Hdtv Buying Guide Part One

Hdtv Buying Guide Part One



HDTV: Buying Guide, Part One
There’s never been a​ better time than now to​ buy a​ high-definition television (HDTV) .​
Whether your primary source of​ television programming is​ local over-the-air broadcasts, cable or​ digital satellite TV, you will find that there is​ now a​ wealth of​ high-definition programs available .​
If you have a​ standard-definition television you will also enjoy all of​ your widescreen-format DVDs that much more on a​ HDTV .​
And with Toshiba now shipping their first-generation HD-DVD players and Blu-Ray players coming to​ North America next month, there are even more reasons why it​ makes sense to​ take the plunge and buy an​ HDTV.
Now that you’re convinced you need to​ go out and buy a​ brand new HDTV the question is​ what type of​ unit to​ buy .​
First, you should decide what size HDTV makes sense for you .​
Because HDTV’s have a​ wider aspect ratio (16:9) compared to​ a​ standard television (4:3) you will want to​ choose a​ larger diagonal screen size for your new HDTV than you might expect .​
CNET has a​ great guide you can check to​ find out the right size that meets your needs.
Now that you’ve chosen what size HDTV to​ get the next question is​ what type of​ technology you should look at .​
Older CRT analog televisions were all based on the same basic technology, but now you have a​ potentially confusing array of​ choices: LCD, plasma, DLP, LCoS, and D-ILA .​
LCD and plasma are both flat panel technologies that can be mounted on walls .​
If you’re looking for an​ HDTV less than 42 inches then LCD is​ probably your best choice .​
Plasma is​ a​ better choice for HDTVs over 42 inches, as​ current LCD units get very expensive in​ larger size formats .​
I just pre-ordered the new Samsung HLS-5087W 50 inch rear projection DLP HDTV .​
Many believe that DLP technology offers the best price/performance in​ the 50 inch plus category of​ HDTV today .​
Sony has made a​ large investment in​ LCoS technology which it​ brands as​ SRXD, while JVC brands their LCoS line D-ILA .​
LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) is​ most similar to​ DLP (Digital Light Projection) technology, however many believe the DLP camp has made faster progress on reducing manufacturing costs to​ offer consumers a​ better price/performance ratio .​
While rear projection DLP HDTVs lack the flat panel appeal of​ LCD and plasma units, they are much lighter and have far less depth than the CRT televisions of​ the past.
You’ve chosen the right size and technology for your new HDTV, and now you’re trying to​ understand what is​ 720p versus 1080i versus 1080p .​
Let me help you out here – don’t bother getting a​ 720p today .​
I’d recommend at​ least a​ 1080i, better yet a​ 1080p .​
My new Samsung is​ both 1080p input as​ well as​ output .​
In order to​ understand what all of​ these strange numbers mean, well, you’ve have to​ wait until my next article.




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