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A Quick Guide to Flat-Screen Tvs

Jonah,

Having spent a month shopping for one last year, here’s the skinny. There are PLASMA sets and LCD sets. The LCD set is like a bigger version of a laptop computer screen. Plasma is some weird kind of gas screen. Anyway, they’re both really good and the more money you spend the better quality you’ll get. There used to be a problem with Plasma sets that they might “burn in” an image the way an old-timey computer screen did, but that’s been fixed in the newer sets. Which means: Pick by size and look and cost. Period. My wife and I got a plasma set because we wanted a 37 inch screen and the only one available was a Sony plasma. We LOVE it. My folks got an LCD set. They love it. Both were pretty seriously expensive, though.

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