TV technology is moving incredibly fast and the pace is hottest with LCD and
Plasma TVs. Last year's models will be outperformed by the new season's products
Even better LCD and Plasma TVs are getting slimmer, more elegant and 'room
friendly' all the time. The beauty of flat panel TVs is that they take
relatively little space, look great and make for a great home theater system.
Until recently, a Plasma was the only sensible large, flat panel TV choice, but
LCD TVs are now available all the way up to 50 inch sizes. At that size they are
more expensive than an equivalent size Plasma TVs, but the gap is closing fast.
For smaller sizes up to 32 inches, an LCD TV is the most common flat screen TV
Buyers Tip No 1. Make sure you know the size you want and that it fits in
your room. Measure up the space where your LCD and Plasma TVs will go - on top
of a cabinet or hanging on a wall. The reason for this step? When you get to the
mall and see the largest screen you're going to go "Wow I want that!"
Buyers Tip No 2. Know your budget and stick to it. No doubt about it, LCD
and Plasma TVs are sexy, especially when you see one showing one of your
favourite movies. This means it's very easy to get carried away, spend too much
and end up regretting your purchase as you pay it off, when you should be
enjoying your new Plasma or LCD TV.
Buyers Tip No 3. Be patient and shop around - time is on your side.
Because the technology is evolving so quickly, prices drop noticeably every
month and the products are getting better. Wait a little longer and the price
for the Plasma or LCD TV you want will drop into your budget range.
Buyers Tip No 4. Write down the features you want in a checklist. For
example High Definition TV (HDTV) is now common, so you'll probably want that.
Many Plasmas and almost all LCD TVs are now High Definition ready. List your key
features in a table format and use it to compare and check off the features of
each model on your shopping list.
Buyers Tip No 5. At the end of the day, just trust your own eyes (and
ears). After you've set your budget, worked out what size and features you want
and compared the TVs in your price range, how do you make your choice? The
answer is simple - buy the LCD or Plasma TV that you like the best. The best
picture (and best sound) at the end of the day is the one you like best.
|About The Author
Chris Galloway is a home theater and audio enthusiast. For product
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