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“Everyone we know has one, and I want one too”.
My husband had the grace to grin as he commented on his lust for a big screen television using the reasoning of a fifth grader.It seems that everybody is moving toward a larger television primarily because the screens seem to draw you right into the actions taking place on the screen in much the same way that the movie theater does.

The problem is that some rooms aren’t made for a big screen and the over large television set can essentially overpower the entire room.

In order to get the right television for your particular needs, there are just a few factors to consider. Screen measurements, display ratios, how you like to watch it and how much you want to spend.

Among the most important of the things you will need to consider for your purchase are:

What follows are most of the crucial questions you’ll need to answer for future viewing pleasure.

What is the correct size for my room?

The distance that you will be seated away from the television will help you to determine the clarity of the image on the screen as well as how detailed it is.

If you are only watching real HDTV images in every show and movie, then you could sit as close as two times the screen size measured diagonally.

In other words, if your television of 36 inches, then you can site about 6 feet away and see it relatively clearly. But since HDTV is not what we see every show in. you will be watching some conventional television,(analog) and it isn’t going to be pretty from that close a distance to the set.

In other words, if you want a television that is 60 inches, you should be at least fifteen feet away to watch it and see a decent image in an analog show.

Which is Best, Flat Panel or Box?

The plasma and LCD flat panels are just oh so awesome looking and everyone wants one. Admittedly they look like something from the 25th century in present day and that slim little silhouette is just alluring as heck. Still if you take it all into consideration, then to get full HD resolution, do you know you are going to need a television that is over fifty inches in diameter? In most cases, that means that you are going to be paying upwards of 8000 US dollars. If you want to skip the flat panel and opt in for a box style, you will get full HDTV resolution for about a third of that, or about 3200, for a television that still weighs under a hundred pounds.

More than a great price and a lighter weight television, you will also get a super bright and really cool HD picture, granted without the flat panel, but also without the price.

YOU can save still more if you are willing to take it down a notch more and skip the HDTV and go for LCD.

And you will still get a bright, stunningly good HD picture — minus the ultra-cool flat-panel appeal, of course. If you still like the flat panel and are willing to accept good but not true HD picture quality, you can save a lot of money on a smaller LCD or plasma display.

HD Resolution, a want or a need?

Okay, so lets say, as in the case of my husband, who truly believes that HD TV is not a need but there is no way he is going to pass up the flat panel that his best buddy next door has.

If you can be satisfied with the DVD clarity, or EDTV, you can get a top line glat panel from Panasonic for just about 3 K that measures up at about 42 inches. That’s nothing to sneeze at for that price.
While you aren’t going to get HD, your plasma will take the signals from HD to a native resolution and it will still look better, even on an analog television set.

The ratio of width to height in a wide screen is about 16 to 9, which is the standard for HD, and will match most movies on DVD or HD programs but, there are still many shows and news items that are shot in the basic 4 to 3 ration that is the normal television.

The point of that comment being that if you choose a wide screen HD television, then you will have some annoying wide black bars at each side unless you use the stretch mode like your computer has to give you the background setup .
it sometimes, as you know, distorts the image on your computer and it will do the same thing on your television.

The old industry standard, the CRT television that we all had as kids is not yet ready for the electronic graveyard. Its been revamped so to speak, and you can actually get “true HDTV performance with excellent picture quality, a wide viewing angle, long life (14 years or more), and a bright, contrasty picture that can be viewed in bright rooms” and get it all for under 2 K if you are willing to sacrifice a little in a meatier television with a bit more bulk and pounds to it. The biggest you can get will be about forty inches

Purchasing a 34 inch HD, from Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba or Samsung will offer you some awesome picture quality, and because the screen isn’t hellishly over-sized, it will show you non- HDTV programs clearly and look great.

If in fact your heart is truly set on the larger screen HD and you absolutely don’t want the headaches that you can get from the front projector variety that need a completely dark room to make them look decent, then the best idea for you, will be an RPTV. which will get you a true HD resolution, will cost alot less than the fifty inch plasma flat, and be workable for your situation.

Last, but most certainly not least, is the new kid on the playground, the LCoS, or Liquid crystal on silicon, which is a very new technology that seems to be, according to those in the know “showing real promise” to offer up an even better resolution than either LCD or DLP, but at the moment, there are very few varieties of this available, and Toshiba, who had introduced a few varieties of this has now given up producing the technology. It goes without saying that LCOS is a great deal further up in the price scale.

A few Price comparisons:

Toshiba REGZA 42HL67 42″ LCD TV – $1,042.00

Sony KDL-46V3000 46″ BRAVIA V series LCD Flat Panel HDTV – $1,929.00

Sharp LC32D62U 32″ HD LCD TV – $940.00

Samsung FP-T5084 50″ Plasma HDTV with 1080p Resolution – $2,277.00


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