Whether you’re considering a new TV for father’s day, a birthday, or Christmas, here are some key terms you will need to know.
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The terms LCD, LED, Plasma, and OLED may not mean anything to you. To me either, for that matter. However, they are very important to the men in our lives. Hubby, dad, and brother know what these mean and if you want to to be knowledgeable when purchasing (or want to impress them while you’re assisting in a purchase), keep reading.
What is an LCD TV?
LCD stands for liquid crystal display. This type of technology uses the light regulating properties of liquid crystals. These tv’s range in size from a couple of inches to 90 inches. Most manufacturers offer an LCD tv. Their light source is traditional CCFLs (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps). Higher end models have less blurring motion common with LCDs. Generally, these TV’s offer the best price. However, this technology doesn’t show dark images well and sometimes has a poor viewing angle.
What is an LED TV?
(We have one of these in our living room.) LED stands for light-emitting diode. This type of technology burns very efficiently, giving off little heat with a lot of light. Higher-end models are offered from certain tv manufacturers. LEDs as their light source, instead of the traditional CCFLs. They are just like LCDs, just a different light source. These are the brightest screens you can buy with a low energy consumption. However, there is sometimes a poor viewing angle and generally a high price.
What is a Plasma TV?
(We have this type in our bedroom.) Plasma is short for plasma display panel, abbreviated as PDP. These tv’s range in size from 42 inches to roughly 65 inches. Panasonic, Samsung, and LG manufacture this type of technology. Their light source are fluorescent lamps. Plasma’s were the first kind of flat-panel TV available more than 10 years ago. Their picture quality is generally better than LCD, they show dark images well, and offer the best viewing angle. However, the screen is dimmer than other technologies and they have a high energy consumption (i.e. they give off a lot of heat!).
What is an OLED TV?
OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode. This up and coming technology will offer the best picture quality, be the most efficient, and will be very thin.
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