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How does a plasma TV work?


Plasma screens are made of two sheets of glass, between which Plasma (xenon and neon gas) fills thousands of tiny chambers. Behind each chamber are a series of red, blue and green phosphors. When electricity hits the Plasma chambers, they emit invisible UV light, which then hits one of the coloured phosphors. This creates a visible image on the screen.


How does an LCD TV work?


LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. A network of hundreds of thousands of tiny LCD pixels sits behind the TV screen. Behind these pixels is a fluorescent white backlight. When the light hits the pixels, an electric current determines what colour appears on the screen, and the millions of tiny light variations make up the image that you see on your TV.


What is the main advantages of Plasma over LCD?

Larger screen size availability Plasma screens range from 32" up to 65" (Manufacture dependant).

Better contrast ratio and ability to render deeper blacks.

Better colour accuracy and saturation.

Better motion tracking (little or no motion lag in fast moving images).

What is the main disadvantages of Plasma over LCD?

Plasma TVs are more susceptible to burn-in of static images.

Plasma TVs generate more heat than LCD, due to the need to light of phosphors to create images.

Does not perform as well at higher altitude.


What is the main LCD television advantages over plasma?

No burn-in of static images.

Cooler running temperature.

No high altitude use issues.

Increased image brightness over plasma.


What is the main disadvantages of LCD over Plasma?

Lower contrast ratio, not as good rendering deep blacks.

Not as good at tracking motion.

Not commonly available in large screen sizes above 40" LCD screens are generally 40" or less in size (Manufacture dependant).