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Windows 7: LED or Plasma TV

07 May 2014   #1

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 
LED or Plasma TV

My partners plasma TV is on it's last legs an she has been looking at another plasma and me I not impressed with either the performance or longevity of plasma TV screens.

So I would like to get a few comments on which we should buy keeping in mind I am an LCD and LED fan and that I feel the showroom people are just out to sell you the stuff they are not moving too well and maybe the more expensive stuff.

So ideas folks
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07 May 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

I prefer a plasma TV, much better contrast, so the black areas in night shots with street lighting are black. Better for watching sport as the response time is quicker. Generally a sharper more natural picture.
I am referring to a Panasonic 50" Viera Plasma TV. Mine is 4 years old & no problems so far.

On the minus side plasma TV's use more power, mine uses between 350 & 450 watts. The higher power consumption occurs on pictures with a lot of white in them. Black & dark scenes use less power. Just a point of interest.
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07 May 2014   #3

Windows 8.1.1 64bit
 
 

In Nov. 2011 I bought a LG 55LW6500. It was very highly rated at the time. I never had a problem with it.
LG 55LW6500: 55 inch Cinema 3D 1080P 240Hz LED TV with SmartTV | LG USA

I wanted to have something which was stingy on power consumption and this one is, as it is full LED.
Average Power Consumption is 159W. It has a great picture.

If this one ever bytes the dust, I would only buy another LED, nothing else. I thought Plasma's were being phased out ?
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07 May 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

I just bought one of these a month in a half ago VIZIO's New E-Series Smart TVs Have Arrived | VIZIO


This is the size i bought 48" they have Bigger but me and my girls don't need anything extreme VIZIO E-Series 48? Class Full-Array LED Smart TV | E480i-B2 | VIZIO

2inches shy of 50 but you can't tell it's borderless which is a nice feature
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07 May 2014   #5

Windows 7 x64 and numerous virtual machines
 
 

John,
Plasma TV's ""Generally"" have a better blacks but the performance of LCD screens lit by white LEDs has improved. This is where all the research and development is going. Plasma TV's are be phased out for home use but cannot be beaten in airports, in TV newsrooms etc. They are power hungry and run hot. Pioneer stooped making them several years back and I think Panasonic has done the same. Basically the choice you have is between and LCD lit by LED technology or lit by fluorescent tubes. Having repaired no end of plasma TV's I hate the bloody things and would not give one houseroom. I was once given a 18 month old LG 50" Plasma which needed a new Y drive board and I gave it to a work colleague. They are very heavy and are generally less reliable than LCD screen sets (thunderstorms and kids bashing the screens with toys excepted).
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07 May 2014   #6

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Thanks for all the ideas everyone . On what I see and prefer myself I will probably get her the LED as the 3 year old LCD Sanyo I have at home is perfectly ok for me I am not that real fussy about the finer stuff more of an audiophile than anything.
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07 May 2014   #7

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Plasmas have fallen out of favor. But that means the remaining companies making them (LG, Samsung) have the market to themselves. Larger plasma TVs are lower priced then comparable LCD sets.

LED backlit sets have the ability to have local dimming.

There are flavors of LED sets (edge lit, full array).

Plasma sets will always have a reflective front, whereas LCD sets can have a mat finish screen.

I personally prefer LCD/LED TVs as they are easier to diagnose and fix compared to plasma. I think most of the picture difference can be measured in a lab, but probably won't be as evident in a home environment. Especially since the source is often no optimal.

If you want larger then a 65" set (barring outrageously priced niche sets), you are looking at a LCD set (70", 80", 90").

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08 May 2014   #8
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I vote for LED/LCD too John. Have a look at them in a shop though to decide on one, bearing in mind they have them adjusted to look great in the store.
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08 May 2014   #9

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

I have two Samsung TVs that are LCD and LED and they have been working great for 2 years. I did have a older Korean model Samsung TV that I brought from Korea before moving to US which was working fine until it started to take forever until turning on and showed odd screens.(Must have been the step up transformer that had fluctuating voltages)
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08 May 2014   #10

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
I have two Samsung TVs that are LCD and LED and they have been working great for 2 years. I did have a older Korean model Samsung TV that I brought from Korea before moving to US which was working fine until it started to take forever until turning on and showed odd screens.(Must have been the step up transformer that had fluctuating voltages)
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