December 20, 2005
Dear CNET members,
As the year pulls nearer to the end, let's finish 2005's hot topic discussion with one that probably has a lot of people either wondering or even confused: LCD vs. plasma TVs. With LCD flat-panel TVs growing in screen size and technology drastically improving over the years, they have given plasma TVs a good run for the competition. And when it comes to a buying decision, these types of TVs can be a headache to choose from--and we haven't even begun to touch upon technologies such as DLP (digital light processing), LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon), and others that we'll save for future discussions. The debates on LCD vs. plasma TVs are fierce, with claims ranging from plasma displays being susceptible to screen burn-in to LCD's poor contrast ratios or inability to produce deep blacks. Let's settle this discussion with your voices and your votes on who gives the best facts in our recent Screening Room discussion. The soapbox is available, so step up and let us know why you think one technology kicks the other one's butt! We're all listening.
This week's hot topic:
LCD vs. Plasma
It's one of those classic debates in step with Coke vs. Pepsi, the Red Sox vs. the Yankees, and paper vs. plastic. In a recent Screening Room discussion, we asked which is better: LCD or plasma televisions. Turns out there are plenty of supporters of both.
When it comes to the flat-screen debate, CNET member and electronics buyer Mr Elusiv has no problem picking plasma, for a variety of reasons. On the top of the list is the technology's better contrast and uniform color treatment.
Read Mr Elusiv's post in The Screening Room
LCDs can't lose
CNET member david sherman opts for LCD for one reason: plasma televisions can deteriorate over time. He says that, with constant use, the inert gases in a plasma set can break down over a few years, requiring a new purchase, though not all of you agree.
Read david sherman's post in The
Pick what's perfect for you
CNET member titan97 brings up a more practical tactic: simply choose a flat-screen television that fits your needs, budget, and aesthetic. He's used LCD, plasma, and DLP and has been perfectly happy with all three.
Read titan97's full post in The Screening Room
Which television technology do you think is better? Visit our "What's better: LCD or plasma?" discussion and let us know!
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