Plasma TVs utilize a different kind of display technology from all other TVs. Plasma TVs use small plasma-containing cells with electricity-charged, ionized gas that illuminates the image and provides an unmatched display.
So, what makes a television screen a plasma screen? Beyond the unique structure of the pixel cells, a plasma screen’s display characteristics and functionality set it apart from all other devices. Look for these features as you seek out a television with a plasma screen!
Brightness and color
Regarding brightness, plasma TVs are intense (1,000 lux or more). They also have a wider color spectrum and lower-luminance black levels compared to LCD screens. Blacks appear richer and deeper on plasma screens, while black tones appear grayer and often dull on LCD screens. This richness in the plasma display’s shadows significantly impacts many films.
A plasma screen is also locally lit and doesn’t use a backlight. However, these screens are more susceptible to burn-in, a faint and permanent picture in the display that occurs when an image remains on the screen for too long.
Plasma screens consume more power than LED and LCD screens. However, actual power consumption differs depending on the picture content. Brighter scenes consume more power compared to darker ones. This increased power consumption also leads to one of a plasma screen’s more noteworthy identifying features—plasma screens release heat after prolonged use.
Material and Sizing
One feature to look for that makes a television screen a plasma screen is the presence of glare. While many TV screens implement thin sheets of glass for the screen, the materials of a plasma screen give it a mirror-like surface. Lifting a TV and tilting it can reveal reflections or intense glare and help to identify a plasma display without even turning it on. However, anti-glare screens are a common-place accessory among plasma TV owners and can also appear on secondhand plasma screens.
Plasma TVs also have sizing requirements for cost-effective manufacturing. Generally, manufacturers sold plasma TVs at 32-inches or bigger. While many TV models with plasma screens are heavier than other TVs, slim options that compete with LCDs and LEDs of the same era are available.
Understanding the distinct types of TVs by the technology they use is crucial to picking the device that best suits your needs. While many modern TVs feature incredible resolutions and unique software, there is a time and a place even for the outdated plasma display. Film buffs, sports fans, and tech lovers alike should consider adding a plasma TV to their collection.