Whether you are looking to spend a lot or a little, searching for that new high definition television (HDTV) is easier online. With so many options, from flat screens to TV/DVD combinations available, the possibilities are endless. To simplify and streamline your next high definition television purchase, we at InfoFAQ have asked the experts some frequently asked questions about purchasing a high definition television online.
Frequently Asked Questions About High Definition
If I am looking for a large screen television online, are the Plasma Televisions better than the older style projection TV’s?
While the Plasma Televisions remain a favorite with tech-savvy consumers for their excellent picture quality and compact size, the manufacturers’ of projection large screen TVs have continued to make progress so that in some cases the picture quality is nearly equal to the plasma units, but at a much lower price.
How can I tell if I like the Plasma Televisions better than the standard and projection TVs on the market?
Probably the best way to compare picture quality is to go to a large retailer near you and see for yourself. Once you determine which model you prefer, use the internet to search for the best deal on that particular model. Try searching on Froogle.com.
Are the HDTV (High Definition Television) television sets only available with the plasma type of screens?
Most of the new HDTV sets are Plasma Screen units. But you can also find HDTV sets that use a picture tube or projection system.
What does HDTV-Ready mean?
HDTV-Ready Television sets require a peripheral receiver that connects to the HDTV-Ready TV Set. This means that the screen and TV can support digital quality but the receiver is not built into the set.
What makes the HDTV sets better than a standard set anyway?
One big advantage of the HDTV sets is that they will show movies from Video or DVD players in the same aspect ratio as in the movie theatre, so you get more of the picture originally produced for the movie (ie.. the picture is wider). They also have a higher resolution picture when viewing DVD’s and Digital Broadcasts.
Does it matter if the television I buy has stereo sound?
This may not matter unless you want to hear stereo sound come from your televisions speakers. Most DVD and VCR players have stereo audio outputs so that you can run that into your surround sound receiver to get stereo sound. You can also get stereo sound from cable and satellite broadcasts by connecting your surround receiver to the stereo audio outputs on the cable or satellite receiver. All HDTV sets have stereo sound, and this is important if you want to receive digital TV and feed the audio signal from your TV into your surround sound receiver.
Are there other options besides plasma televisions for home theatre?
Recently the manufacturers of video projection units like those used to show computer screens on a wall during meetings have made great improvements in picture quality. For really large screen areas, such as you might set up for your home theatre, you should look into the latest video projection units. The quality of the picture will be nearly equal to the plasma units while costing significantly less in price.
If a television set that I want to buy online says that it has a 20 inch screen, does that mean the screen is 20 inches wide?
The screen size measurement used to describe television sets is a diagonal measurement from the top corner on one side to the bottom corner on the other side.
How can I tell if the television I want in compatible with my DVD player and VCR?
With newer television sets this is not much of a problem because they generally support the standard TV Antenna as well as an S Video in put and/or Component Video input. The only problem you may have is connecting your DVD player to an older TV. Just take note of the video inputs and outputs on your DVD player and VCR and then make sure that the television you want to purchase has at least one of those input receptacles.
What is the PIP (Picture in a Picture) feature do on new televisions?
The Picture in a Picture allows you to watch two shows at one time, one in the main screen, and the other in a smaller box in the top corner of the screen. Single tuner PIP TVs require another tuner source to work, like a VCR or DVD player, while Dual Tuner PIP sets don’t need any outside device to show the two screens.
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