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Dec. 18 NewEgg: Last-Minute Gift Stop: $370 49in 1080p LED-LCD TV, $99 Crucial 256GB SSD, Exp Dec. 24

Aug. 19 Kmart.com: Seiki SC261FS 26in 720p LCD HDTV $79 , Exp Unknown

Jul. 6 Pauls TV: Panasonic TCP65VT60 65in 1080p Plasma HDTV + 2 Pairs of Active 3D Glasses $2600 shipped, Exp Unknown

Jul. 4 Amazon: SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual High Definition Digital Television $60 shipped, Exp Unknown

Mar. 18 eBay: LG 42CS560 42in Class Full 1080p LCD HDTV $360 shipped, Exp Unknown

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Television Shopping Guide

Television is always a must-have for almost every family. And with the lower price, big-screen TVs such as projection TVs (usually starts at 40") and plasma TVs are get more and more popular.

There are many types of TV. Direct-view sets are usually brighter, more colorful but much more expensive especially for big screen models, while all projection TVs has flat, square, big screen but suffers a bit on brightness and color.

Popular television sets include Plasma TVs, LCD TVs, and Flat TVs (such as Sony WEGA). See our Plasma TV shopping guide, LCD TV shopping guide, Projection TV shopping guide for more information.

There are also many other types of TVs such as portable TVs, TV/VCR or TV/DVD combos that makes TV viewing more convenient.

Which TV is the best for me?

Size of screen: First, you need to determine the size of screen you want.

  • Portables: Usually with a 2"-5" screen, palm-size, convenient and ready to go.
  • Decorators: upto 13" and come with different bright colors. Perfect choice for small spaces like kitchen and bathroom.
  • Secondary Sets: upto 20", good for bedroom, guestroom, kids' room.
  • Primary Sets: 25" and up.

While most people find larger TV more attractive, there are something you need to consider before you go for the largest TV you can afford.

Room Size - Always allow enough distance between your seating and TV. Recommendations are:

  • 6-10 ft for 32-37" screens 
  • 10-14 ft for 42" screen
  • 12-16 ft for 50" screen
  • 15+ ft 61-63" screens

Technology Avaiable - Not all TVs come with any size you want. And avoid those TVs with the largest screen of its kind such as 30" LCD or 60"+ Plasma TV, buy a 30" Plamsa or 60"+ DLP projection TV instead. Top of the line products usually come with sky-high price too.

  • LCD: from 2" in portables upto 30".
  • Plasma TV: 32" - 63"
  • Flat-Panel CRT TVs: 9" - 42"

Which to choose: Each type of TV has its own pros and cons. Overall, CRT TVs offer best image quality, projection TVs offer reasonable price for big screen TVs while plasma TV become more and more popular because of its very thin (3" - 5", and no increase with larger screen), stylish looking and big, colorful screen.

Features

YES (best first) NO (worst first)
Flat, square screen Plasma TV, LCD TV, Projection TV, Flat-Panel CRT TV Non-flat traditional CRT TVs
30"+ screen size Projection TV(cheap), Plasma TV(truthful color), CRT TV(best image quality) LCD TV
Hang on the wall (thin, stylish) Plasma TV(big, cheaper), LCD TV(long-lasting, no burn-in) CRT TV, Projection TV
Truthful color CRT TV, Plasma TV, Projection TV, LCD TV  
Brightness, contrast, true black CRT TV, Projection TV, Plasma TV, LCD TV  
Static Image (computer, gaming) LCD TV, CRT TV, Projection TV Plasma TV (burn-in effect)
Fast-moving scene All other TV LCD TV (slow response leave trace behind)
Wide view angle CRT TV, Plasma TV, Projection TV LCD TV
Digital Video input (computer) HDTV, HDTV-ready TV w/ high resolution  

If you will only use your TV to watch TV programs and DVDs, almost any TV is good for you. But if you have some special needs, there may be some limitations. For gaming, choose a TV with component video input for best result, also exclude Plasma from your choice because it has the burn-in effect (read more about this in our Plasma TV shopping guide). If you plan to use it as computer display, choose a TV with wider view angle (LCD TV are not good for this) and high resolution (such as HDTV) and again, exclude Plasma TVs for the burn-in effect. See Plasma TV shopping guide, LCD TV shopping guide, Projection TV shopping guide for more information.

Size of screen: TVs come with different sizes. First decide where you want to put it and the way you want to use it. 

  • Portables: Usually with a 2"-5" screen, palm-size, convenient and ready to go.
  • Decorators: upto 13" and come with different bright colors. Perfect choice for small spaces like kitchen and bathroom.
  • Secondary Sets: upto 20", good for bedroom, guestroom, kids' room.
  • Primary Sets: 25" and up.

While most people find larger TV more attractive, there are something you need to consider before you go for the largest TV you can afford.

Room Size - Always allow enough distance between your seating and Plasma TV. Recommendations are:

  • 6-10 ft for 32-37" screens 
  • 10-14 ft for 42" screen
  • 12-16 ft for 50" screen
  • 15+ ft 61-63" screens

Other Things to consider when buying a TV

Image Quality: Bring a couple familiar DVD with great images with you to the store and ask the sales person to play it for you on the TV sets you are considering to buy. DVDs such as A Bug's Life will help you find out whether or not the colors are lifelike (make sure it is not over saturated too), while black and white pictures help more on evaluating brightness and contrast qualities.

HDTV:

HDTV (High-Definition Television) is the most advanced of 18 Advanced Television (ATSC) formats by FCC. Although broadcasters are required to offer HDTV programs by 2006, the total conversion to High-Definition is still yet to happen. HDTV sets has a built-in digital HD receiver and much more expensive while HDTV-ready sets with high resolution screen but without the bulit-in receiver are a cheaper choice.

All HDTV sets are 16:9. It is best for watching DVDs but you will suffer bars on the side or image distortion when watching ordinary 4:3 programs.

It is claimed that there is 10-15% increase in image quality in HDTV (all other factors the same) when receiving HDTV signals. But depending on the manufacturer, the specific contrast ratio, brightness factors, even for HDTV signals, some non-HDTV/EDTV displays work better. Also, for conventional TV and DVD, mostly non-HDTV provides better image quality because less tempering is needed.

Then, why HDTV? There is 2 major reasons 1) ready for the future when more broadcasters offer HDTV signals  2) the high-resolution of HDTV displays is better for DTV signals, e.g. computer display. In the world of DTV (digital signal), higher resolution = better quality, period. Most computers use 1024x768 resolution and the typical 853 x 480 resolution for most non-HDTV is obviously not good enough for it. HDTV plasma TVs 42" and up uses 1024 x 768 or greater resolution and allows better quality computer video playback.

Sound:

  • Nicam Stereo Come with most big screen TVs. It provides stereo sound to TVs bulit-in speakers. For most sets, you can also add stereo speakers for better sound quality.
  • Simulated surround sound It uses only the TVs 2 speakers and yet gives you a sense of the space -- a pretty good illusion. Different manufacturors use different systems such as 3D Phonic, Virtual Dolby Surround and Incredible Surround. But sometimes they can make the TV sounds thin and echoy.
  • Home cinema surround sound Cinema-like sound at home! Need more speakers' support.
  • Dolby Pro-Logic One of the most popular surround sound system offered by most big TVs. For Dolby encoded programs, it can split given audio signals and send them to five speakers to create the surround sound effect. TV sets with this capability usually has bulit-in front and central speakers. Although most sets also offer audio-out connection to A/V receivers, TV's own Dolby Pro-Logic decoder seldom offers enough wattage. Some manufacturers, such as Sony, Toshiba, and RCA, offer special speaker systems that are compatible with their sets for an additional cost.
  • 5.1 Dolby Digital One of the ultimate TV sound. It has much better than Dolby Pro Logic with 1) more precise truthful sound 2) stereo rear speakers (Dolby Pro Logic only offers mono for rear) for realistic sound environment 3) dedicated output for a subwoofer
  • DTS (Digital Theatre System) A rival to Dolby Digital, sometimes even superior. Only several very expensive CRT and Rear Projection sets supports this format.

Video inputs:

  • RF a.k.a. antenna, cable, screw type, F-pin Antennae, mostly used for connecting with VCRs, cable and satellite boxes.
  • Composite video a.k.a. video, A/V (when combined with audio jacks), mostly used for connecting with Cable and satellite boxes, VCRs, DVD players, game consoles
  • S-Video mostly used for connecting with Cable and satellite boxes, S-VHS VCRs, DVD players, game consoles. It separates the luminance (Y) and chrominance (C) signals, offering better picture quality than standard video inputs. S-video jacks increase resolution, help color reproduction, and help reduce jitter at scene transitions. To get the most out of your video source, you must use an S-video jack for the highest resolution.
  • Interlaced Component Video (480i) Used for connecting with Standard DVD players.
  • Prograssive component Video (480p, EDTV) Used for connecting with Progressive-scan DVD players
  • Broadband component (1080i, HDTV) Used for connecting with Regular and progressive-scan DVD players, HDTV receivers
  • VGA (RGB) Used for connecting with Computers, some HDTV receivers, video processors and projectors
  • FireWire (IEEE 1394, iLink) Used for connecting with HDTV receivers, D-VHS VCRs
  • DVI-D with HDCP Used for connecting with HDTV receivers and DVD players

Features:

  • 16:9 Wide-screen Perfect for HDTV and DVD playback. All Plasma TVs and HDTV ready models have wide-screen. For 4:3 signals such as conventional TV or computer video output, they displays it with the choice of bars on the side or use a special program to enlarge it with minimal distortion.
  • Picture-in-Picture (PIP) It lets you view two video sources simultaneously. To use PIP, you need a second video source such as a VCR. A handful of high-end models include a second tuner for PIP, thereby eliminating the need to use the VCR tuner as the second video source. Advanced PIP lets you display multiple PIXs (or channels) on the screen at the same time (all are frozen except the channel that it is presently scrolling through), change the size or location the smaller box, and swap back and forth between main and PIP.
  • External Speaker Jacks It allows additional speakers for improved sound quality or surround sound experience. But using the TV's audio output will limit the wattage you receive.
  • Front A/V Jacks A handy feature for hooking up a camcorder or a video game console.
  • Parental Lock-Out or Channel Block All 13"+ sets now include a V-Chip (V for violence) that allows you to lock out certain programs with too much violence or sexual content. With a special pass code, you can lock out specific channels or disable the TV from being used during specified hours.
  • Sleep timer Auto shut off in a specified period of time, or automatically turn on at preselected times to ensure that you don't miss your favorite show.
  • On-screen help/program guides 
  • Dual antenna inputs: Most more expensive sets offer this feature. It allows dual inputs, such as a master antenna + cable box or cable box + DSS decoder. With a pretty cheap signal splitter, you can spilt the signal into A: Direct to TV's 1st input and B: To your cable box then to 2nd input of TV. Then you can switch from unscrambled programming and scrambled/premium programming easily.
  • Scan Velocity Modulation It provides sharper, brighter image with more contrast by adjusting the rate of horizontal movement of the beam as it draws the scan lines.
  • Comb Filter: It improves resolution, picture quality, and reduces objectionable color patterns. A glass comb filter can do a good job while a CCD or digital comb filter offers exceptional resolution enhancement.
  • Invar Shadow Mask An advanced feature that gives the picture more brightness and punch by counteracting the blooming effect.
  • Notch Filter eliminate sparkles with a little bit loss of resolution.
  • Remote: Choose a remote that fit in your hand and easy to use. Most 27"+ sets offer a universal remote that can also control VCRs, DVD players, etc. Buy a more advanced programable universal remote (or use your PDA w/ infred) if you have more than 3 components to control.

Where to buy? Popular mistakes:

  • B&M local stores is always better? Actually not. Plasma TVs are pretty expensive and local stores tends to carry only few of these. And mostly each store tends to carry only a few brands. Plus, the price is usually higher, sales tax is always charged and sales person is usually not so good at product details. The good, though, is that it is always easy to return and they are always authorized dealers, not cheaters.
  • Free shipping is a great deal? Not really. If they didn't just add the shipping cost to the price, free shipping usually means they will ship it with the cheapest way they can find. Plasma TVs are expensive and delicate and you certainly don't want the hassle to go through the returning procedure when you receive it with a broken screen. Shipping may be expensive, but it is what it should cost. Pay it willingly because with the online order, usually you already saved a lot on sales tax.

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