One of the more confusing aspects of high-definition displays is the variety of options available to consumers. This is not necessarily a bad thing -- each technology has its pros and cons and requires a bit of research in order to determine which product is right.
Plasma displays have always been the sexiest choice for consumers who couldn't drop the money for a high-end projector, but LCD sets are slowly taking up market share, especially in the 40-inch range.
Amazon.com has already predicted big sales for 40-inch plus LCDs, and with prices dropping because of overproduction, some are suggesting that LCDs will overtake plasmas as the larger TV choice. Sony has already decided to stop making plasmas and focus on LCDs.
Patrick Evans, writing in the Toronto Star, says the LCD-Plasma competition is another Beta-VHS format war (via Slashdot).
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Until recently the technologies weren't really in direct competition, as plasma was more suited to bigger screens while LCD had the edge on smaller ones. Giant LCD sets were available, but they relied on bulky image-projecting equipment behind their screens, and thereby lacked the fashionable thinness of plasma flat-screen units.
But LCD technology is evolving as manufacturers turn out increasingly larger flat-panel units. LCD manufacturers can now make a flat-screen TV as big as 46 inches without compromising picture quality. And they say even bigger sets are in development.
LCD is now in plasma country, and this means war â€” a war some say plasma can't hope to win.