Choosing the Right LCD TV

 

Step 1
Measure the area where you intend to put the TV. Be sure you know the maximum dimension of TV you can put in your space.


Step 2
Consider what extras you are looking for. Some come equipped with a memory card slot for viewing pictures or videos from digital cameras and camcorders. If you watch a lot of DVDs (in non-progressive scan mode), you should look for a TV that has a film mode feature, commonly found on HD sets. This feature is also called 3:2 compensation, CineMotion and film mode, and makes the figures on the screen appear less jagged and movements less jerky. On a 16:9 set, a stretch and zoom feature allows you to inflate or compress the image to fill the screen the wat you want it.


Step 3
Look at speaker location and quality if possible. Some speakers are at the bottom, some are along the sides. You will want to consider where you want the sound coming from, and how the speaker location will work if you plan on storing your TV in an entertainment center.


Step 4
Think about what you’ll be hooking into the LCD TV. Be sure there are enough inputs and that they are easy to use if you’ll be using devices such as cable/satellite boxes, DVD players and VCRs.


Step 5
Check the viewing angles of screens, especially if the TV will be viewed by many people at once. Step to each side of the TV and view it from many different angles. A good LCD choice is one that can be viewed from many angles and the entire picture is still seen. (This isn’t as important if you are choosing a small screen LCD TV.)


Step 6
Consider the picture quality you want. If the TV will be your main TV, an HD set with a 1024 X 768 resolution is recommended. If you’re looking at a screen size larger than 30 inches, a resolution of 1366 X 768 may offer better quality.

 

 

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