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Selecting a Television for a Home Entertainment System

Selecting a Television for a Home Entertainment System

Television has come a long, long way since the days of putting aluminum foil on an antenna for a better signal. If you’re looking for a TV set for your home entertainment system, here are a few options to consider.


Plasma, LCD, and LED TVS

When shopping for a television set, you will probably see three different terms: “plasma”, “LCD” and “LED”. Plasma TV sets use small cells with electrically charged ionized gases, called “plasmas”, to form the picture on the screen. They are excellent for reproducing blacks and colors. However, plasma TVs are slowly disappearing from the market. In November, 2014, Samsung will no longer be making plasma TVs, leaving LG as the last major company making plasmas. 

LCD TVs are televisions using a liquid crystal display. These types of televisions are thinner and lighter than the old cathode ray tube televisions. LED TVs use light emitting diodes to produce their lights. Both LCDs and LEDs provide wonderful picture quality with vivid colors. But screen sizes can be limited, and some TV screens do have glossy surfaces which reflect room light, making it hard to see the image on the TV screen. 


Flat Screens and Curved Screens

Flat screen TVs, at the moment are the most common and most popular type of TV on the market. Flat screen TVs are just that: television sets with a flat screen, as opposed to a curved screen. Flat panels have gone from being available only in plasma, and with a hefty price tag, to being available in LCD and LED format. As mentioned before, plasma TVs are fading from the market, leaving LCDs and LEDs as the major formats available for flat screen TVs. Flat screens, depending on how they are manufactures, can be mounted on a wall using hooks, or mounted to be free standing on a table or other type of furniture. 

Curved screens are a newcomer on the market. Curved screens have a slight curve inward to the screen. Some advantages to curved screens are more depth to the picture and being able to have a wider viewing angle when watching TV. Disadvantages include the higher prices of curved screens. Plus, there’s questions as to whether or not curved screens are a “gimmick” or if they’re here to stay.


Screen Resolution

The screen resolution of a TV refers to the quality of the images that appear on the TV screen. The higher the screen resolution, the better quality the image is. Currently, your best choice for a high-quality screen picture is 1080p (1920 by 1080 pixels), which is the industry standard for high-definition (HD) television. 

Ultra HD, also known as “4K” displays at least 8 million active pixels, resulting in a much sharper picture. At the moment, however, content for Ultra HD is limited, and costs range anywhere from $2000 to $5000.


Take your time and consider your options for a TV set. Then, sit back and enjoy the show.

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