Plasma answers

Plasma Answers

There are many frequently asked questions about plasma

televisions that the average consumer asks when comparison

shopping for television sets.

Some of these questions are things everyone should ask

before buying. To make it quicker, here is a quick summary

of some the answers.

It is a fallacy that LCD (liquid crystal display)

televisions last longer than plasma televisions. Both are

designed to last approximately 600,000 hours.

Plasma does not have to be recharged or refilled. Of

course, if the plasma starts to leak from your television

set, it may be cheaper in the long run to buy a new one

than to have the old one repaired.

Resolution can be defined in three areas. HD (high

definition) is the best and gives you 5x the digital

transmission than standard television. ED (enhanced

definition) is pretty good and gives you 2x digital

transmission than standard television. And standard is

standard. Most plasma televisions are set up for ED or HD.

When you get your plasma television home and set up, play

with the brightness settings. Although the picture may look

great, some manufacturers have preset the brightness so

high that it will burn out quicker than at a reasonable and

comfortable viewing level.

16x9 aspect ratio is also known as ‘widescreen’. It part of

the HDTV standard and what you see at the movies. Many DVDs

are widescreen and should look great on your new plasma


Today’s plasma televisions can now be used as PC displays

and you can purchase certain models that you can use to

watch television and work on the computer at the same time.

Size really does matter

Size really does matter

In this age of the slim-line, digital televisions many

consumers forget one important factor until it is too

late. That is the size of the room that this superb

new innovation is going to sit in.

It is too easy, when confronted by an array of sets,

to go for the biggest and best but caution is needed

here. Don’t forget that most screens are displayed in

huge, high ceilinged stores where they actually look

smaller than they actually are.

You are more likely to be standing back from the

screen without checking your normal viewing distance

which will add to the desire to get the biggest one!

Before going to the store, check out the room this new

purchase is going to live in. Do you want it to be

wall or ceiling mounted or will you use the

free-standing equipment that is normally supplied with

each set?

Then measure the viewing distance from your favorite

chair/s. Also measure wall space and suitability (if

you have hollow walls this may cause a problem).

Finally, choose the best you can afford. Although

these screens are coming down in price it will be some

time before they reach the levels that we are used to

with ‘normal’ TVs.

There is no point in trying to get the best bargain by

buying some unknown brand only to find that the

problems start almost immediately. There are many

cheaper imports out there which do not have the

technology or quality to withstand normal use.

Plasma faults

Plasma faults

Although the price of plasma televisions has dropped

significantly over the past few years it is still a

somewhat expensive buy. With this in mind care should

be taken when choosing a set.

There are poorer quality sets on offer and one might

be tempted to save cash but at the expense of quality.

Some cheaper sets have fewer picture controls than

their more expensive counterparts. Whereas on the more

expensive sets you can adjust the picture color to

your exact taste, the cheaper sets have a bluish caste

whilst others had a ‘washed out’ look.

One pointer to look out for is the HDMI input. This

means that audio and video can be input on a single

cable and cuts out the clutter of trailing wires -

don’t you just hate that? Cheaper models may not have


Although extremely thin - usually no more than four

inches - plasma TVs are still relatively heavy and

will probably need a technician to hang them on the

wall - or ceiling mount them. Surely this is not the

job for the amateur do-it-yourself merchant who could

end up with a very expensive mistake in pieces on the


The temptation to buy a huge screen is overwhelming

especially when confronted by the superb displays at

the store. However, note that sitting distances from

the screen are recommended by the manufacturer. The

ideal distance is about 10 to 14 feet for the 42 inch

models but of course it is up to personal taste.

The plasma revolution

The plasma revolution

Although plasma screens were invented more than forty

years ago it is only since 1999 that plasma

televisions have been commonly available to the

public. In the last few years prices have dropped

dramatically by up to fifty per cent.

But this is not the only changes happening on the

plasma front. Larger screens are being experimented

with to produce better images. One such outcome is the

‘infinity’ screen. That is, no visible edges. You

literally get more picture for your money and no


Perhaps the best feature that these screens have

brought us is the clarity of the picture. We are more

savvy and discerning these days and demand more and

better innovations for our hard earned cash.

Then there is the question of sound. Don’t you just

hate it when you are watching some great action movie

and the dialogue gets drowned out by all the

background noise?

Well, this could be a thing of the past since some of

the newer sets have a voice enhancer which

automatically projects the dialogue should the

background noise be high

These screens don’t come cheap though! One being

advertised, a 103 inch model, goes for a ‘modest’

$70,000! In some places that could buy a house!!

It seems like an excessive amount of money just to buy

a TV but our far more sophisticated taste demands that

we move ever forward on the technology front. It may

be just a matter of time until you succumb!

How plasma tv came into being

How Plasma TV Came Into Being?

Flat panel display is the in-thing today for large

televisions that are 37 inches in size. Flat panel display

includes a growing number of several technologies that have

nothing but advantages for those who want to truly

appreciate them for all that they are.

A plasma TV display panel falls under the category of a

flat panel display and is a type of television that is in

high demand by those who want the definitive in video


How plasma TV came into being? The idea for plasma TV

display originally happened in July of 1964 and this was in

the USA at the University of Illinois.

Its creator was Donald L. Bitzer, H. Gene Slottow, and

Robert Wilson. The plasma display was part of the PLATO

Computer System whose displays were somewhat popular in the

early 1970s.

However, because CRT displays were a lot more affordable

than plasma displays were then, sales started to gradually

slip and go down in the latter part of the 1970s.

Even though plasma displays were costly. They were still

more attractive to the eye in that they had a larger screen

size and a profile that was very thin.

Therefore, plasma TV display has been around for a good

while overall. Some of the most important events in plasma

TV history are as follows:

-Fujitsu presented the very first 21-inch plasma display

that was full color in 1992.

-Pioneer started selling the first of plasma TVS to the

public in 1997.

Plasma tvs reviewed

Plasma TVs Reviewed

Almost every major television manufacturer is jumping on

the plasma television band wagon. With so many makes and

models to choose from, the options available to the

consumer can get confusing.

Here are three of the highest rated plasma televisions on

the market from three different manufacturers.

The Vizio P50 is one of the most highly recommended plasma

televisions on the market. Experts like it due to its

picture clarity, and the way it outperforms most other

plasma televisions on the market in the way it displays a

standard television signal.

This 50" television is one of the best around for the

consumer with a smaller budget than most, but it is advised

that consumers adjust the picture to their preferences once

the get it home and set up.

Approximate price for this television is $1,300.00.

Panasonic’s TH50PZ700U is another 50" plasma television set

that has been rated as one of the best for 1080p


This television set has some of the best black levels

available, something some plasma televisions lack in.

Experts like the color quality, contrast, and shadowing.

Some critics of this television set question whether or not

1080p resolution is any better than 720p.

This television can be purchased for around $2,600.00

The KURO PDP-5080HD by Pioneer is a 50", 720p plasma

television that has the most cinematic image quality


This flat paneled television displays ‘rich, well-saturated

colors and black levels’. It is also packed with features

including speakers, built-in tuner and V-chip parental


The biggest downfall of this particular television set is

the price compared to others in its class.

It prices around $3,500.00.

A consumer doesn’t have to break the bank in order to

purchase a good plasma television.

What are the top picks in plasma tv

What Are The Top Picks In Plasma TV?

Flat panel TVs, better known as plasma display panels or

(PDPS), are some of the most popular types of televisions

around today.

What makes them special is so very much and it is evident

that they are in demand on the market.

What are some of the top picks in plasma TV?

This article will endeavor to reveal through some of the

reviews, some of the best plasma TVs available for sale.

Plasma TV can be very costly to buy. Nevertheless, the

prices according to recent market research through

Displaybank, shows that over the last few years prices are

beginning to drop and are stabilizing.

In the last year alone, prices have gone down at least

twenty to twenty-five percent. A reality that is making the

cost of plasma screen TV close to and around the same as

those of LCD panels.

This is welcome news for those, who have thought about

buying plasma TV before, but did not because the prices

were higher.

Some of the top picks in plasma TV highlighted here are for

those who are strongly considering buying one for their


The picks are given are either based on feedback from

others and or part of a list of those that have been cited

specifically in a detailed list. Therefore, they will only

be used as reference, the final decision on what brand of

plasma TV you decide on is yours entirely.

Some top picks are:

- Panasonic TH-42PH1OUK

=- Pioneer PDP-5080HD

- Pioneer PDP-4280HD

What is the plasma in plasma tvs

What Is The Plasma In Plasma TVs?

As the electronics industry has moved from CRT (cathode ray

technology) televisions to the new plasma technology, we

have all watched as our television pictures became clearer

and crisper.

Even though plasma technology isn’t all that new, the

application of it in our televisions sets is. We all

understand how a plain picture tube works in a television


What exactly is this plasma stuff?

Plasma is formed when two gases, neon and xenon, are

electrified and the resulting phosphors (a substance that

can emit light after being radiated in some way) begin to


To get a little more scientific, the atoms that make up the

neon and xenon release their negative electrons to float

about and leave ionized positive atoms. When you have

enough of theses ionized atoms, you get plasma.

You don’t need to be a science teacher to understand how

all of it works, but plasma is showing up in more than just

our television sets.

It was used in computer displays in the 1960’s and is used

today in waste treatment, welding and drilling, propulsion,

lasers, and instrument sterilization in medical offices and


The average person, though, will recognize the technology

in their television sets.

As plasma televisions continue to advance, you can

guarantee the use of it in other applications will continue

as well.

Before long, plasma technology may become one of the most

widely used applications around the world for numerous


And it will still make ‘Star Trek’ look really good on your


Did you ever wonder how plasma tv displays work

Did You Ever Wonder How Plasma TV Displays Work?

Plasma TV display technology is not only smart. It also

clearly represents high-tech in its truest and finest form

for video display as a rule.

Televisions for the past seventy-five years came from the

same technology that involves using cathode ray tubes.

With CRT TV, a beam of negative-charged particles called

electrons fires up inside of a huge glass tube.

The electrons then affect the phosphor atoms that are all

along the screen. These phosphor atoms start to light up in


A television image appears as the result of lighting up

certain areas of this phosphor solution with different

colors at varied intensities. This is so very unlike plasma

TV display.

Did you ever wonder how plasma TV displays work?

Plasma flat panel display is very different from CRT TV

technology. Not only does it possess larger screen size but

it is also only about six inches thick as well.

Plasma and CRT TV technology are two very different kinds

of technology altogether. Nevertheless, the one tie that

they share is the fact that they both do deliver different

lights at various intensities to create a wide spectrum of

many colors per se.

Plasma TV display has a very basic idea and that is to

light up little fluorescent lights that produce a TV image.

Flat panel TV technology contains three fluorescent lights

that make up each individual pixel. These pixels each

possess a red, green, and blue light that constitute the

fluorescent lights of a plasma TV screen.

Plasma tvs things to think about before buying

Plasma TVs: Things To Think About Before Buying

When considering purchasing a brand new plasma television,

there are a few things to consider before just walking in

to the local electronics store and handing them your money.

With these few things in mind, you should be able to make

an informed decision about your purchase.

Make sure you look at a plasma television that can support

the digital signal that is being broadcast by most cable


Older televisions may not support it. Make sure it is also

HD (high-definition) or ED (enhanced definition) ready as

this is something else many cable companies are switching

over to.

Also make sure the plasma television you’re considering has

all the standard inputs in the back of it to hook up all

your peripherals.

Plasma televisions come in sizes from thirty-two inches to

sixty-three inches. Don’t buy one that’s too big for your

living room.

As much as you may want that big screen, room size might

make it a bit too big. Be sure to purchase additional

speakers since most models do not have a built in speakers.

Don’t forget to take the room for them into account.

Decide head of time if you are going to mount the

television on the wall. If you are, don’t forget to

purchase the mounting kit or a stand so you have someplace

to put your television.

Also, make sure you buy a reliable brand name. By sticking

with someone like Pioneer or Panasonic, you can be

reassured that you are going to get a reliable product and

solid warranty.

A picture paints a thousand words

A picture paints a thousand words

For most of us, brought up on the earlier black and

white TV sets, the burgeoning technological revolution

that is unfolding is beyond our understanding.

What we can understand is the almost perfect picture

quality that the plasma screens are offering us. Some

come with 3D capabilities (goggles and other

accoutrements needed) which has yet to be perfected.

The perfectly flat screen gives good viewing

capabilities from wider angles than the old TVs and

does not distort the image. The color is absolutely

perfect as well.

Are you aware that today’s plasma screens are capable

of displaying virtually millions of color shades? Some

plasma screens also come with an anti-glare coating

and special filters to improve the picture further.

These TVs also have one important feature. They have a

widescreen ratio which permits movies to be shown in

the appropriate format.

That is, the same style as we are used to in the

cinema. ‘Normal’ TVs cut the image somewhat which is

why sometimes you would see credits cut in half or

black bars at the top and bottom of the screen etc.

Perhaps another great benefit of having the plasma

screen is the incredibly stylish appearance. It takes

up much less room than a conventional television and

can be wall or ceiling mounted.

Overall depth is no more than four inches - with

slimmer designs on the way - with sizes to fit in with

any living or display space.

One cautious note, check out recommended viewing

distances before you buy.

Plasma lifespan

Plasma lifespan

It used to be said that the new plasma televisions

don’t last as long as normal, and more affordable,

TVs. Well this myth can be laid to rest since some

manufacturers guarantee their sets for up to 60,000

hours of viewing time! That is about twenty seven

years in most homes.

Then there was the story that if you kept the same

image on the screen too long - for an example, a video

game image - then the image would be ‘burned’

permanently onto the screen.

You would see a ghost like image after that. To some

extent this is true, however, after several years of

improvement it was found that the image would

disappear after some time when a moving image was

projected onto the screen.

Considering the price that these screens go for, it

would be a good idea to make sure it has everything

you need. Check how many inputs it has to enable you

to connect your DVD, video, computer etc.

There is nothing worse than scrabbling around pulling

cables in and out of the screen - and it doesn’t do

the screen much good either!

Also, consider the sound quality that you require.

Many sets come with standard speakers or clip-on

extras. Some people prefer to connect the sound

through their own high quality music systems.

It seems a little outrageous that these plasma screens

can cost as much as a second-hand car. However, if you

take care to choose the right one, it can bring many

hours of great entertainment at a standard unsurpassed

to date.

How to calibrate your new plasma tv

How To Calibrate Your New Plasma TV

When you purchase a new plasma television, expect to have

to do some work to get the best possible picture. Many of

the factory settings will need to be adjusted in order to

make sure you don’t burn out the television too fast.

Setting considerations also play a big factor. Here are

some of the things you need o consider when you set up you

plasma television set.

The first thing you need to consider is where in the room

your television set is going to be placed. Determine how

close or far away you need to sit from the television set

for optimal viewing.

Sitting too close to a 50" screen can

not only strain your eyes, but also distort the picture.

Lastly, read the manual so that you know what the menu

settings mean and how to change them. Once you have done

this and have the television set placed in the room, its

time to adjust the picture.

Do the following in order for the best results. Select the

mode (movie, cinema, film, etc.) you prefer to view your

television in.

Disable all the factory set enhancements.

Change your color temperature to warm/normal/low, and

adjust the brightness to a level you feel is right. Set

your contrast.

When a black and white object sitting side

by side has a clear sharp border and not a smear, you’ve

got it right. Lower the sharpness to something that looks

natural, and set the color and tint to what your memory of

colors should be.

The difference between lcd and plasma tvs

The Difference Between LCD And Plasma TVs

When going to your electronics store to purchase a new

television set, consumers should be educated as to the

difference between LCD (liquid crystal display) and plasma


Each has their pros and cons, but both will give the

consumer a phenomenal picture.

Plasma televisions work by the electrifying of the gases

neon and xenon to make plasma. These televisions come in

sizes between 32 and 63" in size, have flat panel displays,

and produce a clear crisp picture.

A consumer can view a plasma television in a 160 degree

angle and are made for high definition viewing with the

proper signal.

Some of the downfalls of a plasma television include

increased cost, screen burn-in, and the production of

annoying buzzing noise at altitudes higher than 6,500 feet.

LCD televisions work in a similar way except they use

liquid crystal instead of neon and xenon. They come in

sizes between 20 and 50" in size, have flat panel displays,

and usually have a built-in tuner, not to mention a clear

sharp picture.

A consumer can view LCD televisions in a 120-130degree

angle. They operate well in high altitudes and are energy


The downfalls of a LCD television include a slightly slower

response time which can produce a trailing effect, limited

viewing angle, and some color concerns due to lighting

issues where the television is placed in the room.

Depending on what the consumer prefers, both televisions

are worth the money spent on them. LCD’s are still better

for computer use is desired, but there are some plasma

manufacturers producing sets that can be used as a computer

monitor as well.

Plasma or normal tv

Plasma or ‘normal’ TV

There is a lot of hype going on over the much

publicized plasma screens and the older TVs. Why

choose plasma at all? Well the answer is simple.

Quality and style.

Our usual TVs depend on the cathode ray to beam the

picture onto the screen. That means the bigger the

screen the bigger the TV. Some larger sized models are

very heavy and take up a significant amount of room.

Plasma screens on the other hand are rarely more than

four inches in depth no matter what screen size they

are. This means that they can be hung from the wall or

ceiling, be housed in slim-line cabinets with a ‘lift’

at the end of the bed or even stood elegantly on their

own stand.

Then there is the quality of the picture to consider.

Plasma screens are perfectly flat and don’t distort

the image at the outer edges. The viewing angle is

also much wider meaning that no matter where you sit

in the room you can probably see the entire screen.

As for sharpness and brightness, well, the plasma wins

hands down. These screens have literally thousands of

pixels each emanating its own color range making for

sharp and clear images beyond anything that we have

experienced before.

But there is a down side to this new innovation. That

is the cost. Although the price of these screens have

decreased significantly over the past few years they

are still considered expensive by any standard.

Plasma televisions a brief overview

Plasma Televisions: A Brief Overview

One of the newest crazes to hit the television industry

over the last ten years is plasma televisions. Commonly

seen in sizes thirty-seven inches and larger, this type of

television uses two noble gases - neon and xenon - that

mixes together in small cells between two plates of glass

to create plasma when electrified.

The plasma emits light and with subpixels found in the

cells the gas inhabits, pretty much every color of the

rainbow is formed and properly displayed.

Plasma technology is not as new as everyone thinks. The

first plasma display was developed in 1964 at the

University of Illinois and was used primarily for computer


The original colors that the plasma screen displayed were

monochrome, usually orange or green on a black background,

and sometimes even yellow.

These screens were very popular in the 1970’s because of

their low maintenance, large screen size and relatively

small profile. IBM followed suit and produced their own

plasma screens in 1983, and in 1997, Pioneer sold the first

plasma television set.

While plasma televisions are still holding their own in the

current electronics market, they are beginning to decline

in popularity as newer LCD (liquid-crystal display) models

are advancing to the forefront.

One of the biggest drawbacks of a plasma set is the screen

burn-in. This is where one image has been displayed for a

long period of time and a ‘ghost’ of the image has burned

into the screen. This never goes away and the quality of

the picture will continue to decrease over time.

Plasma technology

Plasma technology

By now most people will have heard of the plasma

screen and how it works. But there are some facts that

may surprise you.

For example, did you know that a plasma screen if

showing a bright picture - perhaps a football match -

will use more power than if you are watching a darker

screen - such as a night scenes in a movie?

Most of today’s plasma screens can be set to a certain

‘mode’. ‘Shop’ mode uses twice as much power as when

the set is set to ‘home’ mode. Make sure your dealer

works this out for you before you take the set home.

The newer generation of plasma screens are estimated

to last about twenty seven years of ‘normal’ viewing.

After this they are probably still watchable but will

not be as bright and clear as they were originally.

The picture quality of the plasma screen is due

largely to the contrast between light and dark colors.

Some industry players quote the difference as twenty

thousand to one although it would be hard for the

human eye to notice if it was anything else.

These screens also show a truer ‘black’ than their

predecessors because of the technology being used.

However, the brightness and sharpness of the image is

very pleasing and makes this a ‘must have’ in a lot of

homes today.

One word of caution though. Brightness settings should

never be elevated to its highest level. This will

significantly shorten the lifespan of your monitor.

What next

What next?

So here you are. You have taken that step and

purchased your dream TV, the plasma screen, and now

you have to decide exactly how and where you are going

to mount it.

First considerations are the size of the screen. Can

it be wall or ceiling mounted or would you prefer for

it to be free standing?

There are several types of fixing that will enhance

the appearance of the screen. First, the wall mount,

which will add about two inches to the depth of the

screen. Mount at eye level for maximum effect.

Perhaps you will be mounting the screen over a

fire-place or in a bedroom (often and higher than eye

level), then you will need the tilt fixing which will

tilt the screen to exactly the right angle for easy


The table mount lifts the screen up to four inches off

the table but does look rather sleek and stylish in

today’s modern setting. There is also a cart onto

which a screen can be affixed - great for hospitals or

boardroom meetings - with shelves for video, DVD and

computer connections. The cart can be pulled right up

to the boardroom table enabling all to see the images

at the perfect angle.

Ceiling mounts are available for where space is

limited but is usually used in commercial settings.

There is also an articulated wall mount for the same

purpose but the screen can be pushed flush to the wall

when not in use.

The right mount will add a new dimension to your

plasma screen and will look great in any setting.

Plasma screens for all

Plasma screens for all

If you thought that a plasma screen only resided in

your living room or bedroom then think again. This

futuristic invention is seen practically everywhere.

Take, for example, the boardroom. No longer is it the

‘bored’ room where presentations are somewhat dry.

Today’s movers and shakers use all kinds of equipment

to give motivated and animated presentations to sell

their concepts or products.

The plasma screen has an

added advantage in that it can be linked to the

computer, DVD or Video to show superb graphics which

will impress clients and board members alike.

Then there is the classroom. Ceiling mounted plasma

screens are being used more and more in this

environment. Lecture halls are far more interesting

when bright and colorful images are used to convey

ideas to the class.

Another place you are likely to see the plasma screen

is in the air or bus terminal. Bright graphic displays

sell all kinds of products as well as giving much

needed information to the traveler. What better way to

sell than to the captive audience?

Plasma screens for all

If you thought that a plasma screen only resided in

your living room or bedroom then think again. This

futuristic invention is seen practically everywhere.

Take, for example, the boardroom. No longer is it the

‘bored’ room where presentations are somewhat dry.

Today’s movers and shakers use all kinds of equipment

to give motivated and animated presentations to sell

their concepts or products.

The plasma screen has an added advantage in that it

can be linked to the computer, DVD or Video to show

superb graphics which will impress clients and board

members alike.

Then there is the classroom. Ceiling mounted plasma

screens are being used more and more in this

environment. Lecture halls are far more interesting

when bright and colorful images are used to convey

ideas to the class.

Another place you are likely to see the plasma screen

is in the air or bus terminal. Bright graphic displays

sell all kinds of products as well as giving much

needed information to the traveler. What better way to

sell than to the captive audience?

Multi screens are also becoming popular for

eye-catching advertising in larger areas. This is

literally a wall of screens which can show individual

images or one image split over the range of screens.

Either way, it draws the eye with its bright and

colorful display.

With the advent of bigger and slimmer Plasma screens

on the horizon it can only be a matter of time before

prices become more realistic. Especially for home use!

Multi screens are also becoming popular for

eye-catching advertising in larger areas. This is

literally a wall of screens which can show individual

images or one image split over the range of screens.

Either way, it draws the eye with its bright and

colorful display.

With the advent of bigger and slimmer Plasma screens

on the horizon it can only be a matter of time before

prices become more realistic. Especially for home use!

Buying the plasma tv

Buying the plasma TV

Well, you have finally bit the bullet and decided that

you simply must have a plasma TV. How much will you

spend, and what can you expect for your money?

Prices have dropped significantly over recent years

but it is still a case of ‘you get what you pay for’.

For about $1,300 you can expect to get a fifty inch,

average quality set. It doesn’t have the performance

level of the better known brands (or the price tag!)

but could perform adequately in a family situation.

$2,600 will buy you a well known brand (50 inch)

replete with better picture quality and sharper

images. Brighter colors balance the better ‘black’

that everyone raves about and is more suited to movies

than the previous set-up.

$3,500 will get you a cinema quality picture (50 inch)

which is what most people want. The color saturation

is superb with excellent black levels. An anti-glare

feature means that this TV is able to be watched even

under bright lights.

Care should be taken when deciding on what size screen

to purchase. It is no good having one wall of your

home covered by TV when you have to sit at the far end

of the room to watch it comfortably!

Budget deals are available and it normally carries

that the smaller the screen the lower the price.

However, as with all new innovations, we usually want

something bigger and better than we had before. Small

fifteen inch screens are available at present but this

rather defeats the object of having cinema style