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Updated: 6:02 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2007 | Posted: 3:09 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2007
By Bob Bruce
It seems that stores have every size screen available on display.
And when it comes to HDTV size does matter.
Quality improves as screen size increases and the smaller your budget the smaller the screen.
Brandon Heinl from Circuit City said, "$500 is probably the starter price in the 26 inch right now. That might be a good bedroom size."
Consumers with a budget of less than a $1,000 will be looking at screens in the 26 to 37 inch range.
The next question to think about is picture quality.
You have a choice between 720p and 1080p.
The 1080 has more lines of resolution and it's a finer quality.
It is something that becomes more important the bigger the screen is.
You may be able to find some 42-inch sets with a lower resolution of 720 for less than a $1,000 from some secondary brands.
However, you may trade off some performance for that low price.
Heinl said, "Some of the cheaper sets might look a little more washed out. They might not be as vibrant a picture."
If you have $1,000 to $1,500 to spend you can find 40- to 42-inch sets from major brands.
These most likely will have 720p resolutions, but consumer reports say Sony and Toshiba have sets with excellent picture quality in that range.
The biggest and best selection of HDTVs is found in the $2,000t to $2,500 range.
Consumers should be able to find 46- to 47-inch, 1080p resolution sets from major brands.
Consumers should first determine where the set will be placed.
If your couch is 8 feet from your set you should consider something in the 42-inch range.
Also, if you watch a lot of TV and DVDs you may want to invest in a bigger screen with a higher resolution.
Heinl said, "If they are getting into movies they want to get into a 1080p set."
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