Many people aspire to own a home theater system, and for them, nothing's more exciting than recreating the big-screen experience. The best way to start building your personal cinema is to choose a big-screen TV that will work for you and showcase your favorite shows and movies in the best possible way. Choosing from the thousands of televisions out there can be confusing, however. Many TV brands offer many different types of TVs. If you're looking for a television to complete your viewing experience, follow these tips to choose the best TV that will fit your budget and your viewing style.
Choosing Big-Screen TVs
There are basically two types of big-screen TVs out there. They are:
- Flat-panel plasma TVs—These flat-screen TVs work by using tiny fluorescent lights to form an image on the screen. They create extremely high-definition pictures and come in many different sizes. The plasma screen is digital and HDTV compatible. Many people choose plasmas now because the cost has come down quite a lot and the picture is very high quality.
- LCD TVs—While slightly less high-quality than plasma TVs, LCD TVs still offer a fairly decent picture and are HDTV compatible. These TVs work by passing light through a sandwiched liquid-crystal display screen. Like a computer monitor, the TV is digital.
When choosing a TV, consider if you want to view your channels in high definition. If so, you will need to make sure that the TV has the ability to display either 720p or 1080p. These specifications explain the resolution of your screen. The higher the number, the better your channels and movies will be displayed.
Next, choose whether you want a widescreen or standard screen. The aspect ratio of your TV will determine how you view the picture. Many TVs are widescreen, but some people prefer a standard TV because they dislike the "letterbox" look. The decision is really a style preference—either type of TV has both DVDs and channels made especially for its display, so you can get optimal viewing either way.
TV repair may also be a factor in your decision when buying a big-screen TV. When it comes to repair, choose a well-known TV brand instead of a cheaper TV made by an unknown company. This will allow you to take advantage of the warranties that well-known brands offer, and TV repair shops will be more familiar with your television should anything go wrong.
Choosing a TV is an exciting part of building your home theatre system. Do your research and ensure that the TV you choose is the best one for your family. Enjoy the show!