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Buying a Television


Your television is the centerpiece of your home entertainment system. Whether you plan on watching a big sporting event or the latest blockbuster to come out on Blu-ray, having a top-of-the-line TV is a must. Before you pick out your new TV, let's take a look at each type so you can get the perfect set for your home.


Types of Televisions

LED Televisions

In light emitting diode, or LED TV sets there is a back panel of LEDs that backlight the image. This makes the set far lighter than both LCD and plasma TVs.

  • Wall-mounting designs - LED TVs are considerably lighter and thinner than their LCD counterparts, making them much easier to put on the wall, freeing up floor space.
  • Rich with colors - The LED backlighting system allows for a vibrant color display and higher contrast than standard LCD sets.
  • Energy efficiency - LED sets are the most energy efficient television available, making them extremely cost effective on a yearly basis.
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LCD Televisions

Liquid crystal display, or LCD TVs are similar to LED, but are backlit by a cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL).

  • Great for dorm rooms - The thin size of LCD sets makes them great for the tight spaces of a dorm room, and they're a bit sturdier than their LED counterparts.
  • Ideal when on a budget - The CCFL technology helps keep the price of these models affordable, allowing you to enjoy high-quality HD picture without breaking the bank.
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Plasma Televisions

Plasma television screens are built of small cells that are full of a gas. When electricity passes through, it excites the gas and creates an image. The technology used in these TVs make them nearly immune to motion blur.

  • Ideal for sports and video games - The refresh rate is extremely high and motion blur will hardly be noticeable. This gives you the best viewing experience for content with high movement.
  • Large groups - Plasma sets can be viewed well from almost any angle. They don't suffer from degradation at sharp angles like LCD and LED monitors.  

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OLED Televisions

OLED TVs stands for organic light-emitting diodes and are an advanced version of an LED model. Electricity is forced through organic materials that glow specific colors to project images on the screen, making it lighter, thinner and more efficient than other models.

  • True black production - Because no backlight is utilized to project images, OLED a higher contrast is achieved. These televisions can achieve a “true black” that can’t be achieved with LCD screens that require a backlight to function.
  • Energy efficiency - With thinner, more efficient screens, these TVs consume less energy than other models while in use.

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Features of Televisions

HD Ratings

  • Standard def - A TV with 720p is standard HD. This is typically an affordable, high-definition option that is usually found on smaller televisions.
  • HD - 1080p, also called full HD, is ideal for playing your Blu-ray movies and is becoming the most common HDTV resolution on the market.
  • UHD - 4K/Ultra HD provides the clearest picture you can get. It's four times the resolution rate of 1080p and gives you the sharpest viewing experience currently available.
Read more about UHD/4K technology in What is a 4K TV?
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Extra Conveniences

  • 3D capability - A 3D-ready television can produce unparalleled depth and will make films shot in 3D pop off the screen.
  • Internet connectivity - A smart TV has the ability to connect to the Internet, so you can stream video, music and other media with ease.
  • Mounting options - The latest televisions can be either placed on a floor stand or mounted to your wall to save space.
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