Projection Television? Are Rear Projection TV sets As Good As Plasma Or LCD?



Or Are Rear Projection Television Sets Inferior?

The latest Plasma and LCD TV's may be too expensive for some people who opt for rear projection tv for reasons of cost necessity rather than buying the latest flat screen...

So the rear projection television has a place in many budgets because it is more affordable in large screen sizes than plasma or LCD...

This does not mean that the performance or picture quality suffers, but in some cases, it does...

Those cases are where the consumer buys a set that has inferior performance compared to others in the range on display.

How can you tell which one to buy?

Just by looking at it's performance from all angles, not just straight on viewing.

This will sort the best ones from the also rans when it comes to value for your dollar.

All you need to do is walk around in front of the set, stand up, sit down, even lie down if you can do that, because many rear projection sets can't produce acceptable results when you do that.

Also turn the lights on in the viewing room, instead of leaving them off, as many retailers do.

Now the image is projected towards the screen from the rear of the set, and depending on whether you are looking at a crt or lcd type, the problems are the same...

Namely that the picture quality changes when you move around in front of the set.

Unlike a Plasma TV, which gives the good performance no matter where you are in the room.

Also the CRT type projection TV is much bulkier than the LCD types, of which there are several competing technologies.

And CRT types are prone to burn in, where the image that you are viewing becomes burnt onto the screen, notably station IDs or the black bars that are at top and bottom or on the sides of the picture...

I have called them all LCD instead of talking about each technology separately...

This is because they all share the same underlying idea, that is a lamp shines onto or through an LCD type unit.

This is a major expense because in time, usually 5-7000 hours, the lamp will come to the end of it's life, and need to be replaced.

Usually they cost in the vicinity of 200 to 400 dollars...

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