Finding the best LCD TV brands

Since technology has created batch after batch of alphabet soup televisions, let's first explain what an LCD TV is. The LCD in LCD TV stands for liquid crystal display. LCD displays have been around for years; you'll find them in any room of your home, such as on your microwave, calculator and alarm clock. LCD technology has totally changed TV viewing. When looking for the best LCD TV brands, compare some of the features that matter most: size, pixels, inputs, outputs and viewing angles.

Everybody wants a Big TV, with a capital B. But bigger is not always better. If you purchase a TV that is too big for the room, you will lose out on the quality of the picture. So think about how far away you will be from your TV when sitting on the sofa and measure it in inches. Multiply that by 0.3, and 0.6. Those numbers will be the range of sizes you should have. For example, if there is 96 inches (8 feet) between where the TV will be and your sofa, a 29- to 58-inch screen will work best for you.

Inputs, outputs and viewing angles

A pixel is short for picture element. Pixels are little dots arranged to make a picture. The higher the number of pixels, the sharper the image. When comparing one brand to another, choose the one with the highest number of pixels.

If you work at home or want to display photos and videos from your computer, the ability to hook your computer up to your television can be a huge help. To connect the computer to your TV, look for HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) and VGA (Video Graphics Array) outputs. When shopping for an Emerson LCD TV, LG LCD, Panasonic LCD TV or any other brand, count the devices you might want to hook up to your TV, such as a cable box, a video game system or a DVD or Blu-ray player. Then look for a brand that offers, in this case, a minimum of three input/output connections. Try to find one that offers more input/output connections than you need to accommodate future technology purchases. The more connections, the more devices you can hook up to your TV.

If the majority of seating in the room with the LCD TV is directly in front of the TV, everyone will have a great view; however, if there is a smaller sofa or chairs off to one side, the picture quality for the people sitting there could suffer. When at a store shopping for an LCD TV, imaging your room layout and check the view from various angles. Don't forget that, though the angles may be good now, rearranging or redecorating your room can get difficult with a narrow-angle TV.

LCD 3D TVs use less power than plasma TVs and are better suited in bright rooms than plasmas. They are also less expensive than plasmas. You have a number of choices when purchasing a TV today. An LCD TV is one of the most popular. Just compare the prices and features of various brands to find the best one for you.

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