Plasma Install - SlickThere are so many different types of HDTVs on the market today that it can be difficult to find the best of the best. There are the tried and true plasma sets which are still sold by the likes of Panasonic, Samsung, LG and others. There are LED and LCD sets which are better in the daylight but can't make the same kinds of black levels. There are future technologies like 3D HDTV, OLED, Ultra HD or 4K that all factor into your buying decision.

Here's the God's honest truth… If you can get your room pretty dark – a plasma HDTV is the best flat HDTV you can get for your money. If you want to make it even better and last even longer – you should hire a professional THX video calibrator to come to your home and set the HDTV to SMPTE standard. This means that your HDTV will meet the exact broadcast standards that the networks master their content too. Additionally, this will make your set look even better. Expect deeper black levels, more rich colors. Things will just look more right.

Other Plasma InstallsInterested in how an OLED television works – here is a great article. OLED got some early momentum but at the most recent Consumer Electronics Show – companies were more focused on Ultra HD which is the consumer format of 4K which is the theatrical D-cinema standard that you see at your local cineplex.

If you want an alternative idea to a plasma that looks good in the daylight and has excellent black levels – consider using a negative gain screen (think: SI Screens, DNP) and an affordable video projector from the likes of Epson or JVC. For about $3,000 to $4,000 you can get $75,000 worth of screen in the 100 plus inch range. Bigger is better in many cases and depending on your room – this could be a good way to save some money on a huge TV.

Will plasma go away? We don't think so or at least not for a while. There are cheaper ways to make a flat HDTV but as of today there isn't a better way to make one. Plasma is still king of the HDTV world.

For more information, visit this Ultra HDTV Buyer's Guide.