Plasma or LED?
Both types have their relative pros and cons. Plasma TV's are generally suitable for watching movies such as DVD & Blu Ray and fast moving pictures such as sports. This is due to plasma TV's having faster response times and a stronger contrast ratio. Contrast ratio refers to the white to black seperation difference. For example, a 1000:1 contrast ratio means that the bright white is 1000 times brighter than the darkest black. You'll find that the contrast ratio is generally higher in plasma screens than LED types. You can generally find this information in the technicial specifications section or via the manufacturer's website.
Whilst LED screens are best viewed in well-lit rooms and deliver exceptional picture quality when watching free-to-air TV, plasma screens are best viewed in darker settings where there is no direct sunlight affecting the viewing angle of the TV. Computer graphics are also best viewed in LED due to the strong brightness and colours although it lacks in response time compared to a plasma.
Furthermore, plasma TV's are known to consume more power than LED TV's. However the plasma TV's of late offer up to a 4.5 star energy rating which consumes considerably less power than previous models. In comparing the power consumption of plasma and LED TV's in dollar terms we can consider the following:
Plasma TV - Average 650 kWh per year @ $0.22 per kWh = $143
LED TV - Average 250 kWh per year @ $0.22 per kWh = $55
A plasma TV costs approximately $88 more to run than an LED TV on a per yearly basis. On the other hand, a plasma TV will generally cost almost half that of a LED TV in the same size range. For example:
Samsung Series 8 60" 3D Smart Plasma TV (PS60E8000) - $2,899 RRP
Samsung Series 8 60" 3D Smart LED TV (UA60ES8000) - $5,399 RRP
The good old days where plasma televisions used to act as both the entertainment centrepiece as well as a nice little heater during winter is not the case anymore as manufacturer's have found ways to improve the energy efficiency used to develop these once power-hungry machines.
Ultimately it's best to decide what you'll mostly be using your TV for and where it'll be viewed. If you're still not sure, talk to one of our helpful team member's who will be more than happy to guide you through. After all, buying a new TV can be a tough decision and we're here to help!
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