A Buyer’s Guide To Flat-screen TVs

With millions of options flooding the market, are you confused about what kind of flat-screen TV you should go for? Are you weighing in between a plasma TV or an LCD flat-screen? For the uninitiated, it could be quite the dilemma. If you are looking for some help in that direction, there’s always some to be found on the Internet. In fact, websites like FlatScreenExpert have in depth articles and reviews about the latest flat-screen options and so on. However, if you have firmly decided that you want to buy a flat screen TV, then here are the things you need to know.

Go over the tabletop options again

Don’t just go by the ads that tell you that the plasma TVs are the ones to go in for. There are many table options that can give you a similar and sometimes even better performance and quality that the flat-screen variety. It’s just that the latter has been glamorised to get more buyers. In fact, LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon) and DLP sets are cheaper but give you almost the same worth for money. You will get the same screen sizes as well.

Go for HDMI

Remember, that if possible always go a television set which has the HDMI or (High Definition Multimedia Interface) port. With that input you will be able to connect your set to sources of high definition TV including Blu Ray players, HD satellite, HD cable boxes and so on.

Don’t go by display alone

All the flat screen options will deliver crystal clear displays if they are connected to a HD source or a DVD one. The question is, how will they handle lower quality cable and satellite? In case you don’t have access to HD quality, you need to ensure that the tv can generate a good quality display for non-HD material as well.

How is the black display?

When you are checking out different flat screen sets, take along a DVD which contains some scenes which are dimly lit or have been shot at night time. Play it on the set to check how the detail has been rendered in case of darkness. Look for the quality of black reproduction. If you are going to do shopping by comparing, make sure to take a look at the top selling flat screen models before going in. Look at articles on tech websites like FlatScreenExpert
to have an idea in advance.

Explore the remote

The TV is not just about the TV. It’s the remote that will help you access it. Before making the final choice, look at the remote to see whether you fully understand all the functions or not. How user friendly is it? Does it have backlights to allow you to use it in the dark?  Are the buttons easy to read? Are the commonly used buttons easily accessible or do you have to squint to locate them? Make sure you are comfortable with the remote.

Tinker with the video

Check the picture quality and tweak the settings. Often a good display can be marred by poor settings adjustment. Tweak the settings for contrast, tint, colour, sharpness, etc and test the video settings to see what is the optimum display that you are getting out of the tv. You should also repeat these tests using a movie with night scenes or dimly lit ones.

Lastly, LCD and plasma screens might look pretty similar but the technology used is very different in both cases. Make sure to get an idea of both before buying that flat screen you always wanted.

About the author
Dave has been the tech advisor for many websites like FlatScreenExpert. He has been writing reviews for the past five years. In his spare time, Dave loves to spend time with his family and go on weekend camping trips with them.

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