Flat Screen HDTV Buying Tips


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Flat Screen HDTV Buying Tips

  1. 1. ==== ====Check out the deal on this great tv:http://amzn.to/yIlzX4==== ====Going big seems to be the popular option when it comes to HDTV. Projection HDTVs, are goodchoices when looking for big screen performance, but dont really fit into the flat screen category.Although there are many HDTV models, the flat screen HDTV is definitely emerging as a popularfavorite. This should come as no surprise. The advantages offered by a flat screen HDTV thatproduces crystal clear images on a very big screen, yet is light enough and thin enough to be hungon a wall are very appealing. Not only are the aesthetics appealing, but the improved technologyand demand have caused prices to drop considerably.Once you have decided to purchase a flat screen HDTV, your next step is to choose from LCD orPlasma. There are also "LED TVs". LEDs are not a separate technology as far as HDTV isconcerned. LED models are just LCD TVs that use LED backlights. Plasma HDTVs work verymuch like a fluorescent light. A gas is formed by an electrical charge, and this process gives offultra-violet light that makes phosphors glow. The images of LCDs are produced by shining brightlight (backlights) through moving liquid crystals that either block or transmit light.If you are looking at screens up to 42 inches, LCD is pretty much your only choice. Whenconsidering the bigger flat screen HDTVs, 50 inches and larger, you will need to determine whichformat or technology suits your needs, and your wallet.Most flat screen HDTV sets out there are now widescreen. Widescreen models have a ratio of16:9, which means that for every 16 inches of width the screen will have 9 inches of depth. This isalso very close to the ratio of movies that you would see in a theater.Plasma Flat Screen HDTVPlasma HDTV sets are usually purchased in the 60 to 65 inch range. You can get them a littlesmaller and also much bigger. Prices can start at around $600.00 and go up to as much$15000.00 for the over the top models.Lower priced plasma sets will often have a poorer picture. The budget models quite often do notproduce quality blacks and grays, and more often than not have poor contrast that results in lessdetail and coarser images in the display.Although you can still get Plasma HDTV in 720p it is not recommended. Stick with the models thathave 1080p resolution. This is the preferred option of Dish Network, Blu-ray, and other services,and will soon be the standard.Because of the use of phosphors, plasma flat screen HDTVs can experience "burn-in". This is amore frequent problem with older models. Burn-in is usually caused by a static image, much like a
  2. 2. logo that is constantly present on the screen. This can be eliminated by proper contrast settings. Ifyou know that you have an older plasma model, avoid keeping sharpness and contrast settingstoo high. Newer plasma models are equipped with "pixel shifting" to prevent burn in.Dont forget the audio. Although most plasma flat screen HDTV sets now come with built inspeakers, there are still some that are only video that do not have either speakers or a tuner. Itseems ridiculous, but be sure to check the specifications before you buy.LCD Flat Screen HDTVUnlike plasmas, an LCD flat screen HDTV can be had in a much larger range of screen sizes. Youcan find sizes from 15 inches up to 60 inches and bigger. Compared to their CRT (Cathode RayTubes) predecessors, the LCD does cost a bit more. However, this is only in the smaller screensizes, which would be 30 inches and under. In the larger screen sizes, LCD flat screen HDTVs arevery competitive with the big screen plasma HDTVs. The good news is that prices have fallenmore than 20% in the last year.The display quality of an LCD flat screen HDTV still comes under fire when compared to theplasma display. The contrast, black and gray color production, and response times do not seem tobe quite as good as plasmas. What this means is that sometimes, depending upon how trainedthe eye of the viewer is, fast action or sports scenes may seem blurred. This has been a problemin the past, but new LCD technology seems to have overcome this in the newer models available.Compared to plasmas LCDs can be one to a few inches thicker. They also have less of a viewingangle. This means that if you are off to one side it may be more difficult to view an LCD than aplasma. However an LCD flat screen HDTV does not have any burn in issues, runs cooler, can beviewed easily in brightly lit rooms and has all the features that we have come to expect fromconventional television. LCDs also weigh much less than their plasma counterparts are moreportable and can be easily setup wherever you like.It is difficult to determine what every persons taste or needs are. You know what it is that you wantfrom your flat screen HDTV. Both plasma HDTV and LCD HDTV have their good and bad points,and the technology of the newer models of both types has worked out most of them.The next question would be, how much do you want to spend? Basically, LCD would be theobvious choice. LCD flat screen HDTVs are available in more screen sizes, and are easier to usein more situations, and cost less than plasmas. Although the display may be somewhat better witha plasma HDTV, you have to ask if it is worth the difference in price.When faced with this same decision I went with the LCD, and am very satisfied with my choice. Ialso went from store to store checking out models and prices. Most of the clerks in these biggerelectronic stores were not very knowledgeable or very helpful at all. I found out more online andultimately purchased my two flat screen HDTVs online. My online buying experience went verysmoothly, and my TVs arrived at my door within a week.Buying online saves money and time. Visit the Projection HDTV website and take a look at the flat
  3. 3. screen HDTVs and see for yourself how buying online can save you moneyArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Thord_Hall==== ====Check out the deal on this great tv:http://amzn.to/yIlzX4==== ====