Getting a new TV soon but LCD or Plasma

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#1 deactivated-59b71619573a1
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I have a choice between a samsung 42"HD ready plasma with 600Hz or a samsung 40"LCD full 1080p TV for 40 euro more. I will be using it mostly for games on my PS3 and Blu Ray movies. My TV will be about 9 ft away from where I sit playing so I'm thinking the 42" will be better. But I would like to know which is better

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#2 Peiner09
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I have a choice between a samsung 42"HD ready plasma with 600Hz or a samsung 40"LCD full 1080p TV for 40 euro more. I will be using it mostly for games on my PS3 and Blu Ray movies. My TV will be about 9 ft away from where I sit playing so I'm thinking the 42" will be better. But I would like to know which is better

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lcd/ledlcd if in a bright enviornment, plasma if in dark.
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#3 Gregoroth
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Plasma has better motion handling, colours/blacks, perfect screen uniformity and performs the best in dim/dark conditions. The 600Hz sub field drive is nothing to do with LCD's 200Hz marketing of refresh rates though so don't factor it in. I'd go with the plasma. Nearly all games are sub 720p native as well.
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#4 Icehearted
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I'd go plasma. Long answer follows...

I have a 42" LCD 1080p. Sharp as a tack, but SD looks hideous (and most channels are SD). Also, almost nothing is 1080p, and might not be so for a long time. Maybe next gen systems, maybe not, but even then that's a long ways off. If it saves you cash, going 720p would be a better idea, and from what I hear Plasma does it better. The tech is way better than it was when it started, the shelflife is the same, and picture quality is usually better overall (particularly color range).

Something else to think about is that stores actually fidget with picture quality to move more expensive sets, which are usually LCD. There was a piece on Cnet about just that, so if you're going to a B&M don't be afraid to play with some settings.

Plasmas always start at 42" and are generally cheaper overall in that size group. 1080p at that size IS NOT noticeably different in quality from 720p at a normal viewing distance, and again I stress that there's almost nothing that supports 1080p right now anyway. It's just more expensive, and so it's about manipulating consumer perceptions. Kind of like those gold plated cables people try to sell as being better, when in fact the difference is negligibly worse (gold is not as good a conductor).

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#5 rastan
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At that size from 9' away, 1080p will not have any visible improvement over 720p so that should matter to you. As long as you don't play in a sun room, plasma will be the way to go(if you do, any lcd with a "matte screen" will be the better choice simply because you would have less glare.
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#6 k2theswiss
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in choosing the type of t.v u need look at really where u playing. i been looking to t.vs and lcd brands look better in ligter places. got a window in the room shades openaways or lights on... also the glass on lcds reduces glares to

plasmas look better in dark

but forget lcd go for leds it's like the son of lcd

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At that size from 9' away, 1080p will not have any visible improvement over 720p so that should matter to you. As long as you don't play in a sun room, plasma will be the way to go(if you do, any lcd with a "matte screen" will be the better choice simply because you would have less glare.rastan

Yeah, but that forces you to sit in the same position all the time.:)

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Thanks guys can I ask. What are sammy's like for reliability?

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#9 rastan
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Samsung is one of the more reliable brands.
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#10 HuhJustaBox
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Thanks guys can I ask. What are sammy's like for reliability?

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If you go plasma (Personally, I would never own an LCD due to weak blacks, fake 120htz look, poor color saturation, etc.), I would get a Panasonic. They consistently outperform Samsung and are priced about the same.

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#11 000000000111
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Yeah, but that forces you to sit in the same position all the time.:)Heirren

I never have this problem with my LCD...

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#12 l34052
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....but forget lcd go for leds it's like the son of lcd

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Actually its exactly the same thing, lcd and led tv is the exact same technology the only diference is the method used to light the screen. LCD generally use CCFL tubes to light the screen whereas LED LCD use (u guessed it...) banks of LED lights either mounted on the edge of the screen or the more expensive tv's use banks of them behind the whole screen and utilise a technique known as local dimming to produce beter images than regular edge mounted tv's.

Its a very common mistake to think LED is somehow different to LCD, its exactly the same apart from the method used to light the screen.

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Well, i am normally a plasma guy. I have owned two Panasonic plasma tv's and they are fantastic for gaming. But unfortunately the glass stand under my 42in shattered into a million pieces, sending my tv crashing to the floor. So, now i am going to try a new Panasonic LED/LCD. I ordered the tv from Amazon and should get it in a few days. It cost $750 and i could have purchased another plasma cheaper, so i hope this new tv performs well. I am concerned about game input lag. I have always avoided lcd tv's, so i hope i did not make a mistake.

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#14 rastan
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My guess is that the picture will not be as good as what you were used to.
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#15 000000000111
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Well, i am normally a plasma guy. I have owned two Panasonic plasma tv's and they are fantastic for gaming. But unfortunately the glass stand under my 42in shattered into a million pieces, sending my tv crashing to the floor. So, now i am going to try a new Panasonic LED/LCD. I ordered the tv from Amazon and should get it in a few days. It cost $750 and i could have purchased another plasma cheaper, so i hope this new tv performs well. I am concerned about game input lag. I have always avoided lcd tv's, so i hope i did not make a mistake.

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If it's the 42" Viera you should be fine...
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#16 kaim_i
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I don't think there is such thing as a 600hz tv, the max i have seen is 240hz. Also Samsung don't make good plasma, if you want good Plasma TV go for Panasonic. Samsung LCD look very fancy, if you have enough money go for LED, with at least 120hz so you can be future proof for 3d
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I don't think there is such thing as a 600hz tv, the max i have seen is 240hz. Also Samsung don't make good plasma, if you want good Plasma TV go for Panasonic. Samsung LCD look very fancy, if you have enough money go for LED, with at least 120hz so you can be future proof for 3dkaim_i

Looks like 600hz is pretty bountiful here...

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=pcat17080&type=page&qp=crootcategoryid%23%23-1%23%23-1~~cabcat0100000%23%234%23%23wu~~cabcat0101000%23%237%23%236d~~cabcat0101001%23%230%23%233j~~nf312||506c61736d6120466c61742d50616e656c&list=y&nrp=15&sc=TVVideoSP&sp=-bestsellingsort+skuid&usc=abcat0100000

Link keeps erroring out, my apologies

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There are cons n pros to both tv types. I'm more of an lcd guy but I'm not opposed to plasma. Lcd gets bad rep for poor off angel viewing input lag, not as deep blacks. But the off angle viewing of lcds is not as bad as they claim, input lag is a brand to brand thing as some are good an others not so great. Black levels are not as good as plasma but can get close on some sets. Plasma tvs tend to be power hungry, run a lot hotter as a result lots of fans inside to cool down equals noise. Poor day light performance highly reflective glass screens, not as luminescent or dimmer then lcd. Lcd tvs black levels are better in day time as plasma black level are not as deep in day time. You can really do this all day. I say if you are going to have the tv i a room with low light go plasma, if its going to be in a well lit room go lcd.
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#19 rastan
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One caveat that everybody forgets to mention: Many high end LCD's have glossy screens to improve perceived contrast and as such may actually perform worse with glare in bright rooms. Also, in large sets, plasmas usually provide higher value in the size/performance/$ ratio.
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#20 dxmcat
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curtains and lights are the enemy!

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#21 myke2010
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I don't think there is such thing as a 600hz tv, the max i have seen is 240hz. Also Samsung don't make good plasma, if you want good Plasma TV go for Panasonic. Samsung LCD look very fancy, if you have enough money go for LED, with at least 120hz so you can be future proof for 3dkaim_i

Actually Sammy's plasmas are rated quite highly, right behind Panny's usually. They tend to lack the deep black levels the Panasonics can produce, but on the other hand they have great color accuracy.