Plasma HDTV? All The Facts. All The Dirt...
Plasma HDTV? The Secrets Manufacturers Don't Want You To Know..
Do you need to understand how a Plasma HD TV works before you can use one?
No, you don't.
You drive a car, but you really don't need to know how your car works..
The fact is, You just want to enjoy the fantastic widescreen pictures, contrast, true to life colors and brightness?
First some facts..
True Plasma HDTV is a function of the Graphic Engine inside the TV, and the Plasma Panel.
Also the signal fed to the set has a lot to do with the picture.
Now the plasma panel is the screen, which you can see.
But here is the secret...
Not all of those panels out there that are advertised as HDTV have sufficient pixels (or PICture ELements PIX.. ELS..) to produce a Full High Definition picture
There is a resolution called 1080P, which relates to the panel and will produce a True High Definition picture in what is called "Native Mode"
This is especially important the larger you go in screen size.
Now the key is to look at some numbers to decide if the model you are looking at is capable of displaying Full HDTV or not.
The numbers you want are PIXEL COUNT.
Specifically, Plasma Display Panel resolution in PIXELS.
Naturally, HD pictures look better the smaller or finer grained the pixels are, and the larger the screen, the more this applies.
As an example, if you were to look at some older Standard Definition Plasma sets, the screen looks quite coarse because the pixels are large.
Kind of like a Newspaper picture, pictures are dotty or pixelly up close.
(Use a magnifying glass on a color newspaper to see this effect)
Sometimes visible to the naked eye as the "Screen Door effect"
This is where the picture looks like the view through a screen door.
For information about
Solarization effect explained...
Solarization is a panel quality related problem which is a common fault of cheaper flat panel sets.
Another problem which doesn't get the amount of press it should, considering how common it is, it has even made it into wikipedia!
That is the
Screen Door Effect Explained [New Window]
Some Plasma HDTV sets look absolutely great and the price may be very attractive, until you find out they are actually lower resolution than you think or have been told by the sales blurb or salesperson.
Some sales demonstrate old stock models on the shop floor, or are selling what is not so hot in the market at the moment.
They buy these discontinued stocks (Old models) at a discount.
How to get around this problem?
In this case, simply find out what the Pixel Count is.
Just ask the sales folk or read the advertisement...
Look for 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels or 1920 x
1080P: Why You Need This...
Because if it is 1080p it is capable of displaying Full HDTV 1920 by 1080P pictures from a Blu-Ray High Definition Disc Player or Playstation 3 game console, which also has a Blu-Ray drive in it.
Otherwise for HD content it's a choice between Cable HDTV, Satellite HDTV or Free Over The Air HDTV, some of which is surprisingly good quality, though much of it tops out at 1080i or 720p.
These are HD signal resolutions, but not as high as 1080P.
The better models of Plasma HDTV upconvert or expand lower resolutions better.
And if you buy a large screen, 50" or over, this will be glaringly obvious.
It's not pretty to see low resolution programs on 50" or 60" screens. Especially if the panel is less than 1080P.
Also unfortunately some of the so called HDTV content is surprisingly bad.
You'll know when the older TV shows have been "Upconverted" or expanded to make them higher resolution.
...They look Nasty
The only real HD programming (1080P) available at this point in time is via Blu-Ray Disc Players.
Because Toshiba chucked in the towel, and because they were the only competition that Blu-Ray had, the problem is going to be resolved.
All the studios will have to go with the winning format.
Look for sales of Blu-Ray HD movies on disc in stores to ramp up soon. Dramatically.
Plus if people begin a backlash against the FTA networks to lift their game, maybe we will see a massive improvement there too.
Do You Wonder How Long A Plasma Panel Will Last?
Here is the answer about
Plasma Problems: LifeSpan? How long do they last?
And Do Plasma Panels Suffer From
Plasma Burn In? Is It Common?
While we are talking about Plasma Burn, we should also talk about what to do about it
as well. How To Fix Plasma burn in...
And have you heard about the problem of delay while playing games or
HDTV Lag Or Game Lag?... A Major Problem, How To Fix It
Are Plasma HDTV Panels better than LCD? Or are LCD panels better? Well, that depends.
To find out which one is best, we will look at it from 2 angles, either
LCD versus Plasma? Round 1...
Or is LCD the better choice?
LCD vs Plasma? Is LCD better than Plasma?
So can I have the last word just in case you are convinced that Plasma might not be as good as you had hoped..
Because the fact is,
Plasma vs LCD is no contest when you know this!
Check this page out, it is well known all over the net that Pioneer
make the absolute finest Plasma HDTV sets out there..
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