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Purchasing a new TV

Plasma and DLP aside, which is the better choice for a TV, LCD or LED?

Plasma and DLP aside, which is the better choice for a TV, LCD or LED?

Purchasing a new TV

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Mar 2, 2013 10:02:49 PM
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LCD and LED are the same display technology. Both use a transparent LCD matrix to control the amount and color of light that shines through.

The difference is what the source of the light is. Standard LCD TVs use a cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) as the backlight source. The CCFL provides an even, fairly color-neutral light source. LED TVs replace the CCFL with white LEDs, which use less power and enable the panel to be made thinner. It also helps some of the higher-end LED TVs increase the contrast ratio, because the LEDs can be dimmed or turned off in certain areas of the picture, whereas the CCFL cannot.

As to which is better, that depends on what your priority is. The LED versions use less power and have a thinner panel. The CCFL versions are typically less expensive. Both types can be made in a very wide range of qualities, ranging from very low end, inexpensive sets that have few features and mediocre to bad picture quality, all the way to very high-end models that have excellent (but not reference) picture quality and more features than you can possibly use.
LCD and LED are the same display technology. Both use a transparent LCD matrix to control the amount and color of light that shines through.

The difference is what the source of the light is. Standard LCD TVs use a cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) as the backlight source. The CCFL provides an even, fairly color-neutral light source. LED TVs replace the CCFL with white LEDs, which use less power and enable the panel to be made thinner. It also helps some of the higher-end LED TVs increase the contrast ratio, because the LEDs can be dimmed or turned off in certain areas of the picture, whereas the CCFL cannot.

As to which is better, that depends on what your priority is. The LED versions use less power and have a thinner panel. The CCFL versions are typically less expensive. Both types can be made in a very wide range of qualities, ranging from very low end, inexpensive sets that have few features and mediocre to bad picture quality, all the way to very high-end models that have excellent (but not reference) picture quality and more features than you can possibly use.

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Mar 3, 2013 4:53:42 AM
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A lot depends on how dark your room is. If you room doesn't get that dark then you would want LED, if you can make your room darker, Plasma will give you the best and truest picture.

” Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.”- Ernest Hemingway

A lot depends on how dark your room is. If you room doesn't get that dark then you would want LED, if you can make your room darker, Plasma will give you the best and truest picture.

” Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.”- Ernest Hemingway
*The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.

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Mar 3, 2013 5:36:34 AM
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I bought this bad boy about 3 months ago and it is simply amazing.  Great picture.

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I bought this bad boy about 3 months ago and it is simply amazing.  Great picture.

"If you find this post helpful and it solved your issue please mark it as a solution.  This will help other forum members locate it and will also let everyone know that it corrected your problem. If they have the same issue they will know how to solve theirs"

*The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.

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This is the TV I got when I moved into my new place in August. Couldn't be happier.

” Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.”- Ernest Hemingway

This is the TV I got when I moved into my new place in August. Couldn't be happier.

” Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.”- Ernest Hemingway
*The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.

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Oh  yea that XBR is the you know what I congrats! Robot LOL

I have a Panny Plasma and a Toshiba LCD both 2012 models .good sets 

I've owned two Sonys in the oast a 27" trinitron and a 36" Wega very good sets .

I woulden mind that Sony you just got that's for sure. .

Oh  yea that XBR is the you know what I congrats! Robot LOL

I have a Panny Plasma and a Toshiba LCD both 2012 models .good sets 

I've owned two Sonys in the oast a 27" trinitron and a 36" Wega very good sets .

I woulden mind that Sony you just got that's for sure. .

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BeeBeeSA wrote:

I bought this bad boy about 3 months ago and it is simply amazing.  Great picture.


In the AV forums I go to that set is getting rav reviews so congratulations and Sony's new CEO said they were getting back to their roots and this is proof.


BeeBeeSA wrote:

I bought this bad boy about 3 months ago and it is simply amazing.  Great picture.


In the AV forums I go to that set is getting rav reviews so congratulations and Sony's new CEO said they were getting back to their roots and this is proof.

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I know the crowd at AVS likes it as well as HiDef Forum
and the AVS crowd are Plasma fans so that says a lot .
I know the crowd at AVS likes it as well as HiDef Forum
and the AVS crowd are Plasma fans so that says a lot .

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pacbellbluto wrote:
I know the crowd at AVS likes it as well as HiDef Forum
and the AVS crowd are Plasma fans so that says a lot .

I am a plasma fan having said that I do have a 55ST50 from Panasonic wish I had the funds for the ZT but I would take the XBR Sony one of the best pictures I have seen does the job of the Elite with more accurate color that speaks loads.


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I know the crowd at AVS likes it as well as HiDef Forum
and the AVS crowd are Plasma fans so that says a lot .

I am a plasma fan having said that I do have a 55ST50 from Panasonic wish I had the funds for the ZT but I would take the XBR Sony one of the best pictures I have seen does the job of the Elite with more accurate color that speaks loads.

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I agree I have both Plasma main set  and LCD b/room  both are good sets the .  Plasma was the one to beat in the  50+" price bracket I was in and it won out . 

 That being said The Sony XBR is in a different catagory than most sets and something I woulden't mind either

I saw one and the picture was very good. 

 

I agree I have both Plasma main set  and LCD b/room  both are good sets the .  Plasma was the one to beat in the  50+" price bracket I was in and it won out . 

 That being said The Sony XBR is in a different catagory than most sets and something I woulden't mind either

I saw one and the picture was very good. 

 

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Well, Tony.  Our Sony 55" SXRD is 6 1/2 yrs. old now and still delivers a beautiful, sharp picture with good, natural color reproduction and excellent gray scale.  But I admit we have also been looking around.  It'll be a while because of our having to purchase a new furnace, heat pump/AC.  Our youngest son just purchased a 60" Samsung plasma.  We were over at his home watching NCAA tournament play.  It is BIG.  Good color....he has it set too contrasty for my taste....and...most importantly.....I was disappointed with what I consider to be a soft picture.  Not very sharp at all.  Frankly, after all the raves I've read in this forum, reference to Plasma sets I expected much better.  We're not ready to buy yet so I'll keep doing my research before we do.  For now....the picture on our older Sony is better....or let's say more to my taste....than his plasma.

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money. .......Margaret Thatcher

Well, Tony.  Our Sony 55" SXRD is 6 1/2 yrs. old now and still delivers a beautiful, sharp picture with good, natural color reproduction and excellent gray scale.  But I admit we have also been looking around.  It'll be a while because of our having to purchase a new furnace, heat pump/AC.  Our youngest son just purchased a 60" Samsung plasma.  We were over at his home watching NCAA tournament play.  It is BIG.  Good color....he has it set too contrasty for my taste....and...most importantly.....I was disappointed with what I consider to be a soft picture.  Not very sharp at all.  Frankly, after all the raves I've read in this forum, reference to Plasma sets I expected much better.  We're not ready to buy yet so I'll keep doing my research before we do.  For now....the picture on our older Sony is better....or let's say more to my taste....than his plasma.

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money. .......Margaret Thatcher
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Last years winners in the shoot out were the ELITE and the Panasonic VT50 this year I believe it will be the ZT60 and the XBR 950.

Last years winners in the shoot out were the ELITE and the Panasonic VT50 this year I believe it will be the ZT60 and the XBR 950.

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I bought LG LCD DPI TV, seems good. 

I bought LG LCD DPI TV, seems good. 

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Edited by RCSMG on May 19, 2013 at 4:22:20 PM

I agree with Oz, I bought a Panasonic VT50 and am very happy with it.  They came out with the ZT 60 because of software and hardware upgrades.  But if you can find a DT50 or 55 you will be very pleased with it.

I agree with Oz, I bought a Panasonic VT50 and am very happy with it.  They came out with the ZT 60 because of software and hardware upgrades.  But if you can find a DT50 or 55 you will be very pleased with it.

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