Your Own Cinema at Home: Types of TVs

Nowadays, a TV turned into an entertaining device. Of course, we still watch news and educational programs, but wouldn’t it be better to watch them on a big screen with an excellent picture and sound – exactly what we look for when watching favorite films? Before you buy a new TV, find a spare minute to find out as much as you can about different types of screens and peculiarities of each. Thus, you will be able to get a perfect device and create your own home cinema.

TV screens

After you start your research, you may get lost in a variety of acronyms and technical characteristics. But all you need to know is what basic screen names mean and how they work.



CRT is shortened from Cathode Ray Tube. It is a familiar old bulky TV set with a box behind the screen. This box houses a projector gun, which produces picture. Since early 2000s, these TVs have been slowly replaced by smaller LCD screens.


LCD, or Liquid Crystal Display, is used in a variety of devices and items of electronics – TVs, computers, Smartphones etc. Special panel allows light to pass or blocks it, creating a picture. It doesn’t produce its own light and needs an external light source. A panel consists of several blocks with each segment filled with liquid crystals. Color and transparency can vary depending on the intensity of electrical current.


LED stands for light emitting diodes. On the one hand, it uses familiar LCD technology. However, developers managed to find a new revolutionary solution, which resulted in reducing display size.

Instead of a fluorescent bulb, crystals are lit by LEDs from behind. In direct LED displays the screen is lit directly from behind; in edge-lit LED the light is reflected from corners into the centre of a monitor. This TV screen type is the most popular in present days thanks to the perfect combination of size and price. Speaking about the quality of picture, unfortunately, it is not the best one available.


Plasma screens got this name from a technology of producing. It consists of two sheets of glass with gases injected between them, which are sealed inside in plasma form. Charging with electricity creates illumination, and that’s how a screen works. Plasmas are known for excellent color accuracy and contrast. If you want to buy a plasma, you should remember that choosing a model bigger screen is more cost-effective.


OLED is the newest technology so far, a huge step forward with the name that has nothing to do with mentioned above LED. The abbreviation stands for ‘Organic Light Emitting Diode’. It uses organic materials (like carbon) and doesn’t need a backlight or any external light source, which results in great flexibility, deeper colors, better contrast and thinner construction.


3D TV is a complex and highly-priced technology, but at the same time it is worth this money. With 3D you don’t just watch a film, but live through it, as everything happens around you like it would in a real life.

There is also DPL, which is referred to the type of projection technology and used in digital cinema projection (to be precise, in 85% of cases).


Outdoor TVs use High-definition technology and anti-glare coating in order to preserve clear visible picture and avoid glares in outdoor lighting conditions.

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Despite a vast variety of available models and types, buying a TV may be a quite complicated task. There are a lot of factors to consider – screen size, size of the room, quality of picture, and your financial expectations. Luckily, you can open and decide it on your own. User-friendly interface allows to apply different filters in order to find exactly what you need. Open Electronics, which offers TV equipment for sale, and start searching. It will not take a lot of time, and the result is going to impress you. Thousands of ads of new and used TVs offered at the lowest prices on the market are what you get. Sounds like exact time and place to buy a TV set.


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