It’s finally happened — your television has broken, the screen sputtering in defeat. Your wife (or husband) has finally said… “Ok dear. Go buy a new TV. I know, I know, it’s like pulling teeth. But just do it.”
You said, “Yes honey! I’ll go find a TV *sigh*” when inside, you’re secretly thinking, “YES!!!!!! TV TIME!!! Finally. Something for my (wo)man cave! HAHA!”
So anyway, the technology was old and the wires were frayed. It was only to be expected that they’d eventually fail, leaving you in need of another television.
You’re not surprised.
It’s a promise of clarity and depth (far different than your previous set and its weak saturation). It’s all you need. But there are more to these units than you may have considered. When you’re looking to buy an HDTV, do your research about signals, receivers, and resolutions.
Once a signal has been discovered, many think the process is done, that a HDTV can then be chosen. This is wrong. A TV can’t recognize waves all by itself; a receiver is needed. Receivers allow the signal information to be translated properly.
However, you must have the right receiver for the signal. You can’t simply select any receiver and expect it to work.
A digital connection needs a satellite dish, cable requires a tuner and quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), and over-the-air waves will need an antenna. Recognize these differences now to save time and aggravation later.
No two TVs are the same. This is a truth so few understand. HDTV is thought to be a singular idea, defined by a single set of universal specifications. But each HDTV has different settings and interfaces.
To choose the best HDTV for you, decide what you desire most from a viewing experience. There are TV specs that will match it (and there are, of course, ones that will only disappoint).
Be sure your TV has good resolution. 1080p is generally preferred. If you are a fan of different media entertainment types, choose a TV with different programmable modes. For example, some TVs can be changed into “movie mode” or “game mode” to enhance the viewing experience for the different types of media.
You want an HDTV. You want the clarity it provides. That clarity can’t be earned with impulsive decisions and the wrong equipment, however. You must instead research to learn what you need, what you desire, and what you should avoid.
SO: Don’t let the quest for quality lead you to make a wrong choice. Take time instead to examine all signals, receivers, and individual TVs first.
Now that you know the ropes, are you planning on upgrading to an HDTV in 2011?