Samsung LCD, LED or Plasma?
Samsung are experts in TV technology who design, develop and manufacture all three flat panel display technologies - LCD, LED and Plasma. With a wide array of choices available and each offering their distinct advantages, here’s a short, quick guide in helping you make an informed choice on your next TV purchase.
Power Efficiency, Brightness and Aesthetics
Samsung LED* TVs offer all the benefits of Samsung LCD TVs and more. Samsung LED TVs incorporate LEDs (light emitting diode) as the light source for the LCD panel. Due to the light producing efficiency of LED technology, Samsung LED TVs are often perceived to be brighter and more power efficient than equivalent-sized Samsung LCD TVs. As such, Samsung LED TVs are recommended for homes with a lot of ambient lighting.
If you live in a house where the lighting cannot be controlled and if you have lots of windows with natural sunlight, a Samsung LED TV is a perfect choice as they are capable of producing bright, clear images under bright environments. Further, Samsung LED TVs are generally around 20 – 25% more efficient than conventional Samsung LCD TVs of the same size meaning that a brighter picture doesn’t come at the expense of a higher power bill.
Samsung LED TVs are also generally slimmer than conventional Samsung LCD TVs of the same size because the LED backlights are more compact and therefore allow for a slimmer design.
Samsung LED TVs are incredibly slim with a profile of just 30 – 40 millimetres. This is possible thanks to Samsung’s innovative edge LED backlight technology that allows for a slim and light TV design.
Thanks to Samsung’s engineering prowess in LED technology, Samsung was also able to reduce the profile of the border surrounding the screen of its D8000 series LED TV to a stunning 5 millimetre bezel.
In addition, Samsung’s LED TVs are a great option for wall mounting and allow for the use of an ultra-slim wall mount bracket. All Samsung LED TVs’ AV inputs are parallel with the rear panel so as to allow the slim LED TV to be mounted closely to the wall surface. This further accentuates the slimness of the LED TV in your home.
*Samsung LED TVs utilise LCD screens with LED edge lights.
Cost Efficiency, Detailed and Stable Images
Samsung LCD TVs differ from Samsung LED TVs in that they employ a CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent tube) as the backlight for the LCD panel which is why they are generally deeper than slim-line Samsung LED TVs. However, Samsung LCD TVs offer some of the benefits of Samsung LED TVs at potentially lower costs. There are two distinct types of Samsung LCD TVs –High Definition LCD TVs (or HD) and Full 1080 HD LCD TVs. The difference is that the latter has a higher resolution screen than the former (in the case of Full 1080 HD LCD TVs, the screen will be made up of 1920 x 1080 pixels equating to just over 2 million total pixels). When viewing high definition content such as 1080i television broadcasts, a Samsung Full 1080 HD LCD TV is capable of delivering sharper, more precise images than a Samsung HD LCD TV.
However, both Samsung HD and Full 1080 HD LCD TVs offer all the advantages of LCD technology – stable, vivid images. Further, Samsung LCD TVs with a PC input allows for a computer signal to be displayed providing even greater versatility.
Deep Blacks, Clear Motion and Vivid Colours
Samsung Plasma TVs recreate pictures differently from Samsung LCD as well as Samsung LED TVs in that each on-screen pixel is made up of small cells of gases that – when energised by an electrical impulse – produces precise bursts of light delivering a vivid, crisp image across a large screen surface. Because each pixel on a plasma screen can be individually controlled, Samsung Plasma TVs are capable of producing incredible contrast – in other words, vivid whites and deep blacks. Further, due to the high speed operation of the gas pixels, Samsung Plasma TVs react very quickly to video signal input allowing for fast motion scenes to be displayed clearly on the screen.
Samsung Plasma TVs are generally not as bright as equivalent sized Samsung LED TVs which is why they are typically recommended for environments where the ambient lighting can be controlled. If you enjoy watching movies in the dark or if you are able to turn down the lights when watching TV then a Samsung Plasma TV can be a good choice as they are capable of producing a dynamic picture thanks to their high contrast. Further, Samsung Plasma TVs are also suitable for sports due to their large screen sizes (Samsung offers a wide range of screen sizes from 43-inch through to a whopping 64-inches) as well as fluid motion.
Samsung Plasma Benefits
To deliver sharp and vivid images, Samsung has incorporated a Clear Image Filter on the front of their Plasma TVs. This filter helps improve the clarity of the images and minimises reflections. Further, Samsung’s flagship D8000 Plasma TV features a sophisticated multi-layered Real Black Filter that helps improve the contrast level of the screen for better image reproduction.
Quick Checklist for when buying the right TV
Where is the TV going and what will be its ambient lighting environment?
Plasma for living rooms with dimmer or controllable lighting
LED for moderate to brightly lit living rooms where natural sunlight occurs
LCD for moderately bright living rooms
Does the TV need to be wall mounted?
Samsung LED TVs if the TV needs to be mounted right up against the wall.
Plasma and LCD wall mounting also possible.
What content will you mainly be watching?
HD resolution TV if your primary viewing source is standard definition video images or 720p HD images
Full 1080 HD resolution TV if your viewing source alternates between standard definition and 1080 high definition video images such as Freeview|HD TV broadcasts or Blu-ray movies
For sports: Samsung LED TV with 100Hz or 200Hz motion processing or Samsung Plasma TV.
Other key considerations:
How many HDMI inputs do I need? Samsung TVs with multi HDMI inputs
Do I need a USB input that plays back more than just MP3 music? Samsung Connectshare USB input with compatibility for external USB HDD storage devices and a wide range of video file formats
Do I have a wireless network as well as smart devices at home?
Samsung Smart TVs with AllshareTM** allows for wireless streaming of content to the TV from a wide range of compatible wireless devices.
**Samsung takes copyright seriously. Samsung’s AllShare feature is intended only for private and domestic use by a person. Any other use of Samsung’s AllShare feature may be contrary to the law, including copyright law. Samsung does not authorise, sanction, approve or countenance any use of its AllShare feature that infringes copyright or is otherwise contrary to law.