Plasma or LED? Need opinions, advice, etc.

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  1. RichFire956

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    I'm going to finish my man cave this fall & can't decide if I want plasma or LED for my new gaming TV. I'm currently playing on a 47" plasma in my den. I really like the pic quality but I'm not sure if plasma is the solution long term. How long will plasma hold up for gaming verses LED? Is the pic quality better with LED? What type & brand TV are you guys currently playing on? Thanks in advance for any help you guys can give me.
     
  2. Bl0ndeRedHead

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    LED is the way to go
     
  3. dj illmatic 23

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    Samsung LED every time for me.
     
  4. I Peench

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    Worked in BB home theater department in college, so I know a good deal about this stuff.

    It really depends. High end plasma>High end LED for sure, particularly for gaming. My reasoning is two fold.

    1) Plasma has much deeper black levels, which is better for games. Imagine you're playing COD and someone is sitting in a dark corner. Plasma will pick him up much better than LED. LED colors are way more saturated, which is why I always recommended to people they calibrate them

    2) Plasma handles motion substantially better, which is obviously helpful if you play games and watch sports.

    The one thing to look out for with plasma's is glare and burn in. Glare is an issue because the screen is made of glass, rather than pastic. If you have light in the room, I'd go LEC/LCD and look for a TV with a matted finish.

    As for burn in, just break the tv in correctly
     
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  5. Breakdownz

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    LED is better for gaming. Not to mention it is a more energy efficient technology.
     
  6. PAgamer07

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    Moved to the Cheap Seats IE Non gaming discussion
     
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    What I Peench said above could not be more on point RichFire956 , I have own two plasma's and they are both awesome. I have a 37' Panasonic , and 56' LG that is newer.

    The important thing is thpse darks IMO , for gaming and movies. In the show room the LED may look really good & crisp next to a plasma becasue it will usually be brighter , but that is just becasue our little brains like bright things :D

    As far as life of them, there are some rumors of plasma having a short lifespan..... I can attest this is not correct aslong as you get quality tv. That Panasonic is 7 years old. I have played more games & spent more time on my xbox & ps3 than I care to think of , and it is still flawless.
     
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  8. I Peench

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    The latter is most certainly true, but not the former.
     
  9. RichFire956

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    Thanks Peench! That was very informative.
     
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    Thanks Danthraxxx! You & Peench have sold me on plasma. I love my 47" panasonic plasma but I wanted to make sure if I bought one for gaming it would hold up over time.
     
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    just don't let best buy deliver it lol


    Man I had them bring me 70' LG two times ,both time big ass circular cracks in the screen. The manager finally hand delivered the 56' LG I have now , he told me the machine that picks them up off the dock or what not is basically a robotic circular clamp , thus the crack pattern. Not a good experience :(
     
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    Oh no, lol! I'll definitely deliver it myself. I'm going to get either a 37" or 42" panasonic.
     
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    Panasonic is an excellent brand , my friend that sells high end home entertainment products loves them.
     
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    Yeah thats what the salesman at BB told me. He said panasonic was the best plasma by far. He literally talked me out of buying an LED that was almost $700 more than the plasma. I found that to be odd because rarely does a salesman do that, lol.
     
  15. ChaoticUT

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    I have a 42' Samsung plasma and love it. Had it for about 5 years now and haven't experience any burn in issues.
     
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    Ever view something through LED technology and curious why it appears as if you are being presented visually with a picture being fast forwarded? To be honest, LED technology was created for PCs, hence it's unnatural presentation. At the end of the day, decision comes down to personal preference.
     
  17. Bondzai

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    I've had a Phlips plasma for about 8 years and it's still like new.
     

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