Which one is better... plasma or LCD TV?

Discussion in 'Wii - Console and Game Discussions' started by leocamilo, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. leocamilo
    OP

    leocamilo GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    131
    0
    Aug 27, 2007
    United States
    Hey guys, I've recently bought wii's component video cable. Problem is, my TV is very old and doesn't support 480p. I was doing some research to find out which kind of TV should I buy: a plasma or LCD one? A friend of mine told me that for smaller TVs, they are similar, but for bigger TVs, the pixels in the LCD screen start to deform and the quality gets worse. But then, another friend told me that LCD is better, no matter what size it is. So I came here to ask for your help, specialists on the subject [​IMG] Please keep in mind that I intend to buy a 42' TV. Thanks in advance.
     


  2. Remy669

    Remy669 GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    166
    0
    Jun 27, 2007
    Netherlands
    I have an LCD. It works perfect, really good quality.

    With plasma i heard, it can get hot and you can get black spots on the wall behind it. I don't know if it's true, i heard it from someone.
     
  3. leocamilo
    OP

    leocamilo GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    131
    0
    Aug 27, 2007
    United States
    Remy, what size is your TV? Please everyone answer this as well... and thanks for the help.
     
  4. Renegade_R

    Renegade_R Audio/Video Expert

    Member
    1,654
    0
    Apr 21, 2004
    Canada
    Toronto, Ontario
    If you intend to buy a 42" TV, I recommend buying the Panasonic 42" Plasma TV (720p) version. In my experience in working with electronics (I'm a salesman at a specialty store, not those loser places like Best Buy), the picture of a 480p signal will look best on a plasma TV as the image blends nicely.

    Most LCD TVs at 40" and above support 1080p but signals on those types of TVs (especially 480p ones) will look more blurry then rather on a 720p plasma display.

    My recommendation is Panasonic Viera TH-42PX70 Plasma Display. Good size, excellent image and it doesn't break the bank.

    Look it up.
     
  5. adgloride

    adgloride Its A Wii Wario

    Member
    2,261
    2
    Apr 2, 2003
    If your playing games on the TV, I wouldn't get a plasma. The image can be burned into it too easily, it you pause it. I would try and get an LCD TV.
     
  6. Renegade_R

    Renegade_R Audio/Video Expert

    Member
    1,654
    0
    Apr 21, 2004
    Canada
    Toronto, Ontario
    Plasma TV burn in is an old story of a Best Buy trainee. As long as you buy a good quality brand of plasma TV, they all feature a pixel shift to avoid burn in. Oh and the Wii dulls your image automatically if you leave it on pause for too long (bet you didn't know that eh!)

    But if you want an LCD TV, by all means get one...just ensure it has a 4ms response time or less.

    PS: Any TV you buy comes on its maximum settings that are designed to compete in the store showroom. When you buy the TV, immediately turn down the brightness and contrast to suit you.
     
  7. BoneMonkey

    BoneMonkey The cheese stash is a lie.

    Banned
    3,226
    6
    Dec 9, 2006
    United States
    USA
    i remember reading somwhere there going to phase out plasma ?? is that true

    i heard there going to stick to LCD
     
  8. Renegade_R

    Renegade_R Audio/Video Expert

    Member
    1,654
    0
    Apr 21, 2004
    Canada
    Toronto, Ontario
  9. NormenKD

    NormenKD Advanced Member

    Newcomer
    50
    0
    Aug 18, 2007
    Gambia, The
    I read somwhere that a plasma has a bit more sharpness than a lcd, but a plasma has a shorter lifetime, because of the plasma^^ idk rly, but keep that in mind [​IMG]
     
  10. leocamilo
    OP

    leocamilo GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    131
    0
    Aug 27, 2007
    United States
    Unfortunately, I live in Brazil and in all shops I've looked in, they don't sell this Panasonic Viera TH-42PX70... :S

    EDIT: What difference does response time make? Because every TV I've looked has 8ms of response time...
     
  11. wii4life

    wii4life Newbie

    Newcomer
    4
    0
    Aug 7, 2007
    United States
    I run my Wii "component" through a Samsung 42" DLP and it looks great. I also use it as my computer monitor using HDMI. DLP's are usually cheaper too.
     
  12. Bob Loblaw

    Bob Loblaw Read the Bob Loblaw Law Blog!

    Member
    1,260
    1
    Aug 7, 2007
    United States
    I've heard plasma's only last a couple years. I'd go with LCD. LCD doesn't have to be standing upright constantly either like the plasmas. You don't have to worry about the warehouse people throwing it around as much when putting it into stock shelves.
     
  13. Jhongerkong

    Jhongerkong GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    405
    0
    Mar 1, 2007
    Canada
    LCDs arent as expensive as plasmas also (most of the time...), however, as stated, you have to look at the response time of one first.

    Of course, if you have the space, CRTs arent so bad. They last long and have the best black levels.
     
  14. Warm Woolly Shee

    Warm Woolly Shee GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    715
    0
    Jul 14, 2006
    United States
    Butt City, FA rt
    If you have angled seating, especially to the sides of the TV, you'll want Plasma. Most LCD's have limited viewing angles.
     
  15. square

    square The Professor

    Member
    1,353
    0
    Nov 5, 2002
    United States
    So true, it's almost as bad the projection TV's
     
  16. leocamilo
    OP

    leocamilo GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    131
    0
    Aug 27, 2007
    United States
    Again, what is the importance of the response time of a LCD TV?
     
  17. Jhongerkong

    Jhongerkong GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    405
    0
    Mar 1, 2007
    Canada
    Im not too sure, but its how fast the screen refreshes or something. So if it has a high response time, then it would blur during fast scenes (like games). The lower it is, the less amount of blurring.

    I might be wrong though. The only tv ive ever known is my 20 inch CRT which makes buzzing noises
    [​IMG]
     
  18. MC DUI

    MC DUI GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Member
    1,916
    0
    Nov 30, 2003
    Newcastle, Australia
    Refresh rate affects how often the image is refreshed on the display, if you buy an LCD television with a slow refresh rate then the image can become blurry on fast moving images.
     
  19. Renegade_R

    Renegade_R Audio/Video Expert

    Member
    1,654
    0
    Apr 21, 2004
    Canada
    Toronto, Ontario
    Response time is important especially for gaming due to fast moving images. Lets say you play a racing game such as Gran Tourismo or Excite Truck. The game refeshes very fast. Due to the response time being lower on LCD panels, it causes 'ghosting' of the image which means that you'll see tears in the image while the image is being refreshed on the screen (some pixels will have the updated image, some will not).

    Plasma TVs are similar to CRTs in the sense that they have an almost instantaneous response time. Yes, they do burn out faster, but now modern plasma TVs have increased the lifespan of the phosphorus gases which bring them up to 60,000 hours to half life and auto pixel shifting.

    Since I didn't know you live in Brazil, you model numbers are much different.

    The model you will look for is:

    Panasonic Viera TH-42PV70LB

    If you need any further help, feel free to PM me.

    Edit: Oh and if anyone has any A/V questions like what kind of LCD or Plasma to buy or what cables to get or any questions regarding the technology, feel free to PM me too. I like using all the knowledge I've gained working at a specialty store to further the interests of gaming.
     
  20. bullet2urbrain

    bullet2urbrain Member

    Newcomer
    18
    0
    Sep 19, 2007
    United States
    Another brief Blip about Plasma, especially living in Brazil where im not familiar with the Electrical Backbone... You may/should consider a power conditioner to get the "blackest Blacks" that your plasma can get as well as truest color reproduction...

    Due to power fluctuations Plasma colors can go "astray"... if you want more info regarding this dig around. its out there.