If you’ve been reading for over a year or so then you may recall that back during my period of unemployment the old 25” console TV set we had in the apartment gave up the ghost and we never got around to replacing it mainly because we were living off my unemployment checks. When we moved in with Anne’s parents the need for a new TV set obviously went away, but it’ll be back once we purchase a home in the (hopefully) not too distant future.
Given that I’m hoping that’ll be this coming spring/summer I’ve been giving quite a bit of thought on what I want our next TV to be and I’m definitely intending to make it a high-def TV of some sort or another. Problem is I don’t know jack about HDTV so that’s where HDTV Buying Advice From a TV Insider comes in handy. I particularly liked the summary from the article:
My favorite piece of research from Scientific Atlanta is that 56 percent of the HDTV sets in America are not hooked up properly and the owners do not know that they are not seeing an HDTV picture. 23 percent of the people think that they are getting a better picture anyway (trust me, they’re not) and 26 percent believe that when a show says that it is brought to you in HD that they are automatically seeing an HD picture (trust me, they really are not). Do you need an HDTV set this holiday season? Absolutely not. 99.999 percent of all programming is available in SD and will be for the next 10 or more years. In fact, you may seriously hate watching SD pictures on your new flat screen, so make sure you see some good old-fashioned cable pictures on your set before you take the plunge.
On the other hand, HDTV sets have never been cheaper and they look great. Go out and buy one, hook it up correctly and join the party. You’ll be glad you did.
The article doesn’t get too tech-speaky and offers some simple advice on how to go about finding the best set for you along with the author’s personal favorites. Good stuff.