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Why Plasma TVs over Big Screen Projection TVs

Updated on July 4, 2009


The first big screen projection TV I recall my father purchased was back in the 1980s. This one particular Sony model had a front that automatically folded out when the TV was turned on and folded back in upon turning off. If you know the model I’m referring to or owned one you’ll know the space this bulky TV took up when closed and opened. I know we have a photo of ours buried somewhere in one of our mounds of photos. The photo to your right is pretty much what it looked like. And the more I look at it, the more I want to say that it is the exact TV we owned back then.


Well, over ten years later, the next big screen projection TV he purchased was this huge Sony. Although, we had the space to accommodate the TV it still took up unnecessary room–and much more than the last one did–in the living room. So, from the 80s to now big screen projection TVs continue to just take up a globe and weigh heavy as feather. Now, how many people who desire to have one actually live in ample amount of space to house these big babies comfortably? Moving these over-sized TVs to the garage does not count, either. No longer do you have to cramp your style just to get stylish, high quality, theater-like TVs.

Plasma TVs are nothing new. So, I’m not going to act like they are. I’m here to shed some light on some of its perks and mention the irks because not everyone knows. And my mother happens to own a 42 inch plasma TV. So, let me share a few pointers with you.



I have to say that space is freed up *POOF* because plasma TVs are usually mounted on the wall or hung from the ceiling. But even if they weren’t mounted on the wall or in a float-like manner from the ceiling, the space it occupies is still much less than that of a big screen projection TV.

However, when you desire a new change or room layout, wall-mounting the plasma to another wall leaves you with the great hassle of re-installing the mount which can be a lot of work if you don’t know what you are doing. So, it’s best to just find a wall that you know you truly like the most. On the other hand, if you know someone who’s familiar with locating the 2×4s or 4×4s within the wall or is great at installing these mounts, then ask them for their help.


Though, obviously, lighter than the big screen projection TVs, plasma TVs do carry weight. So, don’t judge a book by its cover because the plasma will have the last laugh while you’re standing there crying. The 42-inch plasma my mother owns is 80 pounds; pretty heavy. Therefore, this is another reason to choose a permanent location for any of the plasma TVs.

However, mishandling and you not using proper form or support to lift up heavy objects can most definitely result in a pulled back and/or a broken TV. Again, don’t think you can move and mount up your plasma on your own, unless, you really know you can. I stress: assuming its weight and thinking you can do it by yourself when you know you don’t is dangerous.


The quality of the picture is near life-like and it’s glass face contributes to it’s quality, in a sense.

However, as the phosphor wears out over time, so, too, will that lovely picture quality. Also, because plasma TVs come with glass faces you can’t help but notice light reflections in it. Of course, this can be a little bit nerving. But if there’s no light while watching your favorite movie on your plasma, the color and picture quality is awesome!


These are just a few perks and irks to point out when considering any of the plasma TVs out there. They are still a great buy regardless of their downfalls. Their strengths really do shine brightly on multiple levels. After you do your own checks and balances, you, too, will discover the bricks fall on their strengths.


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      George Tasick 6 years ago from Zelienople, PA

      Not much unless you're selling it to some sort of vintage electronics collector ... and even then, not much. They are cool though, I remember seeing one at a friends house in the mid-90s, even then the thing was way out of date ... I thought it came from some parallel dimension or something, it's a weird looking thing.

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      Jeremy Overton 6 years ago

      I just got one of this in some junk thought it was crazy looking it even still comes on do you think it would be worth any thing

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      George Tasick 6 years ago from Zelienople, PA

      Sony Videoscope KP-5040 1981 50" Projector TV

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      H Mitchell 7 years ago from USA

      I just Googled it and actually found a live one and in color! Someone in Baltimore is selling their Sony Front-Projection TV on Craigslist. It's definitely one of a kind and funky looking haha! But no I don't remember the exact model.

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      Baron 7 years ago

      I was at a friends house and in the bedroom was that same t.v.! I am wondering what the t.v. is called. The maker of the t.v. is sony. But i do not know the type?

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      toby 8 years ago

      WOW, I was just telling someone about that old school projector mirror flat screen TV you have a drawing of up there, and I thought I'd NEVER find a picture of it to describe it! I've never seen anyone else that has ever had that monstrosity! HAHAH! Makes me wish I had a picture of that thing.