How To Buy A Flat Screen TV

Gone are the days when the television set was as big and bulky as the washing machines or refrigerators. Nowadays, TV’s have slimmer space-saving screens, which are really sleek and modern, and classy in style. When you shop around for these flat screen TV’s, you will definitely find that the popular manufacturers of these TV’s are really by-names in the field of electronics and television making. Manufacturers, such as Sony, LG, Sharp, Samsung, Philips, and many more top the list of major play makers in the field of Television productions. So if you want to find and buy a reliable, sleek, and modern flat screen TV, these are the names you have to look for. Moreover, you can consult cnet and FlatScreenExpert to find good reviews about each flat screen product. But before buying a TV set, there are some factors which you have to consider, such as the space where you are to place your TV, the quality of the set, the warranty provided by the manufacturer, and the price itself. Likewise, you got to consider whether you would like to buy online or directly from the manufacturer of the TV set. These are just some of the factors you have to consider before buying a flat screen TV.320px-Flat_screens_for_sale[1]

Types of Flat Screen TV’s

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Top 6 Things People Connect to a HDTV

Here are the six most common thing to connect to a HDTV. This step by step will give you a good idea on what you will need to connect your new TV.

1. Connect an Old VCR with no Tuner

Yes, many folks still want to connect their old VCR to the new HDTV. ConnectingAVJacks.jpgyour VCR to your new HDTV isn’t all that hard. Just locate the round yellow video connector or RCA Jack, then look for the audio jacks which are colored red and white, below. Here’s the tricky bit, on most modern HDTV’s the yellow jack isn’tFig-2---Component Video Jack there. Manufacturers merged the Composite (yellow) connector and the Component Y (green) connector, Figure 2. See how it’s green? Some manufacturers paint a yellow ring around it some do not. Either way the jacks should be labeled “Component/AV In”. Once connected, you just change the TV input to A/V, Composite or Video which ever word your TV uses.

2. Connect My Computer or Laptop

Connecting a laptop or a computer is also fairly easy. Every PC or Laptop made VGA.jpgbefore about 2010 or so has a VGA connector. With a few exceptions, HDTV’s are also equipped with one. You can buy various length VGA Cables pretty much anywhere they sell computers. If you have an Apple Computer here is how you connect it. You set the input on your TV to VGA or Computer. Read more!

How To Buy A Flat Screen TV

Gone are the days when the television set was as big and bulky as the washing machines or refrigerators. Nowadays, TV’s have slimmer space-saving screens, which are really sleek and modern, and classy in style. When you shop around for these flat screen TV’s, you will definitely find that the popular manufacturers of these TV’s are really bynames in the field of electronics and television making. Manufacturers, such as Sony, LG, Sharp, Samsung, Philips, and many more top the list of major playmakers in the field of Television productions. So if you want to find and buy a reliable, sleek, and modern flat screen TV, these are the names you have to look for. Moreover, you can consult cnet and FlatScreenExpert to find good reviews about each flat screen product. But before buying a TV set, there are some factors which you have to consider, such as the space where you are to place your TV, the quality of the set, the warranty provided by the manufacturer, and the price itself. Likewise, you got to consider whether you would like to buy online or directly from the manufacturer of the TV set. These are just some of the factors you have to consider before buying a flat screen TV.

Types of Flat Screen TV’s

There are different types of flat screen TV’s and understanding these different types will help you in choosing the flat screen TV you should buy. Read more!

How To Pick The Right HDTV For Your Home Theater

A few years ago, it was much easier to pick the right HDTV for your home. We neither had such a big variety of options, nor were able to tell the difference between models. But times have changed, modern technologies become more and more innovative and this simple choice turned into a really big challenge. How to pick up the best HDTV? How can we be sure that it will satisfy our needs? After all, this expensive purchase is a long-term investment and it is very important to choose wisely. So here is a short, buying guide.

The Size

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This is the first important thing that you will need to consider. As soon as you enter the store, you will see a big variety of large and small screens, which it is very likely to get you confused and eventually go home with the wrong one. Don’t lose heart! Before you leave for the TV store, you will need to take into account several things. The first one is the overall size of your apartment or home. Is the space in the living room limited (we say the living room, since most people prefer to put their TV there)? Are you planning to hang your TV on the wall, or would you prefer to place it somewhere on the living-room section. How much money have you planned to spend on this luxury? Each of these factors are very important and will give you some basic idea on what to look for. Read more!

The Death of Plasma: Panasonic Throws in the Towel

TC-P65VT50If  you were thinking of purchasing a TV this season and a Plasma TV was on that list, you better hurry up and get to the store.  Why? because one of the best plasma TV makers is calling it quits.

Rumors were in the wind for months now.  Panasonic, the maker of the recently released VT60 and ZT60, will be out of the plasma business by 2014, or while supplies last.

…[I]n order to create a business structure that can respond to changes in the business environment and to accelerate the growth strategy of the company, the company will end the production of plasma display panels(PDP) in December 2013…-Panasonic Corporation

Panasonic enjoyed a strong demand for it’s plasma’s worldwide. Their products always received high acclaim and good reviews. Never the less, Panasonic feels that “drastic changes in the business environment and a declining demand” for plasma’s made it necessary to stop production.  Panasonic has already stopped or suspended production its Amagasaki P5 and Amagasaki P4 factories. The last factory, the Amagasaki P4 Factory, will stop production at the end of March 2014.

Plasma’s are popular because of their better contrast ratios, faster refresh rate, better overall picture quality and lower prices. LED’s have been improving over the years and had narrowed the performance gap. Now with the arrival of Ultra and OLED HDTV’s that gap has been closed to the point where they may surpass the picture quality of plasma, but at a price.

If your thinking Samsung or LG will pickup the torch, you might be right.  Samsung and LG have already announced they will be bringing new Plasma models to the 2014 International Consumer Electronics (CES) show in January. This year Samsung released it’s stunning F8500 Plasma HDTV. So, for at least the next year, Plasma’s will still be on the shelves.

Bottom line is if you want what I consider to be the best of the plasma TV’s made and at a good price, you had better get to your favorite online retailer or local box store and pick up a Panasonic Plasma HDTV’s before it goes the way of the Dodo Bird.

Here is the full press release.

3D TVs: Is It Time To Invest In One?

Some have called 2013 the year of the demise of the 3D TV, while others are equally as insistent that 3D is here to stay for luxury TVs. Once a thing of the cinemas and wearing goofy glasses, today 3D is available in the home for whether you want to watch films, view sports, or play video games.

Should you invest in a 3D TV though? After all, they don’t come cheaply – not at all! We’ve researched the pros and cons to help you decide… Read more!

How Choosing A TV Bracket Might Be More Difficult Than You Think

In most situations having plenty of choice would be a good thing. However even though it can open up more options it can also leave you confused as to which is the right path to follow. And this is certainly true when it comes to television brackets.

When you’ve purchased a new television you’ll have a lot of decisions to make regarding where the television will be placed and how it will be installed.

There are various considerations to make regarding the installation of a new TV. And because a new LED or 3D television is a huge investment you need to make sure you are certain about the positioning and the bracket choice before you go with any particular option. Read more!

HDMI 2.0

The HDMI Forum just released version 2.0 of the  HDMI Specifications. This latest version, the first to be developed by the HDMI Forum, seems to be targeted at the new Ultra HDTV technology which is now making it way in Consumer Electronics stores around the world.

“The introduction of the HDMI 2.0 Specification represents a major milestone for the HDMI Forum. Our members collaborated closely to take the highly successful HDMI Specification to the next level by expanding audio and video features for consumer electronics applications.” —Robert Blanchard of Sony Corporation, president of the HDMI Forum

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Confused By All These Cables? DVI, HDMI & VGA Cable Breakdown

There are many cables out on the market right now and it can be quite overwhelming for the average consumer.  Specialists may even get confused by all these cables, what they do, and how to appropriately use them.  In this infographic we are specifically focusing on the VGA, HDMI, and DVI extender.  Learn about the differences and similarities each cable has and how it can be used effectively.  Digital Visual Interface, HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface and VGA stands for Video Graphics Array.  These may seem like strange names, but one examining the infographic they will all start to make sense.

Learn when each was developed, which ones were made to replace another, who created the cables, what they are used for, how many pins each has, and much more.  Also, find fun and interesting facts about the cables to share with friends and spark up interesting conversations. Read more!

Sometimes Old Is New Again In The Home Theater Arena

At any one time, there are usually at least six to eight test reports going on between various tech reviewers. Of those, there may be two or three products that could be called the latest and greatest, while the rest of them just don’t make the cut and end up being placed in the bread-and-butter category. As I scanned through the recent review history, I couldn’t help but notice how conventional the mix appears to be. But, as I looked deeper, I saw just how well that mix represents the trends in technology that have defined the audio and video space, circa 2013.

Opalum on-wall speakersWe’ll start with Opalum on-wall speakers, Read more!

The Most Common Types Of Television You Can Buy Today

Television is one of the most common items that you will see in homes. The main reason is that watching television programs is one the most entertaining things to do in your leisure time. There are various types of TVs available in the market today. Here are some of them.

Plasma TV

panasonic 42This is among the older version of flat TVs, and they are cheaper when compared to other types of televisions. In case you want to get the largest screen for your money, then plasma television is your best option.

Plasma televisions use a gas that transforms into plasma when electricity pass through it. Once converted into plasma, the TV will emit light that creates images. You can never question the quality of images that plasma television produce, since it can display realistic pictures and never suffer from motion blur. It can also provide a wide-angle view.

The downside of using plasma televisions is that they have a shorter lifespan when compared to other types of TV. They can only last from 10-15 years. The size of the plasma TV is also a disadvantage because they tend to be bulky, making it hard for you to move them from one location to another. Plasma televisions are also vulnerable to glare especially if you have placed them in bright rooms.

LCD TV

If you want to have a more durable television set, then you can settle for LCD televisions, since they can last up to thirty years. LCD TVs use a backlit with fluorescent light to create and display images. This type of television is also more efficient when it comes to power consumption. LCD televisions are also available in a wide range of sizes, allowing you to choose the screen resolution that is suitable to your taste and preference. They are also thinner and lighter than plasma televisions.

The downside of an LCD TV is that the quality of images that they produce is inferior to plasma television, since they have a low contrast level and slow refresh rate. Their angle view is also narrower when compared to plasma TVs. Furthermore, LCD televisions are more expensive than plasma TVs.

LED Televisions

Sharp 80LED televisions are considered the next generation of LCD television. The technology of LED is similar to LCD TV. The only difference is the use of LED backlighting instead of using fluorescent backlighting. The new technology used in LED television improves image quality. They are also more efficient in power consumption than LCD televisions. The thinness of LED televisions is also exceptional. They are very light and thin, making it easier for you to move them from one place to another.

The only downside of buying LED televisions is the price. They are more expensive than LCD and plasma televisions. However, with its low power consumption, you will be able to save money in the end, because it reduces the amount of power bills that you should pay each month.

The types of televisions mentioned above are your major options when you plan to shop for a TV set. All of them have their own pros and cons and it is up to you to decide which one to choose.

Mark is working as a technician for an indoor digital antenna installation services company. He is an expert in his field, and writes on the topic often.