How Choose Your Best Buy HDTV

By: Danielmayor
Picking the best buy HDTV can get on your nerves. The different features and options can simply make it confusing for you to pick. Even the units that have all the works may not really be the best options for you. Here's what you should think about when you are out shopping for an HDTV:

Basic Knowledge

The first step to find the best HDTV is to know the basic facts about it. You know of course, that HDTV technology is the newest thing on the block, but do you really know what it does? The acronym actually means high definition television. The terms give you a clue that HDTV has better resolution and picture quality compared to traditional TV sets.

Some areas however are not good places to own an HDTV set. You only get to enjoy great resolution if the shows that you watch are also high definition. Many shows are still in the arena of standard definition. If this is the case, you'll simply end up having a useless and expensive box with bad pictures. You can determine the best HDTV to buy only if you first determine the appropriateness of an HD unit in your situation.

HD-Ready or HDTV

If an HDTV is not the best choice for you, don't despair. You still have another alternative. You may instead choose to get an HD-ready set. HDTV typically functions with a tuner that is already built-in and an antenna. An HD-ready set on the other hand would need a separate tuner or box so it can convert digital signals to images. The good thing about having an HD-ready set is that standard definition shows still look great in them.

LCD/ Plasma

Consumers who want the best buy HDTV may get stuck on screen type. Should you choose plasma or LCD? Consumers don't always agree about which is best and sometimes it is simply your preference that should matter. There have been observations though that plasma is best when the TV set is sizeable while an LCD set would do better for smaller screens. LCD also apparently releases less heat and is quite sturdy.

Aspect Ratio

The aspect ratio simply means the proportions of your TV monitor. An old TV set has an aspect ratio of 4:3 while HDTVs typically come in 16:9 ratio. What does this imply? Many programs on TV are made for the 4:3 ratio. When you watch them on a 16:9 ratio, you'll end up having to watch a program with black tops and sides. A 16:9 HDTV however would be perfect for the widescreen option of many DVD movies.

Direct View or Rear Projection

Rear projection is an older piece of technology. Like older TVs, new sets with rear projection show images that are mirror reflected. The consequence is that shifting positions in your viewing room may not give you the same great resolution. Direct view HDTV has images that do not rely on reflection.

Picking your best buy HDTV can be a bit tricky. All you really have to do though is to determine your preferences and whether or not an HDTV is appropriate for you. If you are still at a loss, consider reading HDTV consumer reviews.
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