The PLASMA television is one of the most exciting consumer electronics and home theater products to debut in the past decade. Plasma Screens are literally changing the shape of television, from the familiar CRT-type TV's that have been around for 50 years, to a sleek, nearly flat display that can hang on a wall. These new Plasma Displays can deliver high-definition television (HDTV), and they serve both as TV's and flat panel computer monitors.
WHAT IT DOES FOR YOU
Advantages Of Plasma Displays Over Regular TV's
While at a retail store, you'll probably see dozens, even hundreds, of other displays and TV's, and it may become a little overwhelming. Here is a quick list of advantages of a Plasma Display over conventional CRT-type TV's:
4" thick, and can be hung on a wall
Much larger picture
Higher color accuracy
Brighter images ( 3 to 4 times brighter)
16:9 aspect ratio vs. standard 4:3
Can be used as a monitor for a PC or Mac
Images don't bend at the edge of the screen
Reflections from windows or lights are minimized
Wider viewing angles
Takes up less space (zero floor space if it is wall-mounted)
Not effected by magnetic fields (No need to worry about placing your speakers too close to the display)
Advantages Of Plasma Displays Over Rear Projection Monitors
Like plasma displays, the best rear-projection monitors are great for viewing TV and video. However, a Plasma Display has certain key advantages over rear-projection monitors:
- Ideal for any room, even rooms where space may be limited
- 4" thick, and can be hung on a wall
- Can be used as a monitor for a PC or Mac
- Higher color accuracy than most RPTV's
- Brighter images than most RPTV's
- Better resolution than most RPTV's
- Wider viewing angles, so you are not stuck sitting in a narrow "sweet spot "
- DLP and LCD rear projectors need bulb replacement every 4 to 5000 hours. They may seem cheaper initially but can be more expensive over time.
HOW IT WORKS
Plasma television is a flat, lightweight surface covered with millions of tiny glass bubbles. Each bubble contains a gas-like substance, the plasma, and has a phosphor coating. Think of the bubbles as the pixels.
Now, think of each pixel-bubble as having three sub-pixels - one red, one green, one blue. When it is time to display an image signal (RGB or video), a digitally controlled electric current flows through the flat screen, causing the plasma inside designated bubbles to give off ultraviolet rays. This light in turn causes the phosphor coatings to glow the appropriate color making your Plasma TV provide the best video image anywhere.
Millions of RGB bubbles glowing and dimming to make a rich, vivid image.
The plasma display is one of the most exciting consumer electronics products to debut in the past decade. It's literally changing the shape of television, from the familiar CRT-type TV's that have been around for 50 years, to a sleek, nearly flat display that can hang on a wall. These new displays deliver high-definition television, and they serve both as TV's and computer monitors.
The Basics of Plasma Displays
This isn't meant to be a science lesson; we just thought you might want to know how a plasma display works.
Plasma display technology is a new "emmissive" flat panel display technology which gives you the rich, accurate color fidelity of conventional Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors in a large display that is thin enough to hang on the wall. It's the best way to achieve flat panel displays with excellent image quality and large screen sizes viewable in any environment. This technology known as "plasmavision" is an array of cells, known as pixels, which are composed of 3 sub-pixels, corresponding to the colors red, green and blue. Gas in a plasma state is used to react with phosphors in each sub-pixel to produce colored light (red, green or blue). These phosphors are the same types used in conventional cathode ray tube (CRT) devices such as televisions and standard computer monitors. You get the rich, dynamic colors you expect. Each subpixel is individually controlled by advanced electronics to produce over 16 million different colors. You get perfect images that are easily viewable in a display that is less than 4 inches thick.
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