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Looking for a new HDTV but don’t know where to start? Whether you want to watch a game in stunning, precise detail, recreate a movie theater experience at home, or experience real 3D entertainment, Newegg has exactly what you’re looking for.

With our new HDTV buying guide, it’s easier than ever to shop for the perfect high definition TV. We cover everything from refresh rates to connection types, as well as how to figure out the proper size and viewing angle of a TV so that it perfectly suits the room you’ve chosen to be your home theater.

Down to the very last detail, our guide ensures that you’ll have all the information you need to get the best HDTV possible for a home theater that’s sure to be the envy of the neighborhood.

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LCD Flat Panel Televisions

An LCD TV is a flat panel television that utilizes the same time-proven Liquid Crystal Display technology found in cell phones, camcorder viewfinders, and computer monitors.

Pros and Cons

LCD televisions are thin, lightweight and easy to move, and some are wall-mountable, providing drastically greater options for home theatre setup. LCD TVs offer a steadier, flicker-free picture, virtually eliminating the burn-in of static images. LCD televisions also boast a longer display life (about 60,000 hours, at which time all you may need to do is replace the light source, not the entire set). This can vary according other environmental and use factors.

LCD TVs used to be hampered by a lower contrast ratio, offering less ability to render deep blacks, and were not available in screen sizes above 40 inches. This is no longer the case. Seventh-generation systems by Samsung, Sony, LG, Philips and Sharp offer contrast and brightness to rival plasma screens, and Sharp has displayed an LCD screen of up to 108"

What should you consider before purchase?

LCD televisions are currently available in a variety of screen sizes and dimensions. Lately, the manufacturers of LCD televisions have gravitated towards a widescreen 16:9 ratio, over the typical "full screen" 4:3 ratio. A larger viewing area will often provide support for higher resolutions such as the new HD models with 1080p resolution. LCD TV screen sizes are measured in inches along the diagonal of the screen.

Native resolution is the maximum resolution (detail level, in pixels) an LCD television can support. An LCD television typically provides the best viewing experience when working in its native resolution.

Aspect ratio is the width to height proportion of a display. Non-widescreen LCDs have an aspect ratio of 4:3, similar to a standard monitor’s aspect ratio of 5:4. Widescreen LCDs boast 16:9 or 16:10 dimensions to better display movie formats.

The response time is the speed at which an LCD television’s pixels change from one color to the next and back again. Response time is measured in ms (milliseconds). The quicker an LCD television’s response time, the less likelihood there is for ghosting or after images appearing when displaying fast-paced images (games and movies). We recommend 8ms or better for high-performance gaming and multimedia applications.

Brightness (luminosity) is often measured in candelas, or cd/m2. Most LCD televisions today can provide over 500 cd/m2, which is more than sufficient for normal use. Games and movies may benefit from somewhat higher brightness levels. A higher contrast ratio allows a monitor to provide a greater range of dark and light details.

Contrast Ratio is the degree of variation of the whitest and darkest parts of the image, is a very important factor to note. If the LCD TV has a low contrast ratio, dark images will look muddy and gray, while light images will look washed out. A good contrast ratio to have in an LCD TV is 1,000:1 or higher.

Most LCD-TVs have built-in NTSC tuners, with some feature dual-tuners for PIP functions. An increasing number of new LCD-TVs also have built-in HDTV tuners.
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