Understanding the Features of Plasma and LCD TVs

Gone are the days when consumers used to watch cathode ray tube (CRT) TV sets. Modern technology has now replaced cathode ray technology and this has resulted in the introduction of more modern state of the art electronic devices.

Some of the features of relatively newly launched television sets are as follows:

Some of the best features of newer TV technology are focused on the size, resolution and compatibility aspect of the products. Such features have proved to be extremely popular among consumers. Manufacturers have also met the changing demands of consumers with the introduction of these new features.

Plasma and LCD photo
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LCD TVs have a distinctive advantage over CRT sets as they offer cinema-like film viewing experience to consumers. They also offer superior sound output and hence create a suitable viewing atmosphere. Several flat screen TV models are available in the market today. Plasma TVs, LCD TVs and LED TVs are some of the different types of flat-screen HDTVs available.

The features of Plasma TVs

Plasma TVs use a display that consists of millions of tiny plasma cells. These cells emit light and create an image on the screen. They actually produce images when a precise voltage is applied to each cell. Plasma TV sets are available in many different varieties and models. And, these models are available in larger screen sizes than LCD TV models. Plasma TV models are available in 30 inches, 42 inches, 50 inches and 63 inch models.

The advantages of Plasma TVs

As mentioned, these Plasma TV sets are available in large screen sizes. This is perfect for consumers who want to enjoy a viewing experience similar to the cinema. New models also have better black levels than Plasma TVs in the past along with superior contrast ratio also. Plasma TVs are best viewed between 160 to 180 degrees. These TVs also come with a superior refresh rate that captures each and every minute detail within a fraction of a second.

However, one minor flaw with Plasma TVs is that they are more susceptible to burn-in of static images.

The features of LCD TVs

LCD TVs use a liquid crystal display technology which is nowadays also used in computer monitors, mobile phones and camera screens. LCD TV panels function using a liquid crystal solution which is sandwiched between two polarized layers of glass. The LCD panel then filters and subtracts the backlight source to create an image.

The advantages of LCD TV units

LCD TV units have a long shelf-life compared to plasma models. These models can in fact last up to 30 years. LCD TVs also consume less power compared to plasma TVs. And, LCD TVs are available in many screen sizes as well.

One problem with LCD TV sets is that they offer poor contrast levels and are not the perfect choice for fast moving images.

Both Plasma TVs and LCD TVs can now be attached to the wall with the help of a TV wall bracket. This device means the larger screen sizes that these TVs come in can be neatly accommodated into most living rooms.

Whether you choose Plasma or LCD, the choice is up to you. With so many benefits that each of these sets offer it can be a difficult choice. But one thing is certain our TV viewing will never be the same again.

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