To start with, let’s clarify some terminology: LED stands for light emitting diode, and LCD stands liquid crystal display. The next generation of home entertainment is led and LCD-powered TVs.
Which one should you choose? It all depends on your personal preferences and how you balance performance, size, efficiency, and price.
LED Televisions are Efficient and Reliable
The first is LED televisions. These televisions are highly efficient but can be expensive. LED technology is highly efficient regardless of how large or small the screen is.
As the name suggests, an LED or liquid crystal display has a lot of tiny crystals. Many LED televisions are more black than older TVs with fluorescent backlights. They also have brighter white tones and higher black levels. Even surpassing LCD and plasma televisions, LEDs are the most efficient televisions available today. LEDs are also known for their exceptional contrast ratios.
LED-powered televisions tend to dim over time, rather than crashing and burning in an outage. The backlight of LED televisions can be dimmed to reduce energy consumption.
LED-LCD Televisions – High Contrast and Vibrant
Over the years, many television manufacturers have merged the terms LCD and LED into LED-LCD TVs. Today’s LCD TVs use an LED backlight instead of a fluorescent one.
An LED backlight improves the TV’s contrast and allows for a better representation of many thousands of colors. LED-LCD TVs are more efficient and brighter looking.
If an LCD TV doesn’t say “LED”, it is likely powered by a cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL), which may be underpowered depending upon your entertainment needs. In terms of cost, an LCD TV is usually the best option to a plasma or LED set.
The Best and Worst Bangs For Your Buck
An LCD TV can deliver stunning pictures for as low as $250. The screen is also very compact, bright, and efficient. An LCD TV can be a great option for budget-minded people who want vibrant colors and uniformity on their screens at a fraction the price of LED or plasma televisions.
LED TVs are more expensive than LCD sets. These televisions can also suffer from lackluster vibrancy or uniformity over time. Some have also criticized the black levels of LED sets. LED televisions often amplify the whiteness to increase their contract ratio, thus compensating for any black level deficiencies.
The Truth About Plasma Televisions
Plasma televisions are often the best for motion performance. Plasma televisions are made up of plasma pixels that are filled with gas and powered using electricity. Each pixel can be controlled independently. Plasma televisions are far more controllable than other options.
Plasma televisions are also superior in black levels and fast refresh rates. Plasmas excel in viewing angles and contrast, which means everyone will enjoy the big game, no matter where they are seated.
A plasma set must be 42 inches or larger due to engineering limitations. Plasma sets are heavier than LCD sets and therefore more costly.