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Plasma Television And You

Have your kids been bugging you to get a new TV? Has your partner been complaining that all of his or her friends have just bought a brand new plasma screen TV? I know mine has! I also know that sometimes these things can be a little bit overwhelming, especially if you do not know much about the cost, the technology or the ongoing maintenance of such an item.

I bet you have heard of both LCD and plasma screen TVs, but do you really know the difference between the two and which is better for you? It is important to do a little bit of research before splurging on a brand new TV - before you get it home and realise it is not what you wanted! I will now go on to explain a few of the major differences between Plasma TVs and the televisions available on the market.

What are the Differences between a Plasma Screen TV and an LCD TV?

The picture resolution between a plasma TV and an LCD is about the same and unless you are an industry professional, or want a large television over about forty inches, you probably won't be able to distinguish too much difference between the two.

When it comes to colour display, plasma TV would normally beat LCD TV any day. The colours are displayed more brightly and appear crisper on a plasma screen, than on other types of new TVs on the market.

Obviously there are more differences between the two, but determining which option is right for you will really come down to what you will be using the TV for and how much you are willing to spend on it.

What is the Cost?

These days, if you look in the right places, you can pick yourself up a great bargain. Most department stores have excellent sales all year round on new televisions.

Perhaps the best time to buy your new TV is when stores have stock take sales. Sometimes you can get up to 50% off the recommended retail price, so it is definitely worth keeping your eyes and ears open! Most stores have payment plans and often offer interest free plans or lay-by to help you out if need be.

Which is Better for you, a Plasma Screen TV or an LCD TV?

So you have decided it is time for an upgrade and you want to know what the better option for you is. It really depends on what you and your family intend to use the new television for.

If you are like me and you would use your new TV for watching movies, for playing video games and general day to day TV viewing, (i.e. the types of things you use your current TV for), I would prefer and recommend a plasma screen.

Although an LCD TV may be a slightly better choice when it comes to power consumption, most other key factors lean towards a plasma screen as a better choice. Let's face it, a new TV is a luxury item and wouldn't you prefer to spend a little more and get a better product?

An LCD is slightly more prone to motion blur than a plasma screen TV, which would make plasma a better choice for those who love their video games and watching sports.

It is also essential to know where your new TV will be positioned and where you will be watching your new TV from. The picture quality of other types of TVs on the market (including LCDs) seems to diminish when viewing on acute angles, whereas a plasma screen TV looks perfect from all angles. This makes a plasma screen TV a far better option for family viewing and when you cannot view the television straight on.

General Maintenance and Cleaning Your Plasma TV.

A plasma screen TV can last up to 20 years if it is taken care of correctly.

You should know that it is important not to leave video games or DVDs on pause for an extended period of time as a plasma screen may have images 'burnt in' to the screen, leaving permanent scars or marks. Please be cautious of television network logos, sports scoreboards or anything that may appear in a corner of the screen for a long time, as I have heard of people saying that these images can burn in to the screen.

It is also vital that you do not use harmful or corrosive cleansers when cleaning your plasma TV. I suggest that you refer to the manual that comes with your TV before you attempt to clean it. Personally, I recommend that using a soft, lint-free cloth when cleaning your plasma TV. This will remove any dust and fingerprints. By doing this lighlty and regularly, you will not damage your plasma screen and the screen will remain scratch free.