LCD TV Selection

With the explosion of features available in the new televisions, LCD TV selection is getting more and more complex. We aim to simplify things by providing some insight into what to look for.

Response Times
Response time is the amount of time it takes for one pixel to go from active (black) to inactive (white) and back to active (black) again. Think of it as a light bulb that is off (black) then is turned on (white) then back off (black) again. Response time is measured in milliseconds with the lower number being faster or better. Poor response time will be result in a smear or blur being seen on fast moving objects.

This is the area where many people are not satisfied with LCD TVs. Response time was once considered a disadvantage when comparing LCD TVs to Plasma and DLP technologies. However the manufactures have really improved this area and the more expensive LCD televisions now have very good response times that are comparable to the other technologies. However the lower end LCD televisions do not. Look for response times below 12 milliseconds with the better TVs around 6-8 milliseconds. Anything higher then 12 milliseconds, you may want to think twice if you are going to watch action video.

LCD TV Lifespan
Your LCD TV will not last forever, but will last a very long time. The average lifespan for LCD televisions is 60,000 hours. This compares favorably to Plasma (About 50,000) hours. DLP televisions allow you to change the bulb when they burn out so the can fixed but that is not the case with an LCD television. Over time the color will start to change, for example the green will start to fade.

Additional Articles Of Interest
This article focuses exclusively on LCD televisions and in particular LCD TV selection. If you are considering other technology types, like to learn the difference between technology types or have in interest in the top LCD televisions, see the articles below.

3D TV

DLP vs LCD

DLP vs Plasma

Plasma Television Guide

 

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