To buy a plasma TV you have to first determine what you need. You should consider some important aspects pertaining to plasma TVs before purchasing one. Do not choose a plasma TV based on the brand alone. Each brand of Plasma TV’s has its own strengths and weaknesses. Listed below are some useful tips on plasma TVs that can clear up some of the confusion that might arise after looking at a number of brands and varieties.
Glare Choose a plasma TV only if you are going to place it in a dark room. Plasma TVs have a shiny surface. If you place them in a room that is bright your TV viewing experience will not be as good as it could be. The glare from the surroundings may be reflected while you are watching TV.
Resolution You should decide on the lines of resolution. Choose between 720 or 1080 vertical lines of resolution. If you receive HD TV signals or if you have a Blu-ray player at home, consider 1080p. If you wish to see the different, go to a retailer with a Blu-ray disc or an HD DVD and ask for a demo. You should have both types of TVs placed side by side. This will enable you to tell the difference.
Contrast ratio The contrast ratio specifications are an important consideration. A plasma TV with a high contrast ratio is likely to produce more realistic images. The lowest contrast ratios available are 800:1. The newer varieties of plasma TVs offer contrast ratios as high as 30,000:1. A higher rate of contrast will display true blacks in the picture you see on screen. Low contrast ratios will not.
Refresh rate If you have a home cinema, it is suggested that you select a plasma screen TV over an LCD television. LCD TVs have a refresh rate of 60 hertz or 120 hertz. In contrast, plasma TVs have a refresh rate of 480 hertz. A higher refresh rate will result in reduced blurring in high intensity scenes with fog, waves or smoke.
Distance Determine the right viewing distance and choose the size of your plasma TV screen accordingly. If your viewing distance is 6 to 10 feet, you should buy a TV screen that is 32 to 37 inches in size. At a distance of 10 to 14 feet, choose a plasma TV that is 42 to 46 inches in size. Plasma TVs that are 50 inches and larger are recommended for a distance of 12 to 15 feet from the screen to the viewer. For a screen size that exceeds 60 inches you need to be more than 15 feet away from the screen.
Audio You have to consider your audio options carefully. You can choose quality speakers that are incorporated into the TV itself or buy them separately. Some manufacturers offer optional audio features that can be attached to the sides. Alternatively, other options could include bookshelf or satellite speakers. For this you will have to buy an amplifier or receiver setup as well.
Choice Choose the features of your plasma TV based on those you are likely to use. Consumer sets will have a higher number of features, aesthetic looking bodies and promising warranties. Commercial sets provide better picture quality but may lack features.
So, before you commit to a TV purchase, consider glare, resolution, contrast ratio, refresh rate, audio options and the distance you will be sitting from the screen. Do not ignore these important aspects when choosing plasma TVs.
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