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26th October 2006

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Welcome to the October 2006 issue of
Practical HT Guide Update

In this issue:


Plasma Televisions - Sit Back & Enjoy the SHOW!

Pioneer PDP-5070HD 50-inch plasma HDTVOne of the greatest selling points of plasma TVs is their slim footprint - with most plasma displays being no more than 4-inches thick.

As with LCD TVs, this peculiarity opens new mounting options, otherwise impossible with bulkier CRT and rear projection TVs.

You can literally hang your plasma TV set on the wall - even over the fireplace - just like a picture, go for a standard table-stand, or opt for a ceiling mount in the case of a bedroom installation.

Of course, a plasma TV is not just a picture; hence there are a number of considerations that come into play when placing and mounting a plasma television.

Plasma TV Installation - Main Issues

Basic Considerations: While it is true that thanks to the use of plasma TV mounts, plasma TV installation can turn out to be a relatively easy process, yet this should not be under-estimated, and the person handling the job should still have an average level of DIY skills. 

Also, there are instances where mounting a plasma is best left for the professional installer; a case in point is the use of a ceiling mount.

You would also need a good pair of helping hands. Plasmas are relatively heavy beasts - substantially heavier than their LCD counterparts; a 50-inch plasma television can easily weigh over 100 pounds. This has to be taken into account when handling and mounting your new screen.

And though obvious as it may seem, do make it a point to read the installation instructions that come with your flat panel television and the plasma TV mount. Many fail to do so, yet this is essential since you will have to plan your work accordingly.

Further more, there is also the need of some planning to go into the process to:

  • Identify an optimum location for your flat-panel TV.

  • Determine how best to run and hide cables from the various sources to your television.

  • Select the right plasma TV mount for the job.


If you would like to discover more, please take a look at the following Plasma Television Installation Guide: Where to Place and How to Hang your Plasma TV

Wall Mounting Your Plasma Television set
- a simple process but...

Universal Tilt Wall-Mount for Flat Panel plasma screensA great way to display your plasma TV is to mount your flat-panel TV on a wall. Not only, this is a great space saver and ideal for spaces with small children running around, it is also an effective way of integrating that plasma television set with the rest of your room decor.

The level of DIY skills required to install a plasma TV wall mount may vary from relatively easy to very difficult - this being dependent - more than on the type of wall-mount itself - rather, rather on the nature of the wall onto which you will be fixing that mount.

Further more, a wall mounted plasma would look at its best if all connecting cables and the power cord are hidden. In particular, it is this aspect of the installation process that may eventually determine if you can handle the job or not.

In the second part or our Plasma Television Guide, we show you how to install a plasma TV wall mount in a professional and safe way.

More information at Installing a Plasma TV Wall Mount.

The Center of Attraction:
Your Plasma TV or the Fireplace?

Though flat-panel plasma television sets can be easily integrated with the rest of your room decor due to their slim footprint, yet general living room configurations often put the fireplace as the central focal point, when in reality, the center of attraction in home entertainment is your BIG screen TV.

This should be no problem with flat-panel displays.  You can literally place your plasma over the fireplace, just like a picture. Placing your plasma above the fireplace is an effective way of steering the center of attraction to your new plasma while still integrating the two in one space, but...

The whole task of wall mounting a plasma above the fireplace can range from a simple straightforward installation similar to installing a plasma TV wall mount over an ordinary wall, to one, which is very difficult and best left to a professional installer.

It all depends on how your home is built. For example, we all know that a wall mounted plasma would look at its best when all connecting cables are hidden. If the wall above the mantel is hollow and can be easily accessed somehow from behind, hiding and running cables should be relatively easy: otherwise things start to get complicated.

Further more, heat and display height may turn out to be issues that need to be dealt with. Inappropriate height is often a common problem when a plasma is installed above the fireplace, while the ambient temperature above the fireplace will determine if you can use your plasma while the fire is on.

In the third part of our Plasma TV Installation Guide, we focus on the main issues that will normally arise when it comes to mounting a plasma over the fireplace.

More information at our Plasma Over the Fireplace Installation Guide.

Buying Online offers great benefits
, but...

The Internet offers great benefits when it comes to buying your plasma TV, AV video receiver, or in that case, anything you can dream of, online. True that you cannot have  first-hand feel of the product, but electronic shopping has become a reality that is making for a more convenient shopping experience, while our buying, more cost-effective.

Convenience is one of the primary advantageous associated with shopping online. You can literally shop from within the comfort of your bedroom, living room, etc., 24-hours a day seven days a week.

And all this comes at a cost advantage! Shopping online represents a cost effective solution that can lead to substantial savings over traditional shopping.

Yet, one cannot ignore the fact that you have to exercise great care when shopping online. However, through an educated online buying experience, you can manage the risks involved, and save time and money.

Managing the risks when shopping online should not be difficult as long as you know what to check and look for. To assist you in the process, we have prepared a detailed checklist that should help ensure that your online shopping experience is a time-and-cost-effective solution that is safe and secure.

More information at our Online Buyer's Guide.


Take care and stay tuned! 



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