Plasma TV Pros and Cons

For the people who need more than just TV, they can choose between many different types of new and improved ways to view their favorite programs. It’s not just enough to enjoy a football game on a normal TV anymore. Now, consumers have a choice between LCD and plasma screen TV, just to name a couple. Unfortunately, when new technology is used in anything, there are always glitches and concerns that need to be worked out before the technology can be considered perfected. Even with the clear, lifelike picture that a plasma television provides, there are still some things that can be improved upon.

One of the major drawbacks of a plasma television is its proclivity to get images burned into the screen. Whenever a still image is left on the screen for a long time, the image can be burned onto the screen, which means that there will be a faint image that is always visible on top of the normal viewing images. Sometimes, this may disappear after a few weeks, but oftentimes the image is permanent. This could pose problems for people who like to play video games or watch VHS movies on their new plasma television set. If you put the game or VHS tape on pause for too long, this could cause a burned image into your screen. DVDs, however, have a built-in screen saver capability to help keep this from happening.

Another problem that consumers have with plasma screen televisions is their lack of viewing angles. With other types of TVs, you can see the picture from several angles, usually even if you’re standing directly to the left or the right of it. But with plasma screens, the view is somewhat limited. Viewers can only see the full picture from a small range of viewing positions and the screen just appears black from some angles. This could be just a minor problem if some planning is involved in the process of setting up your viewing area. Some situations might limit the enjoyment of television viewing on a plasma screen.

Weather and climate could also be a danger to the plasma screen television. While this should not be a problem in most homes, it could pose a problem if you plan on moving during a cold time of the year. The actual cold does not affect the unit, but moisture and condensation could be a major problem and could cause irreparable damage to the expensive equipment.

Plasma screen televisions can be a great addition to your existing home theater system. However, the money that it costs for a decent unit could probably be better spent on technology with fewer drawbacks. A conscientious consumer might do well to look into new LCD television technologies, but these are not without problems either. The best thing to do is to research a major purchase such as a modern television to see what technology fits your viewing needs best.

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