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POWER CONSUMPTION

Plasma vs LCD Ratings Comparison

Manufacturer / Model Picture Features Value Overall
Samsung PN50C8000 Plasma
95
96
92
94.5
Samsung PN50C6500 Review
91
91
95
92
Samsung LN55C650 LCD TV
92
87
97
92/100
LG 55LE5500 LED TV
89.5
94
89
91/100
Panasonic TC-P54G25 Plasma
91
87.5
94
90.87
Panasonic TC-P50VT25 Plasma
91.5
89.5
90
90.6
Sony KDL-52EX700 LED TV
91
92
88
90.5/100
Panasonic TC-P50S2 Plasma
92
87
89
90
Samsung LN32C350 LCD TV
89
86
95
89.75/100
LG 60PK550 Plasma
86
91
95
89.5
Vizio VF552XVT LED TV
82
92
89
86.25/100
LG 50PJ350 Plasma
79
92
94
86

Because LCDs and LEDs use florescent backlighting or the newer light emitting diode technology to produce images, they require substantially less power to operate than plasmas do. In the past LCD TVs consumed about half the power of plasma TVs. However, just as LCD manufacturers have worked on that technologies weaknesses, the same is try of Panasonic and Samsung imroving plasma TVs. Power consumption is down in plasma but the edge still goes to LCD and especially some of the newer LED LCD TVs.

ADVANTAGE: LCD and especially LED backlit LCD TVs. How much will it save you? Our best test yields about $1.5 in savings per month in favor of an 52" LED LCD over a 50" plasma.

 

PRICE AND VALUE

Plasma TVs have generally enjoyed lower pricing per size vs. LED LCD TVs. While flourescent backed LCDs have nearly caught up with plasma in the 42" size, plasma still dominates in the larger size ranges prices. When comparing comparable Tier 1 Quality LED LCD with Tier 1 Plasma, the larger the size, the more the price savings by purchasing plasma. In the 50" size range a plasma currently sells for a 30% to 40% discount, while a 60" plasma may yield 40% savings. Resolution is no longer an issue due to the fact that most all TVs 46" and larger are full HD 1920 X 1080 (1080p) resolution.

Our value ratings continue to be reason that plasma TVs generally receive higher marks in our overall TV ratings. See the full Comparison Ratings Chart here.

ADVANTAGE: Plasma, especially in larger size TVs.

LCD vs Plasma Scorecard


 

 

LCD TV

Plasma TV

Picture Quality Considerations

Contrast/Black Level

 

Brightness

 

Color Accuracy

 

Viewing Angle

 

Functional Consideration

Computer Use

 

Fast Moving Video

 

Screen Glare

 

Longevity

Screen Burn In

 

Other Considerations

Production Size and Cost

 

Power Consumption

 

Price and Value

 
 

Totals:

6

7

For the explanations behind this scorecard please see the first page of our LCD vs Plasma article.

See also:
LCD TV Misconceptions: Six common myths about LCD Displays
Common Misconceptions About Plasma TVs
Plasma TV Screen Burn-In: Is It Still a Problem?
LCD TV Lifespan: How Long Do LCD Displays Last?









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