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Brief Overview of the Different TV Technologies

To search for the visual device for your home theater system often leaves a typical homeowner vacillating from one enticing feature to the other. Manufacturers do employ certain marketing tactics that can get a little tricky, if not confusing, to navigate through just so you can pick the best one for your living room. While you may need to research on the specific features that are taunted to boost a model’s price tag, you can arm yourself with the most basic information on each of the general TV classifications. This first step will assist you in sorting through their differences and help you narrow down the many options at the store.

The most familiar and widely used type of TV, in the midst of today’s constant clamor for thinner and more lightweight TVs, is the Cathode Ray Tube or CRT TV. While you may have long decided to retire your old one or park it in your young son’s room or spare guest room, chances are, you still have one lying around in the house and for good reason. These sturdy TVs are meant to last long despite it carrying a bit of bulk on its behind. For the longest time, homeowners have built their media center furniture around this limitation but when the thin and sleek LCD TV models had entered the market and the flat screens started going up the walls, consumers soon lost interest in purchasing the CRTs newer models. The only thing left that is attracting consumers to them is its price tag since it remains to be the least expensive of the TV technologies available today.

As for the LCD TV and Plasma TV, consumers play this internal tug-of-war as to which of the two TV technologies would give them more value for their investment. The LCD works by keeping liquid crystal sandwiched between two panels. One complaint of the LCD screen is the viewing angles. Depending on your home theater design certain seats around your living room may not get to get the same viewing experience as those seats that are positioned well. The plasma TV, on the hand, relies on plasma cells to produce that well-defined pictures so seat positioning is not an issue. This technology, however, comes at a higher price tag so consumers tend to find the plasma TV a splurge.