Best Plasma TV & Choosing Best Flat Screen Technology

By: Steve Smith

Perhaps the best thing about a plasma TV is as simple as black and white. Actually, more black than white. The best plasma TVs increase the intensity of black, making it deeper, richer and a more true black than ever before. By "turning up the black," the entire spectrum of colors displayed becomes much more vibrant. This produces a truer picture quality, turning ordinary TV viewing into a previously un-chartered reality.

Resolution - It's Not Just for New Year's Anymore

The best plasma TVs are the ones with the highest resolutions. If you plan on playing the latest games developed by top gaming brands you should look for sets that support 1080p resolution. Of course, for regular TV viewing a lower resolution should be fine, but be aware that improved resolution will result in a crisper, better image.

Inputs are just as important as resolution. The more options your plasma TV offers, the better off you are. Multiple High Definition Multimedia Interface, (HDMI), is the only way to get 1080p content to your set. HDMI offers you improved viewing clarity with even more lifelike colors. Here, the technology is a bit ahead of the curve with HDMI 1.3 supporting the x.v.Color technology that is yet unsupported by commercially released movies. That is sure to change within the next few years, making the picture quality on a plasma TV with higher resolution much better than those without it.

Five Simple Questions Before You Buy a Plasma TV

1. What is your room size?
Follow this simple rule: sit as close as 1-1/2 times the screen size to get the best picture. Make sure your room is big enough to sit where you need to in order to see the best picture.

2. How will you get your HDTV signal?
Without the right set-top cable or satellite box or appropriate antenna you won't receive over-the air HD broadcasts.

3. Do you need a wall mountable option?
If the set is going on a wall it's best to let a professional install it, especially if it weighs over 60 pounds.

4. Do you have a home theater system?
For a full cinematic experience you will probably find buying external speakers to boost the sound of your plasma TV a good option.

5. Do you love watching movies?
If you are a true movie buff, consider a 1080p plasma TV. It is certainly the wave of the future for optimal movie viewing.

Before choosing a plasma TV for your home entertainment needs be sure to do your homework so when you get to a store you will know the size, resolution and input requirements you need. Happy viewing.

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