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Sunday, November 9, 2014

What Are the Differences in TV Types?

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LCD TV by Roland Ally
Black Friday is a big day for getting a deal on TVs. That and around Super Bowl time seems to be the best time to buy. Boy has television evolved over the last few years. If you're not familiar with the all different types, here's the chance to understand them all.

CRT

Old fashioned TVs ran off of cathode ray tubes or CRTs. It is what made them so big. Unless you’re looking to turn the TV into something like a fish tank, you’re more than likely not in the market for these pre-HDTV units. I’d actually be shocked if any deals were available for this type of TV. Just including it for reference

LCD

LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. It is the most cost effective HDTV unit out there. LCD TVs are thin as they don’t have the big and thick display required of a CRT. They are also lightweight, making them good candidates to be hung up on a wall. TVs of this type are good for gaming but not fast motion sports. The past few years, these have been the biggest sellers. Prices have come down considerably here.

Plasma

Plasma TVs are an alternative to LCDs which offer a larger color palette, deeper blacks, higher contrast ratios, and a wider viewing angle. They are perfect for watching sports and action movies. There is a cost though, units are thicker and weigh more so require extra bracing when hung and generally use more power than an LCD. One other risk with plasma you hear about is burn-in. If you’re using the TV to play video games, if it displays a static image in a fixed location for a long period of time, like for the gaming controls, that image could continue to show when not playing the game. Newer units offer features to reduce the risk of burn-ins, but it is still not a warrantable replacement option. Panasonic stopped making plasmas earlier this year, as did Samsung, so if you see any Black Friday deals for Panasonic or Samsung units it is to unload inventory. Only LG still makes plasmas.
Remote Controls by Shari Weinsheimer

LED

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. An LED TV is an LCD TV that is backlit with light-emitting diodes. A typical LCD TV is backlit with cold-cathode fluorescent lights (CCFLs). The LED backlighting is more energy efficient than CCFL backlighting. That’s really the only difference with them. The LED LCD TVs are the most commonly sold units these days.

OLED

OLED televisions are a newer option in the TV arena. OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. The organic part is a material placed on the diodes that basically glows when hit with an electric current. The OLED units support a wider viewing angle, improved brightness, lower power consumption, and can be just plain thinner than your typical LCD system. One reason for this improvement is the removal of backlighting, allowing the unit to display deeper black levels and work better in dark rooms.
LG OLED TV was voted as the King of HDTV in the 2014 HDTV Shootout, a renowned HDTV competition event hosted by Value Electronics in Scarsdale, New York. The unit is even curved. With larger screens, the curved aspect of a television makes it more of a cinematic experience.

3D

Do you ever go to a movie and wear those paper 3D glasses with separate red and blue lens? Items appear to float out of the screen and come towards you or sit above other objects on the screen. You can now do this at home, provided you have a 3D channel to watch from your cable/satellite TV provider, or videos to watch. You still need to wear glasses, though they cost a little more and aren’t throwaway. And, you need to sit a certain distance from the television, four times the height of the TV screen, for optimal enjoyment, and not at an angle. There isn’t that much content to watch here, but when it is available and you have enough headsets for everyone to watch, it is a fun experience.

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