1080p HDTV Buyer's Guide

Posted: Oct 8 2007, 12:34pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 10:29am CDT, in Shopping | Shopping Tips

 

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1080p HDTV Buyer's Guide
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In a previous shopping guides, we covered 50-inch 1080p HDTV plasma sets. Today we are going to have a look at under 50-inch 1080p HDTVs. You can get some very nice HDTVS in this size range to fit most any budget. Keep in mind that the only time you will really be able to tell the difference in a 1080p and a 720p HDTV is when you are playing movies from Blu-ray or HD DVD players.

That’s not to say at some point in the future cable and satellite providers won’t start broadcasting 1080p coverage, but currently 720p or possible 1080i resolutions are what you get for over-the-air and subscription HD content, neither of which require a 1080p TV. That said, buying a 1080p HDTV provides you with insurance for the future that you will have the best available resolution. If your budget can absorb the price premium 1080p sets command over 720p, buy the 1080p.

Samsung LNT4065F 40" 1080p LCD HDTV

The 40-inch Samsung LNT4065F HDTV has full 1080p screen resolution and many other nice features. The contrast ratio is 15000:1 and the set has a 92% color gamut. Inside the case the TV has a pair of speakers with stereo output and picture-in-picture. Input options include three HDMI connectors and two component inputs.

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Samsung LNT4065F 40" 1080p LCD HDTV

Samsung LNT4665F 46" 1080p LCD HDTV

If the Samsung 40-inch HDTV above isn’t large enough for you, this 46-inch version may be just what you need. Sporting the same specs as the 40-inch version from a trio of HDMI ports, two component inputs and a 1500:1 contrast ratio, the extra money here just gets you a larger screen. This set will do full 1080p resolution, but with six additional inches of screen space.

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Samsung LNT4665F 46" 1080p LCD HDTV

Samsung LNT4671F 46" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV

120Hz HDTV sets are relatively new to the market, but offer enhanced image quality thanks to double the refresh rate. At CES 2007, I saw a demo of a 120Hz Syntax HDTV next to an identical TV with the standard 60Hz refresh rate. The difference in image quality between the two was very impressive. If you have the choice and your budget can absorb the cost, a 120Hz HDTV is a great way to go for ideal image quality. The set also has three HDMI inputs and a 25000:1 contrast ratio.

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Samsung LNT4671F 46" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV

Sony Bravia KDL-40V3000 40" 1080p LCD HDTV

Sony’s line of Bravia HDTVs are some of the best around and this 40-inch 1080p set has a nice price to go along with that Sony quality. This set has a 24p TruCinema feature when used with HDMI and uses a 10-bit 16:9 full HD 1080p panel. Unfortunately, Sony only put two HDMI ports on the TV, which isn’t enough for many users. Sony does include one S-Video, two component video, three composite, 1 digital audio output, one PC input and one PC audio input. The contrast ratio is 1800:1.

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Sony Bravia KDL-40V3000 40" 1080p LCD HDTV

Panasonic TH-42PZ700U 42" 1080p Plasma HDTV

Panasonic makes some very nice 1080p HDTV sets like this 42-inch version with full 1080p resolution, 4096 shades of gradation, dual HDMI inputs and a built-in SD card slot. The contrast ratio is 5000:1 and the set can do 720p and 1080i resolutions as well.

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Panasonic TH-42PZ700U 42" 1080p Plasma HDTV

We have more shopping guides coming and you can read them all in our Shoping Tips section.

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