How to Buy the Best HDTV

Posted on Mar 25 2011 - 2:02pm by Robert

When you decide to purchase a new television there is a lot of information out there and a lot of potentially confusing facts and figures. For this reason we have listed here some of the top features to help you decide.

Size

The first question you have to ask yourself is how much room you have to fit it into, and then whether a giant screen will fit in with the rest of the room or not. You might hear it said that the really big HDTV screens give a poorer quality image than smaller ones. This isn’t strictly true, but the reasoning behind it is simple. If the transmission is not of HDTV quality then a bigger screen will tend to show up all the flaws more clearly. The flip side of this is that a high quality broadcast will appear at its very best on a big screen. There are various ways to work out the ideal distance you need to sit from a huge TV, so the best idea is to simply try a few in different stores and then work out if your room offers sufficient space.

The format

In general terms the broadcasting firms are most interested in the different 720i, 720p, 1080i and 1080p formats than the end user. The difference between them is minimal to the naked eye. The 1080 system has more lines so should give a better picture. The “i” and “p” stand for interlaced and progressive. When the action is fast moving and the screen is big then you might notice some flicker on the interlaced models more than on the progressive ones.

3D?

Many people have been put off this technology by three factors; cost, limited availability of programs and health warnings. The price is something which comes down to a personal decision, while the amount of programming and films is increasing all the time. As yet there have been no test results to show that viewing 3D is bad for you, although there are some people who won’t be able to see the effect as clearly as others.

 

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