The most important decision when buying a new TV is which type of display to choose: a plasma, an LED, or an LCD TV. As shown by the pictures below, they all have their advantages. However, most people will prefer an LED TV unless they have a dark viewing environment.
We removed LCD TVs from the comparison because they are obsolete and practically the same as LED TVs. As explained here, the only difference is that an LCD TV has a different light source behind the screen. The picture quality of an LCD TV is the same as an LED TV.
LEDs (which are basically the same thing as LCDs) are the biggest sellers. Their picture quality is not as good as that of plasma TVs, but still good enough for nearly everyone. They also offer greater practicability and they can get a lot brighter. The majority of people should opt for an LED TV - especially if the TV will be located in a living room with a lot of windows.
Plasma TVs have the best picture quality hands down, and are also cheaper. However, they are not very bright, so they are only suitable for dark rooms. They suffer from occasional but not permanent image retention and have a slight buzzing noise on bright pictures. Go for a plasma TV if you want no compromise on the picture quality and if it will not bother you each time an image is retained for more than two minutes.
To help you compare, the following table shows the major differences between a plasma and an LED television. Each difference is explained in greater detail in the next pages of this article.
|Average Viewing angle||70°||37°|
|Average Black Luminance||0.05 cd/m2||0.15 cd/m2|
|Average White Luminance||100 cd/m2||250 cd/m2|
|Cost||Average Cost for 40"||450$||645$|
|Average Yearly Electricty Cost for 40"||$11||$8|
|Average Weight for 40"||42 lb||27 lb|
|Market||Year introduced to general public||1997||2008|
|Sales trend||Slightly Up||Up|
|Range of sizes||Between 40" and 65"||All|
Summary table of Plasma vs LED TV comparison