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Episode 20101214

How to Buy an HDTV

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If you?re thinking about buying an HDTV, now is a great time to get one. HD sets come in sizes from 5 inches to more than 100 inches and are priced to fit almost any budget ? and that?s all you need to know. Today, any HD set from a major manufacturer will display a wonderful HD picture. You can ignore almost every specification and all the geek speak. I promise you, you won?t be able to tell the difference between a 1080p and a 720p picture when you get it home; especially if you are a cable television customer. Don?t worry about refresh rate, pay no attention to the Energy Star rating, forget the contrast ratio ? all of these specifications are for engineers and you can just ignore them.What about LED vs. Plasma vs. LCD vs. DLP? 60 Hz, 120Hz? Also a non-issue for most people. You can tell the difference between these pictures when you see them side by side in the store, but hooked up to your cable set-top box, the differences will be imperceptible to all but the most sophisticated videophile eyes. (Several of you are going to argue this point with me, don?t. If you think that you can tell the difference between any $2,000 HDTV set that is hooked up to a 6 MHz cable overstuffed with programming, you are just kidding yourself.)What should you think about? First and foremost is size. A good rule of thumb is 32-40 inches for an average bedroom and 46-55 inches for an average living room. Can you buy a set that?s too big? No, not really. If you like to sit in the back of the movie theater, get a smaller set, if you like to sit in the 3rd row, the sky?s the limit.Another important thing to think about is the number of inputs. Do you have a Blu-Ray Disc player? A video game console? Do you want to use your TV as a computer monitor? Make sure the set your thinking about has all the inputs you need.Now, Thin is In!!! How thin? Maybe too thin. As you can imagine, thin is sexy ? thin is cool and, thin is expensive. Just remember, you?re probably going to hang this set on a wmoreless

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