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What is the difference between LCD, LED and Plasma Television

One of the most confusing things about buying a Television is all these different terms that get thrown around.

LED, LCD, Plasma, CRT etc. We're going to explain what all those things are in the most simplest way so read this post till the end. 

Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)

Car Seat with Television Techronicle

The most common display type these days are LCDs that stands for liquid crystal display. It involves having a back light, usually florescent with an LCD screen in front of it.

The LCD screen is where the images and the colors actually come from. One of the drawbacks of LCD is that it can never produce true blacks because that screen would have to become completely opaque or solid in order to get a true rich deep black.

However the advantages of LCD are that it's relatively inexpensive these days and unlike traditional CRT tube Televisions they are extremely thin.

Light Emitting Diode (LED)

LED Screen of Apple Laptop Techronicle

The next Television type LED or light emitting diode is actually a bit of a misnomer because an LED Television is just an LCD Television that is a liquid crystal display panel with an LED backlight instead of a cathode backlight. This gives it a couple of advantages.

Number one is lower power consumption, Number two is even thinner form factors because they're not nearly as bulky and Number three is that with many high-end LED arrays in the back of the Television, you can actually enable a feature called micro dimming. So that is to say that the LCD goes black and the LED behind it in that zone can even turn down or turn as long as it can to make the blacks much more true and much more rich. So LED Televisions tend to be just higher-end LCD Televisions.

Plasma Televisions

Plasma Television with a Little Boy Techronicle

Plasma Televisions have turned into a bit of a value option over time. They have excellent black levels because instead of relying on a backlight with a screen in front of it, the plasma display actually outputs its own light so that means it doesn't have to output lights very deep blacks.

You also get extremely fast response times, making plasmas great for gaming.                  

The disadvantage of plasmas is that compared to especially high-end LCD or LED type Televisions, the colors can be a little bit washed out if you are in daylight or an environment where you don't have a dark home theatre to watch it on and because the front of the display has to be glass, they tend to get a fair amount of glare making it more difficult again if you don't have true blackness to watch your Television.

OLED Televisions

There is another option while buying a Television and that is the OLED. OLED addresses some of the issues with LCD, such as slow response time so much sharper movement that it is great for 3D. As well as the not very true to life deep blacks because OLED, like plasma emits its own light rather than relying on a backlight with a panel in front of it, but it's very very expensive right now.

So that was all in this short and simple post, hope you liked it and it will be helpful. Do share this post with your friends and family who you think might learn something new from it. Also do check out our other posts for such simple tech explanations. Take care.

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