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LED vs. Plasma

LED vs. Plasma

At a Glance

Plasma TVs are large, affordable and offer rich colors with excellent contrast. However, LED TVs tend to cost less to operate while being easier to view in bright rooms.

Many times individuals are confused about whether to buy an LED or plasma TV set, because you can find both types of sets available at any price point and manufacturers tend to claim that both offer the same advantages — brighter colors, deeper blacks, sharper images and higher power efficiency. In fact, one type of television isn’t necessarily best for all households. If you have a limited amount of money to spend on just one television, we hope this comparison of LED vs. Plasma will be helpful.

LED vs. Plasma

Pictured at top: Sharp Aquos 70 Inch 1080p 3D TV

When contemplating the difference between these two TV’s it is like comparing apples and oranges. The differences between these items are many and varied. Plasma TV’s tend to use minuscule plastic shells that create a picture when electricity is applied. LED TV’s by contrast are made by using LEDs to light an image from behind.

These are some the things that differentiate these TVs and makes them unique. Read about the differences when you choose to purchase your LED or plasma TV.

Plasma TVs often have better contrast compared to LED TVs, meaning the difference between light and dark sections of an image are more pronounced. This is the reason that individuals may prefer these TVs. However, in a bright room the dark sections may appear muddy and difficult to see. Because LED TVs are so bright, they are often considerably easier to see in a room lit by sunlight.

Cost of LED vs. Plasma

The cost of LED TVs is usually about 350 dollars less than that of plasma TVs. This is one of the things that an individual can bear in mind when shopping. The technology is a little more transparent in the LED displays and they can be made in different sizes because of the versatility of the backlight display. These are some of the reasons some people may purchase LED TVS but they both have their proponents. In addition, LED TVs generally consume less power and give off less heat when running. Therefore, an LED TV doesn’t just cost less than a plasma TV when you first purchase it — it continues to save money as you use it.

Advantages of LED and Plasma TVs

As mentioned above, the primary advantages of LED TVs include brightness, low cost and the ability to see images clearly in a bright room. Plasma TVs, on the other hand, tend to cost a bit more and consume more power. Dark images may be difficult to see in bright rooms; this issue is compounded by the fact that many plasma TVs are glossy, which can cause reflections. However, one disadvantage of LED TVs is the fact that they tend to look best only when viewed from directly ahead. In a wide room where some viewers may be seated well off-center from the screen, those viewers may experience distorted colors and overall poor image quality. This doesn’t tend to happen with plasma TVs, which generally look good from any viewing angle.