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How to Choose between Plasma, LCD, and LED HDTVs

Watch more How to Buy & Set Up a TV videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Buying a flat-screen TV? Get the lowdown on Plasma vs. LCD vs LED HDTV with the buyer advice in this Howcast video. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Select a high contrast ratio Select a TV with a high contrast ratio. Plasma and backlit LED models have the best contract ratios. They show the most detail in high contrast scenes that are very bright or dark. Tip Sidelit LED TVs typically have lower dynamic contrast ratios. Step 2: Choose plasma for speed Choose a plasma TV if your priority is speed. Plasma TVs have the ability to refresh individual cells faster than LCD TVs, making them the better option for watching sports or action movies. Step 3: Watch for color Watch for color variations among all the makes and models. LED and plasma TVs tend to offer a wider range of color and are brighter than LCD models. Step 4: Test viewing angles Test the viewing angles. Plasma TVs usually rate the widest viewing angles, but each television will look different regardless of ratings. Step 5: Conserve energy with an LED Conserve energy with an LED set. Plasma TVs use 50 percent more power than LCDs, but LEDs use 40 percent less power than LCDs. Tip Look for additional power-saving features on many models. A plasma may be just as affordable to use as an LCD. Step 6: Select LED for longevity LED sets are rated to last the longest of the three. All types will fade with time, but LED sets will stay brighter for longer. Step 7: Determine the size first Determine the size of the TV you want before deciding. LCD and LED TVs have higher resolution capabilities and are usually cheaper than plasma sets that are 42 inches or less. If you want a set larger than 42 inches, pick a plasma for the best picture quality. Step 8: Shop around and compare Shop at stores where you can compare many models side by side to truly see the differences in color, brightness, and overall quality. Now enjoy your bright, new picture. Did You Know? Electronic television was first successfully demonstrated in San Francisco on September 7, 1927.
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