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10-16-2005 01:50 AM  12 years agoPost 1
Mattiward

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Guys,

I'm thinking of getting a 42" flat panel screen to mount on my wall, but technology has slightly over taken me - can you help me out?

What are the differences between Plasma & LCD?

Picture quality
Life expectancy
Price
Weight
Viewing angle
Pros & Cons

I will be linking it to a digital receiver and my laptop for a little Reflexology

Thanks for any guidance

Regards
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10-16-2005 02:47 AM  12 years agoPost 2
Steve_JR

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Go with LCD. It will cost more, but there is a really good reason for that. My friend just installed his 32in LCD tv in his room next to mine... most amazing thing ever! -Steve

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10-16-2005 03:16 AM  12 years agoPost 3
Cy Paul

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Actually the Plasmas cost more, and the picture quality is superior.. I'm gonna pick up a plasma soon... Another good thing is they are so narrow!

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10-16-2005 03:19 AM  12 years agoPost 4
Har

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One good thing about LCD over Plasma is that the screen does not burn. Such as playing video games

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10-16-2005 03:55 AM  12 years agoPost 5
Sar

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Or if you constantly watch stuff with crawler bars, like news, that'll burn in a plasma too and then you'll have a permenant crawler bar on everything :/

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10-16-2005 04:40 AM  12 years agoPost 6
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Recently went through this...Looked at a LOT of models & bought the plasma. Much better picture than the LCD, no problems with backlighting hot spots or gohsting. More money but you know what they say. You do have to be somewhat careful about screen burning but who watches news 24-7 for weeks on end anyways?? Similar to a CRT. They certainly do put out some serious heat though...but with fuel prices that should be a good thing Whatever you get, make sure it has an HD tuner built in! Viewing angle is not a problem and doesn't change from different positions but they are pretty heavy. Wall mounts I've seen go for around $400.

Good Luck!

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10-16-2005 04:48 AM  12 years agoPost 7
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In contrary to what SAR, HAR and Steve had mentioned. Plasma does not burn easily if properly used. I have my Plasma for over two year, never have problems. Picture quality is much better than LCD.

Price wise, Plasma is more expensive especially the HD. If you're thinking of hooking it up to a pc or laptop, go ahead I have my sim hooked up since I purchased the unit; You'll enjoy it.

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10-16-2005 04:50 AM  12 years agoPost 8
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Buy the LCD. If you plan on hanging onto it long, LCD will last a lot longer than a plasma ever well. If you plan on hooking up a computer to it the LCD is what works. -Steve

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10-16-2005 04:58 AM  12 years agoPost 9
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Check out the November 2005 issue of Consumer Reports. There's a story in there about the pros and cons of each type.

It seems that plasma screens and rear-projection use a ton of power. I'm consistently impressed with LCD, so that would be the choice with me. LCDs appear to be smaller and more expensive.

The biggest bang for the buck is rear-projection. You can get massive size for the lowest price. .

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10-16-2005 06:14 AM  12 years agoPost 10
orlee008

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LCD is the way to go.. plasmas were more popular because they came in larger sizes. there weren't any LCDs larger than 30" at the time but now you can find them as large as 60"+... plasmas will eventually be fazed out and lcd and projectors will take over.

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10-16-2005 07:22 AM  12 years agoPost 11
Sar

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There's also the DLP technology which is improving.

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10-16-2005 07:52 AM  12 years agoPost 12
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Do what I did and get a home theatre projector. Mount it on the ceiling, and no worrys about the wall mount. Doesnt have to be a perfectly flat wall, or a certain color, and most are bright enough to be used with lights on in the room. And the screen size is up to you. You can even get one with wireless networking. I dont regret it at all. My living room is a cinema.

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10-16-2005 09:55 AM  12 years agoPost 13
Ed Moore

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Projector is ofcourse the very cool option, but be warned, you'll suddenly feel the need for a pro cinema sound system, which is cue for severl months of poring over various magazine and online reviews and so on to find your 'perfect system' :-)

As a very thumbish rule of thumb, LCD is the newer, more future proof technology, it's whre all the firms are spending their R&D money, and the prices are tumbling. I'd go with LCD. We just bought a Panasonic Viera 32" and the picture is orgasmic, but definatelly get yourself a good Hi-def set-up (make sure your DVD player has HDMI, or hold off and let this Blu-ray/HD-DVD happen) because these big displays REALLY take apart these low resolution TV pictures.

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10-16-2005 10:15 AM  12 years agoPost 14
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High definition plasma is the way to go. Plasma has a far superior picture over LCD no questions asked. You can watch plasma TV's at any angle and it's crystal clear. Who really cares if it cost more, I'm sure it will last at least 10 year. Even if plasma TV's last half as long as LCD's it's still worth the money. I bought a HDD 42" plasma with a 250GB HDD DVD recorder and a Sony 6.1 surround sound theater system. It's an awesome set up for now, but I plan on getting a 60" HDD plasma in the next few months and I'll put the 42" in the bedroom. The price of HD plasma's are going down so fast they will be so affortable you can put one in every room.

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10-16-2005 01:13 PM  12 years agoPost 15
Mattiward

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Blimey!!

I wasn't expecting such a high response so soon - Thanks

I forgot to say i've already got a high end Sony suround setup thingamejig. And that this screen is for my bedroom wall which limits me to 42".

I see that LCD's can have the bulb replaced - what about Plasies?

i'm gonna have to get down to a local store and decide which is the more pleasing to my eyes.

I quite like the idea of the mood lighting effects from some of the ones i've seen that project soft ambient lighting onto the wall giving the screen a soft glow.

Regards
Matt.


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10-16-2005 02:07 PM  12 years agoPost 16
Professor Fate

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Far as brands go I know that RCA likes to run just enough parts off to finish a line then stop producing parts, so when something goes wrong with it your SCREWED. I heard this from a friend that deals with electronics and had a VCR go out and tried to have it repaired, was told that it could not be repaired due to parts could not be located. Sony...You pay for the name.

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10-16-2005 02:20 PM  12 years agoPost 17
Leif

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I see that LCD's can have the bulb replaced - what about Plasies?
Plasma screens don't have bulbs. With plasma screens, there are tiny bubbles of glass containing trapped gas which gets energized to produce the light. Each bubble produces light independently.

With LCD, a back-light shines through a color liquid crystal. The back lights are typically flourescent technology, although the industry are experimenting now with LED arrays for backlighting.

If you can wait for the LCD/LED technology, you'll get a screen that uses even less power, is lighter and lasts practically forever.

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10-16-2005 02:22 PM  12 years agoPost 18
dariof

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The new high-Definition standard has already come out in select stores, and advertising has begun on TV for them.

The new high def standard is1920 x 1080, much higher than the current standard of 1280 x 720 (See Chart Below). It is a magnificent 3D picture (I saw them at the consumer electonics show last year and recently saw them in a local retail outlet called RC Willey's). The lower resolution sets have seen quite a price reduction to make way for the newer higher resolution high-def.


The new standard has a much better picture, and can be viewed with the new high-def DVD Recorders/Players, Camcorders, etc. Broadcasting will start using this format in the near future as well. Be sure and purchase this type of set if you want the best high-def available and to take advantage of the most current technology.

Also, be sure and purchase a 16 x 9 aspect ratio wide screen.

BTW: Plasmas are the way to go to for picture quality.

But be sure and get the High-Def tuner built in. In most major markets (major metropolitan areas), network shows are broadcast over the air in HDTV. You can watch prime time shows from CBS, NBC, ABC and PBS in HDTV right now. All you need is your HDTV (and a HDTV tuner built in) and an antenna.

Mitsubiushi, Hitachi and Pioneer Elite series are top rated sets (in various audiophile magazines).

I am going to put my High-Def 60" Mitubiushi Diamond upstairs and purchase a 60" Plasma for downstairs.

Best Regards, Dario

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10-16-2005 02:48 PM  12 years agoPost 19
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New Law for Television Broadcasting
All television sets in American households must air digital-only broadcasts by spring of 2009, according to a draft Senate bill slated for consideration next week.

The five-page draft, which has been circulating this week, calls for a "hard date" of April 7, 2009, by which broadcasters must abandon the analog spectrum. That's slightly later than the Jan. 1 mark lawmakers had suggested during hearings convened by the Senate Commerce Committee this summer. That committee plans to take up the measure at a mark-up session on Wednesday.

Under current law, the switch must occur on Dec. 31, 2006, or when 85 percent of American households are able to receive the digital broadcasts--whichever comes first.


By one consumer group's count, as many as 80 million television sets rely on analog signals, and would need to be wired for digital cable or have not been outfitted with "set-top boxes" designed to convert digital signals back to analog. But by 2009, only about 7 percent of television viewers--still several million--will be relying solely on analog, "over-the-air" broadcasts, according to Consumer Electronics Association estimates. Converter boxes are expected to cost about $50, according to industry estimates.

But in Hurricane Katrina's wake, lawmakers have been especially vocal about the need to set a hard transition date sooner than later, citing concerns about lack of available spectrum for first responders, who conduct their emergency communications on the analog side.

Best Regards, Dario

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10-16-2005 03:39 PM  12 years agoPost 20
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Don't forget there are two types of LCD televisions:


LCD Projection - Until recently, pretty much any LCD over 40" would be a projection LCD. This is a great technology but the TV's generally are 16" to 18" deep. You have a pretty big lamp bulb that will eventually burn out ($100-$250 to replace in most sets).

LCD Flat Panel - This is what all of the smaller LCD TV's use and now you can get a pretty big screen size in this format. These sets look like a picture frame, just like Plasma sets. The backlighting is flourescent on most of these and non-replaceable.

Plenty of great Plasma VS. LCD articles at this link:

http://www.ecoustics.com/Home/Home_...TV/TV_Articles/

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