The technology behind the screen that creates the image is the core of what you're paying for when you buy a TV.
Understanding the differences can be confusing and, frankly, very technical. Leave it to CNET's Brian Cooley to make it simple and narrow down your choice in just a few minutes. Luckily for even the least attentive consumer, there are very few bad TVs out there. But if you're about to lay out this kind of money for a piece of electronics you'll keep for almost seven years on average, know what you're buying.
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People ask me all the time what kind of TV I have. It may surprise you that I shop for value first and foremost. I have a Vizio and a couple of Magnavox TVs. I think I bought them all at office supply stores on blowout sale! Like you, I just come home to watch TV and I never sit there in my living room doing an A/B comparison between two displays. In that reality, any good TV will look, well, good. Something to think about if you find yourself in a knot trying to buy the exact right TV. Sometimes what you see on the price tag is the best visual of all.