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LCD or DLP - Which Is Best For You?
For the past couple of years, the battle for competing TV screen superiority has been mainly between plasma screen TVs and LCD TVs. And to be sure, either would make a fine
choice for the average television viewer. And in terms of sheer numbers sold, plasma TVs have outsold LCDs up to this point. But increasingly TV manufacturers, such as Sony, have been shifting away from plasma screens to newer technologies instead, and one of those is DLP.
DLP stands for Digital Light Processing, while LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. They both use completely different ways to create the image on a television screen,
although the final product is remarkably similar when viewed side by side. There are only a few minor differences to be considered and here they are:
LCD screens tend to be best when viewed at a direct angle to the TV, in other words, pretty much right in front of it. Older LCD screens especially were hard to view as the viewing angle increased to the side, but many of the newer sets have improved on that issue, although it is still more narrow a
field of view than that of DLP screens.
LCD monitors do display bright colors very well though, especially in a room that already has bright ambient lighting. They probably accomplish this better than any other display technology, so if you will be watching the screen in a brightly lit room, LCD may be your best choice.
DLP screens boast higher refresh rates, so the screen is drawn more often in the same period of time. What this means is that fast action sequences that are often found in movies and sports will appear smoother on a DLP screen than on LCD. So if sports is a large part of your viewing experience,
perhaps DLP gets the nod here.
As far as price is concerned, there isn't a huge difference these days and both LCD and DLP TV prices are falling steadily as plasma screens are not as dominant as they used to be.
So which screen is best for you? That is hard to answer without you actually viewing both types of screen types side by side at the same time. It's a good idea to visit a local electronics retailer in your area to make this comparison using some of the points mentioned above to color your buying decision as well. You actually will no doubt be satisfied with either screen type, but making the comparison in person will help you choose based on your own personal opinions.
Article written by Jim Johnson.
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