Technology is constantly evolving and by doing that it makes it more difficult for people to decide on which tech piece they want to buy. The same applies for HDTVs nowadays. There are so many different makes and models, manufactured by different brands, incorporating all kinds of unique and common features. If you are in the market for a brand new HDTV for your home take a look at the following guidelines which should make your decision making process easier.
There are several categories which need be considered when buying a new HDTV. Let’s take one step at a time.
Setting Your Preferred Budget Range
The larger the number of models and all sorts of different features on a certain HDTV will make the price go up or down. The first, and possibly most important, thing to decide is how much you are willing to spend. Let’s see what the most common budget ranges will get you.
Starting with less than $500 you will get a LCD, HD-Ready TV. If you wish your TV do have an integrated tuner, in that price range you are looking at 15 inch TVs at most. If you wish to sacrifice brand quality you could find some larger HDTV, up to 27 inches from brands like ViewSonic or Olevia.
For a budget range of $500-1000 you will most likely be able to find a 32inch or smaller LCD HDTV with integrated tuner. That price range could get you a 50inch HDTV but with digital light processing technology.
For a budget range of $1000-2000 you can get up to 46inch LCD HDTVs with integrated tuners. The same range will get you a 50inch or less Plasma TV or a 65inch HDTV with digital light processing at most.
The highest budget range we are going to consider is $2000-4000. While we are completely aware of the extent of the budget, in this price range you can comfortably find a 52 inch LCD, a Plasma TV of 60inches or 75inch HDTV with digital light processing technology.
The Screen Size Should Match the Size of the Room
Back in the day people simply acquired the biggest size TV they could afford. However, there were no TV with the sizes of the ones on the market today. Furthermore, now HDTV prices are more affordable to the majority of the population, and it is more important to get a screen size that will blend in with the room. A 52inch HDTV is not really necessary in a smaller room, just as you cannot cover a bigger room with a 15 inch device.
Distance and viewing angles are two of the most important factors that have to be considered when choosing the size of the screen. A smaller screen viewed by a bigger distance will put pressure on your eyes and you will feel more displeasure than pleasure.
That being said, a larger widescreen TV will cause your eyes to move constantly all over the screen if you are viewing it from a close range, which can also make your head hurt.
As a rule of thumb, a 4-8 viewing distance is ideal for 24inch HDTV, 8-16 feet for 50inch and 10-20 feet distance for 60inch HDTV. There is absolutely no point in getting a 60inch TV if you plan on watching TV on it being 10 feet away from it.
Consider the Additional Features Included
Nowadays TVs are used for so much more than just watching the news. Some people enjoy playing games on gaming consoles. The better the image quality, the better the gaming experience. Others connect their HDTVs to their home entertainment system and enjoy watching their favorite movies in HD or bigger quality.
Depending on the number of devices you want to attach to your HDTV, be sure to check the number of connections it can handle. To cover the most basic needs of the modern age you would want a device that has 2 HDMI inputs at least and a couple of USB ports for different uses. Also, if possible, get a HDTV that is Wi-Fi ready, or has Wi-Fi built in, if you want to wirelessly stream your audio and video content to it without having to run even more cables connecting to it.