Flat Screens Tvs

Written by Charles Peacock
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Flat screens are all the rage these days. Suddenly it's not cool to have a normal television set--you have to have a two-inch thick flat screen hanging from your wall like some latter-day Van Gogh to impress your tech-savvy friends. Fortunately flat-panel TVs have come down quite a bit in price--not so much that they're as affordable as a normal TV set, but enough that you don't have to mortgage your house to get one.

What Are Flat Screen TVs?

The term "flat screen television" is a bit of a misnomer--not so much because flat screen TVs don't have flat screens (they do) but rather because there are so many (very different) kinds. Literally speaking, traditional projection sets are actually flat screen TVs since they have--in case you didn't notice--flat screens. When people say "flat screen TV" these days, however, they usually aren't talking about bulky projection sets.

The term "flat screen TV" has recently come to mean an LCD or plasma TV that you can hang on your wall. A better term for this type of TV would probably be a "flat panel" TV, since their defining characteristic (and the thing that makes them unlike traditional TV sets) is that they are panel-thin. Unfortunately people will probably continue to use the term "flat screen," confounding television salesmen across the nation.

Another (somewhat less sexy, but also quite underappreciated) type of flat screen TV is the flat-tube television. This type of TV hit the market right before the flat panel explosion, and in many ways was unjustifiably ignored. Flat tube TVs use a picture tube just like old-fashioned TV sets. The difference is that the front of the tube is completely flat, allowing the picture to be viewed comfortably even at an angle. This type of set also reduces glare from lights and sunshine.

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