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Quick Guide to Buying an HDTV

LCD TV, Plasma TV, and DLP TV…what’s the difference? Because many folks are confused about these new technologies, we’ve provided some brief definitions of each technology so you’ll have a clearer understanding as you make your TV buying decision. All these technologies create magnificent pictures.

There are four main types of HDTVs :


  • Plasma TV- Plasma TV employs a matrix of tiny gas plasma bubbles coated by phosphor and charged by precise electrical voltages to create a picture.

    Pros: Very large screens available; vibrant color quality can't be beat

    Cons: Screen brightness can dim over time; fragile; expensive


  • LCD TV - LCD TV uses Liquid Crystal Display technology (generally TFT), as opposed to cathode ray or plasma for its visual output. The result is breathtaking images. Larger screen LCD televisions are hugely popular as more and more are produced.

              Pros: Thinnest and lightest of all TVs

              Cons: Max size is limited for now; very expensive; can create ghosting in action scenes


  • Projection DLP TV- DLP (Digital Lighting Processing) technology uses an optical semiconductor to manipulate light digitally. Picture quality is masterful. You’ll find DLP technology in many televisions, home theater systems and business and entertainment projectors.

             Pros: Cheaper than comparably sized flat-panels

             Cons: Thicker than flat panels; lamps burn out and are pricey



Pros: Bargain-basement prices; best overall picture

Cons: Enormous at large sizes; limited maximum screen size; hogs power; yesterday's technology

Screen Size

You won't see the benefits of HDTV if you sit too far away; at 10 feet you need at least a 35-inch set.


    HDMI offers a simple, all-digital connection for both video and audio in a single cable.


720p and 1080i are the two major HD standards; but the high-end 1080p is even better.


Bring a friend; CRTs and larger projection TVs are huge and can weigh hundreds of pounds.  Fancy wall-mount kits for LCDs and plasmas usually cost extra.

How To Pick Your Best TV Size?

How Do You Watch TV?

Does your family gathers together on movie nights?  Are you a lone sports fan who really gets into your favorite game, or has the whole neighborhood over?  Do you have an intimate TV room, or a huge home theater?  Do you watch in the bedroom, or the living room?

The size of the TV that's best for you and your family depends on how you like to spend your time and the size of your room.

For family rooms and other spaces with high TV use, 37 inch and larger are the most popular choices.  In large rooms, the largest size possible is usually best.

For bedrooms, offices and other medium-sized spaces, look in the 26 to 37 inch size range.

For kitchens and smaller rooms where you are closer to the TV, consider a 15 to 19 inch screen.