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.
- 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.