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You’re most likely hearing about refurbished Plasma TVs quite a lot lately. Are you wondering what it is? Is it someone’s broken television? Is a refurbished plasma TV a “used” or “secondhand” TV… like an eBay kind of thing? Oh, my gosh…. No! Continue reading to find out what a refurbished plasma TV is and why you should buy it.

First, let me make you aware that the terms “refurbished” and “reconditioned” are usually the same thing. Various manufacturers call it differently. For simplicity’s sake, in this article I’ll refer to it as “refurbished”.

Okay, so what is a refurbished plasma TV? Lots of big retailers offer 30 day return policies. So a customer can, for any reason, return a product within the first 30 days. Reasons can be anything, from the product being the wrong color, to the product not working properly. Sometimes items are returned the first day, still in box, never even taken out (maybe the customer purchased a plasma TV and then decided it wants an LCD TV…) Whatever the reason, the retailer accepts the return.

What does the retailer do with the returned product, say the returned plasma TV? It sends it back to the manufacturer. The manufacturer then inspects it, fixes it (if it needs fixing) with original factory parts and then tests it. The plasma TV is thoroughly tested so that it meets stringent factory standards; the same standards that new TV’s must meet. After it passes the test, it is just like new… no, it is better that new, because it’s been tested that it works. It is then repackaged, labeled as a “refurbished plasma TV“, and resold at substantial discounts.

Now you’re finally getting the secret of the rich. They buy refurbished plasma TV’s at huge discounts so they can afford to always be able to buy the new and upgraded ones! Refurbished plasma TV’s are quality TV’s, like Samsung, Sony, etc. It is possible to get name brand, high quality TV’s at incredible savings. You do have to know the right place to look for it, though.

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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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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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Should You Go For a 1080p Plasma TV?

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Before we start discussing on the subject matter, let us understand what 1080p stands for. It is a category of resolution, mainly referred to for a TV display. The resolution offers 1080 lines of vertical resolution, with progressive scanning as denoted by the letter “p”. Progressive scanning would mean that the picture generated by 1080p is not interlaced, a full image frame being displayed in one single pass. The scan matrix in a 1080p TV creates a frame resolution of 1920×1080, or 2,073,600 pixels in total. If you are going for 1080p Plasma TV, it is worthwhile if you consider a screen size of not less than 50 inches. For most situations a 1080p plasma TV less than 50 inch is probably not going to offer you the extra detail that 1080p has over 720p because you simply don’t see it from the distance you are at.

To find out the worth of 1080p Plasma TV, let us take one of the best TV in the market – the Pioneer’s new ELITE plasma TV model, the Pioneer PRO-FHD1. This TV has a 50 inch plasma screen with a 1080p signal, and fits in more than 2 million pixels in its screen. The pixels measures 0.576 millimeters, providing stunning picture quality, and when viewing the content in 1080p/24Hz, it truly gives a fantastic picture. The picture quality is so unique that you can see the beads of sweat on the athlete’s face, and the stitches of the football so clear, as it travels through the air.

Having said that, the question remains if it is worthwhile to buy a 1080p signal Plasma TV? The issue is quite confusing amongst the present Plasma TV buyers. There are no content being delivered in 1080p as of today, and has been heavily planned for the future. If you possess a high definition DVD player the matter may be different. The fact remains whether you should invest in a 1080p Plasma TV and block your money for the thing to happen in future, or go in for a 720p set.

To help you to decide, you would do well to ask yourself how long you are prepared to wait for making a jump to 1080p content. It could be one, two, or even three years, but the longer you wait, the sense in having a 720p Plasma TV becomes more sensible. You should understand that even if you buy a 1080p Plasma TV today, you would not see any change in picture quality with 720p signal going into that TV. On the other hand, if you consider going in for high definition in one year’s time, it makes sense for you to go for a 1080p Plasma TV.

You should consider all aspects before you invest in buying a 1080p or 1080i Plasma TV. As regards the question of viewing, it is hardly possible that you could tell the difference between 1080p, 1080i, or 720p plasma TV unless you sit at the right distance and watch the right content. On the other hand, when you view a photo, you would be able to see the difference in the picture quality between a 1080p and 720p. But then again virtually all the watching that you do on your TV is with moving images, and you will hardly notice the finer details in the picture that you are viewing. Walk into a showroom and try this out and you will understand the meaning of both the effects. If you should have a smaller TV, you would never notice the difference at all, while you sit at a standard distance from your Plasma TV. Your eyes will never be able to pick out the differences between the two picture qualities.

The price between a 720p and 1080p Plasma TV has a great difference. Before you decide to buy 1080p Plasma TV, you should consider the facts as related above and also check out the other guides related to this subject (follow the links at the bottom of this article). You could spend the price difference between 720p and 1080p more wisely by redirecting the money towards better contrast or color accuracy. Resolution is on the 5th place when it comes to factors that affect the overall picture quality. Color saturation, black levels (contrast) and white levels (brightness) are much more important for the overall experience.

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LCD Vs Plasma TV – Which One Should You Buy?

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Are you looking to buy a new widescreen TV set to replace your CRT TV? If yes, then you are probably faced with the question of buying LCD vs. plasma TV and are thinking of which one you should get. It is not easy to answer this question, given that LCD and plasma TVs are almost similar in quality. Thus, you need to figure out which is important to you in a television set and base your decision on what to purchase on those factors.

Picture Quality

One essential factor in buying a TV set is its picture quality. In this department, plasma TVs, especially those with HD digital tuners, easily edge out LCD TVs. Plasma TVs are simply better than LCD TVs at producing accurate colors and deeper blacks. The superiority of images on plasma TVs becomes more evident on screens wider than 50 inches and when you do your TV viewing in the dark.

LCD TVs come up with good pictures too, but they get blurred and blown up when the screen is larger than 50 inches. Also, LCD screens look better in environments with good light.

Life Span

When you buy an expensive television set, naturally you would expect something that will last you for years and years to come. Even though the plasma TV has gotten better life spans in the last couple of years, the LCD TV is still the king of durability. If you get an LCD TV, you can expect it to stay with you for at least 60,000 hours of usage, which roughly translates to seven years of leaving your TV on for 24 hours a day.

The Price Tag

Of course, no matter how good a television set is, it is of no use to you if you cannot afford it. So which one is cheaper – the plasma or the LCD? For this question, you will have to do a separate research on TV brands like Panasonic, Samsung and Sony, all of which produce both high-quality plasma and LCD TVs. Set a budget and buy the TV set that strictly meets this budget.

The LCD vs. plasma TV debate has been going on for ages, and it is hard to figure out which one to buy. Eventually, you should make your decision on which characteristic of the TV set appeals more to you.

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