Thursday, April 9, 2009

With Respect to the Quality of the Image, Plasma technology is the Best TV

It's really hard to say what the best TV is these days. With plasma and LCD TVs coming out left and right, capable of HDTV and EDTV, its dizzying trying to keep up with the advances. Every company claims that they have the best TV, and I'm finding it pretty hard to tell the difference. Since I'm in the market for a new television, I've been looking into it, and here's what I think so far.

Plasma technology is in my opinion the most advanced technology on the market as of today. However, I'm not really sure plasma TVs are the best TVs. First of all, they are riddled with all sorts of technical issues from what I've been able to determine. Of course, the people who make them don't really want you to know that, but from everything I've been reading and hearing, they have a maximum life expectancy of maybe 5 years tops. Sure, they are probably the best TVs out there when it comes to picture quality, but you have to weigh it against their still exuberant price tag, and low lifespan. They are pretty sweet though, and when I see one in a store I can't help but drool just a little!

LCD screen televisions are almost as good with respect to quality, in my opinion. Maybe not the best TVs available, but they may just be the best combination of luxury and affordability. Of course, they are still fairly expensive, especially when you start getting into the 30+ inch sizes, but their price tags are dropping. It looks to me that LCD technology in general is going to be a sort of standard in the near future, both with televisions and monitors. For this reason, I suspect that many of the best TVs will in fact be made with LCD technology, even if its not the most state of the art concept we have available to us.

Then of course there's the good old CRT TV. These are clearly not the best TVs with respect to the quality of the image, but they work great, are tried and tested, and always very affordable compared to their more advanced cousins. The money you save on going with CRT TV may allow you to get a much larger TV. Sure, it'll be clunky and a pain in the ass to move, but bigger is better, right?

After all is said and done, it's impossible to say what the best TV is. The best TV is the one that meets yours needs better than any other, so it really depends on what your needs are.

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