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What is better LCD DLP or plasma tv's and why?


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October 07, 2011 11:23AM

This is something that's subjective, depending on who you talk to. A lot of it is going to depend on the source signal you're viewing as much as does the size of the display screen. Generally, it seems as though DLP sets are preferred for picture quality, followed by Plasma followed by LCD.

Personally, I prefer the LCD display over all the others, but then again, that's my personal choice. The real issue is the over all quality of the set, since the latest TV technology is more of a marriage between computers and computer type displays. I.e., digital, and that's where the problem lies, and where you should do your research before making a purchase. In other words, don't expect it to hold up as well as your old analog set did, and expect some seriously outrageous repair bills when your warranty expires and I wonder if it's all really worth it.

As far as a set having the better picture, remember that most TV outlets will have the best signal available for you to look at floor displays, but most likely you're not going to get the same video/signal quality at home, so you can expext `some' degradation in the picture that's displayed.

All in all, the set that's going to have the best picture is going to be the type of display that presents the image quality you want. They all have drawbacks of one type or another and each type has its own set of technical issues that just come with the territory, as they say. However, the most important thing you can do, is plan for the purchase of the optional extended service plan because in all probability, you'll need it within the first couple of years and maybe even several times, thereafter.

My old Hitachi analog set (14 years old) still looks great and even though it's only a 27" set, I plan to hang onto it for as long as I'm able. When it goes out, I'm really going to be hard pressed to choose a good digital replacement and if I could, I'd prefer to replace it with another analog set.

And if you're wondering why I say what I do, I used to do in-home TV service for one of the `big box' retailers and I've worked on all three types: Plasma, LCD and DLP.

But keep in mind that all projection sets deliver a lower quality picture and any direct view set.