Plasma TV Buying Tips
Plasma technology seems to be the buzz these days and its popularity continues to grow as HDTV, DVD-video, DTV, and digital satellite become more commonplace. These plasma TV buying tips will help you make the right decision.
Plasma resolution is higher than traditional TV sets and it’s capable of HDTV, DTV, as well as VGA, SVGA, and XGA. A plasma television will have a display of 1366 x 768 and it will provide much more vibrant colors and clarity than anything we’ve seen in the past.
Plasma is measured diagonally just like other televisions. The smallest screen is 32 inches and the largest is 63 inches. If you are recessing your TV, you need to leave 3 inches of space at top to provide proper ventilation. You will also need 6 inches on each side for your speakers.
You need to make sure your plasma will allow for proper viewing from all directions. Don’t just purchase the largest screen because it’s a good price. Purchase a size that works best with your room.
Thirty-two to thirty-seven inch screens are viewed best from 6 to 10 feet. Forty-two inch screens are viewed best from 10 to 14 feet; and 50 inch screen are best viewed from 12 to 16 feet. Screens that are over 50 inches should be viewed from at least 15 feet away.
The flatter the tube is on the television the less glare you will get from windows, doors, and lamps. You’ll also get less distortion on the screen. If you are going to the expense of buying a plasma television, go for the flat screen right away. It’s definitely a smart investment.
Make sure the TV has at least one set of audio video inputs and at least one set of audio output. More is better if at all possible. Also check for RCA composite, component video inputs, and S-video. If you are going to use HDTV, then check for the HD component firewire.
When it comes time to go shopping you can choose to purchase from a local retail outlet or you might want to have a look online. There are often some great buys to be found online. Of course, as with any purchase, use common sense. If the price sounds too good to be true it usually is. Always buy from a reputable dealer that you know you can trust.
There are several pricing portals online such as Nextag, Pricegrabber, and Bizrate. These sites are a quick way to see what is available at different sites online. Remember the only sites you’ll find on these portals are paid advertisers but it’s still a good place to start looking.
Be sure to check the warranty on the television you are looking at. If an extended warranty option is available it’s definitely worth considering if it’s reasonably priced.
Follow these plasma TV buying tips and you’ll be well on your way to buying that new TV!