Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Facts About DLP VS Plasma TVs

With advancing technology revolutionizing the television viewing field, consumers have more choices than ever before. And as is often the case with electronics, it can be confusing. Terms and acronyms are used in the electronics industry that you just don't find anywhere else, and if you aren't careful it can keep you from buying newer technology simply because you don't understand it well. That can certainly be the case with modern TV monitors.

The old analog TV sets of yesteryear did not have to have a very advanced monitor because the TV signal was only so good anyway, So CRT monitors lasted as the screen choice for decades. But now with HDTV moving the entire viewing experience forward in dramatic fashion, better ways of producing the on-screen image is in full production.

Two of those competing screen technologies are plasma TVs and DLPs (digital light processing TVs). Both types of screen technologies have been around for a while, although DLPs have only become commonplace in recent years. They use completely different means of displaying a TV picture and so each has it's own peculiarities, both for good and bad. So you as the consumer need to weigh the differences and determine which will best fit your own needs.

Plasma TVs are well-known for their high contrast images and vivid colors, and they are generally cheaper than DLP TVs in the larger screen sizes. They have a wide viewing angle, and would make an excellent choice for many people. The drawbacks include less longevity and faster wear rate at higher altitudes above 6,000 to 7,000 feet, and the fact that they tend to run hot and need internal fans to cool them down that can sometimes be noisy depending on the model that you choose. They also can suffer from screen burn-in when an image is left on the screen for a very long time, producing a faint ghost image even when viewing something else.

DLP TVs are are capable of painting the screen with high contrast, color dense images too, although the nod still has to go to plasma TVs in general in this area. They are also easily used as a monitor for almost any digital video source that you have, including your computer. They use a reflective technology to display the screen image and so their picture is very bright and easy to see even in brightly lit rooms. However, they must be viewed at eye level, since the brightness falls off rapidly as you view them from either above or below eye level. The DLP will last almost indefinitely, but the light source must be replaced every 10,000 hours and that will cost over $200 when you do.

Actually either will make a fine choice to use with today's emerging television technologies. Just be aware that each has it's own drawbacks, so choose the monitor that will fit your own particular needs and uses best.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Plasma TV Cabling

Many people that buy a plasma tv let themselves down and the plasma tv down by not connecting the cables right and not buying the correct ones. Because of this the display you get out of your plasma and sound quality through speakers is not a good as it should be. Before I explain how to hook up your plasma tv let me ask you one question:

"If you spend let say $3000 on a plasma tv don't you want to get the most out of it? Its like if you buy a prestige piece of land - you will put a beautiful prestige house on it."

1) Cable Quality

First off you need to choose the type of cable you need - composite, component, S-Video, AV, DVI(digital) or HDMI(digital). Next you need to go out a buy these cables, basically you get what you pay for most of the time. I recommend to go out and purchase these cables that are made by a brand called Monster?, they are second to none. However if you cannot afford to buy cables this expensive go for ones that are slightly cheaper, they still work good and will do a fine job. What ever you do but DON'T BUY THE NORMAL STANDARD EVERYDAY CABLES that you see in the everyday shops. These will make your picture loss quality and defeats the purpose of having a plasma tv.

2) Cable Length

Whenever you run cables from high quality electronics like plasma tvs you want to keep the cables as short as possible. This is because the longer cables run for the more the signal in the cable losses quality. I normally say to find out how far the cable needs to run and than have 2 feet excess. This will mean that 1, the cables sit comfortable and are not stretched and 2, If you need to pull out your plasma tv or electrical component than you can do so without the cables stretching or coming loose.

3) Static Interference On Cables

It is a proven fact that cables and power cords do not mix well, i.e. the power cords cause interference on the cables and intern may damage the quality of your plasma visual and/or sound. For this reason you should not cross cables and power chords over each other rather run them at right angles to each other. Another way that interference can be causes on cables is if the excess of the cables is looped and not arranged in a figure-8.

Remember whenever you by a plasma tv or other high quality electronic device cabling will play a large part in how good the quality of the video and audio will be. So make sure that you don't lack quality in this area because it could be the difference between your plasma been ordinary or it been a top quality viewing device. "I CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH!"

Jakob Culver is founder of the website providing information, articles and reviews about plasma tv's. To find more articles like this one visit the site

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Monday, September 8, 2008

How To Buy A Plasma Or LCD TV In 3 Easy Steps

You know what? Buying a TV isn't the same old process that it used to be. Long gone are the days when you could walk into Sears with your wife, pick your favorite CRT television and be on your merry way. Nope. Thing are much much better now! A side consequence of the information revolution is that the free flow of information gives the consumer a definite advantage over the dealer. No matter what claim is made about the 'incredible deal' you are about to receive on your new plasma or lcd television set, the information is easily verifiable with a few simple Google searches or mouse clicks.

Lets take a quick look at some of ideas you can use to make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck in your new television selection.

a) Take your time. Just because a LCD TV is on sale, it doesn't mean that the TV is going to go away forever. There are tons of different resources out there for you to peruse before investing several thousand dollars in a brand new big screen television set. is one of them that I use frequently. There are a ton of others.

b) Compare offline closeout sales with the deals you can find online. Big Box retailers can sometimes offer incredible discounts to what you see online. We've found that the best strategy is to straddle both the online and the offiline world. Make sure what you are doing is maximizing your bang for your buck.

c) Don't be afraid of non name brand merchandise. Well, lets put a caveat on that. Make sure the model you buy is from a somewhat decent manufacturer but the manufacturer doesn't have to be a world famous one. Sometimes what you are paying for is a high ticket brand name and not a great product. A new plasma tv by a not so well known manufacturer might be just as good as a new name brand one.

There are hundreds of other tips to buying the LCD or Plasma TV of your choice and these are just the tip of the iceburg. In fact, some of the best kept secrets to buying a big screen tv make these items seem insignificant in comparison. Learn them all and get the best deal possible.

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