what to look for in plasma or lcd tv

blucy2January 15, 2007

I am trying to decide on plasma or LCD. I will probably end up with 46" TV because my limit for total width is 50". I think I am leaning toward LCD because room is pretty bright and have read LCD is better for glare. Still open to all ideas, suggestions. Here is what I am confused about.

1. All TV's mention HDMI inputs and they range from 1 to 3, what are these for?

2. Also have noticed some do not mention audio capabilities, others say 2.1 surround and I believe one of the Sony Bravia's I looked at say 7.1 surround. Any audio recommendations to looks for?

3. Some indicated "built in tuner", I have DirectTV, am I understand I need to go through them for HD programming, but will I need an extra box of some sort...or is this the tuner that is built in?

I hate not understanding the technology, I am trying to learn as much as possible so we do not spend a lot of money only to find out we got the wrong item. We will be using this for TV and movies only, no gaming and we do not watch sports as a rule. TV will be mounted above fireplace.

Appreciate any and all ideas, suggestions and thoughts.

Thanks all......

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

1. HDMI is the latest in hookup jacks. You can use it to connect your DirecTv tuner and your DVD player to your TV. I believe the latest Sony video game, the PS3, is also HDMI capable.

2. Most of the TVs in the size you are looking at will sound OK. If you want better sound it is advised to look at adding a home theater audio system.

3A. In order to get HDTV from DirecTv you will need replace your existing DirecTv tuner with the HDTV DirecTv tuner. You may have to replace the dish outside, too.

3B. The HDTV tuner in the TV is used for HDTV broadcasts received via an antenna and maybe cable tv.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2007 at 7:45AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

if you will be playing any type of videogaming system on it go for an lcd.the plasma's suffer badly with image burning.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 1:28AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Humidifier or Air Purifier?
I have been transfered to this city, with a small-size...
modem switch, ethernets, and extension cables
Hi, I'm hoping someone can steer me in the right direction....
Best and thinnest flat screen wall mountable tv less than 20" high?
I am so out of my depth here. I would greatly appreciate...
Sound Goes Off Occasionally on TV
I have a Sharp ACQUOS TV. A few days ago, I started...
WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8a
Lost sound on my computer.
Once again I need your help. I have been persuaded...
Sponsored Products
Furniture of America Grove Black 60-inch 3-drawer TV Entertainment Cabinet
Set of Two Four Seasons Blackout Curtain Panels
Grandin Road
Parker House - Aria Double Pedestal Executive Desk - PAH-ARI-480-3
Great Furniture Deal
78" Samsung LED Curved Screen TV
Scottsdale Full Platform Bed
$219.99 | zulily
Black Warren Media Stand
Cost Plus World Market
ORE International Lamps 84 in. 5 Arms Satin Nickel Arch Floor Lamp 6962SN
$84.00 | Home Depot
Kids Stuff Orange Ovo Tray Table Floor Lamp
Lamps Plus
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™