How To Choose a Big Screen Television

More and more people are creating their own home theaters these days. While they might seem like a luxury, a home theater is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a stressful day. And, as the prices are coming down on big screen televisions more people are purchasing them.

Any television, whether it’s big screen or not is a considerable purchase and you want to make sure that you’re going to be happy with the one you choose. There are some simple tips to help you in shopping for a big screen television.

While it might seem the bigger the screen the better, size is the main issue that you need to really think about. Having a television that is way too big for the room will make watching it pretty uncomfortable. Decide where you want the television to be, then measure the approximate distance from there to where you’ll normally be sitting.

When you shop for a television, measure off the distance and stand there to see how the picture looks. The largest screen you can find might be nice, but if your room only allows you to be six feet from the screen, you might not enjoy the gigantic movie! A good rule to follow on screen size is to be three times the size away from the screen. For example, if the screen is 3 feet in height, you’ll want to be nine feet away from it.

While flat panel televisions will fit into almost any room and look really great, they’re much more expensive than a big screen television. So, unless you’re willing to pay a lot more for the convenience, you might want to avoid them.

You’ll also need to decide what format you want. There’s widescreen and letterbox. Most television shows are still in letterbox format, but almost all of the new movies are being done in widescreen now. Eventually, widescreen might be the standard format for all television shows and movies. But, the format choice is just a matter of personal preference.

Now we move on to all of the technical jargon, CRT, LCD, DLP and of course HD. Most people already know that HD is high definition, but few people are familiar with the other terms. Purchasing a television that doesn’t have HD can save quite a bit of money and the picture will still look good. Again, it’s a matter of preference and affordability.

Your old television set is most likely CRT. The first big screens were CRT, if you ever saw one you probably noticed that if you were sitting to the side the picture quality was fairly bad. With CRT’s unless you’re sitting pretty much in front of the screen, you may just see dark! But, again it’s the difference in prices that you’ll have to consider.

The same goes for LCD and DLP, when viewing at odd angles. The picture  quality with DLP is excellent, unless you’re sitting off to one side and then it will be slightly dim. And, in both types, the bulbs can burn out and be really expensive to fix.