With strides in technology, buying a TV has become a very complicated process.
If you are looking for a pocket-friendly Plasma TV for your home or office, this list will help you decide. But first, here’s why you should buy a Plasma TV:
Plasma TVs perform better in normal to low lighting conditions and are more suitable for nighttime viewing than LCD TVs. Plasmas produce better black levels because unlike LCDs, there is no backlight in Plasmas that must be blocked to generate the black. Plasma TVs also perform better when it comes to fast-moving video playback.
A concern with many buyers is that Plasma TVs have been prone to “burn-in,” where static images will seem to be permanently etched into the glass display. But now, technological improvements by Plasma manufacturers have greatly reduced the burn-in time.
LG Razor Frame 42PJ350
Price: Rs. 39,000 – Rs. 43,000
The stylish 42-inch LG 42PJ350 Plasma TV comes with a razor frame design that offers a resolution of 1024 x 768p and a viewing angle of 178/178. Viewing angle is the maximum angle at which a display can be viewed without any loss of image quality.
The LG Plasma TV features a refresh rate of 600Hz and a contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1 that allows clear and crisp pictures with significantly reduced optical glare and light reflection. The LG 42PJ350 sports three HDMI slots and a USB 2.0 port whose P&P (Plug & Play) feature will let you connect your digital camera, camcorder or MP3 player to your Plasma TV easily.
The LG 42PJ350 comes with surround sound output of 10W+10W. If you want a more powerful sound experience without driving up the price too much, you can opt for LG Jazz 42PJ560 Plasma TV that comes with a 25W+25W audio output. LG Jazz 42PJ560 is priced at Rs. 48,000 (compares against LG 42PJ350 priced at Rs. 43,000).
Panasonic Viera TH-P42X20D
Price: Rs. 41,000
The Viera TH-P42X20D is the entry-level 420inch Plasma TV from Panasonic. Though the styling of the X Series is understated, its 600Hz sub-field drive gives cinema aspect 720 lines of resolution.
Panasonic Viera TH-P42X20D offers a dynamic contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1 for deeper, richer blacks from any viewing angle. The audio output is 10W+10W surround sound.
Viera Link allows the interlinked operation of various AV devices using only the Viera remote control, by simply connecting the devices to each other by an HDMI cable (three slots available). Panasonic Viera TH-P42X20D comes with a SD card slot for image viewing and boasts a Game Mode for quicker image response.
Price: Rs. 45,000 (approx)
The Samsung PS42C430 is a 42-inch Plasma TV with a resolution of 1024 x 768p and a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1. The Samsung Plasma TV features 600Hz sub-field motion technology and a response time of 0.001ms, ensuring that there are no jerks and judders in the picture.
Samsung PS42C430 sports Eco Sensor technology that measures the intensity of the room’s light and automatically calibrates the brightness of the image on the screen, saving energy.
The Plasma TV comes with two HDMI slots and one USB port for easy connectivity with other audio and video sources. The PS42C430 features SRS TruSurround HD sound with 10W+10W sound output.
LG Razor Frame 50PJ350
Price: Rs. 56,000 – Rs. 62,000
The 50-inch LG 50PJ350 comes with a native display resolution of 1366 X 768 or 720p and a contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1. The Plasma TV boasts a 178/178 viewing angle and a response time of 0.001ms.
The LG Plasma TV’s 600Hz sub-field driving technology delivers razor sharp clarity. By displaying 12 sub-fields per frame as opposed to the conventional 8, images render rich details with zero motion blur from one split second to the next.
LG 50PJ350 features an “Intelligent Sensor” that adjusts the display in accordance with the room’s lighting conditions. However, the feature is useless with a room with ambient light. The LG Plasma TV comes with three HDMI slots and one USB 2.0 port. The LG 50PJ350 has a 10W+10W audio output.
You can upgrade to LG Jazz 50PJ560 Plasma TV for a sound output of 25W+25W and a screen resolution of 1024 x 768p for about Rs. 68,000 (compares against LG 50PJ350 priced at Rs. 62,000).
Price: Rs. 64,000
The 50-inch Samsung PS50C450 Plasma TV has a display resolution of 1365 x 768 pixels and a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1 for a cinema-like experience in the comfort of your home.
The Samsung TV uses 600Hz sub-field motion technology and responds to each new image in 0.001ms to re-generate crisp and robust colors. The Eco Sensor features adjusts the screen’s brightness to the room’s lighting conditions.
The TV boasts Anynet+ technology that delivers one-touch control for all compatible Samsung audio and video devices connected via HDMI. Three HDMI slots and a USB port are available. Samsung PS50C450’s two speakers deliver a surround sound output of 20W.
Panasonic Viera TH-P50X20D
Price: Rs. 65,000
The Viera TH-P50X20D 50-inch Plasma TV from Panasonic features a display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels with a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1 in dark surroundings. Panasonic’s Real Black Drive System and Revised Filter combine to produce deep and rich blacks.
Panasonic Viera TH-P50X20D’s 600Hz sub-field technology enabled viewing of full-HD motion and still images with 1,080 lines of resolution. The TV comes with two 10W speakers.
The 50-inch Plasma comes with a SD card slot for easy image viewing. Other connectivity options include three HDMI ports. There is no USB port though.