Thursday, March 25, 2004
More Bang for Your Buck: Plasma TV
You could say the big picture for television is a big picture. Plasma TV's are changing our viewing habits. But before you make the decision to go high definition, there are some variables you must consider in tonight's More Bang For The Buck.
(WSVN) -- Call it the boob tube, the small screen, or the idiot box, it's hard to imagine where we would be without television.
From entertainment to information, we've watched as man first walked on the moon.
As President Clinton dismissed a relationship with Monica Lewinsky: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky," says Clinton the TV screen.
And as Janet Jackson showed us a little too much of Janet Jackson.
Today, the new wave of television isn't getting bigger, it's getting flatter.
South Florida resident Basilio Alavarez just purchased his first plasma monitor.
"It's great because it's space saving," says Basilio.
But the real reason he likes his new TV ...
"Because I can sit anywhere in my living room and still watch TV without a problem," he says.
On plasma, the picture's clearer, brighter, and wider.
The average price - try 35 hundred dollars to 75 hundred dollars.
"People are going to pick a plasma television that's going to match their core that they're trying to create within their living space," says Basilio.
The size of the space will help determine the size of the television.
Plasma monitors can range from 32 inches to 60 inches.
The quality however is mostly determined by the technology.
"Plasma TV's, some of them are high definition," says Basilio, "some of them are enhanced definition and differences is basically the amount of information that TV can show on screen at one time."
The difference is high definition offers a slightly better picture, but both choices have a color advantage.
"Plasma can produce a much deeper black, therefore it hits more accurate colors," says Basilio.
More accurate and in some cases, more reliable.
Most plasma monitors last 7 to 10 years and require very little maintenance.
"There is no replacement of the plasma gas," saysBasilio. "There is no maintenance that needs to be done on these sets."
Basilo has no complaints. He's even found another use for his plasma... Playing computer games with little Gabriella.
"All these little programs that do help educate your kid," says Basilio. "I find it a very, very good feature and good investment to have one of these at home."
Right now, the government's hoping to make a digital signal mandatory for all tv stations by 2006. But until most people can afford plasma and high definition monitors, you'll still be able to receive a signal with your projection TV.
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