"...or when someone says, "that's not an lcd, that's an led", etc.

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El Wrongo. It all depends on the application. As someone sells these for a living, you really shouldn't make such broad sweeping statements. Plasmas aren't always the best option.
exactly. it depends on where it's mounted, light conditions, etc. there are conditions where plasma isn't even an option.
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exactly. it depends on where it's mounted, light conditions, etc. there are conditions where plasma isn't even an option.
Yep. My living room for instance, plasma wasn't an option. Too much light coming in, and glare would have been a bitch. And my living room really doesn't even have that damn much light coming in. My 65" Mitsu look fan friggin tastic in there, though.


I haven't read the whole thread, but there are several plasmas that are marketed with an anti glare screen. A word of warning. I've never seen one that had any noticeable difference over a non anti glare screen.
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I prefer my Sony CRT HDTV to all of the above (as long as I don't have to move it). I am not looking forward to when it dies. I have a small Viewsonic 24" LCD the bedroom and it is nice. If I could have found a small CRT HDTV used and in good shape, I would have skipped buying the LCD though.

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I used to sell tv's back in " the day " . The tv's that we made the most $$$ on would get adjusted to the best picture and the tv's we didn't make anyting on were always crappy looking.

As was suggested, adjust them yourself and see which looks better.
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Personally I loved LCD's. I never liked the look of plasma in the brick and mortar stores. Go buy what you like. Before I bought my tv I scoured avsforums to figure out exactly what tv I was going to buy. It was between a samsung lcd (52") or a panasonic plasma (50".) In the end I wasn't going to settle for the lower model samsung when I could get the best tv panasonic had out. I was skeptical about ordering the plasma and I was worried about burn in. In the end I'm now a huge plasma fan.

If you go for plasma get a panasonic, you can get a huge one for a decent price. Just keep in mind the size of room and size of tv have to be thought out, the quality wont look as good if you are sitting too close to a huge screen.

Keep in mind plasma tv's look horrible in person at the store, I can promise you that they look much better at home, the blacks are black and the colors are better looking IMO.

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Depends on the lighting in the room and what kind of programming/gaming you plan on doing. I was recently set on getting a 55" 240Hz LCD or LED/LCD TV and checked out the two best (per Consumer Reports). Both were around $2100 - $2400... but when I compared those two to a Panasonic 54" plasma, there was no comparison.

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All things being equal (room) I would pick the plasma every day over LED. LED is "catchup" technology to get it to plasma's performance. Lighting, 600hz processing... all this stuff was invented to match plasma so get the plasma and save a 1000 bucks or better yet through that at a decent receiver.

Now if all things are not equal with your room, you watch a lot of TV during the day, you have lots of light coming into your space when you primarly watch TV, you have a window directly behind your searing position... get the LED as it has a tendancy to not reflect near as much off the screen.
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I used to sell tv's back in " the day " . The tv's that we made the most $$$ on would get adjusted to the best picture and the tv's we didn't make anyting on were always crappy looking.

As was suggested, adjust them yourself and see which looks better.
In Feb, Fry's had a 50" Samsung plasma for $599. I called before I went and they said they had just gotten some in. When I went to look at it, the salesman told me they were out. I looked around and found it on the floor, but it was off. When we turned it on, it wasn't on the same HD channel that all of the other tv's were on. Between the crappy signal and the colors being totally out of whack, it looked horrible. I went ahead and bought one because I knew they couldn't be that bad. It's looks fantastic. They definitely didn't want to sell any of those tv's.
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I think that it's weird that LED had more than double the votes of LCD when they are basically the same except for the backlighting.
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I think that it's weird that LED had more than double the votes of LCD when they are basically the same except for the backlighting.
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LED TV's have better contrast and darkness levels than LCD because of the back lighting technology.
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I'm sure they do specwise, but I have a hard time seeing the difference between them in casual viewing. The have better black levels and contrast because the leds' intensity is variable. I have a Samsung plasma and is has a dynamic contrast setting. I don't use it because it seems to exaggerate the black and white levels too much. It's kind of like the DBX dynamic range expanders that were popular in the late 70's and early 80's. They really wake up the sound of an analog source that was likely compressed to fit on LP or tape, but it's easy to get carried away with them.

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I don't have a plasma, so I can't give an opinion on it. I do however have an LED(samsung) and an LCD(LG). Both of which I have calibrated myself to my liking from reading forums, but there IS a big difference in the 2. I'm no expert or pretend to know more than you guys,which I know many of you know a lot more than me on this subject. The black/white levels on the LED bring out the picture way more than the LCD. I notice a big difference watching sports compared to LCD. When I watched movies that filmed in low light(good ex. is Underworld), I didn't really liked how the LCD's presented it,but when I watched it on LED, it really showed the darkness that it was meant to be. Yes, it's due to the backlight, contrast/black levels, but that's what makes it different and better. I don't see how you can call it basically the same???

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El Wrongo. It all depends on the application. As someone sells these for a living, you really shouldn't make such broad sweeping statements. Plasmas aren't always the best option.
Ok, with the exception of bright rooms and using it as a computer monitor. But the question was a general one of which one is better. I answered that.

Not to mention if you want to get into technicalities... Nearly ALL of Samsungs models (LCD and LED) as well as other brands higher end (with the exception of Sony) use the Ultra Clear Panel... which is going to have as much, if not more glare than a plasma. Thus, would really only be suitable for areas that a plasma would be as well. They use this panel to compete with Plasma's contrast levels!




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LED TV's have better contrast and darkness levels than LCD because of the back lighting technology.
Most are side-lit...




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All things being equal (room) I would pick the plasma every day over LED. LED is "catchup" technology to get it to plasma's performance. Lighting, 600hz processing... all this stuff was invented to match plasma so get the plasma and save a 1000 bucks or better yet through that at a decent receiver.

Now if all things are not equal with your room, you watch a lot of TV during the day, you have lots of light coming into your space when you primarly watch TV, you have a window directly behind your searing position... get the LED as it has a tendancy to not reflect near as much off the screen.
Ditto, however, no LCD nor LED can match 600hz...




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If you're not going to hang it, go DLP. Bigger is better, as long as you have the room for it, and you get so much more for your money with a DLP. The picture is great, too.

I have DLP, plasma, and LCD in my house. The plasmas have the best picture, but glare is a real issue. I also get some image retention, and there is some permanent "burn-in" from SD programming in 4:3 that left lines showing where the side edges stopped. And shit, they put off some serious heat.
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