When comparing between the three types of TV's, you need to know what will be best for you.
- LED is newer and provides a first-class picture and is also said to have a longer lifespan - but that's shown in the price
- LCD is the in-between; nice price and the pictures bright but slower reaction times mean the picture won't be as clear as LED and Plasma
- Plasma provides bigger screens, which can be viewed from higher angles but their more prone to pixel burn out
LED (Light-Emitting Diode)
LED is the newest form of TV but has been around since the 60's, usually found in lamps or the flashing light on your telephones. The way it works is , generally speaking, hundreds of tiny LEDs are used to illuminate the picture on an LCD screen, either from behind or the side.
|Superb picture quality||Quite expensive|
|Slimmer than other TVs||As it's slimmer, you lose sound quality|
|Considerably lower power consumption|
|Can be viewed from more angles than an LCD|
|Has a long lifespan|
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display)
LCD is one of the more popular choices, due to it being a fairly reasonable price. The way it works is light is projected through a selection of filters until it reaches your viewing screen.
|Reasonable prices||Poor viewing angles, so you're restricted to how high you can place it|
|Comes in a variety of different sized screens||Average lifespan is 60,000 - 80,000 hours of viewing|
|Less chance of pixel burn-out than Plasma TVs||Slow response times means the picture on the screen will take longer to update|
|Brighter image and a cooler running temperature|
Plasma TVs are known for coming in larger screens ranging from 42" to 60". To get such a clear image, gas and electrodes are packed in-between glass panels, which when combined produces light onto your screen.
|Great range of larger sized screens||Average TV lasts around 60,000 - 80,000 hours of viewing time|
|Can view the screen from high angles||Prone to pixel burn out, which can be too pricey to fix|
Fast pixel response time, giving you a clearer picture.
Especially when watching live, fast-paced shows
|Hefty power consumption|
|Newer models are becoming more reliable|
LED vs. LCD vs. Plasma
The graph below shows how each type of TV compares to the other; 1 being the worst and 3 being the best.
Others to consider
- It projects images onto the wall or a background of your choice. All you need to do is connect your satellite box to it and attach some speakers.
- Normally found in LCD format, you can now find an LED projector at the higher end of the market
- Ideal if you want to have a gigantic screen, re-enacting a smaller version of what you find at the cinema
- If you're comfortable with the size of your computer screen, you can use it to watch TV shows on as well - the ideal screen size would be 24"
- Either use an internet connection to stream shows or buy a TV tuner card
OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode)
OLED is an organic layer of resources that emits light when electricity is passed through it. OLED is proving to consume even less power and have a clean, crisp picture than an LED TV.
There are some OLED TV's currently being sold by LG and Sony but be warned, the price is astronomical and you may need to wait a while to afford the monster sized screen of your dreams!