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Plasma TV and Altitude

Plasma TV is the new state-of-the-art way to enjoy television viewing and is reputed to have the best pictures available for the TV viewing audience. This reputation makes plasma TV a hot item in stores at the present time. On the other hand, plasma TV has an important flaw that you should know about before you buy one. This problem can seriously affect the viewing habits of millions of Americans who live in a high altitude. Plasma TV does not work well at altitudes above 6,000 feet. I don't know about you, but I would be seriously upset if I dished out all of the money for plasma TV and ended up with a marginal viewing experience due to living in a high altitude. I would be upset to learn later that my Colorado Mountain lifestyle does not get along with my fancy new TV. High altitude causes thinner air, which affects the way many things work, for instance cooking and of course plasma TV. The real question now is: How do we get around this problem?

First, do you know your altitude? You may or may not be surprised at the altitude of your area. Many cities or towns have websites that will give you information about the altitude of your area. These websites contain lots of other interesting information, as well. If you live at an altitude at 5,500 feet above sea level or higher, you may have issues with your plasma TV. At a height of over 6,500 feet about sea level, you need to assume you will have altitude problems with plasma TV.

So, does plasma TV work at higher elevations or not? Well, they can work at higher elevations, but not efficiently. You see, plasma TV contain millions of tiny, gas-filled chambers which work together to form a picture. Pressure both inside and outside of TV affect these gas-filled chambers. The gas pressure inside and outside of the TV should be about equal. This pressure is calibrated at sea level, and works well there, creating excellent plasma TV viewing experience most of the time. Unfortunately, the calibration of these gases does not work that well at higher altitudes. This lack of balance causes problems with the TV where the steady pressure in the chambers, as well as the lower air pressure creates a buzzing sound. While this sound is annoying enough by itself, it also means that your plasma TV's fan is running too much and that the TV using too much power. The TV will wear out faster due to this overload of power demand. Because the unit will have to work harder due to air pressure differences, plasma TV's life span can be seriously shortened. This is definitely not something you want to hear after plunking down around three thousand dollars for a new television unit.

So, will you have to settle for a LCD television if you live in a higher elevation? Does this mean that you won't get to enjoy the beautiful picture and performance of plasma TV if you live in the mountains or other higher altitudes? The solution lies in shopping wisely to avoid plasma TV's basic altitude issues. Consider choosing plasma TV built for "higher altitudes." Currently, NEC is the only company that offers plasma TV that operates without a buzz at higher altitudes. NEC higher altitude plasma TV can survive at altitude levels of 7,500 feet or even up to 9,180 feet without a problem, according to the latest research. Pioneer and Panasonic are offering TV that is supposed to work at high altitudes. Another problem to consider is that atmospheric pressure also can cause the same type of problems with buzzing, as does high altitude. So you may live at a lower altitude, but still have the buzzing problem with your plasma TV if the atmospheric pressure is higher. Strangely enough, valleys and mountains can both have high atmospheric pressure problems that can interfere with your plasma TV.

One way to test plasma TV is to visit a store in your area that is at the same altitude level as your home. If you hear buzzing coming from anyone of the display televisions, then simply move on to the next unit. Chances are that if you live at a level of 9,000 feet or less the NEC model will be the one that works the best for you. You could also check plasma TV reception with a neighbor. If you live any higher than 9,200 feet, you will have to wait until technological improvements expand the reach of plasma TV.

Truly, owning plasma TV gives viewers a look at sights and details that no other television can provide. The picture of plasma TV is much better other types of televisions at this point. Yet, what good is any TV set if it has problems due to altitude? Stay with the LCD television unit if you live in the mountains and plasma TV doesn't seem to work well in your area. Otherwise your expensive plasma TV will have a short life span in your home.