TV Shopping Guide

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A new TV is one of the most delightful and exciting things to buy. The feeling of opening the box, connecting all wires and let the magic happen for the first time is a wonderful thing. However, with LCD, LED, FULL HD, DTV, HDMI and 4K available in the market, there’s a lot of complicated technology and technical terms to be aware of when shopping. Through this article, we will help you unravel the mystery of buying the right TV. With that said, here is what to consider when buying a TV:


Cost Benefit

The first thing to consider is how much money you have at your disposal to spend as prices of new TVs vary greatly. If you think of buying a giant flat-screen with sophisticated home theater technology, be prepared to spend a lot of money.

However, there are a wide range of products more affordable for those who do not want to break the bank. However, be very careful if you see too low prices. As they say “you get what you pay for”, and cheap electrical components could lead to poor picture quality, a short product lifespan, lack of surge protection, or other problems.


What is your profile?

If you’re crazy about colors that pop, you won’t want to settle for anything less than plasma. However, for those who prefer efficiency and longer life, LCD HDTV’s are a good choice. The recent rise of 4k TV’s, so-called because of their 4,000+ pixels, is currently still priced only for the affluent consumer, but might be tempting for those in need of the ultimate media experience. Evaluate what’s important to you.



There is no point in having a powerful television that communicates using old cables. LCD Televisions and Plasma usually come with various types of connectors, but the best connection for no quality loss is HDMI, which has been built into most equipment that support high-definition digital images.

Another interesting feature is a DVI connector. This allows you to use your TV as a high quality monitor for your computer, recommended for gamers and computer addicts.


Viewing Angle

Before making the choice of a television, keep in mind the size of your room and the position in which people will be looking at the TV. If you know that you will always be directly in front of the screen, no need to worry about the angle, but if several people will be scattered around the room to watch, it is important that you check how much angle and tilt is allowed by the television.


Response Time

While shopping, find out what the response time of the television is. The lower the response time, the faster the processing of the television.


LCD or Plasma?

Unfortunately the answer to this question is: it depends. It would be irresponsible to say that one is better than the other, because it depends on your needs and use cases. There are both advantages and disadvantages of Plasma compared to LCD. Plasma tends to have more vibrant colors and contrast at purchase, however an LCD TV will last longer since plasma televisions degrade within a few years usually, and some still images may get spots.



Symbols of television networks or video games that have fixed information on the screen cause the so-called “burn-in “, a term for the spots on the screen that “burn” the pixels that are fixed for long. These spots are not necessarily permanent; it depends on how long the image was static. But, it’s no fun to turn off the TV and still seeing what was on the screen. Plasma TVs are a better option for those who are likely to watch static images on the television, since they don’t have this problem.



Sharpness and resolution go together, hand in hand. The Plasma TVs treat each pixel individually. This makes the images look with the colors more vibrant, but also limits the size of the maximum resolution supported.

In the case of liquid crystal displays, a light illuminates all pixels at once. This allows the resolution to be increased since the television can display more lines.


Energy Consumption

Since it illuminates all pixels simultaneously, LCD screens use up to 70% less energy than the old CRT’s. Plasma TVs, which have a light for each pixel, spend significantly more energy than any other type of television.


Contrast Ratio

The relationship between the “maximum white” and “minimum black” that digital TVs can play is called the contrast ratio. The higher the contrast ratio, the greater the ability of the TV to show realistic pictures.


Finishing Up

Never invest in a technology you don’t need. It is foolish to buy a high end television with no infrastructure to support its optimum performance. Also, don’t risk getting a hernia by trying to lift a giant television up those stairs, or, even worse, dropping it and breaking it before it’s even been used. Let the store deliver it and install that properly.


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