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How to Choose the Right HDTV for Your Home

Updated on June 27, 2010

Okay, you've saved money for big screen hdtv in your dreams. You look at shops and websites and got confused with terms: Full HD, HD Ready, HDMI, 1080p,, contrast, refresh rate and etc.. You got the money but you don't know what to choose. This hub is the guide to the big screen television world.

What is HDTV: HDTV is the high definition television standard. If you don't have any idea about what high definition and resolution is play with the resolution settings of your computer monitor. This will give you an idea. The normal televisions provide you a resolution of 480 for NTSC and 576 for PAL systems. (Resolutions are indicated as interlaced lines of resolution) HDTV offers you 1080 pixels. The difference is clear but is it the resolution only that matters, no there are more factors you should consider while choosing a TV.

HDTV Terms:

There are lots of terms you will come across while you are searching for your big screen TV. I will give you a short definition for those terms you should consider as a glossary of high definition televisions.

FULL HD: It shows that the TV offers 1080 pixels.

HD Ready: HD ready televisions aren't 1080 pixels but they offer 768 or 720 pixels which can display High Definition broadcasts. (They aren't necessarily worse than Full HD)

Refresh Rate: It is the frequency of the image refreshing of your tv. The lower refresh rate represents for a better quality as the more image will be shown in a time interval.

Contrast: The contrast stands for the color depth of the television. The higher contrast is the better image quality.

The trickiest part of buying a HDTV is reading the numbers well. I see a lot of televisions with the label FULL HD but the image quality is worse then HD Ready TV's. If the TV you are thinking of buying isn't super size then you should consider buying a HD Ready TV with 720 pixel resolution but with a higher contrast and lower refresh rate. If the screen size isn't extra large than the resolution loses importance and other factors are more likely to effect the quality of image. I hope you have fun watching your HDTV.

Note: There are some recommended tv's to your selection at the right menu which are in Christmas discount by now.

Choosing The Right HDTV Size for Your Room

The HDTVs come in many different sizes and the biggest HDTV isn't always the best for your room. If you choose a large HDTV for a small room, you will end up counting the pixels on your TV. You must choose the ideal size for your viewing distance for ensuring a good TV watching experience. You can use the chart below to define the best HDTV size to suit your house.


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      PioneerMan 9 years ago

      Wow! I never really had it explained like that. Thanks for the info. I love the resolution chart really well don.

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      bloggerdollar 10 years ago

      Drew the Blu-Ray HD-Dvd situation is still a dillemma. Sony has always tried to bring a new standart to the medium and sometimes failed sometimes achieved. Remember VHS-Beta , Md Discs.

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      Drew 10 years ago

      Great, this is what I have been looking for. Glad I looked through my stumble notices and saw this. Now I just need blu-ray vs. hd-dvd. :) It's such a large (monetary) committment to each one, I'm not sure which to go with. I kinda think blu-ray has a better chance at longer lifespan though, now that it comes standard with PS3.

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      Eileen Hughes 10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Very informative. We have ours all set up but would like a bigger screen


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