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Peter A. Manx asked:

Your plasma television is a major investment and you want to showcase it to its best advantage. When purchasing a TV stand for your plasma TV, appearance is everything. You want a stand that will look good and be a perfect fit for your television. Presentation plays an important role in the kind of stand you will select. Another deciding factor in what kind of plasma television stand to buy is where you want to place the television.

Since plasma TVs are usually wider than standard televisions, the plasma stand you select will be larger in size. If you are upgrading from a standard TV to a plasma television, you might have to find a totally new location for the stand itself.

Plasma stands provide display and shelving options designed specifically for heavier plasma TVs. Combining strength with stability, extra-wide TV stands can accommodate plasma screens as well as the larger direct view TVs. Before making a final selection, check the manufacturer’s product information for weight capacity.

A plasma TV stand should enhance your viewing environment. When selecting a stand for your plasma television, take into consideration the existing furniture in the room. You will want to match the color and style of the stand to the other furnishings.

What kind of effect would you like to achieve? If you would like to make the plasma television stand a focal point of the room, select a classic wood stand with a rich warm finish. For an edgy, contemporary feel, if you would like to create the illusion that the television is “floating,” choose a stand made of glass and metal.

Metal plasma TV stands are durable, strong and easy to assemble. Many types of metal plasma stands include glass shelving. They tend to be sleek and stylish, typically open concept in design. When selecting a metal plasma stand that includes glass, make sure that it is tempered, since it will be stronger and safer than regular glass.

A plasma TV cabinet can be made of a variety of materials including wood, metal and wood and metal. They generally offer enclosed storage options for tapes, DVDs and other accessories that hide them for view. A plasma lift television stand resembles a cabinet, but has a built-in lift mechanism that raises the plasma TV for viewing purposes and lowers it when not in use. When retracted inside the cabinet, the television is protected from potential damage. A plasma lift TV stand tends to be larger and heavier than other types of TV cabinets for plasma televisions.

Pedestal TV stands are great for displaying your plasma screen because they put the focus on the television itself and create that floating in space effect. However, because the base is narrower than the width of the television, extra precautions must be taken to stabilize the TV. Depending on the manufacturer, a pedestal TV may also include bolts so that it can be secured to a wall.

A corner television stand might be the ideal decorating solution for a smaller or awkward-shaped room. Designed to fit into a corner, corner TV stands still offer the wide counter dimensions needed to properly display your plasma screen, while utilizing an area that might otherwise be considered “dead” space. Since they are available in a wide variety of styles and materials, you’re sure to find a corner television stand that will perfectly match your decor.

A swivel TV stand is the ideal way to obtaining optimum viewing from your plasma screen, allowing you do adjust the line-of-sight. They come in a variety of different styles and designs. When selecting the right swivel stand for your plasma TV, make sure that it will accommodate the television; also check the weight capacity.

The type of plasma TV stand you choose will mostly depend on the size and weight of your television and how you would like to display it. With these basic guidelines, choosing a plasma stand should be a simple and enjoyable experience.

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LCD TV s are modern digital equipment using liquid crystal displays to indicate pictures. An LCD display is actually composite microscopic window panes that flicker from opaque to clear when they are powered with electrons. The crystals react to the light source – most of the times a fluorescent lamp – and display a given shape or image sequence. The pixels that form the LCD screen have the ability to get turned on and off very quickly, thus allowing moving pictures to be shown on screen.

LCD TV s are some of the most desireable items in electronic boutiques across the world. There are many factors that contribute to the success of LCD tvs, such as image quality and the elegant flat design of the TV. Although their prices were discouraging not long ago, in todays world we see a large selection of LCD TV models and an ever- increasing quality of the products. LCD TVs have a large range of functionality, as they can also be used as computer monitors. Some classic TV fans will dispute that there are also a couple of important cons against LCD technology, such as the limited viewing angle, but the majority of consumers sees the rewards.

Competition for the LCD TV is intense. The main two competitors are plasma TVs and the classic CRTs. Plasma TVs work in differently than LCD TVs – they have a layer of special gas cornered between two translucent walls. A multitude of very thin wires covers the outside part of the screen. Whenever an electrical impulse courses across a wire, it induces the gas to react and glow, thus producing color. Similar to LCD TVs, by quickly turning on and off the screen pixels the TV emulates movement.

The Cathode ray tube – CRT – TVs are still dominant on the market. Although they lack the elegant design of the LCD and plasma TVs, CRTs are cheaper and offer excellent image quality. However, as time goes by, we see more and more progress with LCD TVs. The sleek, space saving design and long lasting promise that the manufacturers offer are some of the arguments in favor of LCD TVs. As the competition between LCD TVs and plasma TVs continues, the consumers are the main beneficiaries, as numbers drop lower and the sharpness of the products improves.

New tv’s are constantly being introduced to the market, the only way I’ve found to know which are the good deals is to read the discussions and href=”http://www.lcd-tv-reviews.com/reviews/”>LCD tv reviews that exist in different places on the internet. It’s only by sharing that we can learn the truths about the different television models.

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Businesses are rapidly adopting large high definition TVs and monitors for advertising, video conferencing, conference rooms, entertainment and information display, among other uses. We talked with a number of audio visual consultants, system integrators, distributors, vendors and customers and found there was confusion and misunderstanding as to what is better – LCD or Plasma for large screen use for various applications. Understandable, considering the rapidly evolving technologies, numerous choices, the gamut of reviews and the various applications these large screens are being used. We are hoping we can clarify but research the technologies yourself and make the knowledgeable choice.

Quick Introduction to the Technology: Plasma screens use a matrix of plasma gas cells which are charged by electrical voltage to create a picture. LCD screens are made up of liquid crystals placed between two glass plates. Below we compare the two technologies on features important to businesses.

LCD vs. Plasma Comparison: Size

LCDs are generally lighter and thinner as they don’t contain the gas-filled chambers and heavy glass panels present in plasmas. Historical wisdom was that larger size screens available were Plasma while smaller size screens were LCDs. Today, commercially, Panasonic has 103” plasma while Sharp offers 108” LCD. Smaller size Plasma screens are currently not available. A draw for large size screens. Smaller size Plasma screens are currently not available.

LCD vs. Plasma for Screen Size: A draw for large size screens.

LCD vs. Plasma Comparison: Picture Quality

A number of variables go into picture quality. We will outline them and summarize the findings.

Video Resolution: High resolution is available for both Plasma and LCD screens and resolution is usually comparable for both technologies (1920×1080 is considered as high resolution and available in both Plasma and LCD screens). Lower price models for both Plasma and LCDs have lower resolution and typically for <45” screens they are 1366x768 in resolution or lower. Be sure that you compare apples to apples. Overall: A draw between the two technologies. Data Resolution: Data resolution for LCDs is much better than for Plasma. The number of pixels per square inch on an LCD display is typically higher than any other display technology including Plasma, so LCD monitors are especially good at displaying large amounts of data. For the same reasons, LCD screens will also be better screens for video gaming than Plasma screens. Plasma displays produce a very jaggy image when viewing static images from computer images. Users may want to consider a commercial version plasma if their application calls for a lot of computer use. Color Accuracy: Plasma color richness and naturalness will prevail in rooms with lower to normal lighting due to higher contrast ratio. LCD screen contrast ratio is relatively lower, but with anti-glare & brightness features of LCD screens, LCDs will be better in ambient light or in brightly lit rooms. As businesses usually work during the day in ambient light, LCDs are more desirable for most business applications. Viewing Angle: Plasma manufacturers have made much of their 160° viewing angles. However with new LCDs the view angles are 158°. There is not much difference between the two technologies in viewing angle. Burn-in: There have been concerns with burn-in for Plasma screens especially for static images. However, many Plasma manufacturers have improved their anti-burn in technology. There are no burn-in issues with LCD screens. LCD vs. Plasma for Picture Quality: LCD wins. LCD vs. Plasma Comparison: Life of the Screen

LCDs can be operated 24×7 for 50,000+ hours equivalent to 5+ years of continuous viewing. Plasma, on the other hand, utilizes slight electric currents to excite a combination of noble gases (i.e., argon, neon, xenon), which glow red, blue, and/or green. This is an essentially active phenomenon, so the phosphoric elements in plasma displays fade over time. Typically half life is 30,000 hours but some manufacturers state a new half life of 60,000 hours. At half life, the phosphors in a plasma screen will glow half as brightly as they did when the set was new. There is no way to replace these gases; the display simply continues to become dimmer with use. An LCD TV will last as long as its backlight – and in many models the backlight bulbs can be replaced! Since this is nothing more than light passing through a prismatic substrate, there is essentially nothing to wear out in an LCD monitor.

LCD vs. Plasma for Screen Life: LCD wins.

LCD vs. Plasma Comparison: Power consumption

Plasma TVs use more power than LCD – twice as much. Plasmas use electricity to light each and every pixel you see on a screen – even the dark ones. Also, note Plasma TVs get heated up quickly and require fans to cool the TV.

However, some manufacturers point out that the power use of a plasma TV is directly dependent on picture brightness, whereas an LCD picture requires a constant source of illumination. The theory goes that plasma should use less power over time. But in reality plasma TVs require significantly more power to achieve the same brightness level as an LCD. This is significant, since your investment on UPS (higher KVA) will have to be much larger to give similar backup to a system using Plasma. No wonder, IBMs & HPs never even considered Plasma for their Laptop screens!

LCD vs. Plasma for Power Consumption: LCD wins.

LCD vs. Plasma Comparison: Lightness and Versatility

Both types of flat-panel screens can be wall-mounted. Plasma sets weigh a lot more than LCD screens (even those of comparable screen-size), so setting them up or moving around could be a problem, especially wall mounting in new houses with stud walling. Further the bezel for LCD screens can be removed and a video wall solution can be created – can be quite valuable for advertising and monitoring

LCD vs. Plasma for Lightness and Versatility: LCD wins.

To summarize, while for home video solutions, Plasma may be an OK choice, but for office and professional usage, LCD is definitely the correct choice!

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Jeff Lawrence asked:

Introduction

In six short sections, we’ll help guide you towards making informed choices on buying the plasma TV you need for your home theater or living room, tradeshow application, business or retail display, or executive and corporate boardroom.

The sections in this Buying Guide are arranged in an order and progression that we feel is most helpful in imparting key information towards a plasma TV purchase. First, we’ll take a look at the kind of environment in which you are setting up the plasma display. Next, we’ll see what kind of content you intend to watch on the TV and what sort of A/V devices you’ll be using to determine the plasma type for your needs. Then, we’ll check out important plasma specs you should know about and installation issues to pay attention to. Lastly, we’ll take a quick look at pricing and other cost issues that you may want to consider.

Ready? Let’s begin.

The Plasma TV Environment

Calculating the Correct Distance In setting up the environment for your plasma TV, a primary consideration is to determine the screen size to match the floor plan or available space where the plasma will be displayed.

Plasma monitors are measured diagonally across the screen, just like any other television set. You can typically choose from the following sizes: 32″, 40″, 42″, 46″, 50″, 61″, or 63″. Bigger is not always better, and a certain distance must be maintained between the plasma TV and the viewing area for optimal viewing experience. Sitting too far away diminishes the overall impact. Sitting too close, however, could also present its own problems as when you start seeing the screen’s “structure”; i.e., the dots or pixels that make up the plasma display. The right distance depends on the size of your TV.

– For 32″ to 37″ TVs, 6 to 10 feet from the screen is needed.

– For 42″ to 46″ TVs, 10 to 14 feet from the screen is needed.

– For 50″ TVs, 12 to 16 feet from the screen is needed.

– For 60″ and larger TVs, at least 15 feet of space from the screen is needed.

In determining the appropriate TV size for you, you should also consider the space required to install the unit itself. When recessing a plasma display unit, allow at least 3 inches of open space at the top of the unit and adequate ventilation space of at least 2 inches behind it as well. Remember, too, that most plasma displays do not have built-in speakers, so you’ll need to allow space enough to attach speakers.

Viewing Angles: More on TV Placement Viewing angle is another factor that affects the viewing experience. Today’s plasma TVs offer viewing angles approaching (and sometimes exceeding) 170 degrees. This is much better than viewing angles for LCD displays and rear-projection TVs, and the wide viewing angles for plasma displays translates to a bright, clear picture for anyone in the room no matter where they’re sitting.

Room Lighting and the TV Picture Lighting is also important in the area where your plasma TV is set up. Plasma TVs generally do a fine job in rooms with regular indoor lighting, but optimal viewing may not be possible in areas with too much direct sunlight. Thus, windows that let in direct sunlight should have easily adjustable blinds or curtains that can eliminate reflections off the screen. Light from a window behind the TV also makes it difficult for the eyes to adjust to the very brightness of the screen, and window treatments are recommended in such cases. A little bit of controlled background lighting could also be helpful, as the background light gives the black portions of the picture a deeper, darker look.

Altitude May Increase Noise Levels If you live in Denver, Santa Fe or other areas above 6,000 feet, be aware that some plasma displays may start exhibiting operational noise. This is due to increased pressure on the gases contained in the glass substrate of the plasma, a phenomenon that makes the unit work harder to cool the display element. Check to see if the manufacturer has a maximum altitude rating if you are setting up the plasma in high-elevation areas.

What You Can Watch on Your Plasma TV

You can choose between HDTV (High Definition TV) and EDTV (Enhanced Definition TV) for your choice of plasma display. Which type you prefer depends on the kind of material you intend to watch on the plasma.

EDTV is the perfect entry point into digital television, with a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio and an image resolution that is 200% better than today’s analog televisions. On the other hand, HDTV has up to four times the resolution and colors compared to EDTV, offering the ultimate visual and sound experience.

At present, only a limited number of programs are broadcast in true high-definition format (all major networks broadcast HD counterparts to their regular analog-signal broadcasts). In fact, if you plan to use a plasma HDTV for regular TV programming, you may be surprised to find that regular TV programming may even appear slightly worse, as the big screen exaggerates the flaws in standard TV programs. DVD images from most of the currently available DVD titles on the market today also do not fare as well on true HD plasmas. In fact, these DVD images appear better on EDTV plasma units, because the image resolution of a widescreen DVD (nominally 740 x 480) more closely matches the actual resolution (852 x 480) of the EDTV plasma display.

Why bother with a High Definition TV at all, you may ask? Because HDTV, paired with a true High-Definition or high-quality source, can produce truly stunning images. With a progressive-scan DVD player paired with, say, any of the recently released HD-DVD or forthcoming Blu-ray DVD titles (encoded in true HD format), your plasma HDTV can come to spectacular life and bring out unrivaled image quality. And as more TV programming becomes available in High-Definition format with the looming of the FCC deadline for switching to all-digital broadcasting, plasma HDTV sets will have more TV content to show. One thing’s for sure: Your HDTV won’t be obsolete anytime in the next few years.

Devices for your Plasma TV

With today’s plasma TV models, almost all of them will have multiple inputs that allow connection of various devices, with 32″ or larger screens having inputs for connecting six or more different A/V components. Which video components do you have now, and which do you plan to add in the future?

At the very least, you’ll probably want to connect your antenna or cable box, plus a DVD player and perhaps a VCR. Other possibilities include a satellite TV receiver, video game system, or TiVo hard disk recorder. And if you use a camcorder, you will definitely want a set of front-panel A/V inputs on your new TV.

The newer plasma TVs will include digital inputs such as HDMI or DVI, which can accept HDTV signals from your cable box or satellite (and even some DVD players) in an all-digital format. Some plasma TVs also include a VGA or DVI PC input, which allows your plasma unit to pull double-duty as a PC monitor.

Connection tip: If you route your video signals through your home theater receiver, you can connect even more video sources. Most home theater receivers provide Composite Video inputs and outputs to enable video switching, making it easy to choose from among your video sources. If yours does, you may be able to connect your video components to your receiver, which will then send the selected video signal to your TV. Many receivers have S-Video connections as well, and some even include Component Video switching.

Plasma TV Specifications When comparing plasma TV sets, it’s important to know what to look for to make sense of the specifications you’re presented with. Below is a quick rundown on the necessary specs that you need to weigh before making that all-important purchase decision.

Resolution: Resolution is a determining factor in selecting a plasma TV. Do you want HDTV or EDTV? HDTV, with a resolution of at least 1024 x 720, is the ultimate visual and sound experience, but what is available for viewing on HD is currently restricted to a few HD channels on cable, as well as the newly emerging and necessarily few DVD titles from the HD-DVD and Blu-ray DVD formats. On the other hand, most of the currently available DVDs actually play better when viewed on EDTV, because the image resolution of a widescreen DVD (nominally 740 x 480) more closely matches the actual resolution (852 x 480) of the EDTV plasma display. Choosing the type of plasma TV that you want, therefore, is a question that should be considered along with the type of content you frequently watch or will be watching on your plasma.

Inputs: A plasma television should work with any existing video component with standard A/V, S-Video, or Component Video outputs. In addition, most plasma TVs have DVI or HDMI connections for use with high-definition sources. Some plasma TVs also have VGA input connections that allow them to be used as monitors for a PC. At the minimum, look for the following specifications on a plasma connection: DVI-I or DVI-D, Component, RCA or Composite, and S-Video. Take into consideration your current component set-up such as your satellite system, cable box, DVD player, and external stereo components and see what kind of inputs or connectors they use.

Tuner: Check your plasma to see if it is HD-ready or HD-integrated. An HD-ready plasma TV is essentially a monitor that needs an external tuner source before it can function as a TV. An HD-integrated panel has a tuner built into the set and is ready for use. If you receive your HDTV programming via cable or satellite instead of over-the-air, you may not need a tuner at all, as you will be using the set-top boxes provided by your cable/satellite service to receive HDTV programming. Check with your cable or satellite providers for more details. Some cable/satellite companies do away with set-top boxes and provide their subscribers with cable cards instead. Check with your cable/satellite provider if they provide cable cards and the cable-card type that they offer, and then check the specification on the plasma for cable card slots.

Contrast Ratio: Contrast ratio is the measurement that determines the variation between the whitest and darkest parts of the image. This is an important specification, since plasma TVs with a low contrast ratio will make dark images look muddy and gray while making light images look washed out. A good measure of contrast ratio is 1,000:1 or higher. Anything less than 1,000:1 especially on a set that is 42″ or larger may not provide optimal viewing experience.

Brightness: Without sufficient brightness, your image will look muddy and soft even in a dark room. Viewing distance, screen size, and ambient room light will also affect the need for more brightness capability. A brightness rating listed at 550 cd/m2 or higher is good, but don’t get bogged down with the technical number listed. Instead, make sure that the screen is bright enough for your needs as you conduct your own visual inspection.

Panel Life: Look for a minimum of 60,000 hours of panel life in your plasma specifications. This is the rating on how long it would take before your panel has half the brightness compared to when it was new. A 60,000-hour spec translates to approximately 20 years of viewing at 8 hours per day. (This approximation may vary, depending on the source and type of content, settings, environment, and use of your plasma TV.)

Anti-burn-in/Pixel Shift: Burn-in refers to the remnants burned on to the screen after a static image has been left on the plasma for a long period of time. To minimize or prevent burn-in, determine if the plasma panel utilizes burn-in protection, such as power management settings, full-time picture or pixel shift (both vertical and horizontal) technologies, or automatic screensaver functions.

Speakers: If you plan to use an external surround sound system, you won’t need audio speakers, but most plasma TV sets include speakers that rated anywhere from 7-12 Watts Pre-amp which is much better than that of conventional TVs and sufficient for most viewing. Check your plasma’s specifications to see if it comes with speakers and if the speakers are removable.

Universal Remote: A universal remote can take the place of having one remote, so that it controls all the various components of your TV system, such as the DVD player, audio, cable/satellite etc. If you plan on buying a universal remote, check to see if it’s supported by the plasma set of your choice to make sure the plasma accepts universal remote devices.

Power Consumption: Power consumption for plasmas range from 240 watts to over 500 watts, If you’re concerned with how much energy a plasma set may use, check its specifications to determine power consumption. Units tend to have higher wattage requirements as the screen increases. A good rule of thumb is to compare similar-sized units together; units with higher wattages tend to use inferior components as a rule.

Installation and Mounting Options

There are basically two options for installing a plasma TV: Displaying it on a table stand, cart, or similarly equivalent horizontal surface; or hanging the Plasma TV (on a wall or from a ceiling, using wall mount fixtures).

One of the major benefits of plasma TV is the flexibility of mounting and installation options that are available. However, because of the sheer size of the TV, mounting presents its own sets of issues that need to be taken into account.

For wall (or ceiling) mounting, you will need two people (ideally), with at least one having enough experience to determine the strength of the wall, what is behind the wall, and the proper hardware to use; e.g., anchors, screws, etc. The last thing you need is to have your new Plasma TV fall off the wall and smash into bits because of improper wall mounting. Professional installation is highly recommended in this case.

Below are various TV mounting options you might consider:

Table Stands are popular for displaying plasma units. These units, however, are not one-size- fits-all appliances. Sometimes one is included with the TV itself; other times you have to purchase the stand separately. Most consumer-oriented plasma TVs come with their own matching table stand, used whenever there is enough tabletop space to support the TV. These units are custom-made to manufacturers’ specifications, as each plasma display has its own requirements on how the stand fits the plasma. The table stand allows for maximum flexibility, as nothing is permanently affixed to the wall. (Add graphic)

Plasma TV Carts are typically used in business applications for trade shows and in-house presentations. Table carts are often used in a courtroom setting or to mobilize up to the edge of a boardroom table for maximum visual presentation. The table cart may include a platform for placing a DVD player, laptop computer, or VCR. (Add graphic)

Flat Wall Mounts maximize the space-saving benefits of plasma technology. This is generally the least expensive option, and it adds less than two inches to the total depth of the plasma unit. It is used in home theaters, living rooms, or company boardrooms to achieve and maximally offset the sleek appearance that plasma displays are known for. (Add graphic)

Tilt Wall Mounts let you place your plasma TV above eye level, keeping the unit out of the way but allowing it to be readily viewable from anywhere in the room. A tilt wall mount typically allows 15 to 20 degrees of tilt (depending on the brand of the wall mount). This option is often used to install plasma displays above fireplaces and in bedrooms, and is also used for overhead displays in retail or industry (with or without an attached ceiling bracket). The tilt wall mount adds from 4 to 6 inches to the depth of the mounted display. (Add graphic)

Articulating Wall Mounts use swivel arms to render the plasma unit flush with the wall and out of the way when the unit is not in use. Pulled out, this mounting device allows you to turn the display 120 degrees to either side and as much as 10 degrees up or down. It adds between 3 or 4 inches to the depth of the plasma mount (depending on the manufacturer of the wall mount), and is used for maximum flexibility in sports bars, library studies, and commercial display operations. (Add graphic)

Ceiling Mounts enable you to mount your plasma TV where you want it in case a wall isn’t available. This option is generally coupled with a tilt mount, so that the display can be adjusted downward for easier viewing. Lengths of ceiling mount poles vary according to customer needs, but standard lengths are from 24 to 43 inches. Ceiling mounts are usually used for airport displays, checkout counters, hospital rooms, and bedrooms. (Add graphic)

Pricing and Other Costs

Plasma TVs are expensive, but they do fall into a few distinct categories. Below is a rough guide to retail and online pricing for plasma units (current as of this writing, May 2006).

– $1,000 to $1,500 buys you a plasma TV up to 42″

– $1,500 to $3,000 buys you a plasma TV up to 50″

– More than $3,000 buys you a plasma up to 65″

Also: – Under $1,500 buys you a refurbished EDTV plasma

– Under $2,000 buys you an EDTV plasma

– More than $2,000 buys you an HDTV plasma

In addition to the cost of the plasma TV itself, you may want to factor in the price of accessories, such as cables, surge protectors, additional audio equipment, furniture, and room treatments to arrive at a realistic cost outlay for your plasma TV purchase.

Lastly, be aware of “standard” charges that apply to your purchase: a sales tax when the TV is bought at a brick-and-mortar establishment; shipping charges (especially if the TV is bought online); and delivery and/or set-up charges. Check and compare the manufacturer warranties for various plasma TV brands; extended warranties are always extra.

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An LCD or plasma TV is one of the most striking pieces of equipment that you can add to your home entertainment center. In a handful of years, these new technology’s have rapidly overtaken the older cathode ray displays With plans for billions of dollars to be pumped in to the LCD industry in the next few years, LCD and plasma televisions are going to become more popular and more numerous.

When you have your new television home, placement becomes a prime concern. There are quite a few factors to take into account in order to maximize your viewing pleasure and to ensure that the picture is at its sharpest.

The first thing to take into account is height. The optimal height for an LCD or plasma TV puts the center of the screen at eye-level when the viewer is seated. Resist the urge to hang your new television at eye-level when you are standing. You may be tempted to do so from experience hanging pictures, but the angle will be unpleasant for viewers and will not show the screen off to its best advantage.

The second factor is viewing distance. When planning to get your LCD or plasma TV is wise to take into account what kind of space you have available. Is the room you have in mind going to be able to accommodate the device?

Similarly, you can calculate viewing distance by multiplying one of the screen’s dimensions, like height or width by a fixed number. Viewing distance for an LCD or plasma TV will be less than it would be for a cathode ray television because high resolution displays reduce the visibility of scan lines; with few scan lines, viewing distance can be made narrower, because the viewer will not notice the scan lines.

One simple way find an optimal viewing distance to use a ready-made formula. Take the screen size in inches and divide it by four. Some rounding might be necessary. For instance, for a 42 inch screen, the ideal amount distance from the viewer should be around 10 feet.

As your LCD or plasma television will certainly be one of the jewels of your entertainment center, it becomes important to give this component a similarly beautiful setting. Hanging the television on the wall is a popular option and the UK’s leading online retailer http://www.tv-wall-brackets.co.uk can help you.

With its new popularity, LCD and plasma televisions are getting the royal treatment from furniture designers, giving you many options to choose from. These LCD television stands enhance the look of your television, providing a more pleasant overall look for your home entertainment center. These specialized cabinets take into account the unique shape of the LDC television and create a desirable space where you can store media as well as mount your television.

Remember that good planning is paramount in any good purchase. With something as impressive as an LCD or plasma television, the question deserves some serious thought.

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If you watch television and have an older CRT (cathode ray tube) or analog TV set, you have undoubtedly heard that by February 2009, you will need to have purchased a converter box in order to view basic television programming. Most of us already enjoy digital television programming with satellite or cable and won’t need to do much to prepare for the change. However, if you are one of the estimated 20 million households that do not take advantage of these services but rather watches TV using an antenna, you will not be able to receive any programming after midnight on the February 17, 2009.

CRT television owners can choose to purchase a converter box using a government subsidized coupon for the purchase or they can buy a newer model television that can accommodate the change to digital, like an LCD or plasma screen.

The change made by Congress to transition to all-digital television has been put in place for several reasons:

1. Better picture and sound quality is available with digital television

2. More free channel options are available with digital television

3. Transitioning frees up more frequencies that can then be used by emergency services.

What’s The Big Deal?

Because many homes may in fact be getting rid of their older television, there is a growing concern as to what to do with those older TV models. An estimated 75 percent of unused and broken televisions get stored away rather than recycled or disposed of. Keeping an old set around is really not a good idea. Older CRT sets contain anywhere from four to eight pounds of toxic lead, a fairly unhealthy thing to keep lying around your garage. Additionally, throwing these TVs into a landfill is not too environmentally savvy either because the lead can leech into the soil and groundwater if broken. Recycling can help prevent the release of this hazardous lead.

Additionally, television sets are big, clumsy, non-biodegradable objects that take up large amounts of space in our nation’s landfills. Many states have already started prohibiting or limiting the ability to dispose of electronic devices in landfills. California, for instance, was one of the first states to pass a law prohibiting the throwing away of old TV sets, followed by several other states. The Environmental Protection Agency website can give you more information on limitations in your area.

How Can You Recycle Your TV?

There are a number of different options available to CRT and analog TV owners wishing to dispose of their sets in the most socially and environmentally responsible way. Before handing over your TV to any of these organizations or companies, however, ask some simple questions to verify that they comply with state or local electronics disposal laws and that they send any hazardous waste to a facility that specializes in the safe and legal disposal of such things.

Donate It To Charity: Consider giving your TV to a local charity, church or hospital. They may be willing to take it off your hands as well as pick it up from your home. You can contact the Electronic Industries Alliance for a list of local and national organizations that accept used electronic items.

Local Goodwill, Thrift Stores: Thrift stores will generally take an older TV set as long as it is in working condition. If you don’t know where to start, simply make a few calls and see who might be interested.

Electronics Retailers: Some retailers, such as Best Buy, Circuit City and Office Depot will work with television manufacturers to sponsor in-store collection of televisions, computers and other electronics devices. This service is usually free or there may be a small charge. This is an incredible convenient option for people that want to dispose of a TV and get a new one all in one shop. Some retailers may even pick up the old TV set when they deliver your new one.

~Ben Anton, 2008

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Groshan Fabiola asked:

We all love to watch the television. We get a good grasp of what is happening around us through this box know as the TV. When we mention the word television, what comes vivid in our minds is the remote control in order to switch channels and of course the screen or the monitor where we are able to view what we want to actually view. We get delighted by entertainment programs and we gain knowledge from it. The television has so many things going on it which makes us aware of them. This is the reason why it is undoubtedly important to almost everybody now. You may not be able to actually go to the place where you want to visit, yet with the idiot box, and that is the TV, you can explore and have a better view of these places. So who would argue that it is now important in our life? Perhaps, nobody would as it is obvious.

Because the TV plays a very important role in our everyday life, it should be properly taken cared well too. And, it should have the necessary tools that will make it safe in its place. The TELEVISION BRACKETS are among the important tolls to remember when you have a television that you want to place on the wall. TV WALL BRACKETS makes affixing your TV on the wall easier and faster. You will not longer need some other materials that will serve as the bracket as these brackets can fully support the TV once it is fixed on the wall.

If you are looking for the perfect bracket that will suit your well-loved investment which is your TV, you can either go to local stores which provide them, better yet browse the internet for stores which also offer the said device at affordable costs. At reasonable prices, you are not only able to have a good viewing angle but you also maintain the quality of your TV as it would be far from scratches and damage which can be done into it by your children or your pets in your house. As soon as you start scanning or browsing the internet for online shops, you can choose from standard to trendy TELEVISION BRACKETS. You can opt for both wall and ceiling mounts which will enable you to affix your TV in various positions so you can have your most desired viewing angle. Select from functional to fashionable TV WALL BRACKETS which can be placed in your home, in schools, offices, business establishment and so many other application choices. With the brackets that feature adjustable tilt and swivel, you would not have a hard time tilting your head and neck in order to watch TV conveniently and comfortably. These best mount comes with strong point and adjustability. They come in different sizes so as to ensure that you will be able to find the perfect one to fit your needs.  These are versions with optimum black or silver finish that you can unify your unit with the accessory or décor in your home.

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Daniel Millions asked:

Television is one of the most widely used electronic device and you are most likely to find at least one television set in a house. Television gained popularity among people because of its features and benefits. It has changed our lives in many ways and now, it has become a part of life of a number of people throughout the world. To some extent, it has made our world a completely different place.

However, a number of people somehow believe that television is not beneficial and they even consider it as an idiot box but many people believe that it is beneficial. So, it mainly depends on how an individual uses television.

Some of the benefits of television:

With the help of television, it is possible to watch the latest news conveniently. Watching news is much more convenient than reading a newspaper. Also, news is shown at regular intervals on a news channel whereas newspapers are usually delivered only in the morning. In addition to this, several news channels are now available that are broadcast in order to provide the latest news from all parts of the world.

Television is mainly used for entertainment purpose as several channels are available which broadcast entertaining daily shows, movies, music videos and more. While having a break from the work, an individual can see entertaining programs in order to relieve himself from the tension. At the end of the day, an individual can use television to see entertaining programs while resting.

Also, enjoying programs together with the family is also a nice way to spend some quality time with family. It is also possible to connect gaming consoles to a television set so as to enjoy video games. Some of the latest television sets even have some built-in games that can be played with the help of a remote control. An individual is unlikely to get bored with a television set as there are so many options available for channels, games, videos and movies. So, it is possible to use a television set effectively for entertainment purpose.

For students, a number of channels are available which provide information on various things and a student can use such programs to increase his knowledge. It is easy to understand facts and grasp things by watching them when compared to picking a book so as to read it. Usually, special programs by researchers are shown which provide in-depth knowledge of a particular subject and the subjects can vary from animals to new technologies, to anything that deserves special attention.

With the help of television, it is also possible to watch the recordings of the special events which held at a distant place. In addition to this, it is also possible to watch the events while they are being carried out at some distant location. So, you don’t need to move out of your home in order to enjoy the events as you can easily see them on television while enjoying the comforts of your home. Music shows, sport events, political events are some of the events that are often televised throughout the world.

It is also possible to use television to broadcast important messages quickly and easily. A message broadcast with the help of television reaches a number of people quickly as a number of people use television frequently throughout the day.

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Groshan Fabiola asked:

Isn’t it great to be watching TV with an LCD TV in your home? With this type of television, you do not only appreciate what you are watching but you also come to appreciate the quality of what you are viewing. Today, we are saying goodbye to the traditional TV we’ve been accustomed to with the invention of the LCD TV. When we say LCD, we mean liquid-crystal display. The LCD TV is a type of television that uses LCD technology in order to generate an image that we see on our TV screens whenever it is turned on.

Now, an LCD TV has different parts which are also intended for different and specific use. One of the very important parts or device which should be included in the package when you purchase an LCD TV is the wall bracket. Generally, you can place the TV on a table. Yet, if you want to affix it one the wall where it should normally hang, the LCD WALL BRACKETS are of great importance. The TV MOUNTS play a major advantage in fixing the TV onto the wall as the makes you able to affix it onto the wall using pertinent wall mounting bracket. The best thing about using the LCD WALL BRACKETS is that you are able to save floor space. You no longer need to find a table or a cabinet to let it stand, plus you also make the TV safe from falling. You may have kids or pets with you in your home and they might bump onto the table where it is placed, causing it to fall, break some part, get damaged and lose its best function.

With a big investment such as the LCD TV, you surely would not want to compromise its value and the investment you put in it. So to maintain the great look and quality of the TV, be sure that you provide materials that will make it protected from harm, such as falling on the floor and further damage. In order to do that, equip your LCD TV with the LCD WALL BRACKETS. Looking for these brackets need not take much of your time. It comes with the TV when you purchase them. Well, it the factory bracket has been broken and you want to extend its life, it is best to get a new one which is provided by both local and online stores. All you have to do is to surf the internet for stores which offer them at reasonable prices. You can choose from different construction. But, be sure to choose the one which will provide best support to your TV as you would not be so happy with a loose bracket which can cause the demise of your investment. You can view and gain more information and specifications that will assist you upon ordering the appropriate wall mounting bracket for the LCD TV that you have in your possession.

TV MOUNTS are indeed important, especially if you have an LCD TV. The LCD WALL BRACKETS are must-have accessories too.

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