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Compare a plasma TV to an OLED TV

Fans of plasma television rave about the image quality. To them, LED isn't a worthy alternative. OLED televisions look a lot like plasma televisions at first glance, but they have a few advantages. In this article, we'll compare a plasma TV to an OLED television and we'll list the most important similarities and differences.

The technical differences between plasma and OLED

Plasma image


A plasma television builds up the image carefully. That's because the panel consists of individual sub-pixels that each display their own color. The TV powers each sub-pixel individually, so you get a realistic image with a large contrast. If part of the screen has to be dark, the television won't power those sub-pixels anymore. Black is really black. A plasma television displays movements fluently, so the image looks natural.

OLED image


An OLED television has a panel that consists of millions of sub-pixels that each display their own color, thanks to a filter. Each pixel is turned on and off individually. Does part of the television have to be dark? The television will simply turn off the pixels there. You'll get an image with an endless contrast, so the colors are intense and lifelike. The technique is comparable to a plasma TV, but the subpixels of an OLED are smaller, so the image is sharper.

Looking at plasma vs OLED

Plasma movement and contrast


Fans of plasma televisions rave about the great image quality. Especially when watching movies, series, and sports games, the quality is great. Thanks to the large contrast, you can see dark scenes even better. The color representation is rich and lifelike. When you're watching action movies or sports, the movements on a plasma television are displayed fluently. Even the fastest movements won't show motion blur. Another advantage is that you have the same image quality from every angle, because of the wide image angles of a plasma TV.

OLED movement and contrast


As soon as you turn on an OLED television, you notice it's different than you're used to. You can see intense colors and deep blacks. Dark scenes in movies or series have no secrets, because you can even see details in the shadow. Thanks to the endless contrast of the OLED panel, you can enjoy an image with a lot of depth and bright, lifelike colors. The buildup of movements is fluent and natural. All these features combined ensure a realistic viewing experience if you have an OLED television.

The future of plasma vs the future of OLED

Future of plasma TV


Plasma televisions aren't made anymore. The success of LED TV is partly to blame, but it's also because the plasma technique has its limitations. You can't make a plasma screen with a 4K resolution without compromising the luminous efficacy. Additionally, plasma televisions are generally bulky. They often have a large border around the screen and a big element at the back. It's less elegant than a sleek LED screen you can hang on the wall.

Future of OLED TV


The OLED technique for televisions is still very new. The latest generation all have 4K resolution. They're very suitable to watch movies and series in HDR. You're ready for the future with an OLED. Also important: a TV with an OLED screen is very sleek. The borders around the screen and the casing are often only a few millimeters thick. All these properties combined make the OLED television the best choice to success the plasma TV.

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