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Quick HDTV Buying Guide

Many of you searching for a new television are probably contemplating which technology to choose when looking for an HDTV. Below you’ll find a quick reference guide comparing PLASMA, LCD and LED technology.

All three t.v. technologies have their advantages according to their application of use whether it be for movies or gaming.

According to the chart, if you game or watch sports, a PLASMA t.v. maybe your preference along with rich color and deepest black when watching movies. But when it comes to everyday usage, LED seems to be your choice.

Contrast / Black LevelUp to 15000:1 (not as good as Plasma)Better than LCDUp to 3000:1 (better than LCD and LED)
BrightnessBrighter than plasmaBrightest among the threeNot the brightest.
Color accuracyThe best, gorgeously saturated colors
View angleUp to 165°Up to 165°Up to 160°
Fast moving videos (Sports)No motion blur, ideal for sports or video games
Screen glareLess glare compared to plasma TVsLess glare compared to plasma TVsMore glare
Longevity50,000 – 60,000 hours50,000 – 60,000 hours25,000 to 30,000 hours
Screen burn inNoNoYes, not ideal for still images
Power ConsumptionEfficientHighly efficientPower hungry
ThicknessMin 1 inchMin 1 inchMin 3 inches
WeightLess weight compared to similar size plasma TVLess weight compared to similar size plasma TV


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