Plasma LCD HD-TV DLP, ABCD, it’s all Greek to me and probably to you as well. So here at 23 News we had an expert explain the differences. Let’s start with the bottom line. Price!
A 42” LCD television will typically be $4,000 to $5,000 while a plasma television of the same size will be two $2,500 to $3,000. So plasma is generally cheaper than LCD, but there are also differences in the image.
LCD TVs tend to change color as you walk around them. The can also darken if you look at them from an angle. Plasma screens don’t have that problem. But reflections are worse for plasma. The actual screen of most plasma TVs are made of glass which is much more reflective than the typically plastic screen on LCDs.
You may have notice your standard television set you bought 15 years ago no longer has a crisp picture. The same thing will happen to all high definition TVs that require no maintenance. But there is a way around that. Rear projection televisions must have their tubes changed every one to two years. Since you have to change the bulb they should always look like new. The down side is having to pay 150 dollars every other year. They are also thicker so you can't hang them on the wall, but they are less expensive.
The best decision you can make is to go to a store that will take the time to explain the differences.