Simple Ways to Avoid HDTV Buyer's Regret
Go BIG! According to Consumer Reports editor Paul Reynolds, a survey of recent HDTV buyers showed the most common regret was not getting a larger screen size. In the weeks after the holidays many will seek out the gifts they really wanted and many of those gifts will be brand new HDTVs. Most new HDTV shoppers have only owned smaller standard definition TVs at around the 27" range and won't be prepared for the comparatively mamoth screen sizes. The increase in resolution will be accompanied by a significant jump in picture size for the average HDTV buyer. But do you go with a 32", 42", 50" or even larger?
The HDTV Buyer's Guide on GizmoCafe.com says you've got some measurements to take before you even set foot in one of those electronics superstores. Take the time to figure out exactly where your new HDTV will go, how far back will you sit to watch and how much space you have to for the new TV set. These simple measurements will give you the confidence of knowing the proportions you're looking for and could potentially avert a disaster when you finally get your HDTV home. Don't hesitate to take a measuring tape with you to the electronics store too. You can save a lot of hassle by measuring the footprint a potential new set will leave on your livingroom floor.
But according to Consumer Reports advice, don't discount the next step up in screen size if it's within your budget. Be sure and read as much advice as you can from a variety of sources on buying a new HDTV. It pays to be informed.