At the end of the day picture quality is the single most important feature to consider when purchasing a flat screen; you will find that this varies greatly from brand to brand! Most Plasma’s can produce the best quality blacks, while moving images, like chase scenes in movies, Plasma is the best product to consider if one is taking this into consideration. LCD’s have caught up a lot but because Plasmas entered the market before LCD they have improved constantly over time and will continue to do so, always giving them an edge over their LCD counterparts. Plasma displays have the best viewing angles and can be viewed from almost both complete sides.
Plasma displays have shown to be more resilient. If you are planning on buying a large screen, Plasma is the most superior. Samsung and LG have made very large Plasmas that have proven to be very good. Don't base your judgement, for example on the contrast ratio alone, this can be made up by the manufacturer. Many TV companies say "1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio", which is not true. So, make sure you read online reviews / blogs of the TVs and also view them in person at a retail store near you.
Burn-in: With Plasma displays, static images will begin to "burn-in," or permanently etch the colour being displayed into the glass display element. The time it takes for this to occur depends greatly on the anti burn-in technology of the manufacturer. Recent improvements by Plasma manufacturers have certainly extended the time it takes to burn in a plasma pixel cell. Now, many of the enhancements such as better green phosphor material, and motion adaptive anti burn-in technology are greatly reducing the risk of burn in. It’s gotten so much better that one does not even have to worry about it anymore. In a new model plasma from any top tier manufacturer you can now put "ghosting" estimates at an hour or more now (Ghosting can be "washed" out by displaying static grey material). Permanent burn-in would occur from 10 hours onwards.
Plasma lifespan: Most Plasma manufacturers rate their latest models as having a lifespan of up to 100,000 hours before the display fades to half brightness. On average, that works out to more than 17 years before the set reaches half-brightness.
Upside: Very good home theatre image quality in best examples; wide viewing angle. Plasma wins outright in the contrast ratio category. This is the difference between the darkest darks and the whitest whites. The contrast ratio of LCD screens has caught up but still can't beat Plasma.
Downside: Slight potential for burn-in; reflective screen; lower native resolution than similarly sized LCD’s and LED’s for entry-level models.
Forecast: More 50-inch and larger full-HD models to come, cementing plasma's place as a favourite among video enthusiasts.
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