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Differences between Plasma TV and LED TV

New LED backlighting is altering the nature of the way we see LCD TV in such a mean that we need to re-assess the differences of Plasma and LED-LCD over one another. Every LED TV includes an LCD display element or front panel. The backlight is the difference of the LED TVs, since instead of the previous basic fluorescent backlighting systems; LED TVs now have light emitting diode (LED bulbs) as the backlight of the LCD panel. This is how LED TV and Plasma TV match up.


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Picture Quality

Since LCD TVs now boast the new LED backlighting, there have been some tremendous improvements in their picture quality. Regarding the contrast ratio, it is defined as a measure of the whitest white to the blackest black. The new LED backlighting has brought some significant enhancements in contrast and black levels. However, plasma acquired really high contrast levels a while ago. Plasma displays attain such significant black levels by utilizing internal algorithms in order to block the power to specific pixels to render a pixel black or “dark”. On the other hand, liquid crystal diode (LCD) displays use electric charges to untwist and twist liquid crystals, and this causes those crystals to block light and, therefore, emit blacks. LED backlighting provides LCD manufacturers with much greater flexibility with some tools such as local dimming which help in emitting deep black levels.

Contrast and Color

When it comes to contrast levels, Plasma TV and LED TV are pretty even, whilst Plasma TVs still measure better black levels. Regarding the color accuracy, both Plasma TV and LED TV are calibrating very well to D6500K which is the standard color temperature utilized in the film industry. Many users prefer Plasma TVs in this category, and claim that the colors in a solid Plasma TV are more realistic than in LED TV. On the other hand, when it comes to comparing the brightness of these two, LED TVs easily win this one, boasting amazingly luminous light emitting diode backlighting. LED TVs are particularly effective in brighter rooms that have lots of windows and incoming light simply because LED TVs boast brighter peak whites.

Functional Considerations

If you’re into gaming, then LCD technology boasting computer resolution display is probably a better choice than plasma. Response rate is what makes huge difference in computer use and gaming, and LED TV’s response time goes up to over 120Hz and 240Hz refresh rates, so the LED TV technology displays computer images better. Regarding the fast-moving playback, plasma displays have never had problems in this area, however given the 120/240 refresh rates of most new LED TVs, they have also gotten much better especially with the reduction of motion related blur.

Life Cycle and Price

In the end, we mustn’t forget the ever interesting questions of longevity and price of these two rivals. Both Plasma TV and LED TV manufacturers claim up to 100,000 hours of average use, while Plasma TV’s easily win the price category with some nice discounts for quality Plasma TV’s. However, the contest in this category is getting closer over the last two years, since some larger sizes of LED LCD TVs have been decreasing rapidly in price. Since Plasma TV’s are getting discontinued soon, it would be advantageous to get one soon if you are looking for a new TV.