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How To Select A Really Good LCD TV

May 29, 2008
Picking the right LCD TV for you depends on several factors - price and size being the two most important. LCD televisions can be tricky to figure out, but once you get used to some of the terminology as you shop you'll become more familiar with the different brands and size ranges. Choosing a size for your home first and foremost has to do with space - how much space do you have available and how big a screen do you want?

The first thing you should do is take some measurements of the area where the TV will be located. These numbers will help you determine the size of screen that's right for you. Consider what seating and furniture setup will work best for viewers of the LCD television. If you like where your furniture is now, leave it as is and think about screen size according to the current configuration. If you want to make changes, now is the best time to do so - before you select and bring home the TV.

Measure the distance from the viewing and seating area to the place you want to put the LCD television. 35-inch or smaller LCD TVs should be placed 10 feet away, while anything larger needs a longer viewing distance. For instance, a 60-inch television requires a distance of 15-20 feet.

The angle of viewing is also an important consideration. Certain models provide better viewing angles than others. What exactly is an LCD TV viewing angle? Simply, it's the angle the television can be viewed from the side before the quality of the picture starts to degrade.

When looking at televisions in the store, focus on the television under consideration, and inspect for picture quality. Does it produce the quality of picture you desire? Is the screen size what you're looking for? The best size of LCD screen is easier to determine if you stop comparing to the other models in the store and concentrate on the models you want to buy.

It's best to purchase an LCD with an anti-glare coating if light reflection from outside is something you have to worry about, although a lot of light can still cause some glare, no matter what model you choose. Keep this in mind when setting up the room in your house that is going to contain the television.

When selecting an LCD TV the question of HDTV also comes up. If enjoying HDTV entertainment is important to you, than you have to purchase an LCD with HDTV capabilities. Prices differ depending on the brand and size, so do some research before you make a final decision.

Sharp and Samsung are two of the main competitors in LCD TVs. Whether you buy a Sharp or a Samsung doesn't really matter - as long as you find a television that fits your specifications, you should be able to find something that works well for you. Cheap LCDs can be found at discount stores, although generally purchasing this kind of electronic is not a cheap endeavor. That said, you can find some deals if you wait patiently for sales, or look for refurbished models.
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