Common Television Types for Home Theaters


When selecting components for your home theater, you will come to a point when you must decide on which type and size of television you will need for the best possible viewing experience. There are many types of televisions on the market today. Technology is constantly evolving and emerging to bring newer, bigger, and better televisions to a market that seems saturated.

The good news is that the very nature of this market makes yesterdays cutting edge technology today’s bargain of the day. The very brevity of new technology in the electronics industry works in favor of consumers by driving prices down rather quickly. Nothing is entirely out of reach for the average consumer for too terribly long. For this reason, you can afford to be selective when choosing components for your home theater.

This selectiveness just so happens to extend to televisions sets as well.

There are basically three types of television sets burning up the home theater market today. Those types of televisions include the following: plasma, rear projection, or front projection television. Each of these have distinct advantages and disadvantages when it comes to home theater.

Plasma Televisions

These televisions often provide the best quality when it comes to picture. Their designs make them ideal for watching movies formatted for wide screen viewing, and they have a much larger viewing area than traditional televisions. They also come in a wide variety of sizes in order to adapt to many types of home theater needs. The single largest problem with these types of televisions is the price, which can be quite prohibitive, particularly on the larger sized televisions.

Rear Projection Televisions

Rear projection televisions offer a great deal of quality at a much lower price than plasma televisions. With these types of televisions, a projector projects and reflects the image from the back of the television. One of the major disadvantages for rear projection televisions is the fact that they are quite sizable in order to house the components necessary for a good quality picture onscreen. Another distinct disadvantage is the fact that many of the brands vary widely in quality. Yu will really need to study the various televisions before settling on any one in particular.

Other notable drawbacks to rear projection televisions are the lighting in the room affects the quality of the picture onscreen, and you have a narrow viewing range. Otherwise, the low cost involved is a huge bonus to many, and makes the purchase of this type of television (particularly for a home theater) the best possible choice. It always comes down to a matter of preference.

Front Projectors

These are not exactly televisions in the traditional sense of the word, but they work well for this particular purpose, and are perfect solutions for many home theaters. The technology for this type of viewing medium evolved over the last few years. Gone are the days of big bulky boxes that sat on the floor of your living room and that no one could walk in front of without seriously distorting the television view. Today’s front projectors mount on the ceiling and provide a nice quality picture, whether you are using a screen designed to maximize the quality of the picture, or merely projecting onto a blank wall. One of the biggest drawbacks for this type of home theater solution is replacement of the light bulbs for the projector when they burn out.
Replacing these can be costly. Sometimes it is difficult to locate a store, which carries the replacement light bulbs.

As I mentioned before, there is no universal right or wrong when it comes to selecting the best television for your home theater.
The thing you should pay careful attention to is which screen or which view you like best. Which type of television will offer you the most bang for your home theater buck? You should also ask yourself which level of quality can you live without, and what quality must you absolutely have? These are important questions that should help you narrow down your search for a television for your home theater

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