Sponsor Message:
Non Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Plasma TV Question  
User currently offlineShakeZulaNJ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 893 times:

So, I've been tasked with shopping for a plasma TV. I've been doing research on them but I don't have anyone's first hand experience with those suckers. Now, I turn to you, my fellow a.net members; anyone here have one of these? I was looking at either Samsung or LG, probably a 42 inch one. Any advise/direction will be helpful. If it is important, I have FiOS if that matter when selecting a TV. Thanks!.

14 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 884 times:

Quoting ShakeZulaNJ (Thread starter):
So, I've been tasked with shopping for a plasma TV. I've been doing research on them but I don't have anyone's first hand experience with those suckers. Now, I turn to you, my fellow a.net members; anyone here have one of these? I was looking at either Samsung or LG, probably a 42 inch one. Any advise/direction will be helpful. If it is important, I have FiOS if that matter when selecting a TV. Thanks!.

Why are you opting for plasma? You can get excellent LCDs in that size range that don't have the shortcomings of plasma.


User currently offlineUAL777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1550 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 880 times:

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 1):

Why are you opting for plasma? You can get excellent LCDs in that size range that don't have the shortcomings of plasma.

As someone who used to work in the Home Theater department at BestBuy, I will give you my $.02.

Off the bat, Plasma is going to have a better picture. It can show true black, the picture is sharper, and you get truer colors. It will crush DLP and LCD when it comes to watching an HD movie or an HD channel.

Plasma does have a couple of disadvantages to it though:

1. The screen will suffer alot more glare in sunlight than LCD or DLP. This is due to the glass tube.

2. Due to the generally large screen sizes, regular channels that aren't HD tend to look like crap. However this will tend to happen with any HD T.V. over 37 or so inches.

3. Screen burn-in. If you have kids or watch alot of Fox News, things like that ticker-tape going across the bottom can cause screen burn-in. It is not a huge danger, but do not leave a plasma paused for more than 10-15 minutes, and if watching Fox News or any channel with "ticker tape", every hour flip the channel to something different for 5-10 minutes to 'exersize' the screen and prevent burn in. If you follow it properly, you won't get screen burn-in on a plasma.

On the other hand, LCD is very bright and it comes in two flavors. There is projection LCD, and true LCD. Projection LCD is generally used on the bigger screens 37 in. and up because true LCD gets crazy expensive as screen size increases.

LCD offers great brightness and lots of color (albiet a little cartoonish). It also doesn't glare very much if sunlight is hitting it through a window. However it has a couple of, in my opinion, serious disadvantages.

1. It cannot show 'true black'. Depending on the manufacturer, your 'blacks' will be closer or farther from 'true black' but generally it shows up as a dark purplish color. I find it very annoying.

2. If you play video games or watch alot of sports and/or action movies, the screen will blur if there is a lot of fast moving action. I can't remember the reason why because its been a while, but it kind of sucks when you see it.

In my opinion, Plasma is better if you don't have kids and its not in sunlight. LCD and DLP can't compare to it in terms of visual quality.

Panasonic will give you the best bang for the buck. Its not TOO expensive, and it offers an outstanding picture.

Before I go, heres a tip: After you take your new Panasonic out of its box ( Wink ) it will probably have all of its settings (brightness, color, etc.) maxed out to make it look awesome. Put all your settings at the half-way mark on your settings for the first 30 days. Due to the nature of Plasma, the gas will run 'cooler' and you will achieve 2 things.

1. You will decrease your chance of screen burn-in.

2. You will increase the life of your plasma. It tends to have something similar to a 'half-life' and reducing those settings for the first month when the t.v. is burning at its 'hottest' will lengthen the life of your t.v. by about a year or so.



It is always darkest before the sun comes up.
User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3192 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 875 times:

A couple other advantages of LCD over Plasma is that Plasmas run pretty hot (try holding your hands in front of one at a store that's been on all day) and they use a lot more electricity than LCDs and even CRTs.

User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3082 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 874 times:

I just bought a Panasonic 37 inch plasma TV for my bedroom and it is great. Something to keep in mind though, are you planning on getting HD through your provider? I highly recommend it because Plasma and LCD can appear fuzzy at times on non-HD programs. It is nice every now and then to tune into something being broadcasted in HD. Also, what are your plans for sound? If you want to keep it conventional, make sure your TV actually has speakers. Otherwise consider home theater set. Do you plan to rest your TV on its stand, or mount it into the wall? I wanted to mount mine but the idiot at Best Buy sold me the wrong wall mount. So make sure your TV and mount are compatable with one another.

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 1):
Why are you opting for plasma? You can get excellent LCDs in that size range that don't have the shortcomings of plasma.

He is probably opting for plasma because not only is it cheaper, but it is higher quality. I payed the same price for my Panasonic 37 inch plasma as Dell charges for a 26 inch LCD. Furthermore, walk into your local electronics store and see if you can view a plasma and an LCD side by side. Plasma is better. Lastly, by shortcomings, I assume you mean pixel burning? Technology has greatly advanced and this is no longer a real issue. Plasma also has richer colors, most noticably blacks.



Marine Corps Aviation, The Last To Let You Down!
User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21442 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 864 times:

You should also check the resolutions of the respective screens against what you're planning to play on them.

As far as I'm aware, plasma tubes are not readily available at the higher resolutions.


User currently offlineShakeZulaNJ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 856 times:

Thanks for the replies. I was opting for Plasma because the picture quality is supposed to be better than LCD. I'm not so sure now because this will be in a pretty sunny room. Unfortunately, no kick ass sound system to go with this(yet) but that may happen in the future.  Smile

On a side note, how does one fix screen burn in?


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21442 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 850 times:

Quoting ShakeZulaNJ (Reply 6):
On a side note, how does one fix screen burn in?

You replace the display. There is no remedy.


User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 839 times:

Quoting ShakeZulaNJ (Thread starter):
So, I've been tasked with shopping for a plasma TV.

I'm glad you asked the question for I am in the same boat. The only question I have not seen asked or answered is the tube life of plasmas. I remember reading that the tube life of the early model plasma tv's was quite limited, something on the order of 5-7 years. Have they remedied that problem? I hate to think about droping 12-15 hundred bucks only to have to do it again in such a short time span.


User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 835 times:

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 4):
Furthermore, walk into your local electronics store and see if you can view a plasma and an LCD side by side. Plasma is better.

I did, and I didn't notice plasma being "better." In fact, after spending several months looking at potential TV's, I came to prefer the picture on an LCD over plasma.

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 4):
Lastly, by shortcomings, I assume you mean pixel burning? Technology has greatly advanced and this is no longer a real issue.

Well, the CNet don't agree with you.

Plasma advantages - As little as 3 inches thick; very good home-theater image quality in best examples; wide viewing angle.

Plasma disadvantages - Relatively expensive; slight potential for burn-in; generally lower native resolution than similarly sized LCDs.

LCD advantages - Available in a range of sizes; higher resolution than comparably sized plasmas; no danger of burn-in.

LCD disadvantages - Relatively expensive; home-theater image quality generally not as good as on plasma models; relatively narrow viewing angle.

In fact, Cnet says "The best LCDs actually surpass the best plasmas in terms of delivering a deep black." http://www.cnet.com/4520-7874_1-5108443-2.html?tag=arw


User currently offlineTAZA From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 791 times:

About a year ago we bought a 63" Fujitsu plasma TV and had it wall mounted. We had compared the plasma vs LCD side by side in the store and much preferred the plasma display. The picture quality is outstanding in all respects but particularly when in HD. As for burn in, the Fujitsu has a feature ( I forget the name of it) which moves the picture on a constant basis across the screen to prevent burn in...the movement is undetectable while watching the picture so it does not affect the viewer. We have had no problems with glare at all (the TV is not in direct sunlight) but the wall mount is adjustable in front to back angles so you can adjust it if necessary. The display itself has a life of 60,000 hours and a three year warranty on all components. We are extremely happy with this unit and would recommend it to anyone. If there is any drawback to plasma it would have to be the expense as they do cost more than the LCD.


It takes less energy to love than to hate
User currently offlineShakeZulaNJ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 781 times:

Can they be mounted on a wall that has paneling? This is a old house and the lower level of it has paneling instead of sheet rock.

User currently offlineEK20 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 776 times:

Are you restricted on budget?

Panasonic have announced the first 1080p 42-inch plasma HDTV. The set will be available to buy in early July for around $2499.95.

The TH-42PZ700U is part of Panasonic’s 2007 line of 700 Series 1080p HDTVs. The 700 series is acclaimed for its deep black, high contrast ratio, excellent shadow detail, and clean images. The TH-42PZ700U model has a native resolution of 1920×1080 and comes with two HDMI inputs and an SD card slot.

Forget LG and Samsung, this is the dogs dangly bits!


User currently offlineUAL777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1550 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 743 times:

Quoting ShakeZulaNJ (Reply 6):


Thanks for the replies. I was opting for Plasma because the picture quality is supposed to be better than LCD. I'm not so sure now because this will be in a pretty sunny room. Unfortunately, no kick ass sound system to go with this(yet) but that may happen in the future. Smile

On a side note, how does one fix screen burn in?

There is a remedy but it takes 3 days to do. It knocks a year off the life of your T.V. though.



It is always darkest before the sun comes up.
User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3082 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months ago) and read 732 times:

Quoting TAZA (Reply 10):

I'm really confused with your post.

Quoting TAZA (Reply 10):
63" Fujitsu plasma TV...compared the plasma vs LCD side by side

How so? There was no real comparable LCD screen a year ago. Either way, 63 inches, that is huge...and expensive.

Quoting TAZA (Reply 10):
If there is any drawback to plasma it would have to be the expense as they do cost more than the LCD.

Not exactly sure where you are getting this from, but that is just not true. Plasma is cheaper than LCD.



Marine Corps Aviation, The Last To Let You Down!
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Own A Plasma TV? posted Fri Aug 12 2005 09:19:41 by Lehpron
Mission: Impossible ('60's TV Series) Question posted Tue Jan 3 2006 09:14:52 by AerospaceFan
A Question For Mad TV Fans . . . posted Sun Jul 10 2005 05:54:48 by Concord977
Another Triva Question (MASH TV SHOW) posted Sat Feb 22 2003 13:27:56 by L-188
Question For You All Automobile Expert? posted Fri Jun 22 2007 00:07:11 by Nirmalmakadia
Debate Question Help posted Thu Jun 21 2007 12:29:36 by Cabso1
Legal Question About YouTube. posted Wed Jun 20 2007 19:12:28 by Cumulus
Opening Week Monday Night Games In NFL Question posted Tue Jun 19 2007 04:41:40 by LTU932
Car Air Conditioning Question posted Sat Jun 16 2007 07:53:54 by SNCntry32
Chilean Peso Question posted Sat Jun 16 2007 07:09:45 by AirTranTUS