have come down in price so much that now a plasma 720p HDTV can be
bought for around $500 and a small screen digital TV well under $300.
Screen size is the most notable feature of the HDTV but you should not focus on this alone. The LCD HDTV and the plasma HDTV are older display technologies now. The LED HDTV, 3D HDTV and OLED HDTV are more current. Thin is in and the LED backlighted LCD HDTV is the thinnest. The promise of the OLED HDTV with a super thin screen is promised for late 2012.
Samsung and Panasonic are the best rated HDTVs with Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, LG and Sharp also offering quality products.
High definition TVs are generally from 26 inch screen size to 32, 40, 46, 50, 55, 65 and even 70 inch screen sizes. The 40 inch to 55 inch screen sizes are best for living room while 32 inch is best for bedroom.
• Best HDTVs
Samsung LED LCD HDTV for 2012 1080P 3D HDMI Internet Wireless Apps 240Hz
Definition video 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Blu-ray Disc or a 1080p HD camcorder is currently the only source of 1080p video resolution so if you plan on viewing Blu-ray movies in 1080p then get a HDTV with 1080p resolution. Otherwise a 720p HDTV is good enough, although more devices are moving up to 1080p.
HDMI - get a TV with several HDMI inputs as this is the connection of choice today. At least 4 would be good but 2 minimum.
Refresh rate - 60Hz is minimum with 120Hz better and 240Hz excellent.
PC Input - Most HDTVs have an input for connecting your computer, both video and audio.
Internet Ready - Many HDTVs today are capable of connecting to the internet. An RJ-45 jack is required plus firmware or some of the newer TVs have Wi-Fi built in.
3D capable - 3D requires a 3D HDTV, 3D source content, 3D glasses and HDMI high-speed cable.
Most HDTVs have built-in tuners for over-the-air digital TV broadcasts (ATSC), analog TV signals (NTSC) and cable TV (QAM). For cable TV, you will need a decoder box if your cable TV provider scrambles any channels. Otherwise the QAM tuner will allow analog/digital channels to be viewed.
• How to Clean your HDTV screen
• HDTV FAQ
For 2012, the top of the line Samsung ES8000 series is available in five sizes from the 46-inch Samsung UN46ES8000, all the way up to the 75-inch UN75ES8000.
Prices - $3,000 to $5,000.
The Samsung UNxxES7500 series keeps all its “Smart” functions such as voice and gesture control thanks to its built in camera. It also has an ultra slim bezel of just 0.2-inches thick. It has a 960Hz refresh rate, active 3D with shutter glasses, and built in WiFi. These 7500 models run about $300 cheaper than the 8000′s.
Samsung 2012 HDTV model codes:
U = LED, N=North America, E=2012, S=3D, series.
The H in a model number indicates a non-3D HDTV
Samsung UN55D8000 LED 3D HDTV
The 2011 Samsung D8000 series HDTVs replace 2010s C8000 series. The D8000 series are said to be lighter and slimmer. It even has a lot more features than the C8000 series. Samsung UN55D8000 LCD/LED HDTV just plain looks good. It simply rests on a quad stand with a barely visible fine line frame of 0.2-inch metal bezel. This D8000 TV has 1080p Full HD that gives you a clear and detailed picture. It also uses a 240Hz auto motion that lets you watch each and every movement you are seeing on your television without any forms of distortion. This even smooths out any forms of uneven lighting that can be seen in edge lit televisions. The UN55D8000 LED panels produce rich colors that many viewers love. With its micro dimming plus feature, this Samsung TV is able to eliminate the Halo effect.
With this UN55D8000, you can experience 3D entertainment that is of high quality in the comfort of your home. You will be able to view images that you can almost touch. You can connect your Blu-ray 3D player and intensify your experience in viewing movies. Included with your D8000 TV are 2 pairs of 3D glasses which are rechargeable. These glasses are lightweight so you get to have a 3D experience that is comparable to those in cinemas.
You also have the option to search and stream movies, videos and even photos easily on your TV. Entertainment options can be accessed conveniently with the presence of DLNA certified devices. You may also access all the movies, videos and photos that you have from your digital camera or thumb drive. You just need to connect it to the TV’s USB port, then you can enjoy these forms of entertainment. You may also call or chat with your friends through Skype. Video call is also possible. You can do these things with ease as it also has a QWERTY remote control. With this D8000 series TV, you can explore Samsung applications that will connect you to great digital content. Since the UN55D8000 has a built-in Wi-Fi, you won’t have to worry about accessing these smart TV features. There is also no need for you to get a wired connection.
This Samsung UN55D8000 review just shows that the company can really create high-quality 3D LCD-LED TV with the features mentioned above. The TV’s pristine picture quality, advanced connectivity, device compatibility, Skype video calling and more just proves that the D8000 series is indeed a very competitive product from Samsung.
SAMSUNG LED HDTV LINEUP for 2011
Samsung - 22" Class / 1080p / 60Hz / LED-LCD HDTV
$269.99 for 2011 smaller screen for bedroom with 2 HDMI, 1 USB 2.0, 1 PC (rear), 2 component video (rear), 2 component audio (rear), 1 digital audio (rear) and 1 PC audio (rear).
PC video input - Lets you connect your computer to experience high-resolution images.
USB 2.0 port - For quick connection of a digital camera or other USB device.
User-friendly interface allows access to videos, music playlists and pictures via the remote.
• Easy HDTV Hookup Guide
• HDTV Screen Size
• 4K TV 4K TV - You think 1080p is great? Wait until you see 4K at 4 times the resolution in late 2012.
|Resolution, or picture detail, is the main reason HDTV programs look so good. The standard-definition programming most of us watched for so long on our analog TV sets, has at most 480 visible lines of detail, whereas HDTV has as many as 1,080. There are three common HDTV resolutions, called 720p, 1080i and 1080p. One is not necessarily better than the other; 1080i has more lines and pixels, but 720p is a progressive-scan format that should deliver a smoother image that stays sharper during motion. At the top currently is 1080p, which combines the superior resolution of 1080i with the progressive-scan smoothness of 720p. True 1080p content is rare outside of Blu-ray and the latest video games and none of the major networks has yet announced 1080p broadcasts. Look at the comparison chart below to see the differences.|
Every HDTV has a native resolution. Native Resolution is the number of physical pixels in a display device. For example, an XGA display has a native resolution of 1024 physical pixels of resolution horizontally and 768 pixels vertically or 786,432 total pixels.
An HDTV with a native resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 can display 1080p video sources without any "scaling" or video manipulation. An HDTV with 1,366 by 768 native resolution would have to modify the original 1080p source or "down-scale" in order to display it. The point here is that you want your HDTV to have a native resolution as close as possible to the video sources you are going to be viewing. HDTVs will up-scale or down-scale video to match native resolution without any problem, however you want your viewing to be as pure as possible. You can check the HDTV you plan on buying to see what the native resolution is by looking online at sites that sell that model, at the owner's manual or on the manufacturer's website. Sometimes a retail store will list the native resolution of HDTVs they have on display.
Q: I bought an HDTV to replace our old analog TV. We had cable TV with a box. Do I need a new cable box?
A: Yes. You need a digital cable box and make sure it is HD. Look for the HDMI jack on the rear panel of the box. Call your cable TV provider to be sure you have everything you need for HD. An HDMI cable from the box to the HDTV is needed.
Q: Is DVD high definition?
A: DVD gives you very good video resolution but it is not HD. For HD you need to move up to Blu-ray Disc movies.
Q: Can I connect my VCR to my HDTV?
A: Yes. VHS (or Beta) tapes will not give very good video resolution but they can be viewed.
Q: Do I need to buy an hdtv antenna for local TV stations for my HDTV?
A: No. There is no such thing as an hdtv antenna. HDTV signals are broadcast using the same VHF and UHF frequencies as the old analog TV system. If you have a good VHF/UHF TV antenna and live in a major metro area, you should have no problem getting HDTV signals with your existing antenna.
Q: After I buy an HDTV do I get all high-definition TV shows?
A: No. You need to upgrade your cable or satellite TV package to include HD service and get an HD box/decoder (which may increase your monthly bill). Without an upgrade, you may only be able to watch standard-definition programming from cable or satellite. Ask your provider for details and costs. You will however be able to get broadcast (over-the-air) HD programs.
Q: After I add HD service, will all my channels be in HD?
A: No, you will have both HD and standard-definition channels to choose from. You should notice a significant difference in picture quality when switching between the two. Within some HD channels, not all programs have been recorded by HD cameras.
Q: Will all programs be in widescreen once I have HD?
A: Not necessarily. HD programming should automatically appear in widescreen format. However, standard-definition programs may appear in the square 4:3 box you were used to seeing on your old tube TV. You can adjust your HDTV's aspect ratio settings and stretch an 4:3 image to fill the screen but you may get distortion.
Q: What Is Internet-Ready HDTV?
A: Internet-ready HDTVs take the web content that has become increasingly popular and deliver it directly to your television. These televisions are equipped with an Ethernet port (and often a wireless connection or add-on) much like your PC or other network devices. Once connected to your router, they use your broadband Internet connection to provide you with content. Content varies depending on manufacturers and models, but you can gain access to streaming video and music services (both paid and unpaid), smartphone-like applications or widgets, social networking tools, online photo galleries, and more. Manufacturers continue to expand their offerings and can extend their devices' abilities via firmware updates.
Q: Can I Surf the Web on My Internet-Ready HDTV?
A: No. Most of these devices don't feature Internet browsers, so you can't simply surf the web as you would on a PC. The current exception is Sony's Internet TV Powered by Google TV, which does allow users to surf the Web while watching TV. The current focus of Internet TV is on streaming media--along with pared-down versions of popular web applications, for quick access to information you want to check regularly. Some applications provide a fully interactive experience. You can, for example, view your Flickr or Picasa slideshows, update your Facebook status, or perform other similar actions, but you can't pop open a browser and search for general web information.
Q: What are my Costs in addition to the Internet-ready HDTV?
A: Internet service and home network costs. This includes the cost of monthly broadband Internet service, a router for distributing your Internet connection among your different connected devices, cabling or optional wireless hardware, and, finally, the cost of any paid services (such as Netflix or Vudu).
Q: Is the HDTV as Fast as My PC?
A: The answer to this question would depend upon the specific TV and PC being compared, but in general Internet TVs are not as powerful as modern PCs that are designed for more demanding processor tasks.
Q: Is There HD-Quality Internet Content?
A: YES. Video can be streamed in full 1080p resolution with services like Vudu or Netflix (although resolution and compression may be adjusted for slow Internet connections).
Q: How Do I Navigate Internet Content on My TV?
A: The means of navigation depends upon each television's manufacturer and model. Nearly all units include a remote control for accessing content, including input of alphanumeric characters. Vizio provides a Bluetooth remote with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for several of its models--similar to certain cell phone designs. Other models even allow you to attach a USB keyboard, such as Panasonic's TC-P46G25.
Q: What's the Difference Between Internet Television and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV)?
A: The main difference between these two means of delivering content is that Internet TV is delivered over the Internet—the global, public World Wide Web—and IPTV is delivered over a private managed network (by a telecom company, for example). IPTV requires a set-top box, and viewers receive the provider's own channels--it is being deployed by telecom operators as an alternative (or addition) to cable/satellite television. The benefits are interactivity with the quality, consistent service, and added security of a private network. Internet TV's advantage, however, is that publishers can deliver their content to any number of devices without being tied to a specific service provider or system. For example, Netflix can be streamed to Internet TVs, Blu-ray players, video game systems, etc., regardless of manufacturer, and which company is providing broadband service.
Q: What Can I Expect to Get in a TV That's Internet-Ready? Does It Come with a Computer Inside It? A Keyboard? A Mouse?
A: Generally, on the outside, an Internet-ready TV will look the same as a standard HDTV, aside from the Ethernet port for connecting to your network. While you won't see too many keyboards or mouse peripherals, some models do feature different controls than their non-Internet equivalents, such as Vizio's Bluetooth QWERTY remote mentioned above. Others may include an external dongle/piece of hardware for a wireless connection. But these are not all-in-one computers: one might think of them as enhanced televisions offering a handful of entertainment bonuses on top of all the other modern HDTV features.
Q: What Do I Need to Connect My TV to the Internet, Wired or Wirelessly?
A wired connection requires the following:
1. A broadband Internet connection (with modem)
2. A router connected to your modem
3. An Ethernet cable for connecting the HDTV
A wireless connection requires a router with Wi-Fi and a means of connecting wirelessly (this may be built in to the television or the manufacturer may sell/provide additional hardware).
One additional necessity might be a credit card for handling per-view or subscription fees on paid services and an Internet-connected PC for setting up and managing accounts, etc.
Q: How Do I Decide Which TV Is Best for Me?
A: The landscape is changing fast in this arena and it is best to check with the TV's manufacturer or their website for the latest offerings be it sports, social, movies or other areas of interest.
Q: How Can I Get the Internet on My TV if I Don't Have an Internet-Ready TV?
A: Several DVD and Blu-ray players now offer similar services to those outlined here, and many devices allow you access to particular content such as Roku's Netflix devices. Another option is accessing content through video game systems, something many consumers have been doing for some time now. Perhaps the most obvious would be simply connecting a PC to your television. Several manufacturers offer low-profile media PCs these days that are equally at home in an office or living/family room.
Q: Can I give up satellite/cable TV?
A: You could if you do not want certain programming like pay-per-view, on-demand or specific event shows. Many TV shows and movies are available online but this is a personal decision.
Bestsellers - Internet-Ready HDTVs 2011
Samsung LN46C750 46-Inch 1080p 3D LCD HDTV (Black) $1,699.99
Samsung LN55C650 55-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV (Black) $2,099.99
Samsung UN55C7000 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED HDTV (Black) $3,299.99
Samsung UN55C6500 55-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED HDTV (Black) $2,799.99
Samsung UN65C8000 65-Inch 1080p 240 Hz LED 3D HDTV $5,999.99
Samsung UN46C8000 46-Inch 1080p 3D 240 Hz LED HDTV $2,799.99
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