Choosing the Right TV
Here’s what to look for in choosing your display.
Flat-panel displays are by far the most popular. Usually your choice will come down to LCD or plasma. Both are great, but they’re not identical.
LCD displays are:
Generally thinner, lighter, and more energy-efficient (greener)
Available in a greater range of sizes, particularly at the smaller end
Brighter, an advantage for daytime watching
Plasma displays offer:
Smoother motion, particularly good for sports
Wider viewing angle with a bigger “sweet spot”
You might also consider a front projector if you have a big-enough room (and budget). A front projector:
Provides the biggest—and often best—picture
Is best suited for a larger room that you can make nearly totally dark
Absolutely requires a screen; don’t project onto a wall
One disadvantage: the projector plus installation plus screen can be very expensive .
Take your room dimensions into account, then get the biggest set you’re comfortable watching. Popular home theater sizes go from 37 to more than 60 inches.
Don’t sit too close. If you can see the individual pixels, you’re too close.
See the general guidelines on the best viewing distance
We recommend 1080p resolution, generally called “full HD,” to get the full benefit of the best entertainment sources.
In computer-monitor language, a 1080p display has a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels. A 720p HD display corresponds to 1024 × 768 pixels.
This shows the amount of information each resolution can deliver for any image. The more pixels, the sharper the image appears.