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I want to get new TV for my WII and PS3.... Do you think I should go with Plasma or LCD? I hear people are using Plasma's for gaming with out issues.... I was thinking of getting a Pioneer (PDP-5000EX) http://www.monitoroutlet.com/product/pioneer_pdp_5000ex,4006.html or a Panasonic TH-50pz750U http://www.monitoroutlet.com/product/panasonic_th_50pz750u,3848.html What do you think I should go with or should I which to LCD... but plasma seem to have a better pic from what I see in the stores.. Afa
:moved: to TD
7th December 2003
A good plasma is usually more expensive and LCDs are good for gaming too, at least if you buy a modern one. Recent LCDs have this "100Hz" technology which is supposedly useless for watching movies but very good for consoles.
A problem with LCD might be that you're supposed to keep a certain distance from them, which might be problematic if you buy a 40-inch LCD and have only 1-meter cables for your console.
I recommend buying some magazines and googling for reviews to narrow it down, once you have a few models that you think might do the trick look for forums that specialize on this TV (tech-support forums of producing company, for example).
“The light that burns brightest, burns the shortest.” Blade Runner 1982 Plasmas have nice picture quality, but logos and game HUDs etch into the screen. They also lose half their brightness halfway through their lifespan due to the oxidization of the phosphors on the viewer's side of the screen not being degaussable like on CRT screens. This is because unlike CRTs, plasma screens have no actual metal grills behind the screen so they do not magnetize. The metal screen though being vulnerable to magnetism over a period of time also acts as a handy way to degauss (demagnetize) the screen via a slight increase in voltage which burns off the oxidization. CRT monitors and TV's for some time have been made so they slightly degauss automatically when they are turned on. Of course they are slowly becoming a thing of the past though. Don't even bother with OLED, a tech that for some time has been used in micro devices such as cell phones displays whereby very thin screens are etched vertically and horizontally then coated with an organic film. This technology is owned by Kodak and Sony plans to come out with TVs using the tech next year. They are cheaper to make than LCDs, have beautiful picture quality, amazing 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and very deep blacks but the blue color spectrum in them only lasts 20,000 hrs (one third that of LCDs). The next best tech IMO in TV's will be Samsung's 81 Series 100Hz 1080p LED backlit HDTVs with Local Dimming. They employ an array of LEDs for backlighting capable of dimming on the fly where blacks appear onscreen for true deep blacks. They have a 100,000:1 contrast ratio and supposedly will debut at an estimated $3,000 msrp for a 40". It is my hope that by the time the HD broadcast rollover comes they will make a 27" 1080p TV of this type with a street price of around $1000.
Panasonic TH-50pz750U seems better than the other, and I found the same product, but cheaper, you can look up Amazon.com: Panasonic TH-50PZ750U 50" 1080p plasma HDTV: Electronics
Short answer - get an LCD. Cheaper and better suited for gaming (due to the burn-in Omen mentioned above). Samsung, Sony and Toshiba are highly regarded LCD brands.
Yes, the Plasmas do look amazing from pretty much any angle, but they also seem to be a bit more problematic.
First of all, do you need a flat panel display, like LCD and Plasma, or can it be any other display, like DLP, LCoS, or LCD (on microdisplays)?
Crutchfield.com is a good site to find info. and TV's.
Go LCD, you get phosphor burn in with plasma, unless you get a commercial grade one. Plasma does look better in ambient lighting though but they're not for gaming.