Introduction to Plasma Televisions
A plasma TV can be expensive, and you want to make the right decision. After all, you probably don’t buy a new television very often, and technologies are constantly changing. Your friends may all have different opinions about the best type to buy, and you’re bombarded by advertisements all pushing a different product. How do you know what’s the best TV for you, and how do you know it’s a good deal?
Plasma TVs use a flat panel display and are usually larger than old fashioned CRT screens, such as a 37 Plasma TV, 42 inch Plasma TV, or 50 inch Plasma TV. Plasma televisions are all widescreen plasma TVs, and popular brands include Panasonic Plasma, Sony Plasma TV, Hitachi, Samsung Plasma, and Phillips Plasma TV.
Plasma televisions work by using lots of tiny cells held between two sheets of glass that hold noble gases. The gas is turned into plasma, which emits light. Plasma is different from LCD technology, which is another common flatscreen TV option.
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Pros and cons of Plasma TVs
Plasma TVs definitely have their advantages, but they’re not right for every situation. Before you decide whether a plasma TV is right for you, we let you know the good parts and the not-so-good parts of this technology. The selling features are:
- Plasma TVs have a slim profile, which means they can be wall-mounted.
- They are lightweight and don’t have the bulk of rear projection TVs.
- They offer better, more accurate colours than LCD televisions, with deep blacks for superior contrast.
- They provide wider viewing angles than LCD TVs, and they have fast response times to eliminate motion blur.
However, there are some disadvantages, which you must consider before deciding if a plasma TV is right for you. You may have heard that plasma TVs are subject to screen burn-in or image retention. This was true of older models, but it has been eliminated in newer models. It’s still a consideration if you buy a used TV, however. Other disadvantages include:
- Newer models are still susceptible to so-called “large area flicker,” where you may see coloured pixels in large black areas, especially using your peripheral vision.
- Plasma TVs are only available in larger sizes, usually at least 32 inches.
- They are subject to a reflective glare if viewed in a bright room.
- Although still lighter than CRT models, they are heavier than LCD TVs because of the glass screen that holds the gases.
- On average, they use more electricity than an LCD.