The Differences in Flat Screen TV’s
One of the biggest leaps in technology over the last few years has been the transformation of the humble television set in our homes. From the bad old days of black and white to the innovation that colour brought, it’s been a constant upward progression, with cathode ray tubes (CRT) being the norm for so many years.
However, in the middle of the 1990’s, television technology took another huge leap forward with the introduction of flat screen TV’s. Now, instead of pictures looking warped if you were sat at a certain position in the room, due to the way that a CRT screen curved, you would get the same picture quality no matter where you were sitting (although it would obviously look a little scrunched if you were way off to the side!).
As technology has continued to grow, especially with the rise in popularity of home cinema, so the television manufacturers have constantly brought out new sets with even newer features. While this is great news for those who want the biggest and best for their home, it can also be a little confusing trying to decipher what system is best. Therefore, knowing the differences in flat screen TV’s can be a great help:
Plasma screen televisions. One of the most popular types of TV on the market today, plasma screens offers huge displays with excellent picture quality. The screen is made up of tiny little gas plasma bubbles, which create a picture when they’re charged by electricity. These TV’s are popular due to the quality they offer and the fact that larger screens are more affordable than their LCD counterparts.
LCD television. Using the same technology that is on flat panel computer monitors, liquid crystal display (LCD) sets offer the best quality of picture, due to the clarity that the crystal display offers. However, this is offset by the fact that they are more expensive, especially as you go up in size. However, due to their lightweight dimensions, they can easily be hung from a wall or ceiling.
Rear Projection television. One of the forerunners of the explosion in popularity of home cinema, rear projection sets work by generating an image from the back of the TV and displaying it onto the main screen. This type of technology allows for some truly massive sets – however, due to the way the technology works, you will lose picture quality of you sit anywhere but directly in front of the set. Strong sunlight also causes the screen display to fade.
DLP projection television. By using optical semiconductors, similar to how a projector works when presenting slideshows, DLP televisions can offer wonderful picture quality, yet can be a that little bit more expensive, so is probably best suited to the serious home cinema buff, or business use.
Whatever technology you go for, though, you can be sure that you’re getting a far better experience than you would have had even just a few short years ago. And even better is the knowledge that it’s only going to get better.