What Is a Good HD TV to Buy?

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With an increasing emphasis on high definition television being by content providers and consumers alike, it is only natural to want to put a big, beautiful HDTV in your own home. While the concept of buying a TV may seem simple, there are a number of things you need to consider to ensure that you get the most bang for your buck.

1080p

  • One of the first things you want to look for when purchasing an HDTV is one that supports 1080p resolution. "1080p" is a term used to describe "true" high definition. A TV that supports 1080p has an image resolution of 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels. Other TVs may support a resolution of 720p and are more reasonably priced, but the only way to get true high definition video quality out of your HDTV is to make sure it supports 1080p resolution.

Plasma

  • In terms of overall quality many home theater enthusiasts prefer plasma televisions over LCD televisions. Many cite improved viewing angles--how far to the side of the TV you can get and still see the picture on screen--along with the depth of color, and the brightness as qualities that are all higher on a plasma TV. Plasma TVs support a true high definition resolution of 1080p while certain LCD screens only support a maximum resolution of 720p.

LCD

  • A definite benefit of LCD televisions over plasma televisions is their affordability. You can get an LCD TV for considerably less than you could a plasma TV of the same size. LCD TVs also come in smaller sizes than plasma TVs while still providing a high definition picture resolution of at the very least 720p. LCD TVs also feature high-quality manufacturing despite affordable prices.

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