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TV Buying Guide

Choosing a new TV can be a fun and exciting adventure for the whole family, however it can also be a difficult decision. This informative manual was put together in hopes of making the comparison involved a little easier on you as the consumer. At a glance you will be able to determine the advantages as well as the disadvantages of each TV type to help you discover which is right for you, your family, and your home when the time to purchase arrives. We also take a look at each type in-depth to give you a better understanding of how each product ranks in terms of its advantages and the possible features to look when searching for your new TV.

First let's discuss some things you may want to consider before you start your TV search. You will want to determine what size you would like for your room, or at least decide on a range. You will also need to measure the space where you want the TV to go to make sure it will fit and that the viewing area will be completely unobstructed. TVs are measured in inches diagonally across their screen, you can use this as a guide to help demonstrate where you would like the TV to go however you need to allow for any platform that it may be displayed on and note any frame width restrictions. Also, take the actual size of your room into consideration. A larger room will call for a larger TV as a small TV would look best in a smaller room.

When looking at TVs you will want to take their resolution into consideration because the better resolution a TV has the better the picture quality will be. You may also want to consider how much time you and your family actually spend watching TV. If anyone rarely uses the TV then a smaller one may suit you best. Last but not least, consider the different features the TV has, such as being HDTV ready, if it has a memory stick reader to allow you to view slides from your digital camera, do you want a combo set with a DVD/VHS built in, does it have a V-Chip to allow you to set parental controls for when you are unable to monitor your children's programming, and what length of warranty is available.

There are four main types of TVs to choose from. They are CRT, LCD, Plasma, and Rear Projection. Many people also build actual projection TVs into their home, those types of setups, usually found in the home theaters of the very wealthy, are beyond the scope of this article.

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