Shopping for a brand new LCD TV can be very exciting, especially for those of us that have been waiting for prices to finally start coming down. At the same time, the number of technical features to take into consideration and the incredible number of models on the market can be a little overwhelming. With so many options and models to choose from, it can be a little tough to figure out the best LCD TV for you. Thankfully, you can narrow your options down to just a few top choices by taking four simple features into consideration: size, resolution, refresh rate and cost.
Before even bothering with the technical details, the best place to start searching for LCD TVs is to decide the ideal size of screen that you need. Unlike CRT televisions, an LCD screen needs to be situated in such a way that everyone has a fairly direct view of the screen. As a result, it is important that the LCD TV is in proper proportion to the room where it will be displayed. For instance, a smaller room such as a bedroom or an office might require a 26" LCD TV, while a larger living area could incorporate a 32" LCD TV. The larger models such as a 42"LCD TV will only be comfortable to watch if the room is large enough for everyone to sit back at a comfortable distance and enjoy a direct view of the television.
When many shoppers start looking into purchasing an LCD television, they often assume that the resolution of the television of the screen is the most important factor. While high end LCD TVs do offer outstanding resolution, it is important to remember that the quality of the resolution is only as valuable as your personal ability to appreciate it. Just like some audiophiles can only really enjoy their music on high end stereo systems and others are fine with a kitchen radio, many people don't get as much extra enjoyment out of high resolution as they had hoped.
Serious resolution lovers are often amazed at how much better their favourite movies appear on a high end LCD TV and claim that they are able to really see the director's vision for a film for the very first time. Other consumers really just want a decent TV to enjoy regular television shows on after a hard day's work. To find out where you stand on this feature, visit a show room of LCD TV's and spend some time seeing how important this is to you.
On the other hand, one feature that is important to just about everybody is the refresh rate. If you are looking for an affordable LCD TV, be careful about making concessions on this feature. As the name suggests, the refresh rate is a measure of a number of times that the screen's image is refreshed per second. The higher the refresh rate, the smoother the video will appear. A low refresh rate can be extremely distracting to watch as nearly everything will appear very clunky and awkward. A high refresh rate is particularly important if you plan on watching a great deal of sports or action films on your LCD TV.
Lastly, of course, there is the bottom line. While no one wants to pay too much on a LCD television, consumer technology is one of those areas where you get what you pay for, and it may be a mistake to rush out and purchase a cheap television based on price alone.
Instead, take into consideration what you are really looking for in terms of size, resolution and refresh rate, and make a short list of the best models that meet your needs. Next, take a look at the cost of each television and decide which models seem to offer the best value.
Check out our LCD Television Section to see the televisions available to you - If you are not in a rush to purchase your TV right away, why not visit your local Euronics store to see what LCD TVs are on sale.
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