Top Plasma TVs

Your plasma television guide

When it comes to flat panel televisions, many consumers wonder whether it’s better to get a plasma television or an LCD TV. The truth is that both have their advantages and disadvantages.

With a plasma flat panel TV, you will usually get better color representation, richer blacks, a superior contrast ratio and superior motion tracking. Generally, it is recommended that you get a plasma television if you want a very large screen. However, even the best plasma TVs have some drawbacks: they are heavier than LDCs and more delicate, and they tend to consume more power.

Factors to consider when shopping for a plasma television include contrast ratio, refresh rate, power consumption and weight. The heavier a given TV is, the more difficult it will be to mount or move. These characteristics should be considered alongside screen size, which is an important factor, but far from the only thing to think about when shopping.

Here are our recommendations for the best plasma televisions on the market:

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LG Infinia 50PK950
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LG Infinia 50PK950

The LG Infinia 50PK950 offers not only excellent picture quality and one of the top contrast ratios on the plasma TV market, but it’s also got an easy to use interface which makes setting up and adjusting your TV a breeze. If you have advanced multimedia connectivity needs, this is also an excellent option, as it offers a total of 14 ports for hooking up computers, DVD and Blu-ray players, gaming consoles and other peripheral devices.

With excellent brightness and sharp glare reduction, you will enjoy an uncompromised viewing experience in all lighting conditions. The high definition resolution offers impeccable quality, and this television also has Wi-Fi Internet capabilities.

The one drawback of this plasma TV is its energy consumption. While it doesn’t exactly hog the juice, it is also not an Energy Star certified option, so if saving electricity is important to you, this might not be the ideal model.

Specifications:

  • Screen size: 50 inches
  • Panel thickness: 2.1 inches
  • Power consumption: 500 watts
  • Vertical resolution: 1080 pixels
  • Horizontal resolution: 1920 pixels
  • HDMI input ports: 4
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Panasonic TC-P50S30
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Panasonic TC P50S30

With picture quality that rivals any plasma TV on the market and ready Internet connectivity, the Panasonic TC P50S30 comes ready for action right out of the box. While this plasma TV is middle of the road in terms of its power consumption, it is Energy Star certified. There are three HDMI inputs, which is a decent number, but still a little off the industry lead.

If you want wireless local area network (LAN) connectivity, you will have to buy an adapter, as this television doesn’t come with one built in. However, for its relatively low price, this television provides an excellent viewing experience.

Specifications:

  • Screen size: 50 inches
  • Panel thickness: 2.2 inches
  • Power consumption: 299 watts
  • Vertical resolution: 1080 pixels
  • Horizontal resolution: 1920 pixels
  • HDMI input ports: 3
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Samsung 450 Series
Samsung 450 Series-LS
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Samsung 450 Series

On the plus side, this is one of the easiest plasma TVs to set up and use, and it is recommended if you aren’t very adept with electronics. While it offers decent picture quality, it is definitely a little off the pace when compared with the market leaders, though this shouldn’t have much of an impact except for the most finicky viewers. Its low price and large screen have strong appeal, but if you’re looking for market-leading connectivity, you may be dismayed to learn that this unit lacks composite ports, VGA ports and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Specifications:

  • Screen size: 51 inches
  • Panel thickness: 2.2 inches
  • Power consumption: 290 watts
  • Vertical resolution: 768 pixels
  • Horizontal resolution: 1365 pixels
  • HDMI input ports: 2