TV Buying Guide

Posted on October 17, 2009

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samsung_ln26a450c1_lcd_tv_fIt seems like more and more people are making the switch to HDTV’s nowadays. Even I just upgraded last year! But are YOU ready to take the plunge into the new realm of HDTV? If you are, then you might want to keep reading.

Now, the first major thing that you need to decide on when buying a new set is whether to get an LCD or a Plasma display. Now, LCD’s (Liquid Crystal Display) are great for the home theater and average TV watching because they fare better when the room is dark. However, when exposed to high levels of light, they tend to experience glare–which is quite annoying. Plasmas do better in high-light situations, because glare is almost nonexistent. So they would do very well in living rooms, bedrooms, and such. They are also great for gaming, as they don’t display motion blur as LCD’s do. They also have quicker response times. One caveat of Plasma TV’s is the fact that they experience burn-in. If one object on the screen stays the same for too long (A channel logo or a news ticker, for example) it will burn in to the screen, and when you change the channel, the image will still be there for a brief period of time. In extreme cases, burn-in is permanent. However, the image usually disappears after a while.

The next thing you want to find out when buying a TV is what size you want to get it in. Now, some people think that when it comes to TV’s, bigger is better. However, that is not always the case. It depends on the environment in which you are going to be using your TV. It is important to note that the bigger the TV is, the farther away you have to sit from it to be able to enjoy the experience (Ever sat in the front row of an IMAX theater? It’s not fun). Typically, 30-40 inch TV’s are best for bedrooms or other small spaces, as the minimum recommended distance from a 30 inch display is only 3 feet. For a 40, it’s around 4.5 feet. A TV that is anywhere from 47 to 65 inches will feel right at home in your living room or home theater. The min. viewing distance of a 47 inch TV is right around 6 feet, whereas a 65 inch is a massive 8 feet! Note that when you want to find out the minimum viewing distance for a TV, just multiply the size of the tv (in feet) by 1.5.

So there, two main things that you need to know when buying a new tv! Have fun!

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