Comparison of CRT, LCD, and plasma
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|Contrast[does not distinguish "static" from "dynamic"]||Over 15,000:1||5,000 to 10,000:1[values dubious][resource not accessible]||5,000,000:1[value unique]|
|Color depth||24-bit per pixel resolution; offers better resolution for grayscale||6 to 10-bit per subpixel panels; smaller dot pitch, better detail||6 to 8-bit per subpixel panels; best color gamut[resource out of date, not impartial][resource out of date; source not credible/reputable]|
|Response time||Less than 1 µs||1–8 ms typical (according to manufacturer data), older units could be as slow as 35 ms||Less than 1 µs; can get up to 0.001 µs|
|Frame rate||60–85 fps typically, some CRTs can go even higher (200 fps at reduced resolution);
internally, display refreshed at input frame rate speed
|60 fps typically, some can do 120 fps;
internally, display refreshed at up to 240 Hz
|60 fps typically, some can do 120 fps;|
internally, display refreshed at e.g. 480 or 600 Hz
|Environmental influences||Sensitive to ambient magnetic fields, which can adversely effect convergence and color purity.||Prone to malfunctions on both low (below -4 °F\-20 °C) or high (above 45 °C\113 °F) temperatures||High altitude pressure difference may cause poor function or buzzing noises|
|Flicker||Perceptible on lower refresh rates (60 Hz and below)||Depends; as of 2013, most LCDs use PWM (strobing) to dim the backlight||Does not normally occur due to high refresh rate.|
|Size||Up to 43"||Up to 108"(2.78m)||Up to 150"(3.8m)|
|Energy consumption and heat generation||High||Low
||Varies with brightness but usually higher than LCD|
|Maintenance||Hazardous to repair or service due to high-voltage,
requires skilled convergence calibration and adjustments for geographic location changes
|Risky and expensive to repair due to complexity of the display; units with mercury lamps are a minor environmental hazard||Screen itself cannot be repaired if the gas used to generate images leaks|
|Electro-magnetic radiation emission||Can emit a small amount of X-ray radiation.||Only emits non-ionizing radiation.||Emits strong radio frequency electromagnetic radiation|
|Other||Display lag is extremely low due to its nature, which does not have the ability to store image data before output, unlike LCDs, plasma displays and OLED displays.||The LCD grid can mask effects of spatial and grayscale quantization, creating the illusion of higher image quality.
||Screen-door effects are more noticeable than LCD when up close, or on larger sizes;|
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