Selecting the Best TV For Your Home Theater


When it comes to passive home entertainment, the television is still one of the most basic units a family can have. Whether you watch it a lot or a little, you are almost certain to want some kind of television in your living room, even if you opt out of cable and only use it to watch movies.

One thing you need to consider before you purchase a TV is the space that you have. Do you want the television to be a major part of the room or just something tucked away in the corner? If you don’t already have some type of cabinet or furniture to place the TV in or on, you’ll want to factor that into your considerations, unless you plan to mount the television on the wall.

A direct view television is probably your best bet if you want to get something fairly inexpensive. Just make sure it will fit on the furniture you’ve provided. A small table or magazine rack may be sufficient for especially small TVs, but if you want your home viewing station to be more fully integrated into the room, you may want to invest in an entertainment cabinet. These, too, come in a variety of sizes. You’ll probably want to find one that is large enough to accommodate at least a DVD player and/or VCR; some are large enough that you can also fit in a stereo, along with a video game system or two and a DVD or video collection.

Flat-screen televisions are very popular these days, and they more accurately reflect the movie theater experience than the traditional boxy TV. You’ll be watching on a large screen, usually mounted directly on the wall. Invest in some good speakers, and you’ll really start to feel like you are in a movie theater.

There are some factors to be aware of, however. For one thing, flat-screen televisions tend to be much more expensive, with the largest ones exceeding $1000 before you even factor in extras like speakers. You also need to decide whether you would prefer LCD or plasma. The latter offers the clearest picture, though there may still be glitches. In both cases, you need to think about how much light there is in your room and how that will affect the picture quality on the television.

You also want to avoid straining your eyes by putting in a TV that is too large for the space you have. For instance, if your couch is situated five feet away from where the television will be, you shouldn’t get anything bigger than a 40-inch TV. You should also be aware that there may be quality discrepancies depending upon where you are getting your video from. For example, if your television and computer are hooked into each other, a live streaming video from Netflix probably won’t look as good as a regular television program, since it wasn’t really designed for such a large screen.

There are plenty of things to think about before you buy a television. Though you may go through a few of them in your adult life, plan for the long-term and select something that you can be happy with for years to come.

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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