Buying an Hdtv - The 5 Basic Steps

Shopping for a new Hdtv set can be confusing and intimidating, but if you break the process down into smaller parts, it will start to make sense. The main factors to think are:
Budget Range Screen Size Style (Plasma, Lcd, etc.) Special Uses Options
Budget Range

First things first. Hdtv costs are most intimately linked to screen size, but also to display type, photograph quality, and brand name. You'll have to read the reviews of private sets to get all the details, but here is a normal idea of what you will get in each price range:

32 Inch TV

Under 0: 20 inch and smaller Lcd, Hd-Ready (without tuner) Hdtvs. 15 inch integrated tuner Hdtvs. You might find some up to 27 inches in positive brands, like ViewSonic and Olevia.

0 to 00: 32 inch and smaller Lcd, integrated tuner Hdtvs, 50 inch and smaller Dlp Hdtvs.

00 to 00: 46 inch and smaller Lcd, 50 inch and smaller Plasma, and 65 inch and smaller Dlp Hdtvs.

00 to 00: 52 inch and smaller Lcd, 60 inch and smaller Plasma, and 75 inch and smaller Dlp Hdtvs.

Another thing to think is the broad discounts you can find on last year's models. Hdtv technology is updating all the time, just like computer technology. If you can deal with not having the very newest technology, you can find some spectacular, deals- 40 percent off, or more, on sets only 18 months old.

Screen Size

Getting the right size Hdtv for your viewing space is important. In the old days, the right size Tv was the biggest one you could afford, but today many habitancy can afford a Tv that is so big it dominates the viewing room, and they are forced to sit so close that imperfections in the screen, or private pixels, are visible.

Another problem with sitting too close to a widescreen Hdtv is that your eyes will be shooting back and forth across the screen, as if you were watching a tennis game from center court. These quick eye movements can make you dizzy and give you a headache.

First, look at the area where you'll be watching Tv, and measure the length from the Tv screen to the center of your couch, bean bag, log, or anyone you will sit on. This length should be 2 to 4 times the diagonal measurement of the screen. So, a 24 inch set would be good for viewing from 4-8 feet, a 50 inch set would be good for a range of 8 to 16 feet, and a 60 inch set would work well from 10 to 20 feet away.

Display Style

The most popular types of flat screen Hdtv these days are Lcd, plasma and Dlp. Cathode-Ray Tvs are still around, and they regularly have a great picture, but the larger Crts are extremely heavy and bulky. They are moderately losing out to the flatter-profile technology.

Lcd stands for Liquid Crystal Display, and is the same type of screen used in most new computer monitors (you are likely seeing at an Lcd right now), cell phones, and many other devices. Lcds work the best when you want a medium or small set, need a lighter-weight set, or watch Tv in a well-lit room.

Plasma sets have a glass screen (as opposed to Lcd's plastic) with an ionized gas sandwiched behind it that creates a photograph when it is excited by galvanic charges. Plasmas have a minute edge over Lcd in photograph quality, especially when viewed from an angle, but may have more screen glare in enchanting light.

Dlp stands for Digital Light Processing. These sets use tiny oscillating mirrors behind the screen to create a picture. Dlp sets are technically rear-projection Tvs, but are regularly quite flat. They are economy than Lcd and Plasma in the large sizes but are often a minute too heavy and thick to hang on a wall.

Special Uses

What do you plan to do with your Hdtv? Are you a gamer, a sports fan, or a movie buff? separate types of sets are ideal for slightly separate things.

Dlp Tvs often have very enchanting displays, but can lose information in very dark scenes. This makes them great for watching sports, news, and outdoor scenes, but not as good for movies with lots of dark images. Plasma Tvs have a great picture, and still look great when viewed from a wide angle- no darkening or color shift. However, a room with lots of windows may create glare problems on the Plasma's glass screen. Lcd Tvs are much brighter in enchanting light, so they are well fine for daytime viewing in lighted rooms. In a brightly lit room, an Lcd Tv can actually look best than a good plasma Tv. And Lcds have better, sharper resolution in the mid sizes, so they are ideal to use as an extra monitor for your computer.


All Hdtvs come with a slightly separate package of features. A tuner is valuable to receive over-the-air broadcasts. Since they add expense, and many habitancy only use their Hdtvs for watching cable, satellite, Dvd, video game or computer input, they are not all the time included. Look for an integrated Atsc tuner, or buy an external tuner to get over-the-air broadcasts.

Good speakers are nice to have incorporated into the Hdtv. But, if sound quality is actually leading to you, you'll be best off with high quality external speakers.

Connections are important. You'll want at least 2 Hdmi inputs to hook up to a cable box, Dvr, or Dvd player. Other types of connections, like component and S-Video cable inputs, are handy in case you want to use external components that use these cables. And if you intend to use your Hdtv with your digital camera, you will need a Usb or memory card input.

Getting Help

Using an online Hdtv buyer's guide can help, too. Find one that balances enough attention to information with a big-picture view.

Buying an Hdtv - The 5 Basic Steps

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