What should I look for when buying a television?

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You should watch the various models in the store before you purchase a set. You should watch programming similar to what you will be watching at home from the same distance and angles the television will be viewed from at home. Here are some suggestions of what you can do to assure that you are watching similar programming to what you will be watching at home.

Bring your own DVDs to watch on the TVs in the store to get an idea of the picture quality you will have at home. Store models are often displaying high quality HD feeds on the showroom floor to show off the models best features. Unless you are going to be watching high quality HD feeds at home what you will see at home will not be the same picture quality as you see on the models in the store. By bringing your own DVD with standard programming feeds you will be able to see how the television is going to display non-HD feeds.

Some common short comings in plasma, LCD and LED lit LCDs to look for are:

Smearing, juddering or stuttering, jagged edges on images, washing out of dark pictures, colours fading-out when not viewed head-on, colours not blending subtly or appearing in distinct bands, and imperfections in the pictures especially those shown on large screens and viewed at close distances.

Bring a DVD that has lots of action and a variety of darker and lighter scenes to help you evaluate the best model and technology to support your personal viewing habits.

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