Buying a Large Screen High Definition TV

Many customers are thinking about investing in one of the new large-screen, high-definition TV sets that are now on the market. Until recently, the prices of these sets were too high for most consumers, but improvements in technology and mass production have seen costs drop significantly. Reports suggest that prices could continue to become even more attractive in the coming months. However, a large-screen HD TV is still an investment and it’s a good idea to understand the features you need when reviewing different options on the market.

Five Steps to Buying the Right HD TV

Firstly, consider how big you need the screen to be. Think about where you’ll be watching the TV. Obviously, larger screens take up more room but they also require a greater distance for viewing. Experts recommend a minimum of five feet for 36-inch screens or smaller. For larger screens, a minimum viewing distance of 7-9 feet is recommended.

Consider the screen’s thickness, as the current models range from just a few inches to several feet. Plasma sets and LCD screens are the thinnest and the most costly.

Look at the display technology on offer. Traditional TVs using ‘picture tube’ technology are good for low prices and big sets but they are bulky. Flat-panel LCD screens are great for smaller screens and plasmas are ideal for very big and thin TV sets. Front projectors are also available for those who want a cinema-like experience on a massive screen and aren’t fazed by complex set-ups.

And think about why you want HD technology when buying a 60 inch TV from Argos. The experts suggest that consumers who want a big-screen TV opt for an HD-capable digital model as these display the most detailed and sharp images. Those who prefer plasma screens could do well to look at enhanced-definition models, which offer comparable viewing experiences.

Finally, when you shop for 60 inch TV with Argos, ask whether you want an HD-ready TV or a built-in tuner. The former requires an external tuner such as a satellite box or HD cable. Integrated high-definition TVs have in-built tuners than can receive digital HD programmes via an antenna. However, they still require the external tuner for any satellite or cable channels. Cable-ready digital TVs can get both without using a box as you can insert a cable card into the TV set instead.

Warranties and Installation

For high-tech LCD and plasma TVs, as well as rear-projection TV sets, extended warranties may be useful to safeguard your purchase and cover both labour and parts for up to five years.

Also consider paying for an expert to install your TV, particularly if you have existing equipment to connect to or the set is particularly large and heavy and needs careful installation via brackets. There are a surprising number of incidents each year which relate to DIY disasters and TV installations. Factor in the cost of a good bracket or stand too, which may cost around another £100- £200 depending on the model.