Sunday, July 16, 2006
First of all, it‚Äôs safe to say that a plasma set offers many perks to buyers that a regular direct view set can‚Äôt deliver. A plasma set offers a wide viewing angle, with an incredibly clear, vivid picture and all-around superior video. A plasma set also offers contrast and brightness capabilities that are comparable to those found in other sets.
The most obvious benefit of a plasma set, however, is its lightness, its portability, and compactness. You can hang a plasma set on the wall or suspend it from the ceiling ‚Äì two options that are ideal for homes that don‚Äôt have much room to devote to a big-screen set. Thanks to its expansive viewing angle, a plasma set offers a picture that‚Äôs perfectly proportioned regardless of where it‚Äôs viewed in the room, giving owners plenty of options for set-up and location of the TV.
However, plasma sets are rather expensive when compared to other models. An alternative is a large screen projection television. This type of set is available with high definition (HD) upgrade capabilities, making it comparable to a plasma set in terms of performance, and you can get one for half of what you‚Äôll pay for a plasma set. Another option is a large screen (34 inches) direct view set with high definition upgrade capabilities. You can get this type of set for about half of what you‚Äôd pay for a plasma set with a 32-inch screen. The high definition capabilities of these two types of sets make them a smart option.
Plasma sets also face competition from liquid crystal display (LCD) television sets. LCD sets are thin and sleek, just like plasma sets are, and they offer great video performance as well as portability and compactness. An LCD set functions with a special kind of technology, and it delivers a picture with all the crispness and clarity of a computer monitor. LCD sets are very popular in models of 32 inches or less, while plasma sets are the biggest sellers in the 42-inch and larger ranges. Most LCD models have high definition capabilities, an added bonus for viewers who plan to do watch a lot of HDTV.
While plasma sets do offer benefits to viewers, it‚Äôs best to shop around, do some research, and test out sets in the store before investing your money in this kind of expensive purchase. Don‚Äôt be afraid to ask questions before committing yourself. In today‚Äôs technologically advanced TV market, it‚Äôs critical that shoppers stay informed.