HDTV Buying Tips – Key Features of HDTV

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Buying an HDTV is not as easy as buying a pair of shoes. In fact, with the market saturated with HDTVs in different models with a gamut of features, HDTV shopping can prove overwhelming. Besides, the costs of HDTVs these days are not easy on the pocket at all, so wrong HDTV selection can be a strain in the wallet as well. Here are some things to bear in mind (DON’T FORGET THEM) and consider in your HDTV selection:

Important features you must look for when buying a HDTV

  • Not all HDTVs are created equal. There are different kinds of HDTVs.
    1. Projection HDTVs are usually affordable cheap, considering they usually come very large. However, the viewing angle is not as good as the other formats. Moreover, LCD HDTVs and Plasma models are brighter than Projection HDTVs. There are some units that give false advertising, as they only take an interlaced signal via the HDMI or analog component ports, when they claim that they are 1080p units. Projection TVs are power-consuming as well.  A typical DLP HDTV uses about 250 watts of electricity. Lastly, projection HDTVs use lamps which need to be changed every four years on the average.

      Plasma displays are usually more expensive compared to projection HDTVs for the same size. However, the cost of plasma displays is constantly dropping. They are easily devalued due to fast-changing technologies. Lastly, plasma displays have burn-in problems within two years.

      LCD HDTV units usually have the highest quality and most expensive for a given size, but they have recently grown in size and dropped in price.

  • Consider the number of connections, and if they’re good connections. Double check to make sure that your prospective HDTV has the prerequisite components (red, green and blue) video inputs to connect to your satellite tuner, cable and DVD-player. Also, double check if your prospective HDTV has an HDMI input with HDCP support.
  • Using the highest resolution connections possible, connect your gear together. DVI/HDMI is highest, followed by component, S-Video, plain Video-in, and Coax. Hi-definition Blu-Ray and HD-DVD players should be plugged into the HDMI port, while HDTV cable and video games require at least the component connection.
  • Sound matters as well. Make sure to use the optical” or “digital audio” sound outputs from your HDTV cable, video game box, or satellite when you connect to the corresponding receiver. It is only with this manner that you’ll be assured of the best possible surround sound.
  • Aside from cable requirements, some accessories that may be worth mentioning and need considering are surge protectors and furniture, like TV stands.
  • Lastly, consider the offers of extended warranties from appliance stores, or in some cases, on-line store warranties if you plan to buy your unit online, as well as the manufacturer warranties. Should you finally decide to buy your HDTV make sure that the store has a good return policy. That will be a good safeguard in case you find out that the HDTV you bought does not meet your specifications.

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