How To Buy a Flat Panel TV

It is about that time again, when we all start our holiday shopping.  Each year there are a few key items that everyone looks to get, and one of those gifts is a plasma TV.  There are plenty of brands to choose from when shopping around and quite frankly most major brands offer equal quality.  You are not going to find one that is tremendously better than any other; it is more of a personal choice as to which one you choose.  However there are a few key things to look for when shopping for that plasma TV.

Step 1


With most plasmas you will have a choice between EDTV and HDTV.  EDTV is generally only available in TV's smaller than 42" and do not have the same quality as an HDTV.  While there is a quality difference between the two, it is important for you to realize which one you like better.  A recommendation is to go to your local electronics store and compare each style side by side. 

Step 2

Contrast Ratio

The contrast ratio is how you determine the pure quality of the picture.  The lowest contrast ratio available is 800:1 and it can go all the way up to 30000:1.  Of course the higher the contrast ratio the more expensive the TV so again it is important to determine whether paying the extra money is worth it to you.

Step 3


These new high tech plasmas have just about every feature imaginable, and it is up to you as to which one's you want with your TV.  You can choose from how stylish your plasma is to what type of components it comes with.  Be sure you understand what you are getting with your plasma. 

Step 4

View for Yourself

Take some time to go around to a few different electronic stores and view each type of plasma TV.  Compare them in the store and in different lights.  Take a look at some of the settings and features each plasma has, and again understand what they do. 

Step 5


Once you have narrowed it down to a few plasmas that you think you are interested in, begin to do some consumer research through the web. You can go to websites such as CNET or and read the reviews that other buyers have posted.  There is not better feedback than that of another consumer. 

Step 6

Buy It

Now that you have spent all that time doing the research and comparing each brand it is time to make the purchase.  Don't over-analyze your decision, and just trust yourself with the purchase.  Most likely you are going to enjoy your choice and make your viewing experience all the better.

Remember there is nothing better than watching your favorite team in HD!

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