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Buy the perfect HDTV

Q. Kim, my old flat-screen TV is on its last legs. I'd like to get a new one, but there are too many options to sort through. Can you give me some guidance?
-Bert from Sacramento, CA, listens to my national radio show on KSTE 650 AM

A. LCD, LED, OLED, HD, 4K, 120Hz, contrast ... talk about drowning in a sea of acronyms and tech lingo! That's even without manufacturers inventing new terms every time you turn around.


With so many different makes, models and features available, it's no surprise many folks get overwhelmed. You aren't alone in needing some guidance, Bert.

I've put together some tips to help make your TV buying experience much easier.

To start, you're going to be buying an LCD TV. Bright picture quality, decent energy efficiency and a huge range of screen sizes with low cost make LCD the most popular technology.

True, you may run across plasma and possibly OLED models, but not many.

While plasma is terrific technology - it has better blacks, vibrant colors and little motion blur - it lost the price war to LCD. Many manufacturers have stopped making them.

OLED, or organic light-emitting diode, TVs are coming up fast. Like plasma displays, and unlike LCDs, these sets have no backlight. That means they're incredibly thin and energy efficient.

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