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Home Theater - How To Choose And Buy LCD TVs

Aug 20, 2007
In the market for an LCD TV? The LCD "craze" has gathered strong momentum in the last two years as prices become much more affordable.

The main drawback with LCDs apart from price has been their size with many home theater enthusiasts much more comfortable with the larger screen plasma televisions. However, LCDs are rapidly gaining ground in the large screen stakes with improved technology and supposed better picture quality tempting even the most ardent plasma fans to at least look at their options.

Price is always a serious consideration with LCDs. It's been an amazing transformation during the last two years which have seen prices virtually tumble. What may have set you back close to $10,000 just 2-3 years ago is now less than half and the good news is, the size of the televisions has increased giving the consumer seemingly better value for money.

Large Screen TV Affordability

Major brands such as Sony, Samsung and Sharp have some excellent models available in the 40+ inch selection and it seems with improved technology, screen sizes over 50 inches will be more readily available. But that's in the future.

LCD technology was once limited to models under 30 inches because of light distribution and color issues but this is now appearing to be an issue of the past.

Should you buy a large screen LCD? Why not if your budget can afford it. As a home theater enthusiast there are other considerations to be taken into account first.

Home theater is a passion for more and more people each year with many joining the so-called revolution. Before you even look at price you need to consider your room layout and tv viewing distance.

There's no point in spending a small fortune on a large screen television if the specs of your theater room haven't been taken into account.

How To Determine Screen Size Choice?

There is a simple formula to ascertain the size of screen you'll ultimately need. Look at your floor plan if you're in the process of setting up a home theater room. You know where the television is going to be perched; now where are you going to sit.

If you are going for the larger 42+ inch model LCD then you should be sitting no closer than 10-12 feet from the screen. In some cases, a distance of up to 15 feet is preferred particularly for screens in excess of 50 inches.

For established home theater rooms it's just a matter of measuring your viewing distance from the screen. Under 10 feet then you should consider the smaller sets. Viewing distance with LCDs has got a lot to do with being able to enjoy your set. Sit too close and you lose a lot in viewing quality.
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