Plasma TV altitude: What height can they go?

March 13, 2013

Plasma TVs don’t handle well high altitudes because of how they work, but what height is very high? Plasmas generate light with buckets of tiny pixel-size lined with a phosphor material. A noble gas, like argon, is filled in these buckets and sparked into a plasma by Electrodes that emits UV light then makes the phosphor flash a specific colour. The gas pressure and the panel structure/glass strength are balanced at sea level versus the external air pressure.

Plasma TV altitude

There is less pressure and the air becomes thinner as going toward space. Since plasma TV is sealed, the noble gas spreads, pushing the glass apart very slightly. As such, it gets it a bit harder for any electrode mounted on front of the glass for doing their electro-magic. They and the glass do a bit extra noise as they work harder. Plasma TV has gotten a so better, its glass has become stronger, and designs have gotten more sturdy, so this is so less of issues than it once get.

This means that: Denver is about 5,400 feet thus that is fine. Santa Fe is about 7,200, right on the Panasonic and Samsung cusp, but good for LG. People in regions like La Ronconada, Peru (16,728ft), Breckenridge (9,600ft), or La Paz (11,942ft) might should to consider LCDs.

Panasonic: Plasma is still the best TV technology

March 12, 2013

If you are purchasing a new TV and look for the best picture quality, plasma TV is still absolutely the best one to get. It isn’t like LED that is bright and more in the face, which many people like. But it’s a various appreciation kind for the TV experience with plasma TV. So it is still the best tech for movie and sports.

Panasonic plasma TV

Unlike plasma TV that uses glass panels with over two million of tiny cells filled with inert gases mixture, LCD TV uses a LEDs array for illuminating their pixels. The gases are excited when an electric current passes through these cells, causing them illuminating the pixels over the screen. This lighting method is better for contrast levels, motion reproduction and reducing 3D crosstalk than LCDs.

Panasonic is today the only leading brand producing full plasma TVs ranges, and though the undisputed plasma king (Pioneer) couldn’t get the tech pay financially. Panasonic thinks plasma is only now as a display technology coming of age. The nice thing is that it is now where we have the right balance, where anyone has got the best quality of picture at a lot more affordable price.

Plasma vs LCD

September 27, 2009

Having trouble deciding between plasma and LCD televisions? You’re not the only one. The truth is you are not going to go wrong with either. Each technology still gives you a far greater picture than any analog TV, and with the widescreen image you get to see more information.

In general LCD TVs are best for more well lit rooms, however, Plasma TVs give a better image when you have solid light control.
If you tend to watch your TV a lot during the day then we recommend LCD TVs. If most of your TV watching is in the evenings, then we would recommend Plasma technology. Plasma TVs will give typically give you a sharper image but because of their reflective glass, it really depends on your viewing times.

On the other hand LCD TVs are best for playing video games, or for hooking up to PCs, as they less likely to suffer “burn-in”, which can be caused by having static images on the screen for too long. Plasma TVs, however, are best for watching movies and sports.

The key thing is that you are living in high definition, but, to help you out we’ve got this handy chart to help you determine which technology is best for you.

Plasma LCD
General
Screen sizes
42-65+ inches
5-65+ inches
Cabinet depth
3+ inches
3+ inches
Power consumption
Slightly less-efficient per square inch
Slightly more-efficient per square inch
Off-angle viewing
Excellent from all angles
Image fades slightly when seen from extreme angles from sides or from above or below
Reflectivity of screen
Glass screens can reflect lots of light, so may be an issue in very bright rooms. Some models have glare-reducing screens that are more- or less-effective
Matte plastic screens usually reflect less light. Some models have screens that are actually more reflective than plasma
Features
PC connectivity
Less common but still included on many models
More common than with plasma
Other features
Varies per model
Varies per model
Picture quality
Motion blur caused by display
Negligible
Difficult to discern on most models, although subject to more blurring than plasma. 120Hz models less-subject to motion blur
Black-level performance (depth of “black” displayed)
Varies, although excellent on many models.
Varies, although generally worse than plasma on many models, and better than plasma on best models
Color saturation
Varies, although generally a bit better than LCD due to black level and off-angle advantages
Varies, although the best models can equal the best plasmas
Resolution
Typically 720p, up to 1080p on high-end models. The benefits of 1080p are not obvious at screen sizes below 50 inches to the majority of viewers.
Typically 720p, but 1080p is more common than plasma at more price and size points. The benefits of 1080p are not obvious at screen sizes below 50 inches to the majority of viewers
Durability
Burn-in (faint after-images left on-screen)
Possible with still images left on-screen with very bright settings for hours, although new models much less susceptible, and most burn-in is temporary and goes away after watching moving images
May occur in extreme situations (very bright still images left on-screen for days) but much less likely than with plasma or even standard tube TVs.
Lifespan (hours until fades to half-brightness)
Typically 60,000 hours, or about 20 years if used 8 hours per day.
Typically 60,000 hours, or about 20 years if used 8 hours per day.
Program type
HDTV
Excellent
Excellent for HDTV-compatible models.
Standard-definition TV
Dependent mostly on screen size. The smaller the screen, the better standard-def usually looks
Dependent mostly on screen size. The smaller the screen, the better standard-def usually looks
DVD Movies
Excellent given a model with good black-level performance
Very good, although models with worse black-level performance are less desirable
Games
Excellent for most users, although burn-in might deter gamers who leave screens paused for hours or overnight
Excellent, although motion blur might deter the most sensitive gamers