Purchasing The Best HD Television For You

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HDTV is here for good. With costs anywhere from a few hundred dollars up into the thousands, it's important to do your research and find an equitable review. Even though the salesman at your local radio shack is perhaps a good guy, you can frequently find some great HDTV deals online as well if you know what to look for. You need to know things like the kind of HDTV you want, which resolution you desire, what inputs the TV has, the right viewing angle, and the best contrast ratio to get. If all that makes you confused be careful not to let it. I am here to assist in making sense of all the tech lingo and find the right TV for you.

Most likely you're a digital cable television or satellite subscriber. Either way, the first thing you want to do is see what kind of HD channel lineup your cable or satellite supplier delivers. Most major digital cable service providers like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter, and Cox have great hi-def channel packages with some great specials and rates for new subscribers. Dish Network and DirecTV have the satellite picture covered with equally strong HD tiers. Your digital TV company should have just about each HD channel currently broadcast on hand, but double check just in case before you buy a new HDTV.


Once you've gotten a great high-definition channel deal from you cable or satellite supplier, you will need to choose whether you want to go with LCD, LED, plasma, or projection. Rear-projection based HDTV's are based on the oldest technology and often have lower resolutions, contrast proportions and viewing angles. I usually recommend staying away from rear-projection HDTV's, but if price is a large hurdle you'll be able to find some superb deals on rear-projection TVs and you can at least step in the high-def world. If your budget isn't as prohibited, most HDTV's made today are LCD based. There's wide range of LCD HDTV's out there but for the best picture concentrate on television's having a 1080p resolution and keep away from 720p screens. These numbers refer to the screen resolution and dictate how clear your picture will be. 1080p is what you should go for and recommended for almost everyone. You'll find some HDTV's that sport a 1080i resolution. Even though it's typically a better picture than 720p, the "i" in 1080i implies that it's an "interlaced" resolution which is not as smooth or clear as a 1080p "progressive-scan" picture. if you find a big discount on a 1080i HDTV, the price difference may make a case for the slightly lower picture definition. Plasma screen HDTV's were the 1st highres TVs that actually made everyone see what a difference HD made. The first plasma TVs made, though, were prohibitively expensive costing thousands of bucks. Now, with competition from LCD HDTV's, the prices have come down considerably. Both plasma and LCD screens have benefits and disadvantages over each other and usually it comes down to your own preference. LED HDTV's are the newest innovation in the market. LED screens are LCD's that make use of LED back-lighting to lift color range and contrast ratio while reducing power usage. Naturally they cost more than standard LCD HDTV's and are targeted to those looking for the newest and best. For television connoisseurs, though, LED's offer the best picture and the slimmest profiles you can currently order.


After you've concluded which HDTV format is right for you it's time to look at the small features and ensure the television you are considering buying has what you need. Ensure the HDTV's you are looking at has all the connections you want. These include audio and video input/outputs and computer connections. Next, read the fine print for the model's maximum viewing angle. This is how far you can stand to the side of a television and still watch a clear picture. The bigger the viewing angle the better the HDTV and the more places in your living room you can enjoy the picture besides right in front of it. Last but not least, have a look at the HDTV's contrast ratio. This is a benchmark of how bright the color range is. Ideally you would like a high contrast ratio, but because each manufacturer may use a different methodology for calculating the ratio you typically have to decide for yourself by having a look at the picture. Avoid televisions that produce blacks that appear grey or whites that are dull and lack "pop".

Even with all of the confusing promoting hype the final analysis is HDTV is amazing. Costs have come down greatly over the last couple of years and curretnly you can buy an enormous TV and easily stay under the $1500 mark. But if you do not know what to look for you can find yourself with a low resolution picture with faded out colors. I hope my article has helped you know exactly what to search for when you head online or to the electronics store for a new television. When you get the right HDTV it will forever change how you watch television.

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