From Rabbit Ears to HDTV

By Matt Thames

Televisions have changed a great deal over the past 60+ years. At first the only option you had to consider was how big, or how small, or a set you were going to purchase. If you are shopping for a new television today, however, the choice is no longer that simple.

Well, maybe you had to decide if you wanted a console that sat on the floor in a cabinet or if you had a little table or stand to put it on. Oh, and you got to decide if you wanted a remote control or not. Those were about the only choices you had. One more, you could also decide whether or not you wanted a color TV or black and white. Does anyone under the age of twenty-five even remember what a black and white TV looked like? I used to play my Nintendo on a 9 inch black and white. Those were the days, there is nothing like watching a black and white Mario running across the screen.

These day's things can be a little more complicated. There are still the old fashioned tube style TV's, but they are becoming less common every year. There are three main kinds of screens on the market. They all have a different way that they make the picture on the screens, whether it is with a specific kind of gas like plasma or with mirrors like the DLP, they all offer different advantages and disadvantages.

LCD TVs, are the most popular type of HDTV sold in America today. The LCD technology is the same as what you would find in a laptop screen, or on a hand held game. The LCD TVs offer the best quality for the best price, which is a major factor as to why they are so popular. The resolution and colors on a plasma HDTV are excellent, and maybe a little better then an LCD, but they are typically more expensive then an LCD. The DLP HDTVs are deeper then the other two options, and take up more room, but they offer an excellent picutre quality, especially for high definition shows and movies.

After deciding the type of TV you want to purchase, you have to decide on the size. Remember, size is always the most important factor, bigger is not always better. With the large screens available, you can get something too big. Make sure you take the size of the room you are going to be using the television in into consideration. You don't want the TV to overpower the room and make the whole experience unpleasant. Also, take into consideration where the TV will be placed in the house. In a lighter room the LCD looks better and in dark rooms the Plasma works better. - 32388

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