Plasma TVs have been accused for burning in logos for a very long time now. This has caused gamers far and wide to look away from Plasma TVs when shopping for a new HDTV, since the games HUD would supposedly burn into the TV and ruin the picture.
If you don’t know what burn in is, it is when a TV will keep displaying a picture (or part of picture) forever. Not to be confused with image retention, this is when the TV keeps that image on the screen for a short period of time which usually isn’t even noticeable.
I can attest from owning a Plasma TV that they do suffer from image retention. Typically my TV will retain the image if the TV has been on long enough to heat up. However the image will only stay on the screen until it is filled with another image, so unless the screen fades to black usually it goes unnoticed. If your TV does retain an image for a long period of time you can go into the TV’s settings and run a filter that will scan a white bar over the TV and the image will be erased, it’s actually pretty cool to watch.
Alright so we now know that Plasma TV’s aren’t plagued with burn in anymore If your Plasma TV does have an image burnt in you probably bought a cheap, no name brand one. We also know that a Plasma TV does have something called image retention which usually isn’t noticeable. So now it’s time to move onto the reasons why a Plasma TV is better than LCD or LED TVs on the market today.
You can buy a 50” Panasonic Viera Plasma TV right now for less than $1,000 from Best Buy. The TV is full 1080p with a refresh rate of 600Hz along with 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. If you were to buy an LCD TV for about the same price you’d be able to get a 46” Sony Bravia that only has 120Hz refresh and a 150,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Next time you are at a store that sells both LCD TV’s and Plasma TV’s take a look at prices and you will notice that you will get more bang for your buck going with a Plasma TV vs. LCD or LED.
Plasma TV’s almost always give you a better picture. This is because the plasma gasses are able to give off richer blacks which then give the TV much more vibrant colors. This is the reason why movie enthusiasts love Plasma TVs.
Almost every Plasma TV on the market today boasts a 600Hz refresh rate while the most you can get out of an LCD TV is 240Hz. If a TV has a 60Hz refresh rate that means it will flash a picture 60 times per second so a 120Hz TV will display twice as many pictures as 60Hz, 240Hz will display four times more and 600Hz will display a whopping ten times as many pictures. A higher refresh rate will allow for a smoother picture and most gamers will agree that a smoother picture makes for a much better gaming experience.
The only time I would recommend LCD over Plasma is when you cannot control your lighting situation. Since a Plasma TV has a glass screen you can get a pretty bad glare from a room that gets a lot of sunlight. Of course investing in some thick curtains can give you a very dark room which is the optimal way to view your Plasma TV. Please note that the room I use my Plasma TV in does get sun light, it isn’t pitch black and the screen doesn’t have a glare, the only thing you need to worry about is direct sunlight hitting your TV screen.
If you are in the market to buy a new TV that will give you the best value for you money I strongly urge you to take a look at Plasma TVs. While you are looking at the TVs ask a sales person what TV they have in their own home and if they use it for gaming, in my experience most of them said they owned a Plasma TV and never had any issues with burn in.