It used to be that purchasing a brand-new TV set was simple. You went to the electronics store, picked out an appliance (usually a plasma or LCD TV), and made a purchase. Now, though, there are so many options from dozens of brands that the process can be almost overwhelming. Buying a TV is a complex process, but it doesn’t have to be rocket science. In this article, we’ll go over all the different kinds of TV available out there today, describe the technologies behind that model, and discuss the pros and cons of this specific viewing method for TV viewing.
Flat Panel TVs: There are two major types of flat panel televisions: those with a widescreen display and those with a full-screen display. The most popular, most widely sold, and least expensive kind of flat screen TV is the LCD model. These TVs utilize liquid crystal displays, or LCD, to project an image onto a normal TV screen. This method of TV viewing makes for a crisp, clean line display that looks amazing when viewed in bright daylight.
HDTV (High Definition Television): This is a relatively new television technology that offers substantially better picture quality than standard definition TV. Standard definition TV uses a standard monitor that displays lines of color on a horizontal plane. HDTV makes use of special-effects equipment that creates the effect of 3-dimensional images. Because of this new angle of view, HDTV is often referred to as “3D” television.
Plasma and LCD Televisions: Both of these TV types offer the bright, sharp images of standard definition, as well as the wide screen proportions that have made the thin TV design so popular. Both plasma and LCD televisions have a wide screen and are very convenient to watch. They also both offer many high definition programming options. Plasma televisions, like the newly introduced Samsung LCD TV, offer a “flat screen” look with no edge distortion. They also have a high contrast ratio, wide color gamut, and wide screen sizes to fit the latest home entertainment needs.
LED Tvs: Also referred to as LED TV’s, are growing in popularity for many reasons. While they have been slower to catch on than plasma televisions, they have a much longer lifespan and require less energy than their LCD counterparts. While their light output may not match those of LCDs, they are nearly perfect in both brightness and contrast. In fact, LED televisions rival the sharpness of LCDs and have been claimed to be much closer to the ideal of a perfect TV set. LED tvs use much less power than their lcd counterparts and last much longer.
Plasma and LCD TV screens have come a long way from their humble beginnings. Both have come a long way since their first production and have become very advanced. With new advances such as flat panel monitors, we are seeing new advancements and greater quality in entertainment and communication at home. With manufacturers such as LG, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic coming out with some amazing televisions, it seems the battle is over and the televisions are once again, neck to neck in quality. The race is on between the lcd screens and the plasmas, who can keep up.