Due to the large number of TV advice threads here, I though it might be a good idea to condense them into one place.What options do I have?
There are 5 main types of TVs to choose from these days. Links to Wikipedia for detailed descriptions.
What TV is right for me?
That one is going to greatly depend on budget. There are 2 mail categories of TVs to choose from these days. HD and Non-HD. Though both have their advantages there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing.
Where can I shop?
Keep in mind HD TVs are going to be pricey at best. You can sometimes find good deals, but the general rule of thumb is the bigger and flatter it is, the more it will cost.Size
This will depend entirely on how much space you have. You do not want to get a 42in Rear Projection if you are living in a shoe-box of an apartment. CRTs will generally be quite large per square inch of screen size. Same goes for rear projection. DLP will be smaller, but still not good for a smaller place. LCD and Plasma tend to be the best choice for size. They tend to be flat, and take up the least amount of space. Performance
It is really going to be a trade off here. All of the high end models have good performance, but there is going to be higher cost associated with said performance. Strictly speaking CRT is going to have the blackest blacks and the whitest whites. Higher end DLPs, LCDs, and Plasmas will look as good, though, especially at HD resolutions.
It will all depend on budget here. You have 3 major resolutions to choose from. Wikipedia has a great comparison of the resolutions
. Keep in mind the higher the resolution the more the cost.
Most of the "Big Box" retailers have a nice selection of TVs and most of them should have knowledgeable staff that can answer all of your questions. If you have a question about the TVs they can not answer, look elsewhere. Amazon NewEgg
have a great selection at fair prices.The Deals
If you are in the market for a new TV, keep an eye out on SlickDeals
. They tend to catch the best deals for the TV you are looking for.Brands
For the price, Viewsonc tends to be a great choice for all your HDTV needs. The price/performance ratio is sick. For best picture quality, look at Sony.Resolution-Distance Chart
Lets try to keep all questions to this thread.