The Pros and Cons of the Different Types of High Definition Televisions (HDTVs)

Which HDTV Type is the Best for You?

There are so many choices in types of technology used to display High Definition quality images that even choosing the right variation can be a challenge.

Below I have listed the types of HDTVs and included the Pros and Cons of each, along with helpful videos in choosing the best HDTV for you.

Choosing the Best HDTV for You

Pros and Cons of the Types of High Definition Televisions

There are so many types of HDTVs available and they all have Pros and Cons. Below you will find the various types high definition televisions available, along with their respective Pros and Cons.

Most HDTVs are sold in the HDTVs sold in the widescreen 16:9 ratio screen display. All LCD and Plasma HDTVs are sold in widescreen formats.

Samsung Plasma HDTV
Samsung Plasma HDTV

Plasma HDTV

The plasma televisions were invented in 1964. However, the plasma HDTVs of today are far beyond the plasma TVs of yesteryear.

Advances in plasma technology continue to be incorporated into consumer high definition televisions, providing almost life-like imagery.


PROS: Very thin and wall-mountable. The picture features high brightness and excellent image quality. High resolution with deep, saturated colors.

CONS: Very expensive, with a fairly shiny screen surface, and a potential for image burn-in. Some models use quite a bit of power and produce excessive heat. Image visibility suffers in brightly lit rooms. Limited lifespan.

Panasonic VIERA S1 Series TC-P65S1 65-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV, Black
Panasonic VIERA S1 Series TC-P65S1 65-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV, Black

* Size : 1920 x 1080

* Native contrast 40,000:1, Dynamic contrast 2,000,000:1 Infinite black for the brightest whites and darkest blacks

* Three HDMI

* 600 Hz Sub-Field drive for razor sharp moving images

* Viera Image Viewer, enjoy your photos on the big screen via SD card

 
Panasonic Viera TH-50PX80U 50-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV
Panasonic Viera TH-50PX80U 50-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV

* 1366 x 768 Resolution

* 1000000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio for the Brightest whites and darkest blacks

* 4096 Shades of Gradation for spectacular Color Reproduction

* Viera LinK™ HDAVI Control lets you operate all of your home theater components by pressing a single button on your TV's remote control

* GalleryPlayer® allows you to enjoy the world's finest high definition art and photography on your Panasonic HD plasma TV

 
Samsung LCD HDTV
Samsung LCD HDTV
Samsung LED LCD HDTV
Samsung LED LCD HDTV

Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) HDTV

LCD Technology has been around for many years. It is quite popular and is very widely used for computer monitors, cell phones, and other electronic devices.  There are many more companies selling LCD HDTVs than plasma HDTVs.

PROS: Thin, wall-mountable, high brightness, excellent picture quality, energy efficient, and an anti-reflective screen that eliminates most glare.

CONS: Expensive, possibility of motion blur with fast moving imagery. They are usually unable to render grays and deep blacks. LCD is known to have poor off-angle viewing and LED variations unfortunately do not yet improve on this issue.

An LED TV is simply an LCD TV that is back-lit with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) instead of standard "cold-cathode fluorescent lights" (or CCFLs). LED back-lit LCDs have been in stores since 2007.

Samsung LN46C650 46-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV (Black) (2010 Model)
Samsung LN46C650 46-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV (Black) (2010 Model)

A great average rating of over 4.5! * Full HD 1080p resolution

* Touch of Color? design

* Exceeds ENERGY STAR® standards

* ConnectShare? Movie

* Game Mode

 
Samsung LNT4071F 40-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV
Samsung LNT4071F 40-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV

An astonishing 140+ 5 star reviews! ***** * 120Hz LCD panel for clear motion and fluid frame transitions

* 25000:1 dynamic contrast ratio

* HD-grade 1920(H) x 1080(V) pixel resolution (1080p)

* Wide Color Gamut CCFL backlight

* Fast 8ms response time; 3 HDMI inputs

 
Samsung Rear Projection HDTV
Samsung Rear Projection HDTV

Rear-Projection HDTV

Images are projected from behind onto a screen. Rear-projection HDTVs became popular many years ago because of their larger size.

However, it has lost momentum of popularity as the picture quality cannot compete with newer technology. DLP and LCoS are forms of rear-projection.

PROS: Low cost and large screen size.

CONS: Large and very bulky. It does not have the best picture quality. They tend to have limited viewing angles. Image visibility suffers in brightly lit room. Lamp replacement required periodically.

Sony Bravia SXRD KDS-50A3000 50-Inch 1080p Rear Projection HDTV
Sony Bravia SXRD KDS-50A3000 50-Inch 1080p Rear Projection HDTV

* Full HD 1080p Picture Resolution

* BRAVIA Engine� EX

* 1080p Input, HDMI� x3 (1080/60p, 24p,CEC, xvYCC)

* DMeX compatible - BRAVIA® Internet Video Link Ready

* BRAVIA®Theatre Sync�

 
Panasonic PT-53WX53 53-Inch Widescreen HD-Ready Projection TV
Panasonic PT-53WX53 53-Inch Widescreen HD-Ready Projection TV

# 3-inch widescreen projection television with 1080i/480p resolution; 49.1 x 51.4 x 25 inches (W x H x D)

# DVI-HDTV input; 2-tuner PIP with 8-bit PIP image processing, PIP scaling, and multiformat PIP (HDTV compatible)

# Progressive Cinema Scan (3:2 pulldown) provides faithful reproduction of film-based programs

# Motion-adaptive 3D-Y/C digital comb filter enhances resolution by removing blurred edges between colors and reducing dot crawl

# Digital velocity-modulated scanning improves the definition at picture edges

 
Samsung DLP HDTV
Samsung DLP HDTV

Digital Light Projection (DLP) HDTV

DLP HDTV sets have become increasingly popular in the past few years. It is often referred to as “rear-projection done right”.

PROS: Large screen sizes, sharp picture, and good contrast.

CONS: Not as bright as other types, and can have an ugly rainbow effect. Image visibility suffers in brightly lit rooms. Lamp bulb replacement periodically required.

Mitsubishi Diamond Series WD-82838 82-Inch 3D DLP HDTV
Mitsubishi Diamond Series WD-82838 82-Inch 3D DLP HDTV

* 82-inch DLP HDTV with intensely vivid 2D and fully immersive 3D viewing; StreamTV Internet Media access

* Utilizes the same core DLP technology that powers the vast majority of 3D Cinemas

* Smooth120 technology for more fluid, natural motion; 16 speakers produce 32 watts of power; Bluetooth audio streaming

* Inputs: 4 HDMI, 2 component, 2 composite, 2 USB, 1 Ethernet, 1 optical digital audio output, 1 subwoofer output

* Measures 73.2 x 48.5 x 22.7 inches with stand; Energy Star 4.0 qualified

 
Mitsubishi WD-65736 65-Inch 1080p DLP HDTV
Mitsubishi WD-65736 65-Inch 1080p DLP HDTV

* 65-Inch HDTV

* Captivates you as your favorite film invades your living room

* Control over your home theater is possible from one remote

* Effectively reducing clutter

* 1080p DLP HDTV

* 3 HDMI 1.3 Inputs with Donsumer Device Control

* Exclusive 6-Color Processor

 
JVC LSoS HDTV
JVC LSoS HDTV

Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) HDTV

LCoS is the latest in rear-projection HDTV technology. It offers a very large screen and sharp images. Some experts believe that LCoS could surpass LCD in picture quality.

Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS or LCOS) is a "micro-projection" technology which is typically used in projection televisions. It uses liquid crystals instead of individual mirrors.

PROS: Large screen size, sharp and natural picture, and cheaper than LCD and Plasma.

CONS: Limited availability, and is unable to render deep blacks and grays. The warranty and service may be questionable.

JVC HD61FH96 61 Inch LCoS Rear Projection HDTV
JVC HD61FH96 61 Inch LCoS Rear Projection HDTV

* True 1080p 2 Million Pixel Structure 3-Chip LCOS System (1920x1080)

* ATSC/QAM and Digital CABLECARD Capable (Digital Cable Ready)

* 5th Generation D.I.S.T. 1080p (Digital Image Scaling Technology) + GENESSA Picture Processing

* Super Cinema Mode (3 Step Optical Iris System)

* Intelligent Noise Reduction Circuitry

 
JVC HD56G787 56-Inch HDILA Rear Projection TV
JVC HD56G787 56-Inch HDILA Rear Projection TV

* Flicker Free High Resolution Picture

* Digital 5 Point Color Management

* 16 - 9 Widescreen Aspect Ratio

* New 3 Step Optical Iris System

* NTSC Analog and ATSC Digital Tuner - ATSC is capable of receive free over-the-air HDTV reception when used with an optional HDTV antenna

 
Source

Take the HDTV Poll

Which Type of HDTV do You Prefer?

  • Plasma
  • LCD
  • LED LCD
  • DLP Rear Projection
  • LCoS Rear Projection
  • Other
See results without voting

More by this Author


Comments 1 comment

The Pink Panther profile image

The Pink Panther 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Some useful arguements here.

Awesome hub!

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working