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Tips on Buying HD TV

Written on June 24, 2011 by Adam Eve

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When buying a new HD TV, there are only three things that really matter: price, picture quality and features.

When a , sticking with the basics will help simplify the job of selecting the right television for you. That said, only three things matter: , picture quality and features. Just ignore the manufacturer’s name and skip the long list of specs that will just make you confused.

For most buyers, price is the first factor to consider when purchasing a HD TV. Generally, the bigger the television, the more features it has and the better the picture quality, the more expensive it is. So depending on your priorities, you may either get a small HD TV with better quality, or a big one that doesn’t have the same features.

When it comes to picture quality, it relies on contrast ratio and . Look for a HD TV with high contrast ratio, as it adds dimension to the display. Search for keywords like static, native and ANSI contrast levels. But if you’re too lazy to do just that, compare the picture on a range of HD TVs displayed before buying. As for the , you can either have the over saturated or natural colors. However, most HD TVs come out of the box with over saturated colors. So be sure that the HD TV you’re going to buy enables you adjust the levels. Basically, THX-certified TVs have accurate when in THX mode.

Many HD TVs nowadays also offer features like streaming from services like Netflix. But if you don’t want to pay for the extra charge, purchasing a HD TV that doesn’t offer streaming and investing on a Blu-ray player is cheaper. In addition to this, having a can be hefty. And with lack of 3D contents, that can be a problem. But if you’re willing to pay a premium, you can watch sports and movies on Sky 3D, or see BBC broadcast the latest Wimbledon match in 3D.

Regardless of the brand, make sure to adjust your HD TV’s settings – like color ratio and contrast – yourself once you get home.


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