LCD TV or Plasma TV - TV Comparison

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LCD TV or Plasma TV - TV Comparison

“LCD TV or Plasma TV?” is the biggest question on a TV shopper’s mind today. Everyone knows that LCD and Plasma TVs have made old CRT TVs an old fashioned choice. However, the decision between LCD TV and Plasma TV continues to be a tough one. Both give crystal clear, rich-in-color bright display to the viewers. Both come in similar size screens. The price difference is also not a big factor between the two. The underlying difference between LCD TV and Plasma TV is the technology used for displaying the picture.

Plasma Televisions use an array of cells that act like small florescent light LCD TVbulbs to produce images. The pixel cells contain gases like xenon and neon which when receive electricity illuminate the phosphors coating and produce the image. LCD TVs on the other hand use Liquid Crystal Display technology. In case of LCD the pixel cells contain liquid crystals which produce the image when excited by a backlight bulb.

Overall the plasma technology gives better quality image, better color balance, and wider viewing angle than any other display technology. However, LCD wins in durability over plasma atleast in perception. Early Plasma TVs, due to the inherent nature of their technology, were prone to display degradation. Over the time, plasma cells would burn out leaving permanent black cells on the screen display killing the picture and color quality. Plasma TV makers, with all the improvement in the technologies since, have not succeeded in convincing buyers that the old limitations of plasma displays have been long fixed.

Detailed LCD TV and Plasma TV Comparison

Best TV Size

Plasma technology works well on massive screens without losing on the picture, brightness or the color quality. LCD too has come a long way however, the quality of an LCD television deteriorates in very large screen sizes.

Best LCD TV Sizes


Best Plasma TV Sizes


Color Quality and Contrast

Plasma is a clear winner when it comes to picture quality, colors, and contrast. LCD TVEach plasma pixel cell has RGB (Red, Green, Blue) color element of its own. When these plasma pixels are in action together they can produce all colors in the spectrum offering crisp, crystal clear, and color-rich pictures. LCD uses color filtration technique which is prone to losing some color information. Due to the improvements in LCD technology and the increased pixel density, the difference between the LCD and Plasma display qualities may not be very significant.

Plasma TVs give better color contrast than LCD TVs

Viewing Angles

Plasma TVs give a viewing angle of 160 degrees while LCDs are improving however still at 120-130 degrees. The advantage plasma again lies in the way plasma pictures are reproduced. Plasma TV’s each pixel cell is responsible for its own color and brightness unlike LCD where the light source is usually in the center of the screen. The quality of plasma display doesn’t deteriorate when you move to the side angle of the display whereas LCD will get dimmer or darker as you move away to its sides.

This may or may not be an issue depending upon how you plan to watch your TV.  

Computer Use

LCD TVs are more computer user friendly. You can use LCD monitors as your computer monitors. The colors and the image quality are impressive. Plasma screens may not stand the test of working long hours. LCD monitors are best for gaming too.

Power Consumption

LCD TVs consume much lesser power than the plasma televisions. Remember, Plasma TV needs to power every single cell on the screen whereas LCD need to power only one bulb to illuminate all the liquid crystal cells scattered on the screen.


As mentioned earlier, the biggest advantage LCD has over plasma TVs is the lifespan. Old plasma TV models are prone to screen burn-in and gradual color degradation. The only thing that can go bad with an LCD TV is the lamp that projects the light but in most cases the lamp is replaceable.


Both LCD and Plasma TV manufactures are addressing the limitations of their technologies in newer models so the choice really depends upon your budget, room size, room light, the viewer seating arrangement, and what all you want to use your TV for.

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By: Kajal2552 days ago
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Sorry if I sound rude, but who ever has written this article should update his/her knowledge bank and correct the wrong information here. This might mislead people. There are no "burn in" problems, neither any "life span" issue with plasma anymore. You are talking about 1st generation plasma here. Today we have 10th generation plasma TVs, with life spanning 60,000-100,000 hours, more than any LCD Tvs can boost, and power consumption exactly as much as a LCD (check out Panasonic/LG 2009 models), if not less. LCD is catching up, but for near future, plasma wins hands down in every aspect.

By: Basab2306 days ago

Sorry if I sound rude, but who ever has written this article should update his/her knowledge bank and correct the wrong information here. This might mislead people. There are no By: Basab2306 days ago

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