I have worked with the most recent model HDTV’s for almost two years now, and have come to gain a plethora of information about them. For that reason I feel it only necessary to share what I’ve learned to those who are looking to buy a new television. Purchasing a new TV can be a bit overwhelming. There’s a lot of information to consider such as the specifications and the size of TV as well as different manufacturing brands to choose from, and even where to buy your TV. This article will provide a breakdown of the information you need to know when purchasing a new TV to make your experience all the more easier.
Where to Buy
Don’t think that purchasing a new TV has to be extremely expensive. I made the mistake of buying my 51” Plasma brand new. While it was nice to have a brand new product, I was disappointed when I learned I could have shaved off half the price for an almost like new model of the exact same TV. There are many places you can purchase refurbished TV’s from. The first option is online from websites such as EBay. If you don’t feel comfortable purchasing a product without looking at it first, do a web search for refurbished TV businesses in your area. HDTV Outlet, my place of work, is one such place in the state of Washington that sells customer returned TV’s. The issue’s that make our products discounted range from anything as large as a scratch on screen to something as miniscule as a non-shippable box, all of which greatly reduce the price of the TV. So it’s very worthwhile to do a little business research in your area because doing so could literally save you hundreds of dollars on your purchase.
LED, LCD, and Plasma
LED, LCD, and Plasma, are the three main types of viewing screens for HDTV’s. Each type has to do with how the picture is lit. There used to be huge differences in the energy consumption of each type but with modern technology they’re all relatively the same, only plasma being slightly higher in consumption. The differences are so small that it roughly amounts to about 5 dollars a year in energy cost. In terms of picture quality, Plasma is said to have the “truest picture” by many, however it tends to have a dimmer picture and is more affected by natural sunlight. So if your TV is going in a room with lots of windows be cautious of purchasing a Plasma. On the other hand Plasma’s are rated high for gaming. That being said, the best advice I can give when it comes to picture type is to simply go see which one you like best. I’ve been working in the business for two years and still have a hard time telling the difference between LCD and LED, and I only really see a difference between those and the Plasma. Here it’s simply just personal preference.
To sum it up, don’t let the numbers confuse you. If going above 40 inches, choose the highest refresh rate and resolution. Screen type and manufacturer depends on your personal preference. And lastly don’t be afraid to consider buying your TV refurbished as it can save you loads of money! I hope that helps, and happy shopping!