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View Poll Results: Which TV is better in sizes 50" and above?
Plasma 33 37.93%
LCD 51 58.62%
Whichever Josh McDaniels didn't choose (for Mock and BroncoBuff) 3 3.45%
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:01 PM   #1
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We're looking at getting a our first 50+ inch TV as a couple. I've concluded a couple of things.
  1. Plasmas not lasting as long is largely a myth anymore due to advances in technology.
  2. Plasmas can be suseptible to burn-in.
  3. LCD's work better at higher altitude.
  4. Plasmas are cheaper in larger sizes.
  5. LCD's are more energy friendly.
  6. Plasmas have better picture concerning motion and deeper darks.

We're trying to decide, and I would choose a Plasma were it not for the altitude issue. Has anyone tested this and do they notice a difference?
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LCD. The new 55" I saw at best buy was plain sick... Less than an inch thick.

FWIW: I have a 73" Mitsubishi DLP currantly.
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:12 PM   #3
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What altitude?
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LED is the new shiznit, but all are darn good. Does you room have much light in it? Plasma's are not as good if you have a light room, especially direct sun light.
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If you're looking for better picture go with a quality plasma. (Not sure about the alt' issue though)
Most plasma issues (mainly IR) can be prevented by "breaking in" the TV.
Also, if you can afford it, professional tuning ($250-$400) can do wonders.
Check some of the TV msg boards for more info.
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go plasma, most of them have some anti-burn in features now

I have had a 42" Samsung for about 4 years and it is still partying like a rock star...we just got a 65" Mitsubishi DLP which is really the cat's ass as well
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If you're looking for better picture go with a quality plasma. (Not sure about the alt' issue though)
Most plasma issues (mainly IR) can be prevented by "breaking in" the TV.
Also, if you can afford it, professional tuning ($250-$400) can do wonders.
Check some of the TV msg boards for more info.
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get a DVD that helps you adjust your colors on any HD TV you get, it makes an enormous and worthwhile difference
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What altitude?
Same as you.
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I bought a 46" Samsung LED about a month ago. Can't complain at all. It's only 1.2" thick and picture quality is probably just as good as a plasma. The fact that a plasma can't be tipped was enough to scare me away from them. I believe the plasmas are supposed to have better viewing from angles and LED's are supposed to be better in bright lighting. I looked at a bunch of LCD's a few years back and went with a 46" Sony Bravia LCD. I would have had no problem going with another Sony on my recent purchase, but decided to go with an LED.
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We're looking at getting a our first 50+ inch TV as a couple. I've concluded a couple of things.
  1. Plasmas not lasting as long is largely a myth anymore due to advances in technology.
  2. Plasmas can be suseptible to burn-in.
  3. LCD's work better at higher altitude.
  4. Plasmas are cheaper in larger sizes.
  5. LCD's are more energy friendly.
  6. Plasmas have better picture concerning motion and deeper darks.

We're trying to decide, and I would choose a Plasma were it not for the altitude issue. Has anyone tested this and do they notice a difference?

We have both. The Plasma has not had any issues in the altitude. The picture on the Plasma (52") is better than the LCD (37"). And since I know you like playing video games, the Plasma is much better b/c of the bazillion to 1 contrast ratio and faster response time. As for the longevity of the set, the half life on Plasma TVs is up around 8 years of average use 2000 hours per year is about what we average... Still have a good 10000 hours left on it!
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I had the same decision recently. I chose plasma for the picture quality.
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We have both. The Plasma has not had any issues in the altitude. The picture on the Plasma (52") is better than the LCD (37"). And since I know you like playing video games, the Plasma is much better b/c of the bazillion to 1 contrast ratio and faster response time. As for the longevity of the set, the half life on Plasma TVs is up around 8 years of average use 2000 hours per year is about what we average... Still have a good 10000 hours left on it!
that is a really good point about gaming, and I agree 100%

and the viewing angle point also, the Plasma is great there...better than my new DLP even
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LED is the new shiznit, but all are darn good. Does you room have much light in it? Plasma's are not as good if you have a light room, especially direct sun light.
I have a room that has a window on the south wall. We keep the blinds shut but light does come right into that window on occasion. Is this going to be a problem? Like I said, we keep the blinds shut but its like any other family room: brighter during the day.
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LCD is better with video games, Plasma is better with movies and sports.
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LCD is better with video games
I've heard the exact opposite is true, even in this thread. I understand Plasma to have richer colors and also the higher refresh rate means motion would display better on a Plasma than an LCD. Factor in the wider color palette used in games and it would seem Plasma would win going away, no? Explain why LCD does better...
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I just bought an LED 42 inch, sweet TV is all I can say.
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If you pay enough, Plasma is the easy winner. In other words, at the high end, Plasma is better than LCD in all qualities less maybe energy consumption. But still less than CRT
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LCD. The new 55" I saw at best buy was plain sick... Less than an inch thick.

FWIW: I have a 73" Mitsubishi DLP currantly.
The worst thing anyone can do is look at Best Buy and the like to grade sets.

Not all are given equal quality cabling, video source, etc. and all have stupidly jacked up contrast to give that bright "wow" factor that only degrades picture quality and shortens the life of your set.

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We're looking at getting a our first 50+ inch TV as a couple. I've concluded a couple of things.
  1. Plasmas not lasting as long is largely a myth anymore due to advances in technology.
  2. Plasmas can be suseptible to burn-in.
  3. LCD's work better at higher altitude.
  4. Plasmas are cheaper in larger sizes.
  5. LCD's are more energy friendly.
  6. Plasmas have better picture concerning motion and deeper darks.

We're trying to decide, and I would choose a Plasma were it not for the altitude issue. Has anyone tested this and do they notice a difference?
1. Altitude. From what I understand this is largely not a big issue anymore. Quality plasma manufacturers generally rate their sets as altitude compliant up to ~7500 feet above sea level. If you are above that then you will possibly have issues though, NEC makes a set that is designed for >9000 feet but I don't care for their IQ.

2. Unlike most things in life, high quality TVs are all about the brand. They go as follows:
Plasma
Pioneer >>>> Panasonic >>>>>>> everything else.

LCD
Samsung = Sony >>>>>> everything else.

Panasonic makes a nice plasma, though I hear the most recent line have some technical issues requiring a firmware update so check on that before committing. Pioneer doesn't make retail sets anymore, which is a shame because the Kuro line was a good two or three years ahead of everyone else. The final Kuro sets won't be equaled for at least another year and that is with Panasonic licensing the technology for their own televisions.

The main difference between the two comes down to if you're willing to put in a little extra work breaking a set in over the first 200 hours and generally just not forgetting it on with a menu up or something like that for hours on end in exchange for better picture quality. If you take care of a plasma (correctly calibrated contrast and brightness, good 200 hour break in period, don't leave something static on the screen for 12 hours) you'll never have to worry about burn in. But with LCDs you don't have that concern at all. Of course, lower tier brand LCDs do suffer from stuck pixels from time to time, which most retailers and manufacturers won't replace/fix unless you have a set number, no matter the location.
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this is simply not true
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LCD is light years ahead of Plasma.
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Plasma=better blacks, more heat, bad glare, better viewing angles
LCD=better colors, less heat, less glare, worse viewing angles

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I bought an LCD Sony Bravia not too long ago, it is pretty kick ass. I would recommend Sears, they always got good prices, and their customer service is the best in the biz.

Also would refer you to this thread, since I was in the same situation as you not too long ago.

http://www.orangemane.com/BB/showthread.php?t=88519

Some helpful info in there. Good luck in your search.
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Maybe im a tard, but i cant even really tell the difference. Your eyes adjust to whatever anyway.
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We're looking at getting a our first 50+ inch TV as a couple. I've concluded a couple of things.
  1. Plasmas not lasting as long is largely a myth anymore due to advances in technology.
  2. Plasmas can be suseptible to burn-in.
  3. LCD's work better at higher altitude.
  4. Plasmas are cheaper in larger sizes.
  5. LCD's are more energy friendly.
  6. Plasmas have better picture concerning motion and deeper darks.

We're trying to decide, and I would choose a Plasma were it not for the altitude issue. Has anyone tested this and do they notice a difference?
I have a plasma Pioneer 50" Model 5080. Unless you go to an 'Elite' model, there isn't a plasma that's better, IMHO.

No altitude problems at all. I also have a Samsung plasma in the bedroom, again, no altitude issues.,......you mean the hum/buzz associated with earlier plasma's?

For a 50" or larger....plasma is cheaper and you can't beat the 'black'. I recently saw some new Sony LCD/Led backlite and they were impressive too. Though expensive.
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it really depends how much you are willing to spend. because when you get into the higher quality top of the line product, Plasma is the way to go. but if you are planning on spending modestly then i would say go with LCD.
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