When choosing a high-definition television consumers are often faced with the choice of a DLP vs LCD set. A newcomer to the television market can easily become overwhelmed by this prospect. There are several factors for you to consider during your decision to choose between a DLP vs LCD television including price, performance and overall display quality.
An LCD TV screen, standing for Liquid Crystal Display, operates by illuminating millions of red, green or blue liquid crystals that change turn off and on to produce the proper color on your screen. Why red, green and blue you ask? These are the primary colors of light that make the visible color spectrum as we know it. LCD televisions tend to be very bright, making them ideal for a well lit room in your home as external light will not likely cause many issues with glare.
Most LCD televisions are between 2 and 4 inches in depth, which is ideal for wall mounting your television. Unfortunately, LCD screens are rarely seen in models greater than 50 inches in diameter due to the difficulty in producing large LCD displays in a cost effective manner. One common criticism regarding LCD televisions is that over time, typically 70,000 – 80,000 viewing hours, the green crystals will begin to fade, causing a red-blue tint to the screen. There is currently no option to fix this issue without replacing the television. Many 720i – 1080i LCD televisions below 40 inches in diameter can be purchased in the $300 – $800 price range, which gives the LCD display an initial cost effective advantage in the DLP vs LCD dilemma.
A DLP TV (Digital Light Processing) operates by reflecting light onto a microchip covered in thousands of small mirrors. These mirrors send the reflected light through a color wheel which then projects the correct color onto the screen, similar in fashion to rear projection televisions of the past. This technology is often put to use in digital projection movie theaters to enhance the picture color and clarity.
Although typically more expensive, DLP televisions do not suffer from the green crystal degradation that is common in cheaper LCD televisions. In addition to this, DLP television bulbs are replaceable for approximately $250, a much more reasonable replacement cost than the upper end LCD televisions. While the DLP televisions can produce a much more vivid picture and boasts an extended life span compared to LCD models, some people report a “rainbow effect” if they are too far off from the center of the television. Another issue to consider in the DLP vs LCD debate is the size of the DLP televisions. DLP sets range between 6 and 16 inches, making them more obtrusive and difficult to wall mount than their LCD competitors.