LCD Plasma LED 3D CRT TV Which Television to Buy
The television market is a very competitive market with products from dozens of brands promoting various technologies that promise to deliver high quality viewing experience. For this reason buying a TV may be a hectic task at times. This page will guide you through the most important considerations in buying a CRT, Plasma, LCD, LED, or 3D television.
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Where will the TV be mounted?
When you decide to buy a television you need to remember the purpose of the TV. This is somewhat connected to where it will be mounted. A television to be mounted in the bedroom will usually be smaller than the TV for the living room.
The main television in the living room is usually larger than all other TVs in the house. This is most likely to be a widescreen television. The TV in the living room should also be fully featured to satisfy the needs of the whole family. The size of the television is also determined by the anticipated viewing distance. You should go for a large TV, if you intend to view from a longer distance. A large living room will be better with a large screen TV
A small television is okay for the kitchen. You may also go for a refrigerator with a built-in TV.
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What Display Technology?
Today there are for popular screen display technologies to choose from. These are the traditional Cathode Ray Tube (CRT), the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), Light Emitting Diode (LED) and the Plasma TVs. Each of these technologies has their merits. Note that 3D TVs are not really a display technology, since 3D TV comes in either LED, LCD or Plasma. IPS (in-plane switching) TV is an LCD variant. LG Electronics showcased a 55-inch OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TV at CES 2012.
If room space is important (ie. You have limited space) then you should consider the flat-panel LCD and Plasma models. These models are ultra slim and makes the best of limited space. They are also very stylish. Some of these TVs are less than 5-inch thin.
Flat panel TVs are more fashionable these days. They are stylish and are now growing in popularity. So, if you do not want to come across as one from the stone ages, you should aim for a flat-panel TV e.g. LCD, Plasma, LED, 3D TV.
On the other hand CRT rear projection technology provides cost effective widescreen televisions. If cost is a priority then a CRT will be a good choice. However CRTs are very fat and gets fatter as the screen size increases. So they don’t do well on the space economy front. Note that not all rear projection TVs are CRT, some may be LCD or some other technology. Rear projection TVs are generally cheaper than flat panel models.
CRT offers better (wider) viewing angle than Plasma and LCD. Screen size for rear projection CRT and LCD can range from 10’’ to more than 70’’.
Flat panel LCD TVs have a wider viewing angle than plasma. However, both are still inferior to CRT when it comes to viewing angle. Viewing angle is the angle at which a TV can be viewed without a considerable reduction in the picture quality. The image from an LCD or plasma TV tends to lose its quality if you view from the side just like mobile phone displays.
However, LED TV, LCD TV, and Plasma TV offer better picture quality and clarity. This is because they can display a lot more pixels.
Before you buy an LED, LCD or Plasma TV there are a few things you must know.
LCD and LED come in smaller screen sizes than Plasma TV. For example you are not likely to find a 32-inch plasma TV in the market, except you look very hard. Plasma TV screen sizes range from 42-inch to up to 70-inch. However, the barrier is being broken gradually; LG electronics launched her 32-inch plasma TV in Nigeria some years ago. This according to LG was the first 32-inch Plasma TV in Nigeria and the world at large.
On the other hand, LCD TV is only available in smaller screen sizes (less than 60’’).
Another important note is that Plasma TV is cheaper than LCD TV inch for inch. For example an LCD TV will cost as much as double the price of a Plasma television of the same screen size.
Plasma TV has a better viewing angle than LCD and LED TV, while LED and LCD TV offer brighter display. Plasma TV offer deeper black levels and higher contrast ratios followed by LED TV, then LCD. LED TV is the most energy efficient followed by LCD, then Plasma.
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What Aspect Ratio
You should buy a television with an aspect ratio of 16:9 for your living room. The aspect ratio of a television is a ratio of the screen breadth to the screen height. Television with 16:9 aspect ratio are said to be widescreen. One way to identify whether a television is widescreen is that it looks rectangular in shape.
If your TV screen is looks more like a square then its aspect ratio is 4:3. Your main television should be widescreen. If you want to use a TV as part of your home theatre, you should buy a widescreen TV.
Widescreen televisions are designed to mimic human vision. They offer better viewing experience.
Is it a High Definition TV HDTV
Televisions display images on the screen as a series of lines. The more lines used to display an image the better its resolution, clarity or definition. Analogue television displays image in 480 interlaced (480i) lines. Digital TV on the other hand displays images in 720 progressive (720p) lines.
Other resolutions available for HDTV include 1080i or 1080p. 720p offers a slightly better picture quality than 1080i. The major difference between progressive scan and interlaced lines is that interlaced lines use alternating scans to display images. In effect two alternating lines represent one line of image.
This means that in the actual sense a 480i has just about 240 lines. A progressive scan TV scans images consecutively and hence produces a much improved picture quality.
Also available is the enhanced definition television (EDTV). This is a minimum requirement for your TV if you have a progressive scan DVD. EDTV scan images in 480 progressive scan (480p) lines. They offer better quality pictures than 480i.
Digital OR Analogue
The answer is most definitely digital. You should buy a television with the latest digital capabilities. Most countries now have deadlines for switching off analogue terrestrial broadcasts. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has set a deadline of 2015 for the switch off of all analogue terrestrial broadcasts. In Nigeria the deadline was 2012. If you buy a TV with full digital capability you may be able to receive digital broadcasts whenever signals become available. In some countries you do not have the luxury of choice as all TVs are shipped with full digital capability.
Even in countries where digital broadcast are not available buying a TV with full digital capability comes with some merits. With full digital capability you will experience considerable improvement in the clarity and quality of your movies.
In fact you can only experience the power of your DVD player if your TV supports digital interfaces.
A television that supports digital inputs is also called a High Definition Television (HDTV). This is because of the improved video and audio quality.
Inputs found in digital/HD TV include DVI, HDMI, PC and DA.
Power RequirementYou should ensure that the TV you buy conform to local electricity requirement. In the US the voltage power supply rating is 110v-115v, 60Hz while 210v-250v, 50Hz is used in countries like Nigeria and UK.
However, some modern television comes with internal adapters that can adapt to a much wider voltage requirement. For example there are TVs that are rated as 100v-250v, 50Hz/60Hz. This implies that such a TV can operate in US, UK and Nigeria without any problem.
You need to also buy an adapter to enable you connect all the other gadgets like DVD player and PVR, digital satellite decoder.
TV BrandsThere are dozens of television manufacturers. Some popular TV brands with good reputation include Sony, Samsung, LG, Heir Thermocool, Sharp, Panasonic, and, so on.
Look for a brand with a good reputation in your area.
TV PricesAt this point you have enough information to research on the price of your selected TV. The Price of a TV varies across brands. Prices of TV also vary with number of features and type of technology.
For example, a 42-inch LCD TV will cost about twice the price of a 42-inch plasma television. LG is also generally cheaper than Samsung for example.
Visit or call an accredited retail outlet to inquire on price lists of different brands and technologies. If you are in Nigeria you can visit our authorised electronics dealer list, you can call any dealer close to you for price information. You may also find our TV pricelist helpful.
You can also research prices further on the internet. One place to start is the Jumia Nigeria online store. At Jumia and other online stores in Nigeria, you will find information on 3D TV, LCD and Plasma TVs from different brands. You can read feature information and compare prices of lots of TV brands. You can also read product reviews written by visitors who have recently used the exact model of television you intend to buy.
TELEVISION FINANCINGNow that you know the TV you want to buy and the price you need to determine how to finance the purchase.
You can either finance the purchase through your savings or through a loan or debt. Financing your purchase with a loan is more flexible and helps you to finance purchase without stress. However, you will pay interest on the loan; this will make the TV to cost slightly more.
Consumer financing is very popular in developed countries like US and UK, but is still a relatively new purchase option in Nigeria and other developing countries.
Visit your bank or retail shop to inquire on consumer credit options.
Purchase your TV and all other electronic products from authorised dealer shops. If you buy from an authorised dealer you get at least a one year warranty on the any purchase. They also offer excellent after sales services.
Note however, that warranties are limited and include some terms and conditions.
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