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Despite the recent news that Panasonic might halt research and development of plasma technology—and the fact that plasma TVs represent only about 10 percent of the flat-panel market—this remains the perennial question for all TV shoppers. Both types of flat panels have their pros and cons, so you must decide which pros and cons are important to you.

 

Which type of flat-panel TV do you prefer: plasma with its sharper motion detail, often better blacks, and superior off-axis performance, or LED-LCD with its brighter image, often less-reflective screen, and more economical power consumption?

 

Given some of the nasty comments in recent threads about plasma TVs, I'd like to remind you that all opinions are welcome, but comments designed to incite others will not be allowed. Please be respectful of those who disagree with you.
 

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As someone who has worked as an installer plasma wins hands down. Of course because of the weight they are not as easily installed, but picture quality is everything. When I needed a new TV in 2004 I was interested in a Sony LCD, and after comparing the picture on the LCD against Sony's mammoth rear projection CRT I chose the CRT. LCD picture quality has improved dramatically over the years, but plasma is king, at least probably until OLED. I am now looking to replace the Sony with a Panasonic plasma so I'll be watching for an incredible deal. The Sony still works great but I doubt I could even give it away.
 

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Im a plasma lover thru and thru but it really depends on the situation; how light controled the room is. If the room is dark or you are able to put shades down over windows and block most of the light a good plasma is my top choice. But if the room is always bright and/or viewing is done during the day than an LED/LCD will be the better choice since they are brighter and wont look as washed out. In a dark room that brightness is overkill though.


Panasonic stopping plasma production sure is sad. But once OLEDs are out and have dropped down to real world prices I will not be so glum. Im holding on to my Kuro plasma in my living room with a death grip though.
 

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I think the reports that Panasonic is halting the production of plasma TVs was a bit premature. The company has even come out and denied that it was true. I think they would probably like to get out of plasma production but I think they are kicking down the road a bit. The collaboration of Sony and Panasonic producing OLEDs together has been the best news for TV technology in recent years. At least maybe they won't stop production until we have something comparable that is at least as good.
 

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I had gone from a DLP projector to a DLP rear projection set in my theater. When it came time to get a new TV for the living room for casual viewing, I got a Sony LED-LCD set (Bravia 720). I was very impressed with the picture on it so when it came time to get new display for the theater, I looked at the best LED-LCDs on the market (Sony 950 and Elite). I was seriously underwhelmed by the Sony with clouding, uneven backlighting and low black levels. The Elite was better, but still not totally uniform. Fortunately, I read the C-NET review of the new Panasonic ST60 plasma and was intrigued enough to look into getting a plasma which I had never considered before because of all the bad things I had heard about them (too dim, too much heat, too much buzzing, etc.). I have purchased the ST60 and, for the price, I don't think it can be beat. Given that all LED-LCD manufacturers have gone to edge lit sets, I think plasma will be the best solution for serious videophiles until O-LED is available.
 
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Plasma...IS the only way to go - overall picture quality, zero-blur motion, and superior black levels - perfect for sports and full-screen 1.78:1 features. However, I'd never recommend it for heavy usage of 2:35:1 features, unless you stretch-to-fit. LCD and LED eliminates this issue. It all depends on your criteria of usage...
 

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Years ago i new not much about Flatscreens. Plasma seemed way to big for me and there were some ugly Plasma stories floating around so i bought my first LCd 28 inch. I had a CRT for five years and was not happy with the LCd replacement. For several years i had upgrade fever. I bought bigger LCd's with better PQ and start spending more time on Forums such as AVS. The upgrade fever stopped after buying a 46X4500/xbr8 ( Scott was one of the reviewers
). Its good enough for the time being, i am not in a hurry to upgrade. My main complaint is blooming but i can live with that. I am pretty shure that i would hate Plasma IR and i would not be happy with the ''taking care of my Plasma'' stuff especially since i watch a lot black bar stuff.


Spending a lot of time on Forums such as AVS means you will be confronted with lots of ''Plasma is superior'' and ''LCd sucks''. I don't know about that. When PQ is good enough its good enough. For me the X4500 was good enough to replace my CRT...


If i had to buy a TV now it probably would be a Local Dimming because i know what to expect. I am basically neutral in the Plasma/LCd ''debate'' so if i had the money i would buy a top Local Dimming and a top Plasma and enjoy them both. Since i am not in a hurry to upgrade i hope my TV will be ok till OLED is affordable.




btw a lot of things can happen and eventually we might all be forced to buy a 4K Edge Lit Dimming
 

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Up until 2 years ago, I was convinced that LED-LCD was the way to go, mostly due to marketing and the erroneous information spread about Plasma displays. Surprisingly, it was a Best Buy employee who suggested I try a Plasma when I was looking to upsize the 55" LED-LCD I had at the time. They convinced me to try the Panasonic 65VT30, and I have never looked back. I was amazed at what I had been missing for all of these years and the LED-LCD that was relegated to my bedroom, pales in comparison to my plasma. The plasma has deeper blacks, better screen uniformity, better depth and an all around more lifelike image.
 

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Depends on the room for me.


If you have a nice dark man cave, or any other room with controlled lighting, then a Plasma! Great blacks and color accuracy



If you have a bright room with uncontrolled lighting, like lots of windows, french doors or glass patio sliding doors, then a LED. For the most part they're brighter and less reflective than plasmas. And, in that kind of room the (more marginal every year) difference in color accuracy can't really be seen.
 

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Plasma hands down.


I just recently downgraded screen sizes from a 70" Sharp LE847U (Their flagship 2012 model) to a 2013 Panasonic 60ST60. I have owned both plasma and LCD and nothing can compare to the pop of colors and shadow detail of a plasma. While it does have its drawbacks, I feel that the trade offs of going with plasma do not outweigh the drawbacks of an LCD.


Before the Sharp I owned a Samsung PN50C8000 plasma display which I loved dearly, and before that I owned a samsung D550 and Panasonic G25 for a short time, before then a few different LCD's and rear projection HDTV's.


The two biggest complaints of Plasma displays seems to be luminance and image retention. I personally do not find luminance to be that much of an issue even in a realitivly bright room. Even without the screen filter of lower end displays, while black do not look black, the picture is certainly bright enough to look good. Some shadow detail does get crushed, but not many people do their critical viewing during the day, or while their room is lit up like the 4th of july. Image retention is a non issue, burning in a plasma display these days is nearly impossible, while it can be done and im sure has been done, someone would really have to neglect their TV, leave a screen on for days for this to happen..


The drawbacks of an LCD? Bad screen uniformity, less shadow detail, lighter blacks, colors not as accurate, less depth to picture etc..


All the LCD's ive seen have one thing in common, this includes Samsungs 8000 series, the Sharp elite etc, they all lack the depth and sharpness and plasma naturally has. They all lack the screen uniformity a plasma has, and while some higher end displays do get close to the black levles, that comes with drawbacks of its own (Flash lighting, Haloing etc)


LCD's use less power, they don't get image retention and they can get bright enough to burn out your retnas.. Higher end LCD pictures look great, but side by side to even a low end plasma and you can see how much they lack. I loved my Sharp 847u, it was a great TV, gave me close to a home theater experiance at hom being so big.. but having had a high end plasma for 2 years previously.. after 3 months I just couldent take it anymore, I craved that natural depth and picture sharpness the plasma offers and went to a new ST60.. oh and did I mention the black levels? Oh lord the black levels.. first time ever I enjoyed turning every light off in my room because the black bars looked black with the ST60, and all for 1400 bucks? Yes please. you'd have to spend 2-3x that much to get this kind of performance out of an LCD of the same size.
 

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Took 3 years to get here where I have an absolutely beautiful LG LED/LCD 55LHX with it's Matte Screen, and full 3360 LED BackLight. Thanks to the New Calman 5.1.1, and the Spectracal C6 profiled off the i1Pro. (Plus some neat calibrating tricks I've learned on the set.) Even the wife now commenting that I finally got it right! When calibrated right, the LED/LCD gives a great bright and clear PQ! Have to admit though, I think LED/LCDs have taken a step backwards with this so called Edge Lit! Glad I bought my back lits when I did.
 
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