Thursday, June 25, 2009

Things You Should Know About Mounting Your Plasma or Lcd Tv

So you've decided to jump on board the technology revolution and bought yourself a flat panel television. That's great and I'm sure you are very excited to see what it can do. But there are a few things that you need to consider after buying one of these televisions that you might not know about. I am here to explain what these are so that you are a more educated consumer.

The first thing you should realize is that while these televisions produce a beautiful picture, it is never as good as it looks in the stores. Why is this you ask??? Well, when the manufacturers make these tvs, they turn the contrast and brightness of the tvs way up so that when they are on display in a store, the picture looks the best that it can possibly be. The problem with this is that displaying the tvs like this will eventually damage your screen and force you to buy a replacement. For this reason I suggest never buying a floor model and checking the brightness and contrast of your tv when you get home.

Second, after buying you lcd tv, you are going to need all the proper cables to hook up all of your components to the tv. If you want HD(High Definition) you will need to buy component cables to hook them up. Component cables provide the best picture quality outside of an HDMI cable. But 9 times out of 10 the salesman will try and get you to buy the most expensive component cables they carry(for more commission) claiming that they will provide the best picture quality. This is simply not true. A component cable is a component cable. No need to break the bank on that one.

Third, you will need to buy a mounting bracket if you plan on hanging the tv on your wall. There are essentially 3 different types of brackets to choose from.

The first is called a Flush Mount Bracket. These simply hang your tv flat against the wall. Stationary. The next is a tilting Flush Mount Bracket. These are the same as the first except they allow your tv to tilt up or down for better viewing. The last is what is called a Cantilever Bracket. These allow your tv to hang stationary, tilt up or down, or move left or right. If you use this bracket, many times your tv will need an adaptor plate in order to properly screw the bracket to the back of your tv. Make sure to ask your salesman to check that out for you. If you need one, be aware that these adaptor plates cost almost as much as the bracket itself, so be prepared to shell out some dough. Between buying the bracket of your choice, cables and an adaptor plate(if you need one) be prepared to spend another $200-$400.

Finally, once you do all of this, you will need to have your Lcd or Plasma Tv mounted to your wall. There are two options for you here.

One, you hire an experienced A/V installer to come and hang it for you. If you choose this option, make sure you find a reputable installer. There are many fly-by-night installers that will make this experience a nightmare for you. Check some references of theirs and maybe prepare a couple of questions for them to make sure they know what they are doing. Using a professional, experienced installer is the easiest way to go, but be prepared to pay up to $600 for their services.

Two, you can mount it yourself. If you choose this option you will save yourself a nice chunk of money, but you can be trading the money for lots of headaches if you are not properly prepared. Make sure you have all of the tools you will need including a cordless drill, at least 14v, fishtape(to snake your wires through the wall),a nutdriver,drill bits,a level,tape measure, stud finder, and in most cases a friend to help you lift the tv.

Mike Ferrara began A/V installations about 3 years ago. He is passionate about his work and has learned a lot about the A/V business. He currently works as a lead technician for one of the biggest A/V companies in the country.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

LG 42PM1 Plasma TV Display Brought to Us by the Leader in Plasma Technology

The increased popularity of Plasma TV?s has soared so much in recent years that fierce competition has been just that, fierce. But any new LG plasma display introduced in the market has their own distinct features that set them apart from the rest. The LG 42PM1 plasma TV display has continued this tradition with the usual and expected high quality image display plus a plethora of other innovative features that makes this LG plasma display a class of its own when compared to others.

Its 42-inch plasma panel screen has a display image that provides very vibrant colors from its 852 X 480 resolution and supports a segment leading contrast ratio of 10,000:1 that is combined with 1500 cd/m2 brightness to produce unrivalled quality and sharpness.

The LG 42PM1 plasma TV display supports a native aspect ratio of 16:9 and a 4:3 interpolated aspect ratio. It also allows great viewing of up to 160-degree angle.

Along with its seemingly perfect display, the LG 42PM1 plasma TV display also produces great sound coming from its two built in virtual surround sound speakers that produces power output of 15 watts each and it is paired with an audio leveler.

But aside from its audio and video superiority, its stylish design and its thin sexy look is one of its strong points. The LG 42PM1 plasma TV display has a height of 65.35 cm, a width of 125.2 cm, and a depth of 9.35 cm. It can be easily mounted on the wall or left on a tabletop or TV rack.

Other popular LG plasma tv's are the LG mu50pm10 50 inch hdtv, the LG mu42pm12 plasma tv, and the LG 50pz41b plasma television.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Fujitsu PDS6101 60-inch Plasma Flat Screen TV: Leading the Way in the 60-inch Segment

Claiming to be the ultimate can be a bit presumptuous. But when you are known to be an innovator it is hard not to say that you are the ultimate. Coming out with the first color 42-inch plasma TV in 1996 and producing the first high-definition plasma display in 1999 has made Fujitsu a permanent fixture in the top spots of the plasma TV hierarchy. When it comes to plasma TV, the Fujitsu plasma TV is leading the way, especially in the 60-inch segment.

The Fujitsu PDS6101 60-inch plasma flat screen TV is one of the many Fujitsu plasma flat televisions that has led the way for other plasma TV manufacturers. It defines what many people are looking for in a plasma TV, picture quality and striking good looks.

This 60-inch Plasmavision SlimScreen wonder has a contrast ratio of 700:1 allowing for fine definitions between dark and light and has a brightness of 600 cd/m2 which makes it great for different indoor and outdoor applications even at extreme brightness.

Incorporating various features, the Fujitsu PDS6101 60-inch plasma flat screen TV utilizes Fujitsu's AVM or Advanced Video Movement digital video processor that gets rid of flicker and motion artifacts, reproduces natural movements and improves vertical resolution. A processor to achieve optimum output also enhances DVD and HDTV signals.

The Fujitsu PDS6101 60-inch plasma flat screen TV has comprehensive convergence to allow compatibility for various video sources. Combining quality and beauty, this is a plasma TV that has a proud heritage which you can now be a part of.

Other quality Fuji plasma televisions up for review include the Fuji plasma p42vha31 monitor, the Fuji plasma p55xha30 flat tv, and the Fuji plasma pds 4242 display.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Plasma TV vs LCD TV - Which is Better?

Plasma TV vs. LCD TV

You know you want to buy a flat-screen TV but you don't know if a plasma TV or an LCD TV would be your best choice.

This article explains the differences between plasma versus LCD TVs, then shows you how to get the best price for a plasma or LCD TV.

Plasma TV

A plasma TV screen consists of millions of multi-colored gas-filled cells. When electricity passes through the cells they light up and produce a picture.

Plasma TV screens have a much higher resolution than tube TV screens. In fact, the picture is so clear it's almost like watching a scene through a window.

Screen sizes range from 42" to 65" wide and are 3" to 4" thick.


LCD (light crystal display) TV screens are made up of a thin layer of liquid crystals sandwiched between two glass plates. When an electricity is sent through the crystals an array of tiny multi-colored pixels light up to create a picture.

LCD TV screens are thinner and lighter than plasma screens. They are the most screens for computers, and are quickly gaining popularity as TV screens.

LCD TV screens are anywhere from 1/4" to 4" thick and 2" to 65" wide.

Plasma vs. LCD Features

Picture Quality

When it comes to which type of TV screen is sharper and shows more detail, plasma TVs have a slight edge over LCD TVs, though LCD TVs are catching up.

Plasma TVs are also slightly better when it comes to viewing angle - how far you can sit to one side of a TV screen before picture quality is affected.

Screen Life

Screen life is the number of hours a TV provides before the picture begins to fade. Plasma TVs have a screen life of about 30,000 to 60,00 hours, depending on the make and model, while LCD TV's have a screen life of 60,000 hours or more.

Plasma TVs are also subject to "burn in." This occurs when a TV displays a still image long enough for a ghost of that image to be burned into the screen. LCD TVs do not have this problem.


Both plasma and LCD TVs display HD (high definition) signals for a sharper, more three dimensional picture. LCD TVs, however, have a slightly higher resolution (more screen pixels) then plasma TVs.

Video Games

Plasma and LCD TVs are both great for video gaming, however because of plasma TV's tendency toward screen burn in, an LCD TV is the better choice if you play a lot of video games.


LCD TVs are thinner and lighter than plasma TVs, making them easier to move and easier to mount on a wall.

Plasma vs LCD TV prices

When it comes to which type of TV gives you the most bang for the buck, it depends on what you're looking for.

If you're looking for a large-screen TV - 42" or larger - plasma TVs are currently cheaper than than similar-sized LCD TVs. When I recently compared prices on 42" TVs, the cheapest plasma TV was $999, while the cheapest LCD TV was $1,367.

When it comes to mid-size TVs, I couldn't find plasma TVs smaller than 42." The cheapest 32" LCD TV I found was $619, while the cheapest 27" LCD TV was $550.

Visit the to get more information, to compare prices, and to get consumer ratings for plasma TVs and LCD Tvs.

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