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TV help ... Plasma ? or LCD

ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
I've decided to bite the bullet and pick up a large screen TV for the home. I will say the Patriots and Sox are driving this :)

I was going to get a Plasma because I read they are better in a big room with better color and abilty to view from different angles with out loss of picture quality.

Now I am being told if my kids play vidio games it could effect the screen over time.


Nothings ever easy. Do you guys have any opinions ( man thats a loaded question )


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  • Empire_2
    Empire_2 Member Posts: 2,343
    HI Scott

    Ya Know,....I and many other people have the same darn question. I have heard pros and Con's each way and still cannot make a decision. It's almost like the sales man's dream pitch, but after I leave the store, My head is spinning. They all have different info to offer, some clearly don't know what they are talking about and I can't tell who is LYING....lol:-)
    It has to be easier to decide on the launch time of the space shuttle.

    Mike T.
  • kevin coppinger_4
    kevin coppinger_4 Member Posts: 2,124
    I don't have...

    either...probabaly never will. The knck on plasma is that it has a "short" lifespan...3 years depending on how much it is used...sort of the mod/con vs. cast iron idea...kpc

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  • Brian_18
    Brian_18 Member Posts: 94
    Get Plasma

    I have one of each. The plasma is a much better, clearer picture. The only problem is the plasma tv's are not available in the smaller sizes, which you then are forced to LCD.
  • Roland_6
    Roland_6 Member Posts: 8
    Plasma vs LCD

    Plasma displays still deliver superior picture quality. On the down side, they are somewhat fragile and do suffer from raster burn if a still image is displayed for an extended period of time. LCD displays are less fragile, deliver an image almost as good as a plasma, come in smaller sizes and are less power hungry. Down side , suffer from something called image lag where fast moving objects are a bit blurred. They won't burn in like a plasma might.
    If your kids will be using the display for video games(bad for your kids health), get the LCD. If you want the best possible image quality, go with the Plasm
  • Paul Pollets
    Paul Pollets Member Posts: 3,656

    Scott, I bought a 50" plasma Panasonic last year after much research. It is incredible, to say the least. The model has a dig camera card slot so I can view the pics on a big screen. "Screen fading" has more to do with leaving a video game on than any movie or tv show. I bought a 4 year maintainence contract that removes any hassle with future repairs.

    It's the only way to watch sports. Or movies.

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  • John@Reliable_14
    John@Reliable_14 Member Posts: 171
    Scott, do like I did.........

    Ceiling mounted projector that is DLP and HD onto a 8' screen along with surround sound talk about being in the action. P.S. give the kids the old tv for gaming, they can only play Madden on the big screen when dad gets to play hehe
  • Home Depot Employee
    Home Depot Employee Member Posts: 329
    Check this out

    I have all three, for different reasons
    LCD- Size and price
    Plasma- My main TV and I dont let the kids gaming on it. This is by far the best viewing angles, speed and clarity
    LCD Projector-What else media rm

    Plus side of LCD- Capable of brighter pictures
    Downside of Plasma- Glossy screen can pick up reflections and is affected by direct light or sunlight. This should be considered depending on room layout and windows.

    FYI- Most plasmas are now rated for 15,000 hours before noticible picture decrease. Whats that 4 hours a day, 365 days a year, 10 years?

    This is a great site to compare reasons and differences:
  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
    Yea Paul

    Thats the unit I just bought. You make me feel good !!

    Down side ?? After all the heming and Hawing, debate and discussion ... I went and bought the thing, made a good deal, bought the warranty .... ITS NOT IN STOCK aaahhhh.... I'm like a kid at Christmas with the toy and no batteries .... aaahhh.

    Delivery is next Friday.

    Still plenty of time to watch the Sox !!!


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