We go underground to check out the latest development in the plasma and LCD TV technologies and bring you an up-to-date comparison of what is good and not. Just in case you’ve parked your hardearned bonuses on the wrong side of the fence.
While we always emphasize the importance that “seeing is believing”, and the bigger the better! Some flat panel specs are included in the following table:
Maximum/highestPlasma TVLCD TV Screen size 102-inch 82-inch Resolution 1,920 x 1,080
progressive 1,920 x 1,080
progressive Colors 549 billion 6.4 billion Brightness 1,500 cd/m2 500 cd/m2 Contrast ratio 10,000:1 1,000,000:1 Viewing angle 175 degrees 176 degrees Latest stats on the offerings from each display technology.
Increased LCD productions and improved manufacturing process have spurred a healthy price cut for the LCD TVs. Take the latest Panasonic Viera and Sony Bravia as a comparison. Both the 42-inch Panasonic TH-42PV500H and 40-inch Sony KLV-V40A10 cost $3,500, with the former having a 2-inch advantage but a lower resolution. The price gap has definitely narrowed though we must admit that this is not a true apple-to-apple comparison.
Selecting the type of display can be the most overwhelming decision in your pursuit for HDTV. There are several main types and each have their advantages and disadvantages.
Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) comes in a wide screen format and flat panel. They are small in depth and lightweight which make them perfect for smaller rooms and some models can be hung on the wall.
Can be viewed in a sunny room.
Lightweight and thin.
Newer models can be viewed from an angle.
More expensive than CRT’s.
Look better with still images than fast-moving images (although this could be an advantage depending on what type of shows you primarily watch.)
Plasma Display Panels (PDP) are the ultimate wall mountable, sleek display.
Bright and detailed images with vibrant colors.
Black level is improving with each new model.
Range of sizes from 40″ to greater than 70″.
Larger screens can be heavy.
Some models are subject to “burn-in.” Can be pricey (especially larger models).
Digital Light Processing (DLP) was developed by Texas Instruments and has many of the same qualities as LCD and Plasma displays
Less expensive than the LCD and Plasma.
Screen sizes 42″ and up.
Excellent picture quality with full, seamless images and superb clarity.
Can be viewed from a sunny room.
Good black level.
Cannot be wall mounted.
More expensive than CRT.
Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) is one of the newer models on the market.
True-to-life HD images.
Ultrahigh resolution with bright, sharp images.
Excellent text display.
Large displays of 50″ and greater.