Television Technology

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TV Shopping

Television technology changes so rapidly that it can be hard to choose which features you need when buying a new set. Fortunately, the Web hosts articles on all latest and greatest developments in TV tech, and of course, sites that are poised to sell it to you. This guide will help you to learn the issues and be a careful shopper.

Television Technology

You say you want some resolution? Would that be high definition? Do you want a built-in DVD player? Internet ready? Plasma vs. LCD? Or maybe you’d like a big monitor using rear projection. The options afforded by today’s television technology are as endless as the jargon used to define them. Use the sites in this section to figure out exactly what type of features you’d like, so you’re prepared when you go to buy.

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  • Think of your TV set as a super monitor. By the time the lifespan of your new device has given up the ghost, there’s a good likelihood that it will have been hooked up to a satellite or cable set-top box, a computer, a digital video recorder (DVR) such as TiVo, a DVD player and/or recorder (with or without Blu-ray,) a video camera and perhaps even its own Internet connection for YouTube or movie downloads. It's wise to look ahead and consider what you may need down the line. (By the way, if you don’t know what all these terms mean, there are some good sites to help decode the jargon for you. See our picks below.)
  • All these wonderful devices are going to have to be hooked up to that one monitor, which means you're going to have to figure out how many inputs you have for composite cables, HDMI, S-Video and so forth. If you don’t want to do it yourself, speak with an expert at a local retail store, or make friends with a geek. They're used to dealing with complicated technologies—and they need friends.
  • Visit the findingDulcinea Digital TV Web Guide for tips to make sure that any set you buy will be compliant with digital television over-the-air broadcasts. We explain what your set will require (if anything) and all you need to know to be up to date.

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Buying a TV

Now that you have an idea of the features, it’s time to fine-tune the purchase details. Fortunately, the Internet may be the greatest shopping mall ever created, especially when you’re looking for specific features and comparison shopping. This section will lead you to the best online resources and merchants.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • Establish how you will be using your TV. Do you want a home theater system complete with external speakers, a DVD player, and other high-tech paraphernalia? Are you concerned about using the set for video games? Consider the size of the room it will be in, the lighting, and the possibility of wall-mounting the unit. (You’ll want high contrast for a well-lit location.)
  • Figure out what you want to use the set for and how much money you’re willing to part with (and don’t forget the cost of peripherals like cabling), then look further down our guide to get a price and a vendor.

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