We like to educate our customers about their television sets, so that we can can better serve their needs. We have provided an overview of the different types of TVs on the market.
HDTVs were once a novelty item, but they have become much more common in recent years. An HDTV is a thin TV set that relies on either plasma display or liquid crystal display (LCD) technology. They are typically high-definition, wide-screen TV sets. The models that are under 40” have 720p (progressive scan lines) resolution, while the resolution of larger models is 1080p. Many HDTVs receive output from computers, which means they can be used as a monitor.
While 1800p offers better resolution, the difference is only noticeable with some Blu-ray discs, since broadcasting stations don’t use 1080p yet. HDTVs with 720p and 1080i still display high quality images, so many people don’t notice the difference.
What are the differences between HD and SD?
All HDTV sets are great for watching HD programs, but there are noticeable differences when watching programs or videos that aren’t high definition. If you want to watch an old VHS tape, a DVD or a TV show that isn’t on high definition cable, then you will need to keep these differences in mind.
Top of the line HDTV models can upgrade the resolution of old movies and resize them to match a wide screen TV. Retailers typically show Blu-ray cartoons while showcasing their HD sets, so it is difficult to know what the content will look like in SD. If you typically watch standard definition (SD) programs, then you will want to test different models before purchasing, because you will notice clear differences in resolution and size.
The Importance of Size
While most people prefer larger television sets, but the resolution tends to be lower. You need to find a 60″ TV to match the quality of a 32″ set.
Difference Between HD Built In and HD Ready
“HD Ready” TVs can support many HDTV formats but they don’t have a built-in tuner. You will need to receive a set-top box to view content in HD. “HD Built In” TVs already have an HD tuner, so you can receive HD signals without needing a set-top box from your satellite or cable provider.
LCD TV and Plasma TVs
Flat panel TVs rely on either LCD backlit or plasma technology. They are both popular models, but there are differences in size, power consumption and color quality.
Here are some of the key differences between the two.
Ambient light creates glare, which can spoil the experience. Plasma TVs reflect more light, so you should purchase an LCD TV if you want to eliminate glare.
Both LCD and plasma TVs need to be mounted and professionally installed. LCDs are lighter than plasma TVs. You will need reinforcements if the studs in the wall aren’t setup properly.
Plasma TV typically provides a wider range of colors, but LCD manufacturers have increased the richness of the color that they provide. Some customers a more limited color spectrum, while others want a richer presentation, so both plasma and LCD TVs appeal to different audiences.
Overall Feelings About Plasma and LCD
Most experts argue that plasma TVs offer the best quality, especially among larger models. However, the quality of LCD TVs is rapidly improving. LCDs are also lighter and more energy efficient, so there is still a strong demand for them.
Problems With Pixels, Image Retention and Other Issues
Both LCD and plasma can develop problems that can affect their quality. You will want to be aware of the possibility before choosing a set.
LCD TVs may develop stuck pixels, which are very small lights that won’t go away. You can have the TV replaced if the problems are noticed while it is still under warrantee.
Plasma sets may suffer from burn-in and image retention problems. You will see indistinct images that are caused by static images that are on the screen for extended periods of time, such channel logos. Since these images are usually displayed for a short period of time, image retention problems eventually go away. However, burn-in is permanent problem that is caused by people using video games or other content for long periods of time. Fortunately, burn-in less of a problem with new plasma TVs.