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So you need a new TV. But what kind of TV do you want? There are so many TV options these days, that selecting the proper TV can be a hassle. Plasma, LCD, LED…which one should you choose? In this article we discuss each different type of TV, including the advantages and disadvantages of owning each type. With this information, you will be able to make an easy decision when choosing what kind of TV you want.


LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. Because of the advent of LED, LCD is now starting to drop off in price. LCD was all the rage when it came out many years ago, and was very expensive. Now you can buy a nice size LCD for a good price. The advantages of LCD are as follows: – Very clear picture. LCD also has a longer life then plasma, in most cases. LCD looks better for high definition gaming, as well as blue-ray movies. Plasma is cheaper then LCD, but LCD looks better. – LCD is just as easy to smash as plasma if dropped. – LCD TVs will keep coming down in price while LED gains favor.

Plasma TVs

A plasma TV is now extremely cheap. However, there are some disadvantages to using plasma. This is mainly due to the gloss or haze that generally appears on the screen; you have to block the sun out of the room you put the plasma into or you can’t look at it. – Plasma is cheap now, but not rated to last as long as LCD. Plasma’s power regulation isn’t as good as LCD. Some users have used their plasma for years just to unplug it one day and not have it turn back on. – A plasma TV may or may not have a good warranty on it. LCD TVs can be warranted to last at least 5 years. Plasma TVs are usually warranted to last less then that. So if you’re going to dump money into a plasma, get a good warranty. 5 years is good, 10 years is great, and 15 years or more is awesome. – The gloss on the screen annoys some and stops others from buying. This is most noticeable in a sunny room. For this reason, you’ll want to place your plasma into a room where there is not a lot of sun on it.


LED is a brand new technology. Right now, it’s very expensive. The picture quality is supposed to be a lot better, because each LED TV is built of millions of tiny LEDs. – LED is really new, and we’re not too familiar with it. But what would happen if a few of the millions of LEDs were to go out? These are good questions to ask when purchasing an LED TV. – LED is really expensive. Make sure to get a good warranty to protect your investment. You might spend 1 or 2 thousand on a plasma or LCD TV, but you’ll spend 5 thousand on an LED Tv at the time of this writing.

TV Warranty

When purchasing a TV, it’s important the TV comes with a good warranty. Some TVs come with a 3 year warranty, some come with a 5 year warranty. A plasma TV will come with a different warranty period then an LCD TV, as will an LED. The major thing is being able to recognize the different kind of warranties, and what they cover. Below we will analyze this.

In-store warranty

Usually when purchasing a TV, it will come with an in-store warranty for a limited time. This in-store warranty period is three months for most stores. Some stores sell an extended in-store warranty period. These are the best warranties to have sometimes. This is because if your TV breaks down after the in-store warranty period, it has to be shipped off to the manufacturer to be repaired. This can be time consuming and frustrating. We will discuss why below, under manufacturer warranty. An in-store warranty for your TV is great. If the extended in store-option is offered, take it over the manufacturer option.

Manufacturer warranty

Most warranties after the three month to a year period default to a manufacturer’s warranty. These you must be careful of when purchasing a TV. Be sure to read the fine print if purchasing an extended warranty. The fine print is where people always get screwed. For instance, Staples has a clause in their extended contract for laptop warranties that says if the work costs more then the cost of the unit, that the customer may be entitled to receive a gift certificate. This happened to someone I know and she received a gift certificate for less then half the cost of the laptop. These clauses sometimes also refer to how electronics are worth less money after leaving the store. Be very careful to read all the fine print in the extended service plan you get. Sometimes the extended service plans are just a rip off and covered in fine print. Avoid these.

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When purchasing a TV, you may be wondering what is better to get, an LED or an LCD TV. With LED TVs becoming more and more widespread, it is important to know why it might be better to purchase an LED TV.

When it comes to purchasing new TVs, the only time you should now get an LCD TV is if you are purchasing a TV on a budget or cannot find an LED TV in the size you need. Other TVs are much cheaper than LED TVs, but the price gap is dropping and soon you will find LED TVs to be just as cheap.

Price aside, LED TVs have many more advantages compared to LCD televisions. They have a much better contrast ratio and black levels, better color accuracy, and power consumption. The only thing left is to wait to see how long LED televisions can last compared with LCD televisions. This cannot be determined yet because LED televisions are still new.

The reason contrast ratio and black levels are much better on these televisions is because they use dimming technology and can control the back-lighting. In LCD televisions, the screen has to block the light by twisting the LCD crystals. This ends up causing the television to have a lower contrast ratio than by simply dimming.

When it comes to producing a better color accuracy, LED televisions with colored back-lighting dominates over other televisions. Colored back-lighting allows the television to produce very realistic colors. However, some LED televisions do use white back-lighting, which is not much of an improvement of LCD televisions.

LED TVs also have better viewing angles. This is very important as you can then watch the television at a wider angle. Most televisions have often suffered when it comes to viewing angles. They usually do not work as well when it goes beyond 30 degrees off-center. However, LED televisions have fantastic viewing angles, and are almost as good as plasma televisions.

Power consumption is very important as it can save you money in the long run. LED televisions do have a slight improvement over LCD televisions when it comes to power usage, and approaches the power consumption of plasma TVs. However, this improvement in power consumption is only true for edge-lit TVs, and not the local dimming LED TVs.

When it comes to purchasing your TV, it is highly suggested to get a LED television as they seem to have many more advantages over its LCD rival. With advantages like power consumption, better viewing angles, contrast ratio, and color accuracy, you cannot go wrong with an LED television.

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When you have recently purchased a Sony KDL 52V5100 52 LCD TV BRAVIA V Series Black, why wouldn’t you want to show it off? You’ll find that with its sleek black shape, it’s 52 inch 16.9 Full HD 1080p resolution screen can give you a picture that is amazingly clear and sharp, and this makes it perfect for your fast paces sports, your action movies and your games! There are seven HD inputs and a PC input as well, allowing you to do a lot of good with this single, simple model. Make sure that you also expand its capabilities with its accessories, including the BRAVIA DVD Link, and the BRAVIA Input link.

With all of that to display, why would you even want to hang it up on the wall? With a device like the Sony KDL 52V5100 52 LCD TV BRAVIA V Series Black at your disposal, you want to make sure that it sits as the focal point of your sitting room, and this is where getting a good LCD television stand can come in handy. You’ll find that this stand is ideal when you are looking to make your LCD television a more important part of your home, and when you want to think about what your options are going to be this can be a great way to give your home a brand new look.

What kind of stand do you think that you are most interested in? For some people, nothing but natural wood that has been polished to a high shine will do. This can add a wonderfully natural look to your home and it can do a great deal to give you a more stately and elegant appearance. Do keep in mind, however, that the Sony KDL 52V5100 52 LCD TV BRAVIA V Series Black is a rather sleek and aggressively modern television, and as such, you may be more interested in coupling it with an LCD television stand that is made out of brushed steel or a high grade plastic. Look for the stand that will best suit your home and really consider what your options are going to be in this case.

When you want to select an LCD television stand, start your search online. This is where your best options are going to be, and you’ll discover that just about everything that you find is going to be cheaper. Take some time to really bargain shop and don’t forget to add in shipping and handling. While you may be surprised by what places will not charge you for shipping and handling, you may find that other places don’t add the charges on until the last moment.

Take some time and really consider what your options are going to be when you are thinking about putting up an LCD stand for your Sony KDL 52V5100 52 LCD TV BRAVIA V Series Black. This may well be the design element that changes the look of your room, so be ready for it!

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Plasma televisions have come a long way since they first appeared about a decade ago and they have become the newest must-have home appliance there is on the market. They’re flat, hip and offer stunning images unlike anything we’ve seen on older television models before. Plasma televisions do seem to have it all, but are they the answer to all our home entertainment prayers or just a trend? Unfortunately, plasma televisions have a few disadvantages.

The cost

This is the number one consideration for many videophiles and plasma televisions are not cheap at all. When they first came out in the 90s, the price tag for plasma television sets showed a whopping $10000. That forms a part of a regular home mortgage and enough to have consumers running in the opposite direction.

These days, though, the price has calmed down thanks to better production practices and the magic of demand. In fact, a good-sized brand-name plasma TV costs at least $2500. That’s still the price of about three regular TVs with a few video CDs thrown in. Compared to its nearest rival, the LCD TV, plasma televisions, one of its disadvantages, still cost more.

But with the price comes quality. Nowhere else can you find the kind of high-definition viewing pleasure that plasma televisions can offer. If their price is a disadvantage, they more than make up for it with their quality. Besides, for a genuine videophile, plasma televisions have a short return on investment and they will more than make up for their price in a few years. If you think of that, that’s not really a disadvantage of having a plasma television now, is it?

Life span

Plasma televisions had a notorious reputation for conking out after a given set of viewing hours.

In 2004, plasma televisions offered a disadvantageous 20,000 hours of viewing pleasure. Compare that to an LCD TV’s 50,000 hours.

These days, however, plasma televisions have improved and been given longer life spans. Depending on the brand, plasma TVs have a half-life of 60,000 hours. If you’re a normal person with a normal family having normal TV viewing hours, that should not be considered a disadvantage. Imagine this: if you spend at least 5 hours in front of your plasma TV, that will translate to about 33 years of use.

The viewing hours do not indicate an expiry date for your plasma television. The number of hours refers to the plasma TV’s half-life, or the time when your TV screen burns at half of its original brightness.

Burn in issues

This is another disadvantage of plasma televisions. Plasma TVs are called that way thanks to the thousands of minute fluorescent lights in the screen. These lights are filled with gas which burn each time the TV is used. This is a good thing, because compared to the LCD and the older CRT TVs, a plasma TV need only light up when they’re needed. LCD panels are like one big light bulb that is always turned on.

With regular TV use, that’s really not a problem. The disadvantage appears when you display a static image on screen. What’s a static image? If you’re an HBO fan and you have your plasma television turned on to HBO for hours on end, pretty soon you’ll notice a faint HBO logo on your screen even when you’re turned on to ESPN or another channel.

That is also an issue if you’re a heavy video game user. If you hook up your video game console to your plasma TV and play all day for days upon days, the hours of playing will burn in the image of, say, the life meter on your plasma screen. That will be a little embarrassing especially if you’re having friends over and they’ll see a shadowy image of your otherworldly pursuits right in front of their eyes.

But then again, the risk of burn-in only becomes a real threat and disadvantage if you use the plasma TV full blast. You can always cheat by reducing the TV’s contrast to just 50%.

With every new technology, there are always good points and bad and plasma televisions are not free from these issues. In the game of ‘who’s-the-better-tv‘, there really is no one clear winner. If you choose a plasma television, then it’s only because you like what you see, you can afford it and you can handle the disadvantages of a plasma television while enjoying the advantages.

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Understanding the Myths of Plasma TV

Just as with nearly everything else, there are myths circulating about lightweight, flat panel Plasma TV screens.

Understanding the myth of plasma screens and high altitudes has to do with knowing that plasma screens were developed to perform their best located near or at sea level altitudes. Therefore, it makes sense that a plasma TV would have to work harder at higher altitudes to compensate for the difference of exterior pressure.

This compensation results in the generation of heat, which in turn turns on the screens built in cooling fans, which may or may not be included in any particular system. If the Plasma TV screen has cooling fans, they usually transmit a reverberated hum. Hearing a definite buzzing sound signals that the plasma TV does have cooling fans. It is also understandable that the life span of a plasma TV be to some extent shortened.

However, some plasma TVs shows resilience in running at paramount condition of up to 5000 feet, which is pretty good. Technology works every hour developing new innovations for our use. If they can hang Plasma TV’s on the wall, they’ll soon be hanging Plasma TV’s on the walls atop mountains.

Talk with your local dealer over information concerning high altitudes, and be open to buying an LCD or DLP with thin flat screen panels, if there isn’t an available plasma TV for your location. Remember the more an item is requested, the more likely the demand for that item will be satisfied. Your local plasma TV dealer would have the most up to date information concerning these and other issues, so be sure to ask.

Understanding the myth of leaking plasma TV’s, has to do with knowing that it is not possible for gas to leak from its sealed pixel celled structure. Each element of the plasma screen is separate from the others by being sealed as well as the changing plates are sealed. When an unusual amount of pixel space of the screen display goes dark it is not possible to just fill it up again. Plasma gas does not refill, the complete panel should be replaced.

Understanding the myth of Plasma TV’s adaptability with an old VCR has to do with knowing that made for consumer use plasma TV are adaptable with an old VCR which has a component video outputs, AV and S-Video. Unfortunately, VHS is to slow in resolution with an inconsistent and poor color quality for entertaining pleasure on a Plasma TV.

Understanding the myth of Mercury poisoning has to do with knowing that you are more likely to come in contact by eating fish with traces of mercury weekly, than to have a reaction to a scant amount of container filled mercury of a TV viewing screen.

Understanding the myth of energy use has to do with knowing that studies show that the energy use of both the Plasma and LCD TV’s function more or less the same.

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