Plasma, LCD, LED & 3D TVs

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Choosing the Right TV

Plasma

Plasma TVs are great, they offer more screen estate for your dollar, Wider viewing angles than most LCD panels, Virtually no motion blur, they produce deep blacks allowing for superior contrast ratio.

The disadvantages of the Plasma are they are heavier than LCD/LED TV's and they use more electricity. 

LCD

LCD TV's come in a wide range of sizes from 19 inches to 55 inches and they are lightweight. LCD panels are thinner than plasmas and can be wall mounted with ease.

The disadvantages of LCD are a slight motion blur on fast moving images and a limited contrast ratio. 

LED

LED TV's are the newest TV technology, they are the most power efficient TV available on the market, with a great contrast ratio LED TV's are in high demand.

The disadvantages of LED are; higher price.

What is the size of your room?

The first thing you need to do is measure the size of your room.  Where will the TV be placed?  Do you have an existing wall unit?  Does it need to fit into limited space?  If you have space restrictions this will ultimately deicide which TV you will be able purchase.
A good rule of thumb is to measure the distance from your original TV’s position to your couch and divide it by 3.  This will give you the size of the TV that is best matched to your room.  The table below will help as a quick reference.

Screen Size (inch)                    Ideal Min Viewing Distance (m)            Ideal Max Viewing Distance (m)

  70-80cm (28"-32”)                                     1.0-1.2m                                                   2.1-2.4m
  80-90cm (32"- 38”)                                    1.2-1.4m                                                   2.4-2.8m
  90-100cm (38-42”)                                    1.4-1.6m                                                   2.8-3.2m
100-116cm (42-46”)                                     1.6-1.8m                                                   3.2-3.6m
116-127cm (46-50”)                                     1.8-2.0m                                                   3.6-3.8m

3D Television

What is 3D? It is basically normal TV broken into two separate images one for each eye, slightly offset from one and another. Without 3d glasses, a 3D TV looks very “blurry“, within the 3D glasses there is a shutter that alternates each eye at 120 times per second. 

How does 3D Work?

3D TV's are made to produce a alternate image into each one of your eyes, so that your brain can process them and turn the two different 2D images into one merged 3 dimensional one.   Another advantage of 3D TV is the ability to turn 2D to 3D using Upscale: This technology allows basically any content across all TV shows, console games and movies to be converted to '3D like' depth.  This is not as impressive or as stunning as native 3D content.

What can I watch on 3D?

3D movies, 3D sports broadcasts 3D Gaming, with more than 120 movies made in 2010, 2011 will only bring more exciting movies, sport and 3D gaming.

What do you need to watch true 3D?

  • 3D TV
  • 3D Blu ray player
  • 3D Glasses (minimum of 2 recommended)
  • 1.4 HDMI lead

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