The first time I heard the term, plasma TV stands, I thought it sounded weird (aside from knowing that plasma is found in our bloodstream). I mean, is there really a good reason to call it anything other than just a TV stand? All marketing hullabaloo if you ask me. Just something the marketing guys drew up so those of us purchasing plasma TV sets would subconsciously think “ohhh I need a ‘PLASMA’ TV stand” rather than purchasing any old TV stand. So being the curious type of individual that I am, I decided to look closer at what plasma TV stands really were. Are they marketing myth or necessity?
As I started browsing around online to do my research I began to see that plasma TV stands were also called LCD TV stands. I began to wonder if there was a correlation or if it was just the advertising gurus extending their reach. Many, many of the online stores that carried TV stands had this notation. Also it appeared that these stands were usually for the larger television sets on the market, say from about 42″ on up the to the 72″ monsters. Some of them even have electric lifts for a futuristic styling the envy of Joey and Chandler from Friends. Could it be that the notation of plasma TV stands is to let consumers know these are more sturdy and can handle the massive weight of the LCD and plasma televisions?
As I’ve mentioned previously on this site, I have a 65″ LCD TV and it is heavy – over 250 pounds. Last time I attempted to move it I had to call a friend just to help me lift the thing about a foot and a half higher. As I continued in my search I discovered that plasma TV stands also tend to be wider and more stable than other TV stands on the market. I was convinced at the onset that it was all marketing smoke and mirrors, but I have to admit it looks as if there may be some credence to the designation. Amazingly enough, there just doesn’t seem to be a lot of information out there on this particular topic. Maybe I’ll look around on some user forums and see what the audio/video geeks have to say. I mean, after all, they are the ones who would most likely know the 1s an 0s of it (that’s a binary joke for the IT folks in the crowd).
Well, after browsing the A/V forums for way too long I’ve come to a decision. My decision is A/V geeks spend all their time with the technology and arguing the pros and cons of plasma vs LCD vs DLP and know virtually nothing of (or care nothing about) TV stands of any kind. However, I must admit that they did mention a few things about regular TV stands exploding, imploding, or otherwise failing under the weight of a beautiful high def TV that would then need to be replaced or at the very least fixed.I wouldn’t call this a slam dunk for either side of the argument. Especially because there were a number of comments about people who have been using undersized normal TV stands without incident.
Ultimately, I’m gonna call this one a tie. It is part marketing smoke and mirrors wanting to prey on the fear of losing your fabulous high def television to an untimely accident and also the plasma TV stands are build somewhat stronger and sturdier that your average run of the mill TV stands. It’s both – marketing myth and necessity.