Sunday, December 26, 2004

Important features Plasma TVs

Plasma TVs have most of the features that are now standard on direct-view, CRT-based TVs, plus some features that are less common--such as picture-in-picture (PIP), which enables you to watch two images at the same time on one screen: the first, full-size; the second, in a small box within the larger picture.

If you watch many movies, look for motion compensation, also called 3:2 pulldown compensation or brand-specific names such as CineMotion. This will reduce the slight jaggedness otherwise visible in the edges of moving images. This feature confers no additional benefit when used with a progressive-scan DVD player, which smoothes film images before they reach the set.

Cable/antenna, or radio frequency (RF) inputs permit the most basic connections; the next step up is composite video. S-video input lets you take advantage of the superior picture quality from a satellite-dish system, a DVD player, or a digital camcorder. Component-video input offers even better quality, useful with equipment that comes with component-video output, such as progressive-scan DVD players, high-definition satellite receivers, and digital-cable boxes. Sets with more than one of either input will allow greater flexibility in connecting devices. For a camcorder or video game, front-panel A/V inputs are helpful.

Not all plasma sets include speakers. Many consumers, however, use sound systems with high-end TVs, negating the need for built-in speakers. Another reason for separate speakers: Some plasma sets have fans, and their noise can be heard in a quiet room.

Audio outputs let you direct a stereo TV's audio signal to a receiver or to self-powered speakers. An automatic volume leveler compensates for the jarring volume jumps that often accompany commercials or changes in channel. A headphone jack, when available, lets you watch (and listen) without disturbing others.

Many plasma sets also come with the ability to double as a computer monitor. And a few come with a separate control unit--a video receiver, in effect, that accepts connections more readily than a panel you've had mounted onto a wall.

Virtually all TV sets come with a remote control to change channels and adjust sound volume and picture. A universal remote will control all or most of your video (and some audio) devices once you program it by entering codes. (Aftermarket universal remotes typically cost $10 to $90.)


At 5:51 AM, Blogger Rajesh said...

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