dirty leeds wrote:MIne's only 38". But it is a Panasonic plasma and has very black blacks.
Seeing as it's seven years old now and won't last forever, a question for those amongst you who know: are LCD TVs as good picture-wise now as plasmas? [I am aware they don't make plasmas any more.]
I’ve never had a plasma TV but I’d be surprised if a decent LCD TV today (whether LED or OLED) isn’t better overall than a 7 year old plasma. You only have to look at all the improvements in TV technology over that time - not just 4K and HDR - but improvements in chips and other components, and lighting.
If you want “very black blacks” then OLED will probably be better for you as individual pixels can switch off achieving minimum brightness of 0.0 nits. I understand their maximum brightness (which helps with contrast) is, however, lower than with LED (which can itself can get down to pretty low minimum brightness in a top quality backlit display).
So, if very black blacks are important to you the order is probably 1 OLED, 2 backlit LED, and 3 edge lit LED. But as with all things there’ll be significant variation in specs and quality across brands and price ranges so it’s definitely worth doing research before you buy. If you don’t subscribe to a consumer body there’s lots of good sites free on the internet - just google something like “best tvs in 2019” and follow links from there to the individual technical reviews on TVs you’re interested in.
The other thing to consider is future proofing - keep an eye out for what’s coming down the track (eg the annual CES). I always pay particular attention to connectivity, ports and protocols (HDMI 2.0, 2.0a, 2.1, HDCP 2.2, etc). A music snob like you will probably have a decent receiver you may want to connect your TV into for surround sound - but if it’s more than five years old it probably won’t have 4K passthrough.
A good question to ask is: what am I going to want to connect to this thing now and in the future and does it have the ports I need/will need and enough of them? That includes old fashioned ports for some of your older existing technology.
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