It is pretty certain that the days of the cathode ray TV are over, while they are still being manufactured in the majority of cases people will choose to buy a flat screen LCD or plasma variant. The wholesale move towards these flat panel televisions has been a result of the onset of digital TV and high definition or HD signals. Seemingly no home is now complete without a HD TV screen on the wall and a full surround system, at the moment this may purely be an aesthetic choice but as the old analogue signals are switched off, the necessity for a HD TV will be realised.
HD signals are finally being transmitted by nearly all of the major television companies, the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 all transmit in high def, whilst paid television such as Sky also have additional high definition channels. The HD television however is not purely used for watching live television broadcasts, with BluRay DVD it is now possible to watch movies in better definition that at the cinema. Considering the size of the televisions available today, a compromise on size does not even have to be made. But what should be your major considerations when buying a high definition television set?
Naturally the first consideration to make when looking at HD TVs is price, with models that can cost thousands of pounds it is unsurprising that so many people become confused on entering the shop and end up leaving with a gargantuan televisions with many features that will be used rarely, if ever. The best advice is to set yourself a budget before heading out to the shops, it is even more important however to stick to this budget religiously and not become swayed by either the sales assistants or an impressive television that is just outside of the price range. It is worth remembering however that HD TV prices are constantly dropping meaning that with a little patience it is possible to wait until sales time and grab a bargain.
The next consideration is how large you want the television to be, e.g. the size of the screen. Most people believe that the larger the screen the better although in most cases this is not completely true; for instance if you live in a box room, having a massive telly will most likely be impracticable. Most experts agree that if the distance taken from the viewing position to the screen divided by two and a half will give an indication of the screen size required. In addition it is important to plan how the television is to fit into the room, a stupidly large television will dominate a room forcing people to consider it as the main focal point. Preferably a TV should not be the main focal point, even if it is a piece of wonder HD technology.
The final consideration to be discussed here is whether the HD TV you are considering will be compatible with existing components; these components could be a stereo system or a surround sound system. Additionally the number of fittings and connections that television has should be studied in order to assess whether all of those DVD players and satellite boxes will be able to be plugged in.
Hopefully these three considerations will give those selecting a HD TV a good starting place from which to scour the markets. Researching what is on the market is vital not only to obtain a good deal but to get a set that performs all of the necessary tasks. With a careful and conscientious approach it should be possible to gain years of viewing pleasure.
Technology expert Thomas Pretty looks at the onset of HD TV and the key considerations that should be made by consumers before purchasing.