What_Makes_LCD_Flat_Panels_The_Right_Choice by MonikaKam


What Makes LCD Flat Panels The Right

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This article discusses the pros and
  cons of installing an LCD flat pan
el television set in a home theater
home theater design, home theater i
nstallation, LCD flat panel televis
ion, Nexus NX422, Samsung, Nexus

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When designing your home theater, t
here are many questions and decisio
ns to be made regarding audio and v
isual elements. The type of televis
ion itself is usually one of the bi
ggest of these decisions. Plasma,
LCD, flat panel, rear-projection _
these terms are thrown at us each d
ay and many of us are just starting
 to understand the differences. Th
e most common televisions being pur
chased in the United States are pla
sma televisions and LCD flat panels.

There are several pros and cons to
consider before choosing a LCD tele
vision. While the reduced footprin
t and the flat screen are nice they
  certainly aren_t for everyone. Yo
u should carefully consider the var
ious advantages and disadvantages o
f this TV versus a plasma screen be
fore making a purchase.

The following is some of the basic
information about the LCD and some
advice to help you in making your d
ecision. You should keep personal
considerations in mind as well, and
 ask electronics and audio-visual p
rofessionals for their opinion if y
ou still aren_t sure as to what you
 should buy.

Advantages of LCD Flat Panel Televis
ion Sets
LCD flat panel televisions have the
 most options available in regards
to how they are installed. When in
cluding one in your home theater, i
nstallation can be as simple as pla
cing it on a standard television st
and or you can choose to mount it o
n the wall. Most LCD flat panel tel
evisions are aesthetically pleasing
 because they are incredibly sleek
and thin. They should fit in well w
ith pretty much any home theater de
sign, and they are relatively light
weight when compared to other telev
isions so that they can be moved ea

LCD televisions are also considered
 to be good long-term television in
vestments because they will run for
 50,000 _ 60,000 viewing hours. Mos
t modern LCD televisions also suppo
rt higher picture resolutions and h
igh-definition display options are
becoming more available as well. An
d unlike some brands of plasma tele
visions, LCD video displays do not
but an image into the screen after
a long period of time.

Disadvantages of LCD Flat Panel Tele
vision Sets
Because of the nature of the liquid
 crystal display in their screens,
they are much more likely to be dam
aged if something hits the screen.
 LCD screens should always be insta
lled by a professional; an incorrec
tly-installed wall mount will pull
away from the wall over time and co
uld fall. The cost of an LCD televi
sion set is generally higher than p
lasma or rear-projection television
s, as well. You should consider th
at while high-definition display op
tions may be available, not all LCD
 flat panel televisions are HD-read
y and even if they are additional c
omponents are generally required to
 allow HD programming to display. T
hese must be purchased as an additi
onal cost. Additionally, early mode
ls of LCD screens did not display b
lack and dark images as clearly as
a plasma screen. This differentiati
on appears to have been improved up
on in newer models.

Deciding if LCD Is Right for You
While some of the disadvantages lis
ted above are worst-case scenarios,
 they should be considered simply b
ecause they add additional costs to
 your overall home theater system.
 Be sure to consider exactly how mu
ch you want to spend on a televisio
n that fits your home, especially i
f you_re still in the process of bu
ying your system and want it to be
included in the home theater instal
lation. Decide whether you need a
high-definition system now or not.
  With the transition to digital tel
evision in 2009, many are preparing
  their household for HD now. The de
cision to buy HD ready televisions
and components now is one you will
have to make based on your budget a
nd household_s entertainment habits
. This is a major decision to make
, and you_re going to want to make
sure that you_re happy with the fin
al result when you make it.

~Ben Anton, 2008

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