Are the Plasma and LCD TV the same? Actually they are not, and very different in many ways. Pricing is a key factor but there are other things as well. We will mainly focus on the features of the Plasma TV, which will also help us understand LCD televisions.

The good thing about Plasma TVs is that they have a better contrast ratio resulting in better representation of color. They are also better at rendering the color deep black, resulting in better picture that is aided by better color depth. The increased response time and superior motion tracking results in very little lag in fast moving images. Plasmas also come in bigger sizes than LCDs and cost less as well. With all these good points, the Plasma TV seems to be the obvious choice for consumers. Well, not quite.

If you accidentally leave your screen paused for a long time an effect known as burn-in can occur. The image that was paused leaves an impression on the screen. In addition to this, Plasmas consume more power and produce more heat making them less environmentally friendly. They also suffer from screen glare so the room cannot be well lit if you are to enjoy the image. Finally, mounting a Plasma TV on your wall can be quite an effort as it is very heavy, requiring a lot of support to be installed so that the wall can take the weight.

However, both types of TV’s are good buys as they offer long life (almost 18 years) and a better viewing experience than your normal television. Whichever one you decide on, look for more information on the individual brand and model before you buy it, as you need to know about specific issues that are unique to that product.