Plasma TV

What next?

So here you are. You have taken that step and
purchased your dream TV, the plasma screen, and now
you have to decide exactly how and where you are going
to mount it.

First considerations are the size of the screen. Can
it be wall or ceiling mounted or would you prefer for
it to be free standing?

There are several types of fixing that will enhance
the appearance of the screen. First, the wall mount,
which will add about two inches to the depth of the
screen. Mount at eye level for maximum effect.

Perhaps you will be mounting the screen over a
fire-place or in a bedroom (often and higher than eye
level), then you will need the tilt fixing which will
tilt the screen to exactly the right angle for easy

The table mount lifts the screen up to four inches off
the table but does look rather sleek and stylish in
today’s modern setting. There is also a cart onto
which a screen can be affixed – great for hospitals or
boardroom meetings – with shelves for video, DVD and
computer connections. The cart can be pulled right up
to the boardroom table enabling all to see the images
at the perfect angle.

Ceiling mounts are available for where space is
limited but is usually used in commercial settings.
There is also an articulated wall mount for the same
purpose but the screen can be pushed flush to the wall
when not in use.

The right mount will add a new dimension to your
plasma screen and will look great in any setting.

What Is The Plasma In Plasma TVs?

As the electronics industry has moved from CRT (cathode ray
technology) televisions to the new plasma technology, we
have all watched as our television pictures became clearer
and crisper.

Even though plasma technology isn’t all that new, the
application of it in our televisions sets is. We all
understand how a plain picture tube works in a television

What exactly is this plasma stuff?

Plasma is formed when two gases, neon and xenon, are
electrified and the resulting phosphors (a substance that
can emit light after being radiated in some way) begin to

To get a little more scientific, the atoms that make up the
neon and xenon release their negative electrons to float
about and leave ionized positive atoms. When you have
enough of theses ionized atoms, you get plasma.

You don’t need to be a science teacher to understand how
all of it works, but plasma is showing up in more than just
our television sets.

It was used in computer displays in the 1960’s and is used
today in waste treatment, welding and drilling, propulsion,
lasers, and instrument sterilization in medical offices and

The average person, though, will recognize the technology
in their television sets.

As plasma televisions continue to advance, you can
guarantee the use of it in other applications will continue
as well.

Before long, plasma technology may become one of the most
widely used applications around the world for numerous

And it will still make ‘Star Trek’ look really good on your

What Are The Top Picks In Plasma TV?

Flat panel TVs, better known as plasma display panels or
(PDPS), are some of the most popular types of televisions
around today.

What makes them special is so very much and it is evident
that they are in demand on the market.

What are some of the top picks in plasma TV?

This article will endeavor to reveal through some of the
reviews, some of the best plasma TVs available for sale.

Plasma TV can be very costly to buy. Nevertheless, the
prices according to recent market research through
Displaybank, shows that over the last few years prices are
beginning to drop and are stabilizing.

In the last year alone, prices have gone down at least
twenty to twenty-five percent. A reality that is making the
cost of plasma screen TV close to and around the same as
those of LCD panels.

This is welcome news for those, who have thought about
buying plasma TV before, but did not because the prices
were higher.

Some of the top picks in plasma TV highlighted here are for
those who are strongly considering buying one for their

The picks are given are either based on feedback from
others and or part of a list of those that have been cited
specifically in a detailed list. Therefore, they will only
be used as reference, the final decision on what brand of
plasma TV you decide on is yours entirely.

Some top picks are:

- Panasonic TH-42PH1OUK

=- Pioneer PDP-5080HD

- Pioneer PDP-4280HD

The plasma revolution

Although plasma screens were invented more than forty
years ago it is only since 1999 that plasma
televisions have been commonly available to the
public. In the last few years prices have dropped
dramatically by up to fifty per cent.

But this is not the only changes happening on the
plasma front. Larger screens are being experimented
with to produce better images. One such outcome is the
‘infinity’ screen. That is, no visible edges. You
literally get more picture for your money and no

Perhaps the best feature that these screens have
brought us is the clarity of the picture. We are more
savvy and discerning these days and demand more and
better innovations for our hard earned cash.

Then there is the question of sound. Don’t you just
hate it when you are watching some great action movie
and the dialogue gets drowned out by all the
background noise?

Well, this could be a thing of the past since some of
the newer sets have a voice enhancer which
automatically projects the dialogue should the
background noise be high

These screens don’t come cheap though! One being
advertised, a 103 inch model, goes for a ‘modest’
$70,000! In some places that could buy a house!!

It seems like an excessive amount of money just to buy
a TV but our far more sophisticated taste demands that
we move ever forward on the technology front. It may
be just a matter of time until you succumb!

The Difference Between LCD And Plasma TVs

When going to your electronics store to purchase a new
television set, consumers should be educated as to the
difference between LCD (liquid crystal display) and plasma

Each has their pros and cons, but both will give the
consumer a phenomenal picture.

Plasma televisions work by the electrifying of the gases
neon and xenon to make plasma. These televisions come in
sizes between 32 and 63″ in size, have flat panel displays,
and produce a clear crisp picture.

A consumer can view a plasma television in a 160 degree
angle and are made for high definition viewing with the
proper signal.

Some of the downfalls of a plasma television include
increased cost, screen burn-in, and the production of
annoying buzzing noise at altitudes higher than 6,500 feet.

LCD televisions work in a similar way except they use
liquid crystal instead of neon and xenon. They come in
sizes between 20 and 50″ in size, have flat panel displays,
and usually have a built-in tuner, not to mention a clear
sharp picture.

A consumer can view LCD televisions in a 120-130degree
angle. They operate well in high altitudes and are energy

The downfalls of a LCD television include a slightly slower
response time which can produce a trailing effect, limited
viewing angle, and some color concerns due to lighting
issues where the television is placed in the room.

Depending on what the consumer prefers, both televisions
are worth the money spent on them. LCD’s are still better
for computer use is desired, but there are some plasma
manufacturers producing sets that can be used as a computer
monitor as well.

Size really does matter

In this age of the slim-line, digital televisions many
consumers forget one important factor until it is too
late. That is the size of the room that this superb
new innovation is going to sit in.

It is too easy, when confronted by an array of sets,
to go for the biggest and best but caution is needed
here. Don’t forget that most screens are displayed in
huge, high ceilinged stores where they actually look
smaller than they actually are.

You are more likely to be standing back from the
screen without checking your normal viewing distance
which will add to the desire to get the biggest one!

Before going to the store, check out the room this new
purchase is going to live in. Do you want it to be
wall or ceiling mounted or will you use the
free-standing equipment that is normally supplied with
each set?

Then measure the viewing distance from your favorite
chair/s. Also measure wall space and suitability (if
you have hollow walls this may cause a problem).

Finally, choose the best you can afford. Although
these screens are coming down in price it will be some
time before they reach the levels that we are used to
with ‘normal’ TVs.

There is no point in trying to get the best bargain by
buying some unknown brand only to find that the
problems start almost immediately. There are many
cheaper imports out there which do not have the
technology or quality to withstand normal use.

Plasma TVs: Things To Think About Before Buying

When considering purchasing a brand new plasma television,
there are a few things to consider before just walking in
to the local electronics store and handing them your money.

With these few things in mind, you should be able to make
an informed decision about your purchase.

Make sure you look at a plasma television that can support
the digital signal that is being broadcast by most cable

Older televisions may not support it. Make sure it is also
HD (high-definition) or ED (enhanced definition) ready as
this is something else many cable companies are switching
over to.

Also make sure the plasma television you’re considering has
all the standard inputs in the back of it to hook up all
your peripherals.

Plasma televisions come in sizes from thirty-two inches to
sixty-three inches. Don’t buy one that’s too big for your
living room.

As much as you may want that big screen, room size might
make it a bit too big. Be sure to purchase additional
speakers since most models do not have a built in speakers.
Don’t forget to take the room for them into account.

Decide head of time if you are going to mount the
television on the wall. If you are, don’t forget to
purchase the mounting kit or a stand so you have someplace
to put your television.

Also, make sure you buy a reliable brand name. By sticking
with someone like Pioneer or Panasonic, you can be
reassured that you are going to get a reliable product and
solid warranty.

Plasma TVs Reviewed

Almost every major television manufacturer is jumping on
the plasma television band wagon. With so many makes and
models to choose from, the options available to the
consumer can get confusing.

Here are three of the highest rated plasma televisions on
the market from three different manufacturers.

The Vizio P50 is one of the most highly recommended plasma
televisions on the market. Experts like it due to its
picture clarity, and the way it outperforms most other
plasma televisions on the market in the way it displays a
standard television signal.

This 50″ television is one of the best around for the
consumer with a smaller budget than most, but it is advised
that consumers adjust the picture to their preferences once
the get it home and set up.

Approximate price for this television is $1,300.00.

Panasonic’s TH50PZ700U is another 50″ plasma television set
that has been rated as one of the best for 1080p

This television set has some of the best black levels
available, something some plasma televisions lack in.

Experts like the color quality, contrast, and shadowing.
Some critics of this television set question whether or not
1080p resolution is any better than 720p.

This television can be purchased for around $2,600.00

The KURO PDP-5080HD by Pioneer is a 50″, 720p plasma
television that has the most cinematic image quality

This flat paneled television displays ‘rich, well-saturated
colors and black levels’. It is also packed with features
including speakers, built-in tuner and V-chip parental

The biggest downfall of this particular television set is
the price compared to others in its class.

It prices around $3,500.00.

A consumer doesn’t have to break the bank in order to
purchase a good plasma television.

Plasma Televisions: A Brief Overview

One of the newest crazes to hit the television industry
over the last ten years is plasma televisions. Commonly
seen in sizes thirty-seven inches and larger, this type of
television uses two noble gases – neon and xenon – that
mixes together in small cells between two plates of glass
to create plasma when electrified.

The plasma emits light and with subpixels found in the
cells the gas inhabits, pretty much every color of the
rainbow is formed and properly displayed.

Plasma technology is not as new as everyone thinks. The
first plasma display was developed in 1964 at the
University of Illinois and was used primarily for computer

The original colors that the plasma screen displayed were
monochrome, usually orange or green on a black background,
and sometimes even yellow.

These screens were very popular in the 1970’s because of
their low maintenance, large screen size and relatively
small profile. IBM followed suit and produced their own
plasma screens in 1983, and in 1997, Pioneer sold the first
plasma television set.

While plasma televisions are still holding their own in the
current electronics market, they are beginning to decline
in popularity as newer LCD (liquid-crystal display) models
are advancing to the forefront.

One of the biggest drawbacks of a plasma set is the screen
burn-in. This is where one image has been displayed for a
long period of time and a ‘ghost’ of the image has burned
into the screen. This never goes away and the quality of
the picture will continue to decrease over time.

Plasma technology

By now most people will have heard of the plasma
screen and how it works. But there are some facts that
may surprise you.

For example, did you know that a plasma screen if
showing a bright picture – perhaps a football match -
will use more power than if you are watching a darker
screen – such as a night scenes in a movie?

Most of today’s plasma screens can be set to a certain
‘mode’. ‘Shop’ mode uses twice as much power as when
the set is set to ‘home’ mode. Make sure your dealer
works this out for you before you take the set home.

The newer generation of plasma screens are estimated
to last about twenty seven years of ‘normal’ viewing.
After this they are probably still watchable but will
not be as bright and clear as they were originally.

The picture quality of the plasma screen is due
largely to the contrast between light and dark colors.

Some industry players quote the difference as twenty
thousand to one although it would be hard for the
human eye to notice if it was anything else.

These screens also show a truer ‘black’ than their
predecessors because of the technology being used.

However, the brightness and sharpness of the image is
very pleasing and makes this a ‘must have’ in a lot of
homes today.

One word of caution though. Brightness settings should
never be elevated to its highest level. This will
significantly shorten the lifespan of your monitor.