When buying a new TV, there’s no question that you should go with a High-Definition set. But which is better, LCD or plasma? The two technologies achieve the same end result, but there are definitely some key differences to both technologies, and knowing what they are will help you when you are shopping for an LCD TV or a plasma TV. Doing your due diligence is extremely when choosing a television for the sole reason that your next TV will last you for 7-10 years.
The main difference is of course the technology. Plasma TVs are made up of tiny pixels that display a balance of red, green and blue colours depending on the information they receive, while LCD TVs reproduce colours by blocking out the colour wavelengths to achieve the proper colour. Plasma displays colour a little more accurately than LCD, but there is no real difference between the two.
One of the biggest problems with both technologies is the “burn-in” effect, where an image becomes permanently etched onto the glass of the TV screen. This is in most part due to an image being displayed on screen for too long (which is why it’s recommended to turn your TV screen off if you have to pause a DVD for an extended period of time). LCD TVs aren’t prone to this due to the nature of their technology, but plasma TVs are susceptible. However, there have been recent advances in technology to reduce the risk of “burn-in” with plasma TVs, so there is only a slight advantage to buying LCD TVs.