Latest HDTV Information
Latest LCD TV Information
Nearly every home has one and its probably the second most used electrical appliance after the fridge, the humble TV is what most people turn to for entertainment. With the advancement of technology the traditional fat CRT TV's are long gone and are now replaced with much more slimmer, feature packed flat panel TV's. However for those that want theatre like sound and vision the projecter. The projector is the ultimate piece of equipment for those that enjoy watching movies at the highest quality. All the latest TV appliances has come about because of the development of HDTV. HDTV is basically a high quality signal which has better picture quality and surround sound. To cater for HDTV new TV's are produced to handle these signals. Older TV's previously used analog signals in which the picture was grainy. Some of the older generation may not notice this but if you put 2 tvs one with an analog signal and one with a HDTV signal you will be sure to see the difference. For ease of terminlogy the TV's on this site will be referred to as HDTV's. All TV's mentioned can handle the higher quality signal and really if your buying a TV, you have to make sure it us HDTV ready else you are wasting your money. Please browse through this site to find the right TV at the right price.
Some Things To Consider When Purchasing a HDTV.
The older you are the worst your eysight gets. Generally people go bigger when they replace the TV. The size you go depends on room you have and how far you expect to sit from the unit. Back in the old days a common size was 68 CM and 100 CM, these were huge and suitable for all lounge rooms. These days you can get projectors that have a viewing area of greater than 3 metres. The measurement for a HDTV is from the 2 corners diagonal through the middle. The most popular size currently is 106 CM, this fits most houses but if you have a big house then you may want to go bigger. Best thing to do is measure your room and go to Harvey Norman store and test the TV's on display. The other thing to take notice is the colour, they usually come in black or silver, pick a colour that suits your furniture.
Plasma Vs LCD Vs LED
Debate has been raging on which type of HDTV is best. Even some manuafacturers have joined and pushed one technology against the other. Each technology has its own advantages but the gap is closing with time and most people won't notice the difference in quality. Here is my take on it. Plasmas are better overall for picture quality just because of the technology its based on. However they are heavier and use more power than LCDs. They also have glare because the viewing area is glass where as LCD it is plastic. LCDs have lower response times so fast action scenes or sport can seem laggy. LCD is the newer technology and will begin to take market share as soon as manufacturing processes improve and become cheaper. Plasma will be phased out because of the limitations in size, they can't get bigger then 60 inches because of its weight and the size of its glass it needs for the viewing area. If you are after a standard 42 inch screen then both Plasma and LCD are widely available. Anything smaller then you are better off with LCD for the price and anything bigger Plasma is cheaper. LED are the new kids on the block, they use a LED light which has a brigter light and lasts much longer than other sources. If you want a TV to last get an LED type TV.
There are a ton of manufacturers of flat panel HDTV's, some brands share panels or use generic ones produced by another company. You will often see HDTV's with the same specs but different brands and pricing. For example AWA HDTV's use the same panels as LG for some of its LCD TV range. If you shop smart, you can save over 30%, the only difference will be the badge, the remote and maybe the look of the TV. Worth considering if your on a tight budget. Based on internet reviews the best valued plasma hdtv's going around are the pioneers and the best LCD hdtv's are the samsung. Have a look on this site for links to these reviews.
A TV is something you will be spending considerably alot of time on. It is one appliance in the house that may get replaced every 5 years so what you buy now should be useable for the next 5-10 years. Whatever your budget is make sure you are happy with the features and the quality it outputs. Have a look at this site for TV's in your price range and choose the one that is best value and then go to a shop and see if the quality is what you expect.
HDTV's come with features that you do need and ones that you don't and ones that are useless. What i expect is inbuilt HD tuner, HDMI inputs, and a base that can swivel. Anything else I would take as a bonus but would not pay extra to get it. The most important thing is the picture quality. Make sure you are happy with it.
New Features that are arriving in TV's is MHL and HDMI 2.0
MHL allows direct connections with the latest smartphones. This allows content on the phone to be shown directly on the TV display.
There are different ways to connect your TV to different sources. The most basic is through RCA cables, this can be component or just a single analog input. The source you have will determine the picture quality displayed. Most new TV's now come equipped with HDMI. HDMI allows one cable for video and audio. These cables are best purchased on ebay as they can be expensive in retail shops. Of course the DVD player or reciever will need to have a HDMI output as well.