If you missed out on the HDTV revolution, you could be missing out on superior picture and sound quality when watching new TV shows and movies filmed especially for the high-definition medium. Upgrading to HD doesn’t have to be expensive, however, opting to rent appliances rather than the costlier option of purchasing a set can save you a bundle.
Advantages of HDTV
Say goodbye to wavy pictures, crackly sound and poor signals, and enjoy TV as it should be. Most people who’ve experienced HDTV will be aware of the numerous benefits of this pristine format – but although the improved picture resolution and sound quality may be immediately obvious, there are other advantages of the format over standard definition TVs.
The greater efficiency of digital presentation in HDTVs means incidences of data loss or corruption are much less frequent than in earlier digital TV sets. In practical terms, this means problems such as discolouration, lack of sharpness and ‘ghost’ images will not present a problem, and you can enjoy watching your favourite shows and films with all the clarity that was originally intended. Watching older shows you may see black strips on the side as the format and size of screens has changed, conversely you get a flatter view of modern day programmes on an older television.
Other benefits such as being able to record programmes and pause live TV come as standard with many HDTVs, and producers are experimenting with 3D technology for homes – meaning you can watch Avatar or the latest version of Titanic as if you’re in a cinema, or get up close to the action while watching sport.
How to choose a HDTV
Every TV manufacturer has embraced the high definition age, meaning you’ll have a wide range of options when it comes to choosing your ideal HDTV set – however, this can also mean navigating your way through technical jargon and many other considerations.
You will need to decide on a resolution, for example, as well as the right size of TV set for your room and whether a wall-mounted or free-standing option suits you best. While it’s good to have a large screen, don’t go for a set simply because of its size – especially if you have a small lounge room.
An oversized TV will also be too hard on the eyes if your room isn’t big enough for you to allow you to sit back far away enough to see the whole picture. It will be a strain on the eyes sitting so close to such a large screen!
Sarah Paige is a technology buff with plenty of experience curled up on a sofa watching a good show. As well as the best TVs available, she writes about laptops, technology, and what to look for when you rent appliances. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for us?