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LCD or Plasma

Which is better LCD TV or Plasma? This is the first question for many people who are planning to buy a TV for their home. But, before jumping to any conclusion, you need to know the pros and cons of each type to make useful and informative comparisons. You need to consider your budget, taste and environment that too without compromising the quality. Following are some points that will help you make a sound decision.


LCDs are amazing when it comes to brightness, you will not find any problem in seeing the picture, even if your room is flooded with the rays. It provides great help in overcoming the reflective coating.

Unfortunately, plasma lacks the brightness part, so while blacks are deep, whites are not that bright. This may arise a problem in sunny days when it might get difficult to see what’s going on.

Power Consumption

LCDs consume less power as little as 40 or 50 watts. The exact power usage depends on the image being displayed and the power of amplifier and other things. LCD TVs are though far cheaper than any other kind of TV.

High power consumption is one of the major problems of Plasma TVs. Although, modern plasma TVs are more energy-efficient, but they still can’t beat LCDs.

Color Depth

The prevalent benefit of plasma is its rich black level. Since each cell lits independently, plasma TV can fabricate a black image by providing no current to those cells.

Even direct-lit LCDs can’t lit per-pixel, so they cannot beat a plasma TV for black levels. LCD TVs struggle creating deep blacks. They can only dim the whole picture not small portions.

Viewing Angles

Another issue with LCD TV is narrow viewing angles. The viewing angles rely on the type of LCD panel. Poor viewing angles mean that you won’t be able to view whole image and colors clearly from the side as it loses saturation.

Since each cell is self-lit in the Plasma TVs, the viewing angles are much better than of the LCDs. You can experience the same rich picture quality even if you are sitting 45 or even 80 degrees off centre.

Screen Refresh

Motion handling is one of the strongest points of plasma TVs. The pictures on the plasma looks natural and crisp and there is no lag or ghosting. So, if you prefer to have a crystal clear and close to-life on-screen motion, you must choose a plasma TV.

Motion handling is a bit challenging for LCD TVs. However, today’s LCD TV are designed to offer fast motion without blur. You can look for models with a 120HZ or 240HZ refresh rate, if you want to have a smoother motion quality.


Since neither is a clear winner over the other, the judgment relies on your personal taste. When it comes to better picture quality, plasma TV is an ideal choice, but if you are concerned about brightness, thinness and running costs, go for an LCD TV.

Our technicians at Fields Television provide TV and electronic repair services in Winnipeg. If you find any problem in your LCD or Plasma TV, just give us a call.

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