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Are You Buying the Right Plasma TV?

If you are looking to buy a new television you may be considering purchasing a plasma TV. Make a good start by familiarizing yourself with these three major aspects of the plasma TV market:

  1. Screen size – Plasma TVs have big screens from 32 inches to 70 inches, but are also slim-line in comparison to standard TVs.
  2. Picture quality – A number of factors influence this including native resolution (1024 to1366 x 720 to 780), viewing angle, pixel pitch, anti-reflection, screen enhancement, gamma enhancement, color temperature control, noise reduction, digital comb filter and contrast ratio (4000: 1 to 10,000:1).
  3. Connections – Consider compatibility with existing equipment. Connections include composite video, S-video, Audio input, Audio output, component video input (Y / PB (CB) / PR (CR), Digital audio output, Analog audio input, HDMI / HDCP digital inputs, PC input (RGB – VGA) and USB / IEEE 1394 / Firewall input.

Most plasma televisions come standard with a pedestal stand, however, if floor space is limited, a mounting bracket can be purchased to hang the unit on the wall. Bear in mind that you might need to hire professionals to install it for you. It is also important to keep in mind the size of your room when choosing a screen size, as larger screens should be viewed from at least several feet away. For instance, the ideal distance for viewing a 40-inch (101cm) plasma television is 10 feet (3 meters) away.

In general, plasma televisions offer great picture quality. They perform well in bright lights and several come standard with backlighting options to reduce on-screen glare. It’s important to test the viewing angle of the television you are considering. Some may wash out or fade if viewed to the left or right of center. On the downside, if a static image is on the screen for an extend period of time (such as station identification logos or stock tickers), they can burn into the screen permanently. Many manufacturers are creating a screensaver mode to alleviate this problem.

Plasma displays were created with high definition television viewing in mind. They have a 16:9 aspect ratio (the standard HD ratio), which means they are 16 units wide for every nine units high.

An important consideration when buying a plasma television is altitude. Because it is comprised of gasses internally, there needs to be a balance between these gasses and the outside air pressure. If they are not in balance, the screen will produce a humming noise. If you live in a high altitude setting it is important to purchase a unit that is designed for lower air pressures. Also, if you intend to mount the screen above a fireplace, check that the temperature here does not exceed 90 degrees F (32 degrees C) otherwise damage will be caused to the screen.
Tip: Check what comes with your plasma television as part of the package.

For everything you need to know about buying the right Plasma TV go to Plasma TV Buying Guide

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