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How To Choose a New TV

Types of TVs:
Direct View vs: Flat Panel vs: Rear Projection vs: Front Projection

There are four main categories of TV. Each variety has its own pros and cons, which we will list. Within each category there may be many sub-varieties.

Direct View TV - Also known as tube or CRT (cathode ray tube) TVs, these still provide what is, many experts agree, the highest quality picture. CRTs fire electrons at the phosphor coated screen causing the phosphors to glow and emit light. Most CRTs are standard-definition (SD) but an increasing number of high-definition (HD) models are being manufactured. Also, most CRTs have a 4:3 aspect ratio, but models in the 16:9 aspect are becoming more common.

Pluses: Minuses:
  • Excellent picture

  • Mature technology

  • Historically long lifespan for CRT TVs

  • Smaller cabinets than big screen TVs

  • Wide viewing angles

  • Least expensive per inch of screen

  • Max screen size smaller than other TVs

  • Heavy unit

  • Deep unit compared to flat panel

How To Choose a New TV

What is HDTV? ... EDTV? ... DTV? ... SDTV?

Aspect Ratios Explained: What's the difference between 4:3 and 16:9

How To Choose: LCD, Plasma, DLP, LCoS?

Page 1: CRT TVs

Page 2: Flat Panel TVs

Page 3: Rear Projection TVs

Page 4: Front Projection TVs

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