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Let Us Entertain You: Picking Out A Plasma or LCD TV

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

I think my husband is the only man/person that doesn’t like or see the need for a flat screen/plasma TV. He agrees that while they look great, the “old-style” televisions are better since they don’t make people look distorted. But, I am sure he’s in the minority. So, if you’re one of the technological majority, here’s what experts suggest you know before you invest.

Know what you’re buying: Most of us barely understand how traditional TVs operate but just in case you’re interested: Plasma screens are comprised of a multitude (literally thousands) of phosphor-coated bubbles that give off light and generate a picture. An LCD or liquid crystal display offers literally tons of pixels in the screen that has a light source behind it.

Sizing It Up: It’s best to decide on a size that’s right for your. According to experts you can get a big screen TV and spend the same amount of money that your would for a small LCD. In fact, a 32 inch LCD may cost you as much as a 42-inch plasma simply because LCDs are expected to have a longer screen life.

Additional Extras: Not only to these modern marvels look magnificent adding class and technology to your space, but the allow for more flexibility when it comes to placement. Instead of a huge entertainment center you can simply situate on a smaller stand or mount on the wall. Plus, both LCDs and plasma screen offer excellent viewing angles up to almost 90 degrees, so you don’t have to sit directly across for the best view.

On The Downside: Plasma screens are prone to “burn in”, where an image is frozen onto the screen, left on the same channel for extended periods of time and that may mean only 10 to 20 hours of usage. Plus, the picture you see in the store may not be the same one you get at home. It’s a common practice for some retailers to boost the contrast and brightness levels, but doing this at home may result in a decreased life span.

What’s All The Buzz About? Another key phrase you need to be aware of is HD as in HDTV. While this refers to a high definition model, they are often accompanied by a heftier price tag. An alternative option is EDTV, enhanced definition which is one-third less (definition) than HDTV but costs significantly less and offers twice as much (definition) as traditional TV.

Nothing’s for Nothing: You know the “old” saying that “beauty” isn’t cheap. Well, it also applies to these sleek, chic, household items.

On average, a 42-inch plasma TV will run you just under $3,000 though competition seems to be driving prices down. Still a new TV will warrant new speakers too and if you want the total package tack on another $300 to $800 for a top of the line sound system.

Size Matters: Remember, you should choose a unit that will complement your space and not overpower it.

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