Tired of that old TV that just doesn’t display picture quality as well as you would like? Or maybe it’s time to upgrade to a larger TV that will entertain your entire family. Regardless of the reason for purchasing a new LCD TV, there are many options that one should consider when shopping for a new television.

When a customer make a spontaneous decision to purchase an LCD TV, they oftentimes return home only to discover that the TV does not fit in the allotted space as estimated or is simply too big or too small for the room in which it will remain. Thus, it is important to consider the type of mount or television stand that will be used to support a new television.

In addition, since televisions broadcast digital images, an LCD TVs pixel resolution should be highly considered and evaluated in the purchase of a new TV. Pixels are aligned rows and columns of tiny squares. The total pixel size is the number of rows multiplied by the number of columns. Theoretically, the higher the number of pixels, the better the image quality will be. As a result, bigger TVs require a large amount of pixels in order to produce a clear picture.

Another measurement that image quality depends on is the capability of an LCD TV’s scaling option. Scaling allows a television’s optimal resolution and pixels to be displayed. This makes the picture clearer and the color more diverse. If a TV does not have a efficient scaling option, buyers will have to purchase an additional device to enhance the television’s ability to do so.

One characteristic that is beneficial to a buyer’s viewing pleasure is the motion response time that a TV possesses. The motion response time of an LCD TV is the total time that it takes one pixel to change from black to white and back to black again. LCD TVs with longer response times will advocate more blurry images that are difficult to decipher.

While LCD TV contrast ratios are also very important to consider when purchasing a new television, many buyers do not fully understand the importance of this quality. There are two types of contrast ratios that exist: static contrast ratio and dynamic contrast ratio. These numbers may be confusing, so it is best to consult with an electronic salesperson to discuss these options.

The viewing angle that potential LCD TVs offer is another characteristic to be knowledgeable about when comparing televisions. This can effect which angles a television can be viewed from, which directly corresponds with where the TV is placed within a room.

Lastly, the tuner and connection that are incorporated into a potential LCD TV option should be highly considered. A built-in NTSC and ATSC tuner will allow viewers to receive over-the-air broadcasting, and a QAM tuner allows viewers to receive HD images without the use of a cable box. Furthermore, at least one HDMI connection is necessary, so that buyers can also attach HD-cable and satellite boxes, gaming systems, and DVD players.