It’s a very good idea to do your homework before going forward with the purchase of a new high definition television as technologies sometimes increase in complexity, while other aspects become more similar between the current display technologies available. Before even considering what brand to buy, you should first determine the type of technology that best suits your needs. Choosing one can prove to be confusing, but the technology you ultimately decide on, will depend on factors such as size, viewing conditions, price and your perception of which ones looks best. A basic understanding of both technologies is also helpful in order to alleviate concerns of not knowing what you’re buying.
Flat panel televisions are created mostly using two technologies. First, there is LCD (Liquid Crystal Display). LCD displays have crystals within the liquid (located between two transparent panels within the display screen) that reposition themselves when they are activated by voltage. This action is performed to permit or obstructed light. This process is, in a way, similar to switching on and off, a million (or more) tiny light bulbs within the screen. The television also requires a fluorescent tube behind the panels to provide a light source. The then (lit and unlit) visible crystals form the pixels (a small dot of light on the display panel, which grouped together, comprises an image) from which the images on the screen are made up of.
Plasmas technology is composed of millions of small glass cells that are charged with a mixture of neon and xenon. These cells are placed in front of a chemical compound that emits light when electricity passes through it. These are called phosphors. Each of these cells is made up of 3 phosphors; red, blue and green that when motivated by an electrode, (the plasma) produces an invisible UV light. When this UV light hits the red, green and blue phosphors, it creates a pixel. When all pixels within the screen are...