HDTV Guide

Before deciding on your HD package from one of the current HD providers you will need a TV that receives HD signals and displays correspondingly high quality HD output.

Our HDTV guide provides the latest news and reviews for HD TVs including LCD, plasma, Blu-ray and 3D HDTV products.

HDTV Buyers Guide

When buying a new HD TV you need to to consider the following HDTV guide:

1. Which screen type is right for me?
2. What screen size is best?
3. What will I be viewing on my TV?
4. HDTV prices
5. The Best HDTV

Screen Type

You’ve decided that you want a new HDTV. But what type? There are two main types: LCD and Plasma. But  what do those terms mean, and which is better?

Currently manufacturers are focusing on LCD technology. Consequently there is a much greater choice of TV’s using this technology. However Plasma TVs also have much to offer.

Plasma TVs
Plasma screens are perfectly flat. They produce vibrant highly detailed images. This is great for regular room lighting and they can be viewed from almost any distance or angle without affecting viewing experience. Even when close to the screen, you won’t see any loss in picture quality.

Plasma screens are only a few inches thick. Because of this they are often very easily installed. Many like to wall-mount them or hang them from the ceiling.

Unlike conventional televisions, Plasma TVs don’t use beams of electron. This means that they are immune to magnetic fields, which allows speakers to be placed close to it without any loss in picture quality.

LCD TVs
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) TVs are made up of millions of tiny liquid crystal molecules, called pixels. The pixels act like a camera shutter, allowing light to either pass through or be blocked to create an image on-screen. Colour is then added through three red, green, and blue filters. LCD TV screens have sharp, clear pictures without any reflection from indoor lights or sunlight.

LCD TVs are extremely lightweight making them both highly portable and versatile. Screen sizes range from 13″ (4:3) to 60″ (widescreen), which means you can watch LCD TV anywhere you like!

Comparison of Screen Types

Plasma:
Wider range of size, especially for larger screens
Better contrast
Superior colour
Superior motion tracking (nearly no motion lag)

LCD:
Much lower power demand
Better images brightness

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