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Ok all you techies I've researched it pretty well and want to hear some first hand input. I'm thinkin 42" LCD 1080P is the way to go any thoughts

1.plasma or LCD which one and why

2.monitor and stand alone tuner or hdtv W/ onboard tuner

Thanks in advance for any thoughts on the subject :beer

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CONTRAST/ BLACK LEVELS--ADVANTAGE: Closer than a year ago, but still Plasma.

LCD manufacturers have made great improvements in black levels and in many cases have managed to match the contrast ratio of plasma displays. However, Plasma TVs still maintain a clear advantage in this category due to fading blacks when viewing LCDs from off axis. For scenes with a lot of dark and light images shown simultaneously - as with content originating from DVDs, video games, and NTSC TV signals - plasma TVs still consistently outperform LCDs.

COLOR ACCURACY--ADVANTAGE: Preference to plasma but depends upon room light, manufacturer and model.

Plasma color richness and naturalness will prevail in rooms with lower to normal lighting. LCDs will be better in very brightly lit rooms due to their inherent anti glare technology and brightness.


Plasma manufacturers have made much of their 160? viewing angles, which is about as good as horizontal and vertical viewing angles get. Expect the best LCD displays to have between 120 and 130 degree viewing angles.

ALTITUDE USAGE--ADVANTAGE: LCD, at 6500 feet and higher.

LONGEVITY--ADVANTAGE: Even depending upon manufacturer quality.

LCD manufacturers claim that their displays last, on average, 50,000 to 65,000 hours. Plasma manufacturers state a new half life of 60,000 hours.


Because LCDs use florescent backlighting to produce images, they require substantially less power to operate than plasma TVs do. LCD displays consume about half the power that plasma displays consume. The reason: Plasmas use a lot of electricity to light each and every pixel you see on a screen - even the dark ones. Though plasma manufacturers have improved voltage consumption requirements a plasma TV will consume around a third more power for the same size display.


LCD displays will have a higher resolution per same size comparison than plasma. The lowest resolution of a 40 inch LCD will be 1366 X 768 ? easily full HD resolution in 1080i or 720p. A 42 inch HD plasma has a resolution of 1024 X 768. While this is not truly an HDTV resolution, it?s close enough so that it?s difficult to detect the difference. A 50 inch plasma TV will have a resolution of 1366 X 768, while a 45 inch LCD displays 1920 X 1080 (1080P) resolution.

Those extra pixels and the production process of LCDs cost more money to produce. Expect to pay a third as much more for a similar size LCD than a plasma TV.

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