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Plasma, LCD or LED: What’s the difference?

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There are so many things to consider when buying a new television, it can be difficult to choose which is best for you.

First of all, it’s best to narrow your selection down by screen type. But what are the differences between them?

What’s a Plasma TV?

Plasma screens
Featuring Samsung PE51H4500

Plasma TVs are the oldest screen type in terms of technology, but they offer you bright colours and deep black tones, using heated phosphors to create the picture. They’re perfect for gamers or sports fans looking for fast response times as each pixel is controlled individually, which reduces motion blur.

They’re the heavyweights of the TV world so you’ll probably need a stand rather than mounting it onto the wall. It’s worth noting that they are less energy efficient compared to rival screens, so will cost you more to run even though they may cost less to buy. Overall, they’re a solid cheaper option.


What does LCD mean?

LCD screens

LCD TVs use fluorescent tubes to backlight the screen and have a liquid-crystal filter inside that blocks and bends light to produce colour– preventing screen glare. LCD’s offer a vibrant display but they can struggle to create deep blacks and darker images.

LCDs are being slowly phased out by manufacturers for more energy efficient technologies, so they may not be around for much longer. For that reason we don’t currently stock any at ao.com!


What does LED stand for?

LED screens
Featuring LG 32LB580V

LED TVs are very similar to LCDs but use hundreds of little light emitting diodes to give a sharp and vibrant display to create a full colour range from deep blacks to brilliant bright tones.

Some models use LED lights situated around the edge of the screen to do this, whereas others use a panel of lights at the back – both types are equally as effective.

A fantastic all-rounder performance wise, LEDs are super thin, and you’ll find a great range of screen sizes too.


What is an OLED TV?

OLED screens

An up and coming technology that’s soon to be added to our already fab range, OLED models are right up there, offering the biggest range of colours, brightest screens and widest viewing angles. Each pixel uses a small blob of organic phosphor to emit light and it’s this technology that makes it such a super-efficient, slim and good looking option.

Brimming with features, expect OLED TVs to offer the newest innovations in Smart features and 3D technology. However, they’ll cost quite a lot more than some of the older technology, especially when they’re first released.

If you’re ready to start looking for a specific type of screen, head over to ao.com and take a look at our great range of TVs.

What’s your preference when it comes to TV types? Do LEDs light up your life or is an LCD more pleasing to your eyes?

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