When I bought a new house, the first thing I wanted to decide on was a great home theater system. My wife and I, debated endlessly on what type and size of television we will need that will give us the best viewing experience. Buying the right type of television is extremely important and there are many types of televisions in the market today, with technologies that is constantly evolving and emerging in order to bring newer, bigger, and better televisions to a market.
Newer and innovative technology in television is what is driving the television market today. But if you are worried about the steep cost at which you have to purchase the latest technology, there is good news in the horizon. The very nature of this market makes yesterday’s cutting edge technology today’s bargain of the day which means that with every new television technology that comes out, the older one becomes cheaper rather quickly.
So if you are disappointed about not being able to afford the latest television in the market, always remember that the price won’t hold for too long. That gives you the luxury to to be fairly selective while choosing your home theatre sytem and also your television.
For your better understanding, let’s look at the 3 types of television sets for a home theatre set up. Each of these have their own advantages and disadvantages.
LEDs / LCDs / Plasma Televisions
To cut a long story short, these are flat panel televisions, and today LEDs sell the most.
Plasma T.V. used to offer the best picture quality when it was launched and were ideal for movie viewing experience, primarily because the viewing area of a plasma television was much larger than your regular traditional T.V. However, Plasma TVs are now officially dead (almost). Although they had the best picture quality, they were expensive (got steeper with increase in size of the screen), and less brighter, which means you really needed a complete dark room (most living rooms are bright because of the several windows) to be able to enjoy it.
LEDs (which are basically the same thing as LCDs…except for their light source) are the biggest sellers. Their picture quality is not as good as that of plasma TVs, but are practical and good enough for almost everyone. They can get a lot brighter, and users opt for an LED TV, especially if the TV will be located in a living room with a lot of windows.
Front Projectors (also known simply as Projectors) are not really television in the traditional sense. However, in the context of a home theatre system, front projectors are also a good option to consider. Once again, technology has worked its magic and changed the age old concept of big bulky boxes that projecting the movie with no one being allowed to walk in front of it without seriously distorting the television view.
The bulky boxes on the floor has been replaced by sleek front projectors that are mounted on the ceiling providing a good picture quality.
Rear Projection Televisions
This is what most homes used to have earlier, and are gradually making way for the flat screen televisions. In rear projection televisions (also known as CRTs), the image is projected and reflected from the back, however this does not in any way affect the quality of the image. The picture quality is good and it is also much cheaper than the plasma television.
The only hindrance for a rear projection television is its size. It is designed in such a way that in order to house all the components that are necessary for a good quality picture onscreen, the television itself is a bit bigger. Also, with all the completion in the market, you have to be mindful about the quality of the television.
Because of its low cost and decent picture quality, rear projection televisions are usually the backup T.V. (not the main television) in most homes. Most hotels still continue to have these televisions in their rooms.
How 3D TV Fits In A Home Theater
The world of television has seen many technological revolutions and every day there is something new that takes the entire experience of watching television to a whole new level.
It was just yesterday when the world woke up to the magic of big-screen high-definition TV and already it seems like another big revolution coming up the horizon. By 2010, TV was revolutionized by the magic of 3D. Since then, things have been very advanced in 3d television. However, people have chosen to view 3D as a “glass half full”. There is a lot of cautiousness, when it comes to the 3D TV viewing technology. The main reason being that most TV shows and films are not made for the purposes of 3D viewing. So once you’ve watched the promotional DVD that came with the television itself, there are limits to its use.
But there is hope for 3D. Many movies today are being made and 3D and there are some 3D dedicated channels too. The 3D technology has also changed the way we see a Sports channel who are now using the technology. Although, it’s not yet very advanced like giving you a feeling of being at the game but it does add something to the experience.
At the end of the day, there is no universal right or wrong when it comes to selecting the best television for your home theater. The only factors that you should seriously consider are the type of screen you like best and the best television that fits in with your needs from a home theater. You should also consider the ideal picture quality level you expect from the television. Once you figure these points, it shouldn’t be hard to narrow down on the perfect television for your home theater system.