Posts Tagged ‘flat screen’

Plasma, LCD and LED TVs: What’s the Difference?

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

different kinds of tvsThankfully, Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) TVs are no longer our only option. Moreover, you can’t find those dinosaurs on the store shelves anymore, because they have been replaced by slick modern flat screen models. No doubt this is great news, but now we have all these new HDTV technologies to choose from – things got complicated!

 

Down to Earth Communications is here to show you the key differences between the leading TV technologies on today’s market. Let’s start with the inner workings.

LCD TVs

Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) technology employs liquid crystals that are illuminated by lamps (namely Cold Cathode Florescent Lamps), and as the white light passes through, the image is created.

Plasma TVs

Plasma technology is very intricate and involves gases (neon and xenon) that get excited by electrical current which causes them to emit UV light, The UV light strikes red, green and blue phosphors also located in the screen making them produce visible light.

LED TVs

Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology basically improves on LCD technology by introducing a new light source: light emitting diodes instead of lamps.

So we have these 3 different technologies competing for your attention and spot in your house. As a Maryland TV installation professional, we can tell you for sure there’s no difference between these TVs when it comes to installation. However, there are major differences in user experience and other areas:

Contrast ratio and Brightness

Plasma will give you the best contrast ratio; however, plasma TV might be more suitable for darker rooms, because it doesn’t stand out in bright light as much as LED and LCD. Plus, Plasma is known for its supreme rendering of black colors, which is perfect for watching in the darkness or with deemed lights.

Energy consumption

Due to its reliance on electricity for illuminating every screen pixel individually, plasma TVs consume more power. LED and LCD panels would be a better choice if energy efficiency is an important factor for you. But plasma technology keeps evolving, and it won’t take long for it to catch up to the competitors in this department.

Viewing angle

Plasma TV is a winner in this category because it allows for great picture quality and color rendering regardless of the viewing angle. So when you have a lot of people watching TV from different spots, everyone can enjoy the beautiful picture. LCD has the narrowest viewing angle of the three.

Color and detail

When it comes to the colors, LED and plasma TVs are in the lead, but not by far. All modern TVs are well capable of producing life-like images, and if you are not an expert, it’s very difficult to spot the difference. However, when it comes to detail and motion flow, nothing can beat plasma just yet. So if you like watching sports and playing video games, plasma TV will provide the most enjoyable experience with minimal motion blur.

Lifespan

LCD technology is the oldest of the three and has proven quite durable. Because LED TVs populated the market only a couple years ago, their lifespan hasn’t been determined yet. As for the plasma TVs, they seem to die faster than their counterparts, but manufacturers keep working on extending their lifespan.

As you can see, there’s no single winning TV technology that everyone should buy. If you are really picky about the picture quality, can notice the slightest imperfections, and enjoy watching sports, then plasma TV is the way to go. However, if you are concerned about lifespan and energy consumption, and don’t care much about tiny flaws, then LED or LCD would be a better choice. Be sure to research different brands and read consumer reviews before making a purchase. And if you need TV wall mount installation in Maryland, don’t forget to contact us and you’ll be enjoying your new TV in no time.

6 Factors to Consider Before Mounting Your TV on the Wall

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Wall mount TV installationThese days, all TVs come with a stand that can be easily detached to allow for wall mount installation.

Why wall is a good place to mount a flat screen?

There can be several reasons, but the main one has to do with your living space. Having TV on the wall makes the room more spacious eliminating the need for a table, stand or a bulky armoire. This approach also gives you more flexibility when it comes to how high up and where exactly you want your TV. But before you grab the drill (or call your local Baltimore TV wall mount specialist), make sure you pick the perfect location for your TV. To do that determine each of the following:

Distance

We are talking about the distance between you and TV. To determine the distance, take into account the size of your flat-screen TV and the size of the room. The bigger the TV – the further away you should move the seating. However, most of us prefer for the couch to be against the wall, and since your TV will be mounted on the opposite wall, rearranging the furniture will be problematic after you’re finished with the installation. Think the entire layout through and consult with a professional if necessary.

Wall Studs

Examine the wall with a stud finder to locate the studs. Mark their positions and determine which ones you will use to support your TV. Because studs can be oddly spaced out, people don’t always end up with the perfectly centered TV, so be prepared!

Height

Once you’ve picked which wall you want your TV on, it’s time to think how high you should hang it. You want the center of your wall-mount TV to be at your eye level when you are sitting down. Of course, you can mount TV lower or higher, but in that case we recommend our Maryland TV installation customers to use the tilt mount. It allows for adjustment of the viewing angle, so that you don’t strain your neck looking up. It is also a great solution if you are using recliners.

Lights

Look around your room and find the light sources, both natural and artificial. Make sure none of them interferes with your viewing angle by casting a glare or blinding your vision.

Outlets

This one is easy to overlook. You will need a compatible outlet to plug your TV and other electronics, such as DVD players, surround sound system, gaming consoles, etc. If you already have a cable or satellite service provider, you will need to make sure the cables can easily reach the cable box.

Wires

Wires are unsightly, and the more devices you have – the more wires you’ll need to conceal. There are two common methods to hide the wires. The first one involves using a special cover that can be painted the color of your wall to blend in. If you prefer the second method, you’ll need to make several holes in the drywall to pull the wires behind it. Cutting into the drywall is a bit invasive and rather permanent, but you end up with a clean look and nothing is hanging under your TV.

Too many steps to remember? Don’t worry. Just give us a call at Down to Earth Communications, and we’ll get your flat-screen TV mounted on the wall with no hassle, glares or hanging wires.