Which HDTV Should I Buy?

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Right HDTVHow to select the right HDTV?

A lot of people want to buy HDTVs these days. As HDTVs are a trend, most consumers plunge into the trend without really being properly informed on what they are getting into. This article hopes to be an HDTV “guide,” hoping to clear the air and get prospective buyers enough know-how to give them an option of an informed choice with their HDTV selection, before they commit the mistake of buying HDTVs and not exploiting their purchase’s full potential.

What is a High Definition TV, in the first place?

An HD TV is kind of TV unit that has the capacity to display high-definition digital video. This would be different from the currently more common analog television set. Most HD TVs have a built-in tuner, which is capable of receiving high definition programming signals.

Currently, there are four main types of HDTVs, mainly having differences on the display screen:

  • The Plasma HDTV is a type of TV set with a plasma display screen in which two panels of glass hold an inert mixture of noble gases, which is electrically turned into plasma which in turn emits light by activating phosphors. Large screens are usually available for plasma HDTVs and the vibrancy of colors are the best among the four types. However, screen brightness can dim over time as a plasma screen is projected to be at its best for only 60,000 hours. Furthermore, it is fragile and can be very costly.
  • The LCD HDTV has LCD screens, thin, flat display devices made up of any number of color or monochrome pixels lined in front of a light source or reflector and uses very small amounts of electric power. Among the four types, it is the thinnest and lightest model. However, its screen size can be limited. Moreover, some consumers complain of a “ghosting” or “shadowing” effect when they watch action scenes in their LCD HDTVs.
  • The Projection HDTV consists of a blank surface and a support structure which work by diffusely reflecting the light projected on to them, and translating the light into picture. Projection HDTVs are cheaper than most HDTVs, but are usually bulkier and thicker. Furthermore, their lamps burn out and are costly to replace.
  • The CRT HDTV contains a cathode ray tube screen which has a electron gun (a source of electrons) which is used to form images in the form of light emitted from the fluorescent screen. CRT HDTVs are usually the most affordable types of HDTV and offer the best overall picture. However, they are also the largest sizes and consumes a lot of power.

Which HDTV is right for me?

Now that you are more versed at HDTVs, here are the three most important HDTV tips to guide you on the things that you need to consider for your HDTV selection:

  • You need to consider the size that you will set aside for your HDTV. Bigger is not always better. You have to consider the available space of the area where you want to put your HDTV.
  • You need to think of what you will use your HDTV for. Do you plan to watch a lot of sports events? Is your HDTV for video games? For your home theater? Sports fans may want to consider a projection HDTV, while 24 hour news buffs may want to stay away from a plasma screen, which has the tendency to burn out faster than most types of screens.
  • Do you plan to hook up a lot of gadgets into your HDTV? You might want to check out the number of ports there are on the unit that you plan to buy vis-à-vis the number of peripherals you want to plug into your unit.

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