What Suggestions Does Consumer Reports Give To selecting an HDTV?

The March 2007 CONSUMER REPORTS issue had a few interesting things to say:

  • Don’t judge a TV by its name brand alone
  • In other words many “no name” brands out performed the so-called “Recognized” name brands in the consumer tests.  (In fact, you may be surprised to note that the name brand we sell the most of is not a household recognized name. But…Oh what a picture for the price!)
  • The Consumer Report Survey of 500 participants showed that viewing enjoyment increased with screen size
  • They recommended a minimum 34″-37″ screen for your primary TV
  • They also recommended a 16:9 wide screen over the squarish screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio. (The 16:9 was strongly preferred by those surveyed for viewing HD programs and DVD’s)
  • Beware of going overboard. A Big screen will look even larger in your home than the store. (See our article on viewing distances from your TV)
  • For optimal viewing sit at least 4 feet from a 37″ or smaller HD set, and 5-9 ft from a 40″ – 65″ screen. If you are any closer, the images may appear course.

In our next article we look at PLASMAS vs. LCD screens. Which will you choose?

Helping Atlanta Georgia HDTV owners choose the right plasma and lcd flat screen TV.

Sincerely,
Frank Cheshire
A.D.S. Low Voltage Consultant
(770) 561-3178
“Educating people about low voltage technology…so they only have to invest in it once.”