Looking for recommendations for 60" TV. Should it be a plasma?? or LED at 240 hz..?
Both LED and Plasma are nice but they both have pros and cons.
Plasma has come a long way to be competitive in it's pricing with LED; however, they still haven't fixed the main issue. As you use your Plasma TV, the screen can get dimmer and dimmer with time. So they are very bright in the first few years of ownership but with constant use you will notice some loss.
With LED, you cannot get the fast refresh rates that you can with Plasma but that might not be too important. 120Hz refresh gives you 60 frames per second (fps) per eye in 3D mode which is still twice as much as a traditional tube TV. 240Hz doubles that, of course. Both 120Hz and 240Hz are great when displaying DVD's at 30Fps and Bluray at 24fps (it divides evenly). Don't settle for 60Hz.
LED TVs can end up with a dead pixel or two. That's annoying if it occurs in the middle of the screen but it's worse when you have Plasma. Generally you do not just lose a pixel, you lose an entire column of pixels on Plasma.read more collapse
@samstag: Though 240 Hz is just a gimmick, there is actually a very large befit to getting a 120 Hz TV.
Movies are filmed at 24 frames per second. This number does not go evenly into the 60 frames displayed every second on a "standard" TV. The end result is that Frame A will be displayed three times while Frame B will only be displayed twice ("3:2 pulldown"). This leads to motion artifacts.
24 does, however, go evenly into 120. 120 Hz TVs can therefore display each frame five times, which eliminates the need to use any pulldown and thus eliminates those motion artifacts. A 240 Hz TV can do the same thing, but won't do it any better than a 120 Hz TV.
More info can be found here: http://www.rtings.com/info/what-is-the-refresh-rate#24pread more collapse
@gavilla: What kind of room is this going in? Plasmas are great for theater rooms or basements without windows. No LED will give you the true blacks that a plasma can give you. On the other hand, if this is going to be in a room that gets lots of light, you may want to go with an LED, as they can get much brighter and counteract some of the glares/distractions that sunlight/overhead lights can put tvs.
Pro's for plasmas:
-Amazing colors & can achieve true black
-Price - Plasmas are cheaper than LEDs comparing two tvs with the same specs (not counting sales, etc.)
-Higher refresh rates
Con's for plasmas:
-Can be glary for rooms with lots of light
-Consume more power than LEDs (but this is still very minimal - my plasma costs about $24 per year to operate, compared to the $12-14 range of LEDs, so yes you save money with LED, but it's not by a lot anymore)
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