High Definition Televisions for the Informed Consumer


High Definition Televisions

By Anne Ahira

When any new technology is made available for consumer use, the prices almost always start out high and steadily decline as improvements are made and competition increases.

This is certainly the case when it comes to high definition televisions, that were introduces a few years back at jaw-dropping prices.

It was not at all uncommon for sets to depend price tags of five or even ten thousand dollars.

But today high definition television sets have come down in price enough to make them the number one option for anyone interested in buying a big screen television.

In this article we are going to discuss a few of the most important things you should know before you go shopping for high definition televisions.

Even though this technology has been around for quite some time, buying high definition televisions is not exactly cut and dry. In fact, many consumers are disappointed to find that some high definition sets do not offer better picture quality than their old sets. There are several reason for this.

The first and most obvious one is resolution. The fact is that most of the lower quality, less expensive sets will naturally have inferior resolution. This is measured in pixels and many of the cheapest sets have about the same number of pixels (maybe a little more) as traditional sets.

That is why it is important to locate high definition televisions that offer a minimum of 1280 x 720 pixels. This will provide you with superior picture quality even when you are not watching high definition channels.

You also should make certain the device has an HDMI connection port that will allow you to connect a Blue-Ray or HD DVD player and view movies in 1080p. This might sound a bit technical, but basically it just ensures superior picture quality when you play either Blue-Ray or HD-DVD discs.

Because if the set does not offer this feature, then you will not be able to view movies in high definition, which is a waste since both Blue-Ray and HD-DVD players are technologies that were specifically created to be used with high definition televisions.

Another extremely important consideration, possibly even more significant than resolution when it comes to picture quality, is the contrast.

The contrast controls level of brightness and sharpness in the screen, and if you do not have a set that allows you to adjust the picture to meet your needs, you will likely be disappointed with your purchase.

The most popular high definition televisions when it comes to contrast are the plasmas, which are generally said to offer truer blacks. However, the LCD sets, which are often a bit pricier, are also typically brighter.

There are also rear projection sets that are far cheap and do not provide the viewing angles most consumers desire, i.e., you can only clearly see the screen if you are sitting in front of it and not too far off to either side. There is also an issue with spottiness with these sets, as brightness can be inconsistent with certain models.

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