Plasma TVs are some of the hottest items on the market to add a fabulous entertainment experience in any home. Good news for us consumers is they’re becoming more and more affordable. Shopping for a plasma TV can be a bit overwhelming as there are many different options out there. This guide will help you determine some of the things to look for in a plasma TV and help you find the right plasma for your home!
The first thing to consider is the size of the plasma that’s right for your room. Start by measuring the spot where you plan on placing the TV. Make sure to note the maximum measurements that can fit in this spot. This will prevent you from having to deal with any exchanges later on. Plasma’s look great mounted on a wall. If you plan on mounting your TV, make sure you locate the studs in the wall.
Then you’ll need to choose between high definition and enhanced definition. This will play a role in the quality of your picture. HDTVs are more common since they have a higher resolution than EDTVs. There are several numbers that are used to determine the resolution value. You may have seen 852×480 or 1920×1080. When you see 480 that always means it’s an EDTV, but any number higher than 720 (using the 2nd number) means it’s an HDTV.
Of course the more money spent, the bigger the screen will be. However, spending more money for that bigger screen may not always make sense. I’ve seen plasma TVs in rooms that are way too small for a screen of that size. A 42 inch HD screen is recommended if you’re a minimum of 6 feet from the TV. For an EDTV, you should be even further away.
One of the few concerns about plasma TVs is the risk of “burn-ins.” Plasma screens are made of a material that can possibly burn an image into the screen. Be sure to look for a plasma that has protection against this risk. There are many options available with protection these days.
There are a number of items you may consider attaching to your TV. Perhaps you’ll want to install your own tuner or cable box? Or even a DVD player and Xbox? Always confirm that there’s a spot you can hook these items into. Keep in mind this also means more wires, so plan on a place to hide the wires.
Before making your purchase, always make sure to figure out your budget. It’s quite easy to exceed your budget when making a purchase on a big item. So just know your limit and stick to it. If you really want to make the stretch, then consider waiting for the right time!
I hope this guide has helped you determine some of the things to consider while shopping for your new plasma TV. Once you’re all set up, you’ll truly enjoy the entertainment experience!
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