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What Should You Look For In Buying An HDTV?

Nov 26, 2007
When you first look into purchasing an HDTV, there are a few factors you need to be aware of, namely the advantages of purchasing an integrated system. An integrated system represents the best choice because it does not require a connecting receiver or tuner, and and all that it needs is a cable or satellite connection.

Another possibility, for shoppers who cannot quite afford the high cost of HDTV, there is something else worth thinking about and that is the HDTV-capable set which consists of a HDTV monitor that needs an external receiver which will permit you to see HDTV shows and programs.

Other Things to Think About in Buying a HDTV

These days there is a plethora of electronic outlets that have sprouted in U.S suburbs. As well, there is an overload of information dealing with the latest improvements in HD and Plasma TV in newspapers and magazines. HDTV is simply the next generation of digital TV. HD stands for High Definition, and anyone who has viewed HDTV will tell you the viewing experience is far better, especially seeing athletic events or Hollywood productions. So, if your a TV addict then there is nothing today that can satisfy your cravings more than an HDTV.

Among the other considerations you should pay attention to are audio, connector ports, HD receiver/tuner, and, finally, resolution. With regard to audio, top of the line is Dolby Digital Surround, but there are different types worth a look. The best choice is to try out various audio systems before choosing which is best for you.

Also take into consideration how many connector ports you'll require. The number you can use will vary from brand to brand and model to model. The best way to go is to be certain that there are enough to furnish all your needs. In most Cases you'll require connector ports such as Composite Video, A/V, RF, RCA and Component video along with HDMI and VGA.

Next, you need to ensure that your HDTV includes an internal HD receiver which will enhance your viewing experience. Of course, some satellite and cable TV providers will provide these for rent, or even give you a free external HD receiver.

Resolution, The Final Arbiter

Finally, don't overlook resolution, which, in the final analysis is the most critical. If resolution is not up to standards you will not go home to a significantly better television viewing experience, which is the whole objective in the first place. Otherwise, you could have simply continued with your old television. At the very least there should be a vertical resolution of not less than 1080i and 720p which, of course, is much better than what standard television models provide, that is only a single resolution of 480i.

In time, more and more programming for HDTV will evolve. Already, such channels as Discovery and ESPN have adopted it, and the networks in many metropolitan areas are viewable on HDTV. It's a good idea to have the equipment in place to take advantage of this truly enhanced way of watching the tube as it continues to grow.
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Robert Knechtel has created a variety of websites aimed at providing useful information and tools for better living. You'll find more information and discussion about HDTV and plasma TV at About Plasma TV.
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