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What To Look For When Buying An HDTV

When you’re browsing online for the right HDTV, it can sometimes be hard to know exactly what you’re getting into. Unlike shopping through regular ‘bricks and mortar’ stores such as Best Buy or Target, shopping online requires a deep understanding of the specs since you cannot see the picture quality directly on the site, although you may be able to YouTube a review.

When you’re browsing through TVs, try to get one that has a 120Hz refresh rate, as these offer much better picture than 60Hz, and is often work the extra dollar spent. 240Hz screens are usually used for 3D picture, and split the 240Hz into two 120Hz (one for each eye). Unless you plan on doing some 3D watching, I suggest sticking with the 120Hz screens.

The next thing you want to pay attention to is the “response time”, or the time it takes a pixel to change from one color to the next. A lower response time is generally best as it reduces any blurring you may see from fast-paced action.

Finally, contrast ratios are important but manufacturers often report the least important one, called the dynamic contrast ratio.

The reason companies do this is because the dynamic contrast ratio is usually a larger number than the static contrast ratio, so they pick the bigger number to try to improve sales. You’re going to want to research a TV with a high static contrast ratio if you want a killer TV.

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