How to Compare LED Plasma TVs

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    Edge Lit or Full Array

    • Edge Lit LED TVs have the LED lights only along the edges of the TV. Full Array LED TVs have LEDs through the entire back of the TV. What this does is allow for localized dimming which is where LEDs will dim or even turn off in a section of the TV to produce darker colors. However these TVs then to be thicker than the Edge Lit ones.


    • While it may be tempting to jump right into 1080p TVs note that an Audiophiles article discussed how the human eye cannot tell 1080p from its lesser counter part, 720p and 1080i, very easily. Think about how far you are going to be sitting from the TV at your home, it is very hard to tell the difference between 1080 and 720 at a distance. You only "need" 1080p when you have a larger TV.

    Color Ratios

    • Do not be wowed by the color ratios. As stated by Practical Home Theater Guide "it is not possible for the human eye to perceive any difference in contrast between a ratio of say 5,000:1 and 10,000:1, even in pitch darkness."


    • Many LED TVs will come with extras such as being able to connect to the internet and wireless capability. Different brands, however, will be able to make use of different sites and applications such as YouTube or Pandora Radio. These extras do reflect on the price tag so if you do not want them you may be able to get a cheaper TV with the same specs.


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