Plasma TV Or LCD TV – How Do I Decide?

It’s no doubt that there’s still a lot of confusion and misinformation when it comes to the differences between Plasma TV and LCD TV. So how do you know which technology is right for you?

Well, it’s not a simple matter of Plasma TV is better, or LCD TV is better. It really depends on your circumstances and preferences. Let’s talk about the differences and the pros and cons for each, as well as some of the misconceptions regarding these TVs, and hopefully that will help you in your decision making process.

Many people confuse Plasma TVs and LCD TVs because at a quick glance they look the same…they’re both flat screen TVs, with a thin profile, which can be mounted on a wall. They’re definitely both very cool technologies. They share other similarities, of course, such as screen resolution, input types, and a few others, but Plasma TVs and LCD TVs are totally different technologies, and there are differences that you should be aware of.

The purpose of this article isn’t to explain the technical operation of Plasma TV and LCD TV, but rather to talk about the practical, real world differences that will help you in your decision making process. A very brief explanation of the basic operation, however, might help in your understanding of why the differences exist.

The pixels in a Plasma TV consist of phosphor lined cells filled with xenon and neon gas. Each pixel consists of a red, green and blue component, which combine to reproduce the TCL Mini LED TV full spectrum of colors. Plasma TVs are an “emissive” display technology, which means it’s self-lighting.

LCD TVs are different in the sense that they are a “transmissive” display technology. Meaning the light is not produced by the LCD crystal, but rather from a light source behind the panel. A diffusion panel is used to redirect and scatter the light from behind the LCD panel. The LCD Panel itself is formed by two transparent panels with a liquid crystal solution between them. Each crystal is a like a shutter that either allow a predetermined amount of light to pass through, or block light from passing through.

So with that very basic explanation, and all of the information and misinformation out there, how do you decide which is better for you? Each technology has its pros and cons, so let’s talk about those now. Keep in mind that within both technologies, there is a huge range of quality, so our comparisons will be comparing Plasma TVs and LCD TVs which are of equal quality.