When buying a new television it's important to know what you're getting yourself in for, so a good place to start is with the acronyms LED and LCD and what they stand for: LED stands for Light Emitting Diode and LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display but what are the differences between these two and Plasma televisions?
Of the three, Plasma screens have been around for the longest, followed by LCD technology and most recently LED televisions. Plasma TVs are still popular thanks to their slimline technology which allows them to be wall-mounted, the deep blacks that they are able to produce which allow for a high contrast ratio, they offer virtually no motion blur when watching fast-moving, high-action programmes or films and images do not become less high quality towards to the edges of the wide angle view. As well as this, thanks to new technology, plasma televisions are now more competitively priced than ever and can be picked up for quite a bargain online.
LCD TVs started to be produced in the 1970s and quickly became popular thanks to the slimline and lightweight nature, as well as because of the sharp image they were able to produce. These days, LCD TVs sell well because of this but also because they consume minimal amounts of electricity, meaning potentially lower electricity bills and a more environmentally friendly option for consumers.
LED TVs offer the latest in flat-screen technology and basically incorporates a new way of lighting LCD TVs. Hundreds of LEDs are used to replace the cold cathode fluorescent lamps traditionally used in LCD TVs which gives a brighter, sharper and more focused image. Samsung LED TVs incorporate the edge lit LED technology, which means that LEDs are used around the edge of the television; this technique takes full advantage of the bright and even light which using LEDs produce whilst still allowing the television to be thin and allows the manufacturers to keep the costs down.
Panasonic LCD TVs are also available with LED backlight technology and most models are HD ready and with in-built Freeview as standard, meaning you get the best choice of programmes on the best technology when you choose a Panasonic or Samsung LCD TV.
The main thing to bear in mind when choosing a new television is what you want from it and what is important to you; all flat screen televisions are manufactured to a very high standard, so whether you choose a Plasma TV, an LCD TV or an LED TV from a leading brand such as Samsung or Panasonic, you will be getting a high quality piece of equipment.