Widescreen TV – an introduction to LCD, LED, Plasma and 3D screens

Widescreen is the most common format with modern televisions; hence the name of this page. With the introduction of 16:9 or widescreen came a new generation of devices. We will explain the technology and try to help finding the best television for you.

Generally speaking there are now four different types of television sets available on the market: CRTPlasmaLCD and LED.

CRT (Cathode ray tube) is the “original” televison. It is a proven technology that was used and improved for decades. There are very few drawbacks and CRT is robust, reliable and very much does what it says on the tin.

Because it has been around for so long CRT still holds the biggest market share. It is widely expected that this will change in the very near future. The main reason is that there are very few CRTs that adapted the widescreen format.

Especially in the western world, where most TV stations now broadcast in 16:9 aspect ratio, the share of CRT will most likely plummet.

You will find it very difficult to actually get an old fashioned TV set these days. Despite them being a lot cheaper than LCD and Plasma there simply is no demand for them anymore. One get the impression that wearing a mullet is more fashtionable these days than owning a CRT television set. That leaves us with LCD and Plasma then.

The pros and cons of both technologies will be discussed here. You will be able to make an informed decision which one to buy. And believe me; there are many questions to ask.

And since we are talking about progress; apart from being cooler than a mullet what do we get with this new technology? Modern devices certainly do have many advantages over traditional TV sets. Or do they? Other than the aspect ration what do we gain by switching to 21st century television technology?

And while some of us are still thinking about LCD or Plasma advertisers already go on about the next big thing: 3D. And what’s the story with these LED televisions and the really expensive OLED/QLED?

So many questions and so few answers. For a start one cannot trust the ads on TV. It’s their job to promote the latest buzz but what are we – the consumers – supposed to do now?

Is it worth spending 3000 Euro for the latest 3D technology and then hope that there eventually will be 3-D content available? We think not.

A much more valid question however is, if it is worth spending a few hundred Euro on a new television when the old one is still working perfectly fine. Are LCD and Plasma superior?

 

On this website we will try to set a few things straight. Quite a few people seem to have a wrong idea what they actually get when they buy a modern television. We will clarify the technology and help you with a decision what system to buy and if you really do need a shiny new television.

To navigate the site use the navigation pane on the right. Keywords we will link directly. If you wish to send feedback please use the contact info in the “Imprint” section.

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