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Which Technology is Right for You? 

Whether you’re seeking a fully appointed home theater system or a simple monitor for your downstairs rec room, you’ve been hemming and hawing over which technology is best. This essay will take a look at some of the competing features.

First, some definitions

Plasma screens are made up of pixel cells that get illuminated when electrical driven pulses excite gases (e.g. neon, xenon, etc.) contained in these cells. If you get up really close to a plasma screen, you can actually distinguish blue, green, and red bars in the pixels as well as the ribbing that separates these three color complexes from one another.

An LCD display makes use of a technology called thin film transistors (TFT). Essentially, when specially engineered crystals are subjected to an electrical charge, they filter light from a source behind the screen (a lamp) and create the image projection via an LCD chip. The light intensity – and filtration through this matrix – enable the gradations and colors to come out.
Okay, having said that, even though we now understand a bit about the basic technology, we’re still clueless about whether a plasma or LCD is best. Here is a snapshot of the showdown: 

  • Surveys suggest that plasmas may have a better picture quality.
  • LCDs seem to be better for computer use.
  • Plasma is better for video playback.
  • LCDs are better for minimizing power consumption.
  • In terms of longevity, both technologies offer incredible power. Some LCD manufacturers suggest that LCDs can last 100,000+ hours. Plasma manufacturers offer a similarly rosy view about the longevity of their products. Unless you’re a TV zombie who leaves CNN on for 10 hours a day, either a plasma or LCD TV should give you a really long and vigorous life.
  • Based on value per size, some surveys suggest that plasmas enjoy a slight edge – particularly for bigger screens.
  • One concern that some people have is “ghosting” – the burning in of an image onto the screen. The burnt-in image corrupts future images. Plasma screens had a worse reputation for ghosting. But advances in plasma technology may have solved the problem.

Need more help deciding? Would you like a professional team to offer recommendations and provide a free estimate for designing, wiring, setting up, and following up with you?

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