Mar 19, 2013
I am looking for a 60 - 70" for living room with lots of windows. I watch sports and some movies and will be mounting it on the wall. My concerns are glare, motion blur and TV thickness. Cost is not a main concern. How do I choose between plasma and lcd?
Due to your room full of windows, go for an LED. It will be a lot brighter than a plasma and with less glare (check out the reflection pictures
of the 2014 models that we reviewed). Motion blur will not be an issue if you go for a top model.
Nov 30, 2012
Why does an LED TV looks so much better in a store than a Plasma TV?
The lights in a retail store are usually really bright, so to compensate and sell more TVs, the store brings the brightness of their TVs to the max. A very bright TV in a store will make it "pop", which translate into increased sales. Because Plasma TVs cannot be as bright as an LED TV, they will often look fade in comparison to an LED TV in a store. Keep in mind that in a retail store environment, you cannot see the LED TV biggest flaw: poor blacks. Once it is in your living room at night and you turn down that brightness, you should start seeing the difference.
Apr 02, 2013
If plasmas's have better black levels and picture quality compared to an LED TV, why aren't more people opting for the plasma technology? In my country, like just as the rest of Asia, 9 out of 10 of all TVs sold is an led/lcd. Even on the internet mostly everybody is talking about whether to buy a 46" lcd of x company or y company and there is absolutely no mention of plasma TVs. Agreed, there are fewer companies and fewer sizes available, but why not go for a 50" plasma instead of a 46" led which one could get for around the same price?
Picture quality is not the top priority for most people (even if this is what they claim). The truth is, LEDs have a good enough picture quality for the majority of people. LEDs are thinner and creates more of a wow factor in a retail environment due to their higher brightness. Also, LEDs are a lot brighter so more suitable for a normal living room setting (plasma TVs are better for basement type rooms). Plasma is more affected by image retention and even though it is very rarely permanent, it does scare people off. For all these reasons, LEDs are indeed the best choice for 90% of the population. Plasma TVs are more for videophiles.
Dec 04, 2012
Are burn-ins still an issue with Plasma TVs like it was at the beginning?
Permanent burn-ins are not an issue anymore. However, temporary ones can still occur (as shown here
). It even occured to us in a few of our reviews of plasma TVs. If you will sweat every time a logo stays on for more than 5 seconds, buy an LED TV instead.
Jan 10, 2013
What is the difference between neo-plasma and plasma? Is neo-plasma better or LED TV?
Neo Plasma is Panasonic's marketing name for their new plasmas panels introduced since 2009. It is present in their top 3 models for 2012: ST50, GT50 and VT50. They have better blacks than their standard panels, but a few people reported an increase occurrence of temporary image retention on them. As for if it is better than LED, you can just consider Neo Plasma as a Plasma TV and follow this guide.
Nov 30, 2012
I can't stand the poor blacks and the poor backlight uniformity of a LED, but I am also afraid of image retention on a Plasma. What should I do?
Unfortunately, only the very high end LED TVs can offer blacks and uniformity that are close to Plasma TVs, but even them are not perfect. You should not be really worried about image retention issues on a Plasma, it does happen from time to time, but it will usually go away within minutes.
Mar 25, 2013
What is the risk of leaving a plasma ON all the time compared to an led? I'm looking at a 50" Panasonic plasma because I do a lot of gaming, so I want the 600hz refresh rate. Ambient lighting is not a big problem. I also do not want to watch a movie and it feel like I'm watching a soap opera, I want it to look and feel like an action packed movie, I don't want it to seem like I'm standing there IN the movie.
Both a plasma and led TV could end up with image retention if it stays on all the time. Plasma will be worse though, so if you intend to do that you should go for an led. About the soap opera effect, you can always turn that option off if you do not like it.
May 16, 2013
I keep seeing that the Samsung PN60F5500
plasma has a pentile display and is not true full 1080p. Is that true and should I steer clear of that display?
Pentile display is not as bad as it seems. Yes, it doesn't have the full resolution with all colors, but it does with the important ones. Unless you are sitting really close to the TV, you will most likely not see the difference. We haven't seen the PN60F5500
yet in person so cannot comment on if it is pentile or not, but the PN51F5500
that we tested was not pentile (see the close up of the pixels in our review).
Dec 06, 2012
I do not want to think about it, which one should I get?
The majority is opting for LED, so this is your safest bet. It should satisfy almost everybody.
May 02, 2013
I love the realistic image quality of high-end Panasonic Plasma and I watch movies most of the time. Unfortunately, the new 65 inch TV I intend to buy is for my living room with lots of windows. Would I be disappointed with the latest Samsung LED?
It depends on how picky you are. During day time, you will more likely prefer the Samsung LED. At night though and when watching dark scenes, you could be bothered by less good, but still good blacks. If budget is not an issue, check out the Samsung F8500
plasma. Its blacks are very good (although not exactly like the Panasonic VT60
), but it can get even brighter (almost as bright as LEDs).
Apr 16, 2013
I am looking to get a new TV for my new home. I currently have a 50" plasma which I put in the bedroom. I am looking for at 65" or 70". I like plasma but the cost seems to get pretty high at that size. Any thoughts on Vizio versus Sharp for the larger sizes? I watch a lot of financial news and movies.
Vizio and Sharp are more barebone TVs with limited extra features. They are a great value overall especially for the size. They may not have the best picture quality (except for the Sharp Elite series), but it should be more than enough for the average person. As for the comparison between them, it will mostly depend on the actual model being compared. Check out all our reviews of the 2014 Vizio TVs here
Apr 18, 2013
I have a living room, no overhead lighting, and two normal size windows. Was considering an LG - 50" Class 1080P 600Hz Plasma HDTV. We mostly watch movies, little T.V. Thoughts?
It depends on the actual model number and price. Usually though, for a plasma, Samsung and Panasonic offer better price/quality ratios than LG.
Jul 13, 2012
What about OLED TVs?
The OLED technology has the potential to dominate all the other technologies. It has all the convenience of LCD/LED, with the contrast of the plasma.
Unfortunately, it is not widely available yet. Only very big and very expensive OLED televisions are currently available to general public. We will update this guide once it reaches a more mainstream market.
Apr 20, 2013
I am really leaning towards a Panasonic Plasma, maybe the ST60
series, for my dark basement living room. I was talking to a tv repairman today, he advises against plasmas, claims they run hot and have shorter lifespans than LEDs. I do watch a lot of dvds and on some weekends the tv stays on pretty much all weekend, especially in the winter and anytime the weather is wet or cold outside. I would like a tv that can make it ten years, would I be foolish to go with plasma? Not necessarily opposed to LEDs, just know plasmas give the best picture in dark rooms like mine.
They indeed run significantly hotter than LEDs. Technically, plasmas do have shorter lifespan than LEDs, but in practice it wouldn't matter. Both should last over 10 years and they are more likely to break from either accidental causes (like moving it) or electrical component failure (common to both) than the actual panel wear. Unless, of course, you intend to leave it on 24/7 (like airport monitors).
Sep 17, 2013
Which Samsung TV is better, the H7150
for a living room with windows?
Both are really good in their respective category. But if you have a lot of windows in your room and watch TV during the day, go for the H7150
. Even if the F8500
can get very bright for a plasma TV, is still can't compete in term of brightness to the H7150.
Feb 24, 2013
I just purchased a refurbished 26" flat screen TV. I really do not know much about it. Like, for example, whether it is a LCD or PLASMA TV. My question is how do I tell the difference?
An easy test is to touch the screen. If it is soft and bends, it is an LCD. If it is hard as a glass, it is a plasma. This test is not true for all LCDs though, because manufacturers sometimes put a glass panel even on an LCD/LED. In your case, it is an LCD because no plasma TV was ever produced in the 26" size.
May 25, 2013
I have a Samsung 51 inch plasma tv that was recently hit and broken by a friend's child. I have had no problems with the tv otherwise and wouldn't mind buying the same tv, however, I'm worried about it being broken again easily. Are LED tvs any harder to break from an impact or are they all about the same?
They are about the same for resisting impacts. LEDs are softer to the touch than Plasma TVs (they rarely have a glass panel). However, I doubt any of them would resist to a big impact, they would just not shatter like glass. If you are really worried about that, you could always buy a separate protector (google search 'TV screen protector'). They are not pretty but get the job done. Also, make sure the TV can't fall off your table by mounting it to the wall.
Jan 10, 2013
I live in a hot climate during the summer months which turns very cold in the winter months. Will this have an effect on a plasma tv and how long should I truly expect a plasma to last in these conditions? I heard heat affects plasmas.
All electronics are affected by heat and have a reduced lifetime if they get too hot. The reason you probably heard Plasmas are affected more by heat is that they generate more heat themselves than an LED TV. Most plasmas even have little fans inside to help dissipate the heat. If you room goes more than 40 °C (104 °F) for a Plasma or 50 °C (122 °F) for an LED, we suggest that you do not use your TV (it depends on the actual model though, some generates more heat than others). Leaving it turned off is not a problem above these. Using your TV under these temperatures will have little effect on the lifetime, the actual model will have a lot more impact. As for the cold, unless your room goes below 0 °C (32 °F), do not worry about it. The main thing that affects electronics in the cold is condensation.
Feb 02, 2013
I am told that the plasma TVs may need to be recharged. As you can see I am not really sure what I am talking about in that I am still using a Toshiba 36" TV. Any truth to the recharging?
No, plasma TVs do not need to be recharged. The phosphor in a cell of a pixel on a Plasma TV does wear out slightly over time. It cannot be refilled, but you shouldn't worry about that because the other electronics parts will die long before the phosphor.
Apr 01, 2013
I am looking for a TV for bedroom usage. I was thinking about 42 in plasma? Is this good a choice?
For a bedroom, a plasma is a good choice. TVs in a bedroom are mostly watched at night so the glare and lower luminosity of a plasma will not be a problem.
May 15, 2013
I'm looking at the new samsung pn60f5500
plasma for my basement. Seems like a lot of people talking about Panasonic's but i've heard the Samsung are just as good for picture quality and have less image retention issues. Is that true?
Both are really good Plasma TV brands. You will not be disappointed with either of them. Panasonic do have better picture quality (mostly from the deeper blacks) but the difference isn't big. The same is true for image retention, it is more common on Panasonic but by only a slight margin. Choosing between the two brands is mostly splitting hairs.
Jul 30, 2013
I live in a very hot climate. Does it affect an led tv?
Because LED TVs do not generate a lot of heat, they are not different than any other electronics. This means you don't have to worry about it unless you put your TV in a very enclosed furniture.
May 18, 2013
I game a lot and am thinking of buying a 50 inch plasma Tv since it will be in my basement. Would image retention be much of a problem if I play around 5 hours at once every week and also watch movies, or should I get an LED since I will also be using it instead of buying a computer monitor for my gaming PC?
It depends on your actual unit, but you will probably notice some temporary image retention from time to time. Plasmas are great for gaming because they handle motion way better than LEDs, but you do have to live with the occasional retention. If you do plan on using it as a computer monitor a lot, we do suggest to go with an LED instead.
Jan 25, 2013
Which technology (lcd, led or plasma) is best for a TV used in a lobby?
Usually, lobbies are well lit rooms and not a dedicated TV area. You will appreciate a lot more the high brightness of an LCD/LED over the deep blacks of a Plasma in such environment. As for an LCD vs an LED, they are basically the same technology as mentioned in this article; they are just at a different price point.
Aug 01, 2013
I have a living room 20ft length by 17.5 wide, 9ft ceilings with 3 big windows on the left. I would like to mount the tv over the fire place, either a 65/75in tv. I'm leaning towards an LED but worried about viewing angle when we host parties. Do you recommend LED or plasma?
You should go for an IPS LED panel, they have a greater viewing angle (but at the cost of a lower contrast). You can found these in LG and Panasonic TVs. Samsung TVs offer better blacks, but they also have a more limited viewing angle. Check out viewing angle results
of the LED TVs that we tested this year.
Sep 08, 2013
I recently bought a Dynex 60". Sound was terrible compared to my older sony 55". Are the speakers in all TV's now made for surround systems?
Almost yes. The problem is the manufacturers care more about the thickness of the TV than the sound. It is also a good way to reduce cost. If you really care about sound, you need to buy at least a sound bar.
Jan 12, 2014
I have a 51" Samsung plasma (pn51e550) I believe. I bought it in 2012 and I'm wondering weather a 2013/2014 led might give me a better picture and better 3d. I use the set in my basement mostly watching movies, some sports and occasional ps3 game. Any thoughts? I have read recent reviews that don't give the Samsung the greatest reviews.
No, your TV is pretty good already, better than most LED TVs even of today (besides for 3D).
Jul 05, 2013
I am looking to buy a 50 inch tv, and I cannot decide between plasma and led. I will be using it for movies and gaming (mostly in the evening).
Because you will mostly watch it in the evening, you should get a plasma. Glare and lower luminosity won't be an issue in the evening and the better picture quality would be worth it.
Jun 13, 2013
I use solar power for my energy requirements at home. My connection cannot withstand heavy energy consumers. Which TV can you recommend?
You should go for an LED if you are really tight on power consumption. The energy consumption is about proportionate to the size; the smaller the model, the better.
Jul 29, 2013
I am looking at a 60" 3D HDTV. I am leaning to plasma. Since our TV is on 10-12 hours per day, can you give a ballpark percentage difference in power consumption between plasma and LED LCD (used in low ambient lighting and assuming same content, mostly off air SD and HD) ?
It would be about $185 vs $60 for an LED. Keep in mind though that is the worst case scenario of displaying really bright content on a plasma, because their power consumption change depending on the brightness of the picture displayed. Check out our calculator
for more info.
Sep 16, 2013
In one of your responses to a question concerning sound, you recommended buying a "sound bar". What is that? I have found the sound quality in the new thin TV's to be extremely poor. What is the best way to obtain acceptable sound?
It is a compact form of a surround sound system. It is called that way because it looks just like a horizontal bar, that you usually put below or above your TV. The main advantage over a real surround sound system is the easier installation, just a box next to your TV compared to 5 speakers around you. Obviously, the sound is not as good as a real sound system, but it is a nice improvement over the TV built-in sound.
Dec 09, 2013
What type of TV should I get for my living room with one big window and watch during the day and night?
Go for an LED. They get brighter and they have less glare.
Apr 14, 2014
Do Sharp's four colour make any difference in any aspects?
It increases slightly the color gamut but most people won't see a difference in day to day usage.
Sep 24, 2014
I want to buy a Samsung Plasma TV 51 inches. Is there a big diference in picture quality between PN51F5300
? I'm more concern about picture quality than any other features.
The difference is big. The black level is about the same, but the F8500
can get more than twice as bright. It also has an anti-glare filter and it flickers less. If you can afford it, you won't regret upgrading to the F8500.
May 28, 2013
What are the qualities of LED over plasma which makes it costly than plasma?
I am looking a TV for my living room which has windows. A 43in plasma is much cheaper than 40in LED but I am interested in buying the LED. What do you suggest?
The higher cost just means that the technology is pricier to produce in large quantities. LED is more suitable for rooms with a lot of windows because it usually has less reflections and the picture can be brighter. So in your case, you should opt for an LED if the price isn't out of reach.
Aug 01, 2013
We are in Australia. Do you know anything about Hisense TV brand which offer a 3 year warranty?
Unfortunately, we do not cover Hisense. These kind of third party electronics usually buy their panels from the overstock of LG or Samsung of the previous years.
Aug 11, 2013
I currently have a 42" 720p plasma from 2008. I want to upgrade to a 60+" from this year, but I'm having trouble deciding if I should settle for a low end, name brand plasma or spend extra for something like the ST60
. Is it really that much better? Most review sites do a great job of comparing models of the same year, but it would be nice to have a section like "How it compares to models from 5 years ago".
Contrary to LED TVs, the plasma technology improved a lot in the last few years. The biggest improvement is in term of blacks. There is a noticeable difference between a mid end 2008 plasma and a mid end 2013 one.
Sep 12, 2013
I'm looking to buy a 42" for a room with a lot of windows. I'm assuming LED would be the better choice, but any preference about which model or brand in that size?
Check out our reviews of TVs in this size
. As a rule of thumb, Samsung and Sony offer great contrast but poor viewing angle. LG and Panasonic are the inverse, great viewing angle but poor contrast.
Sep 14, 2013
Should I buy a Plasma if I am only going to watch movies at night?
Yes, plasma have a darker image so they are more suitable at night.
Sep 27, 2013
Is a plasma ok with a lamp on? Nothing to bright but sometimes you can't always watch in a darkened room. The light would be in line or behind the plasma.
Usually yes. Check out pictures of all models that we tested with a light on here
Oct 10, 2013
I am looking for a 60inch TV for my firm's lobby area. I will be running advertisements, about us, meet our team, company logo etc, on the TV. It is not surrounded by windows but has lights. What is best Plasma or LCD/LED?
Definitely LED in this case due to lower image retention. Also, try going for a IPS panel (LG or Panasonic usually). It has a wider viewing angle which is useful in your setting. The downside is lower contrast, but you do not need good contrast in an office's lobby.
Oct 16, 2013
Are you saying that you can't watch a plasma tv with the lights on?
It depends on the model and how much lights. Entry level models do not have an anti glare filter, so they are really reflective. A small light is OK with them. Mid to high level models have very little reflections, but they still can't get very bright. These will work in a standard living room with a window. Check out the pictures that we took under lights
to have an idea.
Nov 11, 2013
I am torn on which is better for me it will be primarily used for my computer and video games as well as sports events. I am looking at an led but am starting to lean towards a plasma.
If you will be using it as a computer monitor, you are better with an LED. It is risky to use a plasma in such a way due to image retention issues (a computer picture has a lot of static images, like the toolbar).
Nov 01, 2013
I want to buy a TV specifically for gaming and for watching HD movies, I would usually keep it on for a long time as I want to connect my Mac with it as well. Energy consumption is not an issue, however, as far as plasmas go, I'm worried about the image retention you've mentioned, The lighting in the room can be controlled. How should I go about this?
If you want to use it as a computer monitor, you should opt for an LED. There is a lot of static content on a computer monitor (bar at the bottom and top for example), so it will be more prone to image retention.
Nov 02, 2013
I am considering a 55" LED to be mounted 12 feet from where I will sit. I'm concerned that the picture may not be as sharp at the 75 degrees versus a 90 degree angle. Should I be?
It depends on the model. If you get a Samsung, it is border line. The colors will be slightly washed out at that angle. If you get an LG though, you should have no problem. Check out our videos of viewing angle here
(although they are horizontals).
Dec 06, 2013
I'm concerned about viewing angle. We have an L-shaped couch and family members sit in various spots around the couch. Is this really a problem with LEDs?
It depends on the model. Check out our tests videos of the viewing angle of various LEDs here
Feb 20, 2014
I am thinking about buying an LCD or a plasma tv (75 or 80 inch) in my indoor pool
room with at least 80% humidity. What do you suggest?
The maximum size for a plasma is 65 inch, so you will have to go for an LED.
May 20, 2014
Why does your power consumption in the comparison say $45(plasma) vs. $15(LED), when your own power estimator says they should be ~$11 and ~$8 for a 40" display, respectively? Using your power estimator you linked above, it would take a 72" screen to get to the $45 annual cost stated for a 40" display in your comparison. Could you please update one or the other this to reflect the proper power consumption of these TVs?
Thanks for pointing this error. We forgot the table when we updated the numbers to 2014. It is fixed now.
Jul 13, 2014
I am looking for a TV for outside plasma or led-LCD. My climate here in darwin Australia is similar to Houston TX.
Go for an LED, because it can get brighter. A semi-gloss finish will work also better for the reflections, so the Samsung H6350
is a good choice.
Sep 19, 2014
I have recently purchased a second hand Samsung PS-42p3s plasma tv. It was purchased by the owner around 2006 end. Worried about it would last longer? It is running well now. What should I do so for its longevity?
Is there any image burn in/retention? If not, it could still run a few years. 8 years is already a long time for a TV though. But as long as you don't set the luminosity to the max, it could still be good for a few more.
Oct 17, 2014
Amazing website. Thanks! Just wondering, why don't you cover Sharp TVs here?
Simply because we haven't had the time yet. Don't worry, we will get to test Sharp TVs in the future.
Nov 05, 2014
What TV specification represents whether the screen is glossy or matte?
I have 42 inch Vizio tv with a matte finish and my sister has a 42 inch Vizio with a glossy finish. I like hers much better and want to buy a new TV with a glossy screen but can't figure out how to tell the difference.
Manufacturers don't mention the screen finish usually. You will either have to see it in person, or check out our pictures of reflections
Nov 10, 2014
I have a sensitivity to certain lighting. I can watch TV for hours on my old TV, but it seems like when I'm on my computer or watching TV on a new model with LED lights, it bothers my eyes more. Why is this? How is the lighting different?
Usually this is due to the backlight flickering. Some screens flicker their backlight while others are always lit. On some TVs, you can even control this (via settings like LED motion).
Nov 12, 2014
Found all the info I need just by reading the question / answer info on your website. Thanks so much, best site I have ever seen.
Nov 13, 2014
What would you recommend using to clean tv screens with?
Start with a dry soft cloth (no liquid, especially no window cleaner). This should clean almost everything if you rub it for a while. If there is still some spots left, add a little bit of water to your cloth (but not much).
Nov 19, 2014
You guys are the best TV reviewers on this planet and give factual evidence proving why one tv is better than another. Is the samsung UN40H6350
better than the older but more expensive samsung UN46C8000? I have a deal placed for the un46c8000 but if the picture is not as good as the H6350
than I won't consider buying it.
We didn't test the UN46C8000 (we only started testing TVs last year, and this is an old TV), but we expect it to be slightly better than the UN40H6350
. About the same difference than the one between the H6350
Dec 02, 2014
Hi! Very helpful website indeed! I have been to see the OLED TVs and they do look absolutely stunning. I am interested what you think of the reports that Samsung is going to chase QD-LED instead of OLED. It seems to me the future is still uncertain for OLEDs.
From a business perspective, it definitely makes more sense to stick with LCDs than go for OLEDs. They can keep their current factories. The R&D cost of improving just the backlight is a lot lower too. Even if this approach doesn't yield the best picture quality, it is more profitable. LG is taking a big risk by opting for OLED. The picture quality is better, but can they be profitable with them? If they can't bring the cost down enough, it doesn't really matter if the picture quality is better. Most people want a bigger TV, not a better one.
Jul 22, 2013
How do I find a TV that is 1080p/24 Compatible?
I have a video camera that records 1080p at 24p frames per second (23.98fps) How can I be sure the TV I buy can display this video nativity?
Look for the specification called "24p playback" or "3:3 pulldown" (in the settings menu, it is sometimes called Smooth Cinema or CineMotion). Most 2013 models have this option now. Check our our article here
for more info about this.
Aug 08, 2013
A clerk at my local TV shop claims that Panasonic TV's generally has higher quality parts than Samsung, thus indicating a longer life expectancy for the Panasonic. What is your view on this subject?
That was true a few years ago. Samsung even got a class action lawsuit against them for cheap capacitors. Now, Samsung learned from their mistake and the quality is about the same.
Sep 15, 2013
Bought a 42 inch plasma for the basement. It gets kinda cold in the winter. Will the plasma be ok down there?
It depends how cold it gets and if it is in used during that time. The operating temperature range is usually 50°F to 104°F (10°C to 40°C). The storage temperature -4°F to 113°F (-20°C to 45°C). As for humidity, operating: 10% to 80% and storage: 5% to 95%.
Sep 17, 2013
I am looking to place a TV outside with some surrounding glare. Would you advise plasma or LCD?
For an outside TV, LED would be a better choice due to the high luminosity required. Check out our page on reflections
to see pictures of all models that we tested under a bright environment.
Nov 16, 2013
How many hours or gaming (Black Ops 2) would cause serious image retention on a Panasonic 50 inch Plasma TV?
It is hard to tell. What will most likely happen is after a long gaming session (like 5+ hours), some HUD elements like the minimap or the ammo count will stays on the screen for a few minutes, going away slowly.
Jan 11, 2014
I have quite a dim room with few lamps but no windows, should I get the cheapest plasma around 450$ 43inch or 40 inch led with that budget? The viewer is an old man with kinda blurry eyes.
For your blurry eyes, do you prefer a brighter display? If so, go for an LED. If you do not need a bright display, get a plasma, it has better picture quality.
Jan 24, 2014
Why do TVs need updating via a USB device? I'm not to good with PCs and I worry if I don't update it, I won't get the best from my expensive new tv.
It is mostly due to legacy reasons from when TVs where not connected to the internet. Firmware updates are really rare for TVs so you are not missing a lot by not updating it.
Mar 09, 2014
I planned to get a TV for my play school, so which one will be better for kids led or LCD or plasma?
Go for an LED. It is more versatile especially in a classroom setting because it can get brighter and has less reflections.
Apr 11, 2014
Which is good for gaming on a ps3, plasma or LED?
If your room permits it, go for a plasma TV. It handles fast motion better.
Apr 13, 2014
Plasma or higher end led TVs has a better colour reproduction ?
Plasma TVs, especially out of the box. Once professionally calibrated, the difference is minimal in most cases.
Apr 13, 2014
If I want to watch 3D movie, which has a better 3D picture, plasma or led ?
It depends on the technology of 3D used (see our 3d article
). For active 3D, plasmas are usually better because they can switch frames a lot faster. Passive 3D is only available on LED TVs.
Oct 07, 2014
Something burnt up in the plasma in my living room and the picture is now "not quite right" for lack of a better description. I'm looking to replace it and am unsure how "bright" my living room is. The tv hangs on a wall at a 45 degree angle from the north wall with windows. It's never really hit with direct light. Thinking back, I can visualize sometimes where the view was likely too dark for the lighting in the room. We rarely watch movies, mostly watch sports (day and night on weekends)/sitcoms (mainly at night). Viewing angles would be within 45 degrees. Should I go for the plasma again (51" Samsung 1080p) or look at a Vizio like LED? Based on all the reviews for picture quality I was convinced of plasma. Am I underestimating the daytime pros of the LED and/or overestimating the night time viewing/sports motion cons of the LED? Any suggestions based on that?
This is a hard one. How happy were you with your previous plasma? The Samsung F5300
plasma reflects a significant amount of lights, so it isn't ideal in a bright room. For daytime viewing or even sports at night, an LED is more than good enough. Therefore, you should probably go for an LED.
Oct 17, 2014
What are your concerns / recommendations regarding mounting TVs over a fireplace that has a cast iron propane stove insert (that has a blower to better circulate the heat outward)? I'm planning to buy a 65 inch LCD TV and use a 2" slim wall mount. The top of the stove is 28" and the bottom of the TV will be 23" higher (51"). The stove comes 13" from the fireplace wall cavity and there is a 9" mantel (so the stove sticks out 4" more than the mantle). Therefore the front of the 3" thick TV will still be 4" back when flush (not tilted or swiveled). And what about potential damage to a sound bar on the mantle? Should I be so concerned about TV performance or longevity that I spend money on a warranty?
You should try measuring the temperature first at that place. The TV itself already generates heat. LED TVs are usually rated up to 122 °F. If the temperature above your stove is more than that, you shouldn't put an LED there. If it is hot but less than that, an extended warranty is definitely a good option due to the added risk.
Nov 24, 2014
Your ratings don't add up and some #1 choice TV's don't have as good individual ratings as others. I added the individual ratings and divided them by the number of ratings and it doesn't add up. Guess I'm confused on how individual ratings added and divided with an 8.7 can be better than one that comes out to 8.4.
It is a weighted average, so not every test has the same weight in the overall score. We do this because some tests are more important than others.
Nov 24, 2014
Just converted my garage into a theater room (16x16), with that I have two questions: how big of a TV can I go with and which do you recommend. I currently have two plasma's and love them, but due to the size I know I will have to go with a LED, preferably backlit. Suggestions?
You can pretty much go as big as you can afford for a room of that size. It will therefore depends on your budget. Check out the Samsung UN75H6350
Nov 24, 2014
I am thinking of getting a new TV and displaying my computer onto the TV. The reason for me doing this is to get a bigger viewing screen to do some work, surf the net, watch HULU, Youtube, watch TV shows. What TV brand and model should I be looking for? I am also going to hook my xbox 360 to the TV too. Thanks for your time.
If you are sitting at a normal PC monitor distance, you will want to go for an IPS panel, for the colors to stay accurate even on the edge of the TV (because they are at a big angle when you sit close). You will probably prefer a 4k TV also, assuming your computer can drive it. As a rule of thumb, go for an LG TV. Which one depends on your budget and target size.
Nov 26, 2014
What comes in the box with the Samsung UN55H7150
2 3D glasses, the special remote, an IR extender and the manuals.
Nov 26, 2014
What does IPS panel mean? and why an LG TV? Would any LED tv be able to display information from a computer?
IPS means In-Plane Switching. It is a category of LCD panels, usually found in LG LED TVs. Any TV can work as a computer monitor. However, if you sit very close, non-IPS TVs lose saturation in the colors on the edge of the screen due to the angle. Which is why most people prefer IPS panels for PC monitors as far as color accuracy goes.