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NEWBY to the HDTV game

by jcwhite22 / May 28, 2010 3:37 AM PDT

Hello All,
So, my TV of over 15 years- finally decided to die. Therefore, I am now looking to replace it with a flat panel TV. There is so much to choose from,and I'm not a technical person,but I think I know what I want.
Perhaps someone can help to narrow down the models? I do not want to spend a whole lot of money.
Here are the specs I have in mind:
22inch, HDTV, Energy Efficient,2HDMI ports,
720-1080 pixels
Response rate:(min) 60HZ
Contrast Ratio: btwn 15:000:1 to 80:000:1 or better
Any help would be appreciated!
Thanks

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Are you sure you only want 22"?
by minimalist / May 28, 2010 6:35 AM PDT
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That's not very big when you realize that a 16:9 22" screen has the height of a 18 or 19" 4:3 tube TV. I'd go at least 30 and even then you'll need to sit relatively close to get the full HD effect. Forget all the "million to 1" contrast ratio nonsense (few companies use a standard that actually means anything). The fact is that most fluorescent lit LCD tv's just don;t have the best contrast without dimming tricks that are very distracting. Even at 30" you probably won;t see a big difference between 720p and 1080p so feel free to go with 720 to save a bit if you want (although you might not have many choices in that category). 120hz is more than enough with a lcd screen.

Other than that trust your eyes. Make sure to play around with the remotes and try to look at the TV's in standard cinema or movie mode to compare the pictures. Most are set to vivid mode with the brightness cranked to the max in the stores to make them blindingly bright.

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what minimalist said, and then some
by Pepe7 / May 28, 2010 7:23 AM PDT
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I wouldn't waste time with a 22" HDTV unless it's used as a monitor for a PC/Mac. Even factoring in the price/cost difference, larger HDTVs are much better priced per square inch of display.

Also check out the Carleton-Bale charts to help understand whats involved with resolving the additional HD resolution of these HDTVs at various distances with different size panels.

http://carltonbale.com/1080p-does-matter

Make certain to look at both graphs. How close do you really want to have to sit to the new HDTV to be able to truly enjoy the higher resolution?

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thanks
by jcwhite22 / May 28, 2010 1:50 PM PDT

Thanks minimalist and Pepe7-

Those are great tips. I chose the 22inch b/c the tv is for a medium sized bedroom in an apartment; and I do not want to feel like the guy from the 1980's Maxell commercials http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAlYkIzvICc

Now don't laugh, but the TV that I'm replacing is a 13in TV/VCR from 1995. So, the 22in will be huge improvement. I use a much larger TV in the living room...

Anyway, I will check out the information that you provided. Thanks again.

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