With the Conference Finals this Sunday and football’s biggest showdown two weeks after, ’tis the season to upgrade to the best flat screen TV. Whether you’re watching to see a high-scoring fireworks game, or to see what Madonna delivers for the halftime show, or even for the commercials, you want to get the best viewing experience possible.
The three types of high definition flat screen TVs are Plasma, LCD, and LED (or LED LCD), and they each have their pros and cons. Plasma TVs generally range in size from 42 to 65 inches, whereas LED and LCD TVs come in a wider array of sizes– most commonly in the 19-inch to 80-inch range. So this might be something to consider; if you’re looking for a huge home theater screen or are restricted to a flat screen TV that’s smaller than 42 inches, LCD or LED would be the way to go.
When watching sports, or anything else that’s high action, you want to make sure you still get a clear picture. Plasma TVs perform exceptionally well in the area of on-screen motion, delivering images that are crisp with almost no lag. However, LCD and LED TVs that have a high refresh rate (120Hz or 240Hz) can basically eliminate motion blur.
Another important factor to consider is that LED TVs consume less energy than Plasma TVs (LCD follows close behind LED), because they use LEDs as their light source. However, Plasma TVs typically have better black levels and contrast ratios for a more lifelike picture.
To get you started on your big game TV hunt, here are a few recommendations: the Panasonic VIERA Plasma HDTV, the Samsung UN55D700 LED LCD TV, and the LG LK520 LCD HDTV. For more information on the latest flat screen TVs, check out Vann’s.