In this part of our plasma TV buying guide, we will look at the benefits of the best plasma TVs.
In our introduction, the plasma TV guide took you through the basics of this technology and discussed a few areas to look at when you are looking for flat screen TVs.
However in this article we take a more in depth review of the strengths of plasmas, and why they are a good option if you are looking for a new HDTV.
So what's so great about the technology of plasma flat panel TVs?
What is the main reason people buy plasma TVs?
The picture quality.
Plasmas are widely regarded to have an excellent picture, and this is because they excel in two important areas:
The image is often thought to be more 'natural'. What does this mean in simple terms?
It looks fantastic!
This is the main argument for buying a plasma TV - it gives you a superb picture.
The best plasma TV panels are generally considered to be more suited to viewing fast-moving images such as sports.
This is because these flat screen TVs have a fast response time and can update the picture information very quickly.
The response time refers to how quickly a screen can change the colours in each individual pixel. If a screen cannot change the colours quickly enough, then a fast moving image may appear to blur as it moves across the screen.
With plasmas, you are much less likely to get a slight blurring in some parts of the image when there is quick movement - and this issue can be a problem with other flat screen technologies such as LCD and LED.
Therefore, if you are an avid sports fan then one of these screens may be a good choice, as the technology should cope well with the quick movement of the ball and players. For the same reasons, a plasma TV can also be good for playing video games as the screen will be good for these types of fast-moving image.
The viewing angle refers to how well you can see an image on the screen if you are not sat directly in front of the TV.
The problem with some TV technologies is that unless you are sat straight ahead of the TV, the image will lose some contrast and colour accuracy. This will have the effect of washing out the image and making it less vibrant and accurate.
The Samsung PN51F4500 51-Inch plasma HDTV pictured above won't have this problem.
Most rooms are not designed around our entertainment systems, so in many cases some people will be sitting at an angle to the picture they are watching. It is therefore important that the image looks good if you are sat at an angle.
Plasmas are good in this respect and allow a wide angle of viewing - often better than with an LED or LCD TV. The brightness and the contrast of the image should hold up pretty well wherever you are sat in the room.
If you know this will be an issue in your home, this may affect your choice of flat panel and maybe these TVs will be a good choice for you.
So that sounds great doesn't it? That's the choice made.
A plasma screen is obviously the best flat screen TV as it produces such a high quality picture.
Well maybe, they certainly do look great!
But as with everything in life there is a down side.
While these are the good things about this technology, there are also areas where it has weaknesses - for more information on this go to the problems with plasma TVs.
When you are looking for flat panel TVs, you will need to weigh up the pros and cons and decide which type is most suitable to your particular needs and environment.