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What To Look For In An HDTV

What To Look For In An HDTV
By Kevin Campbell
Published June 9th, 2014

If you want to experience quality film and television images in your home, you have to buy a high definition television. But as you being to search around for that perfect set to spend your hard earned money on, you will begin to notice that they all seem to vary wildly in price. Does that make a cheaper set of a lower quality than a high-priced set? Not necessarily. It just depends on what you're looking for in your set, and how you're going to be using it.

The first thing you need to look for is the resolution. There are actually two different resolutions available in HDTVs on the market today - 720p and 1080p. Though both are technically considered high definition, only 1080p is considered "true" high definition. Depending on the size of the set and how far away you're sitting from it, you may not be able to notice the difference. But if you're looking to buy a set sized at around 50 inches or bigger, if you want the best possible image you need a 1080p television.

The next thing you need to look at is screen size. This requires you to take a long, hard look at the room the television is going to go in. Specifically, look at how far away from the set you'll be sitting on a normal day. If you're only sitting five feet away from the set, buying a TV that is 75 inches is going to feel uncomfortable. If you're sitting eight or more feet away from the set, buying anything smaller than 50 inches is going to feel too small.

Another thing to consider is how many device inputs are built into the set. These can be things like dedicated audio inputs, HDMI cable inputs and more. HDMI cable inputs in particular are very important. Each HDMI cable you connect will need its own cable. So if you're planning on connecting an Xbox 360, a Blu-ray player and another device, for example, you would need your set to have at least three HDMI inputs.

Find out what types of online services are compatible with your set. Certain televisions have built in functionality with services like Netflix, Vudu, Facebook and more. If your set can connect to the Internet, the odds are good that it can connect to one or more of these services. An Internet-ready set, however, will cost a lot more money than one without Internet connectivity. This is a decision you have to weigh based on your own personal preference.

You should also consider how your television connects to the Internet, if it does at all. There are two ways that a television can connect to the Internet - via a wireless network in your home or by using an Ethernet cable. A wireless television won't require you to run a long wire across the floor of your bedroom or living room, but it may require you to separately purchase an expensive wireless adapter to unlock this functionality.