LCD vs Plasma TVs Buying Guide

Plasma vs LCD? What is high definition? We walk you through the process of picking up a new flat panel LCD or Plasma television.

How do I connect my home theatre system to the TV?

Your home theatre system only needs to be connected to your TV using one available connector which runs from the receiver to the back of the TV. Use an HDMI connection if available, or, if one isn't available, a Component connection. Which to use will depend entirely on the home theatre system you have and what connections your TV supports.

How do I clean my plasma and LCD TV?

Very carefully! Plasma is fairly easy to clean since it has a glass layer on the front. Use a static free cloth and distilled water in a spray bottle and wipe it clean. Do not use detergents, soaps or any cleaning products as they will be too coarse and can damage the glass or leave streaks. To clean LCD you need to be very careful as there is no glass protecting the panel. Lightly wipe it with a dry, static-free cloth at first to see if you can remove any marks and then use distilled water as a final measure. There are also a few products on the market that you can buy to clean your television.

What is a digital TV set-top box?

A digital TV set-top box is used to receive and interpret digital TV signals so they can be displayed on a television without an integrated digital tuner.

What does a set-top box do?

If a television doesn’t have an integrated digital TV receiver, a set-top box is required. The set-top box receives the digital TV signal and allows it to be displayed on the TV. The EPG and other features are also made available through the set-top box. They can also come with in-built hard drives so you can record digital TV as well. These are generally called Personal Video Recorders (PVR).

What is an integrated digital TV receiver?

Some TVs have digital TV receivers already built-in. This is also known as an integrated digital tuner and is always HDTV compatible. However, some TVs that come with an integrated tuner only receive analogue TV. Try to avoid these, if possible, because analogue broadcasts rarely look good on flat panel televisions. HDTV tuners also receive Standard Definition digital TV and are the best way to experience digital television on a flat panel device.

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