Building a home theater can be a complicated proposition or an easy one-hour project. Home theaters can be as simple as a television set, a few speakers hooked up to a stereo and VCR or DVD player. Regardless of the kind of system one wants to assemble, however, they must make sure they have the right television to accomplish their goals. In some cases that means using an already-purchased set. In other situations, people will choose from the increasing number of sets available. From rear projection to plasma to LCD screen thinner than a volume of the encyclopedia, there are a lot of different sets out there. In order to choose what will work best for you, you should acquaint yourself with some of these options.
Direct view televisions are the traditional set with which most of us are familiar. Utilizing a cathode-ray tube, these television sets do a fine job of transmitting a fairly decent picture.. Today however, new technology has produced sets that do better and provide a more impressive picture. Most assembling a home theater system are looking for that little extra some of the newer sets provide. Also, because of the curvature of some tubes, the image could be distorted and a glare produced with direct view sets. Those direct view televisions offering a flat screen can avoid this problem, if you are planning to stick with the proven old commodity. However, if you want your home theater to feature a big screen, a direct view TV is not for you.
If you want a larger-sized screen option, a rear projection TV may be what youâ€™re looking for. Itâ€™s similar to a direct view TV because it involves a tube, but the picture is projected and reflected onto the screen from behind it. You can actually get monster-sized screens at a decent price. But with those huge screens come some flaws. Depending on where youâ€™re sitting, the picture may be dark and you canâ€™t always see whatâ€™s happening. Fortunately, some newer models combat this problem by giving a wider viewing area. Rear projection sets can sometimes lack clarity and have a reputation for sacrificing picture quality in order to increase picture size.
On a different note is the plasma screen. These are really popular right now and often carry a hefty price tag. Plasmas are really thin and light TVs that have good picture quality. There are no tubes or any need for a projector. These are great for smaller home theaters because of their small size.
Also, once you narrow down the type of TV you want, be sure to keep in mind a few things. Make sure you donâ€™t get a huge TV and then try to fit it into really small space. Lots of times people get engulfed in getting the biggest and best thing they can find only to realize itâ€™s way too big for the space and not practical.
Also, if a TV is too big, it may not result in comfortable viewing. In addition, make sure you can get the TV home. Some TVs are so large that they wonâ€™t fit into an average automobile. Keep this in mind when trying to transport you set. And the bottom line is to test TV before you buy. Make sure the picture is clear and crisp and meets your needs. Big doesnâ€™t always mean itâ€™s the best. Expensive doesnâ€™t guarantee satisfaction. If itâ€™s not what you want, it doesnâ€™t matter how expensive or great it is, donâ€™t get it.
Some other tips include the darkness of your TV screen. The darker the screen, the better, unless youâ€™re using a projector. If so, then the screen should be white. Also, you want good picture quality. Flat screens have the least amount of glare and wonâ€™t distort the image.
These are a few factors to consider when selecting a new television screen for your home theater system. There are other options available and new models being introduced all of the time. However, these guidelines should provide some assistance in finding the right set for you
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