Digital TVs & BluRay Explained...Finally!

There is a lot of hype and confusion about media, televisions, and players. Even worse, there is nothing that makes you feel worse then making an expensive mistake - like over-paying or choosing the wrong component for your use.
 
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We here to set the record straight and give you some good information on digital television including LCD, LED, and even Plasma televisions. So, let's start at the beginning...
 

What is an LCD TV?

 An LCD display is made up liquid crystal cells; Liquid Crystal Display = LCD. The LCD TV takes this name because it uses this technology to render the images. When the LCD TV hit the market it created a lot of buzz and effectively killed off the traditional (CRT) televisions. They are slim, have a fantastic picture quality, and became the only consideration when people were considering new televisions.
 

What is an LED TV?

 
Well, truthfully, there is no such thing. When people say, "Hey, I just bought an LED TV" what they are saying is that they bought an LCD TV with light-emitting diode (LED) technology. You see, LCD doesn't have its own back lighting. The LED back-light shows great sense when it comes to blacks, and twists the crystals into a closed position, giving a more realistic black color and better overall contrast. When it comes to color display, you cannot see too much of a difference between the LCD and the LED TV. 
  • Better contrast.
  • Consumes around 20-30% less power.
  • With the introduction of RGB LED backlight, better colors can be perceived.
  • Extremely thin.
  • The LED allows a wider dimming range that allows a better picture.

 What about Plasma TVs?

Although it's true that plasma TVs have beaten LCD TVs in image quality to quite an extent people finding current manufacturers of plasma televisions is diminishing with every month. People just prefer an LCD TV over a Plasma. Why? The reason is that there are a number of advantages that LCD TVs have over plasma TVs in the practical sense. Plasmas cost more to purchase and operate, have a shorter life-span and require more space. It seems as though the consumers have spoken. Plasma is a great technology that just can't adjust to consumer demands, unfortunately.
 
 

...and finally - What is BluRay?

 Our story begins with a brief explanation of the DVD (Digital Versatile Disk). The DVD format is the result of joint efforts of the two front disc formats, MMCD (Multimedia CD) and the SD (Super Density) disk. The developers of MMCD and SD formats agreed upon a single-disc DVD standard, rather than a part of a media disc format war-  the result being standard DVD media technology. With the advent of HD (high definition) media the DVD could no longer accommodate the size of the media files for playback.DVD can handle standard-definition audio / video up to about 2 hours together with other extra features games. High performance Bluray recordable disks are reliable storage medium for the recording of HD content. Recording capacity of the Blu-ray format is by far more than compared to DVD. The high capacity Bluray technology was developed specifically to meet and exceed the basic requirements of the current high-definition HD format. You would require a special player to render BluRay discs.
 
So, the same technology - but bigger!