Great Cost and Better Looks with an LCD HDTV
In recent years, a new television technology has permeated the market, making high
definition television sets much more affordable for everyone. In the past, consumers had to choose between bulky rear projection televisions with
bad viewing angles or incredibly expensive plasma televisions. While plasmas look great, they are just too expensive for most people to afford.
However, liquid crystal display (LCD) HDTVs have in the past few years become the fastest growing segment in the television market with the vast
majority of sales. They combine great looks with jaw dropping prices (in a good way) and low power consumption.
Before, some of the issues people had with LCD HDTVs included lower contrast ratios than plasmas (meaning that LCD HDTVs could not display as
many shades of colors as plasma screens, so plasma screens could display deeper blacks and were perceived to have a superior image quality).
Also, LCD screens used to only go up to about 40”, so people were forced to go with bulky rear projection televisions or plasma screens for
televisions larger than 40”. These were both valid concerns with LCD technology, but recent developments have pretty much wiped those concerns
Now LCD HDTVs can be as large as plasma screens or even larger, and their contrast ratio has risen to the point where their image quality is
identical. Ask a person just walking on the street to look at a plasma and LCD television, and chances are that he or she will be unable to tell
you which is which. Not only that, but they use less power than plasma televisions as well. A 60” plasma can use 400 watts of power, but a
similarly sized LCD HDTV is likely to use half of that. This can mean a difference of twenty or thirty dollars in your power bill.
However, the cost savings aren't exclusive to power bills alone as the actual cost of an LCD
HDTV is much less than that of a plasma. A 50” LCD might cost $2,000, but a 50” plasma will likely run you twice that. Not only that, but LCD
HDTVs aren't plagued with that worrisome “burn in” problem that plasma televisions have had to cope with where an image, if left on the screen
for too long, will become permanently burned into the television set. Companies have created several workarounds which help reduce this problem,
but they've been unable to solve it completely. To save yourself money and ensure a long lifespan (you can expect your LCD screen to last 30 or
more years), purchase an LCD HDTV to watch movies and television in high definition.