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30th of November, 2009
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When you go shopping for a flat panel TV, you
will encounter two types: plasma and LCD. How do these two types
differ? And which one is right for you? Each type has its advantages,
and knowing more about them will help you choose the one that's best
suited for your home.
As you can see from this chart, plasma is a
better choice for a large-screen TV to be used in a living room because
of its capabilities for motion display and color reproduction.
When you're shopping for a TV, the electronics
dealers you visit probably use very bright overhead lighting. This will
make the screen look much different than it will in your home, which
probably uses much softer lighting. Also, plasma TVs are well-suited
not only for the lighting of the average home, but also for home
theater-style lighting with well-defined blacks.
The larger the screen, the more room the pictures
have to move, and residual images tend to be more obvious on larger
screens. plasma TVs are better suited for motion because they reduce
the residual images from fast movements, resulting in a sharper and
overall better picture.
For a large screen with large movements, higher moving image resolution is essential.
Flat panel TVs are the standard today, but it's
surprising how little is known about them. Some shoppers have been
misguided by preconceptions and rumors. Here, we would like to offer
some pieces of wisdom that everyone should know about flat screen TVs.
We hope you will find them useful when making the choice for your home.
Plasma TVs alter their brightness according to
the image being displayed, which means they use varying amounts of
electricity. On the other hand, LCD TV panels are constantly
illuminated by a backlight, and therefore use a relatively steady
amount of power. So it is fair to say that power consumption for plasma
and LCD TVs cannot be determined just by comparing the figures in a
Both plasma and LCD panels are made with glass,
but plasma TV panels are stronger and can be cleaned and serviced more
easily. In terms of lifespan, both plasma and LCD panels will last an
estimated 60,000 hours, so each can be enjoyed for a long time.
TVs with a narrow viewing angle will look whiter
and less attractive when viewed from the side. If you plan to have many
people gather in your living room to watch TV, you should consider
buying one with a wide viewing angle. Plasma TVs and IPS Alpha
Panel-equipped LCD TVs will look sharp and beautiful from any part of
Optimum viewing distance of a flat panel TV is approximately three times the height of the screen.
Comment #1 (Posted by william
What's the difference between LCD and LED television?
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