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Newbie's Guide to Buying Big Screen TVs

Buying a large screen TV is a fun event in life; it usually brings people together, watching sports or just lounging around having a movie night. The fact of the matter is, you can’t just waltz into an electronics store and pick up the first one you see. It is best to know something about a few models to have some consumer knowledge on your side and avoid over or under paying. Secondary brands have made quite an impact since 2013; with names such as Hitachi, Sanyo and Insignia creating a buzz and selling rather well. The major players in the branding game like Sony and Samsung still comfortably hung onto their leaders on the selling scoreboard even with the secondary brand developments. There were two big screen TVs that have been selling extremely well, and received great reviews. The first is the Panasonic S60 plasma set, and the also Viera models (TC-P50S60 & TC-P4S260) winning over slots in top positions for their exquisite picture displays. Additionally, they possessed a slew of features with included on deck Wi-Fi, and video streaming making it a very cool big screen TV for a family. Where the LCD models were concerned it was Panasonic and JVC leading the way. Panasonic came out with a 55” model plasma set with excellent sound quality and a killer picture. The JVC model was the leader in the high-definition picture viewing, which has become the most popular reason consumers are out buying big screen TVs today- trying to toss out their older model TVs and replace them with a more crisp picture. Sony and Vizio also had models that did relatively well in the reviews also, featuring their additions models E420i (Vizio) and the Bravia KDL model (Sony). Now comes the icky part, revealing the not-so-hot big screen TVs so that you can look them over yourself with these key guidelines as a resource. Insignia for example, Hitachi, and Sanyo had screen picture issues that made them not enter at the top of the list. RCA created three new models that were looked at and had very rollercoaster performance issues. One model was solid, the other was a product that seemed to appear not finished yet from the assembly line as if it was still missing features. Some of theirs also had color problems, it just didn’t rank as great year on these newer additions to the RCA family. What about other big screen TVs, have they all been covered? Some other models to discuss were Coby, JVC and Phillips. All big brands had great high- definition screen displays, however when put under the microscope they appeared to all similarly have infractions. There are also newer big screen TVs that are creating new trends in the electronic world. Less LCD sets are being made with the fluorescent lights as it appears the world is totally changing to LED models. There will continue to be more and more interactive television models developed as the world loves to multitask and have devices that have multiple capabilities. Ones that feature systems such as Netflix or Facebook on them to attract a different market of television shoppers. Always shop for what attracts you to it, use the aforementioned tips, and ask lots of questions if the selections just don’t appear that clear to choose. It is also wise to take someone with you when television shopping to make sure you are seeing the colors and picturing your home space accurately before spending a fortune on a model that isn’t what it appears.

How Big A TV Should You Buy?

Wow! TVs have gotten huge lately. So the question becomes how big a TV should you buy so you get the viewing experience you want without having to spend and arm an a leg to get it. Here’s what Cnet had to say How big a TV should you buy? 37? 42? 50? 65? 90? There's a TV in nearly every size you can want, and at nearly every budget. As long as you're not limited by a cabinet or entertainment center, you can probably get a bigger TV than you're figuring. Possibly, a lot bigger. Here's how to figure out how big you can go. The short answer: as big as you can afford. The longer answer depends on your room, your seating distance, your eyes, and the acceptance of any cohabitating co-deciders. Recommended There is a direct correlation between recommended screen size and seating distance. The farther away you sit, obviously, the smaller your TV appears. The ideal is to have a screen that fills a certain amount of your field of view, though how much is "ideal" is up for debate. THX recommends, for example, a viewing angle of 40 degrees, to create "an immersive cinematic experience." What does 40 degrees mean to those of us who love math in theory but not in practice? Skip the protractor, and multiply your seating distance (in inches or centimeters) by 0.84. This gets you the recommended screen diagonal. For example, most people sit about 9 feet (108 inches) from their TV, so THX recommends a screen size of around 90 inches diagonal for that distance. That means the 55-inch you're looking at is not "too big," at least as far as THX is concerned. They realize, though, that not everyone has the space (or desire) for a TV that big, so they also recommend something in the 60-inch range for seating distances up to 9 feet. SMPTE recommends 30 degrees, obviously quite a bit smaller. To match their recommendation, multiply your seating distance by 0.625. So given our 9-foot example, that means a TV around 68 inches (so a 65- or 70-inch model would work).

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