LCD TVs - What You Need To Know and Buying Suggestions

A Guide to LCD Televisions

LCD flat panel televisions, with their decreasing price points and performance improvements are now the dominant type of television being sold. For an overview of what you need to know about LCD televisions, as well as some actual LCD Television buying suggestions, check out the following guide.

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What Is An LCD TV?

Sony KDL-W850C Series 1080p LED/LCD TV
Sony KDL-W850C Series 1080p LED/LCD TV. Image provided by Sony

LCD TV Flat panel televisions are the most common TV seen on store shelves and in peoples' homes - but what is an LCD TV anyway?

An LCD TV is a flat panel television that utilizes the same basic Liquid Crystal Display technology that has been in used for some time in cell phones, camcorder viewfinders, and computer monitors.

LCD panels are made of two layers of a glass-like material, which are polarized, and are "glued" together. One of the layers is coated with a special polymer that holds the individual liquid crystals. Electric current is then passed through individual crystals, which allow the crystals to pass or block light to create images.

LCD crystals do not produce their own light, so an external light source, such as florescent bulb is needed for the image created by the LCD to become visible to the viewer.

LCD TVs can be made very thin, thus allowing them to hung on a wall or placed on small stand on top of a table, desk, dresser, or cabinet very easily.

In addition, with some modification, LCD technology is also used in video projectors.

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The Truth About "LED" Televisions

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Vizio Full-Array Active LED Zone Illustration. Image provided by Vizio, Inc.

There has been a lot of hype and confusion surrounding the introduction of "LED" Televisions. Even many marketing reps and sales pros that should know better are falsely explaining what an LED TV is to their customers. To set the record straight, the LED designation refers to the LCD TV's backlightng system, not the chips that produce the image content. LED TVs are still LCD TVs. It is just that they use LED backlights rather than the flourescent-type backlights of most other LCD TVs.

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The Difference Between LCD and Plasma TVs

LG Plasma and LCD Televisions
LG Plasma and LCD Televisions. Robert Silva

LCD and Plasma TVs are both thin flat panel TVs that can be mounted on a  wall or placed on a stand - but they use different technology to display images for TV viewing.

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Video Frame Rate vs Screen Refresh Rate

LG TruMotion versus conventional 60hz refresh rate
Image provided by LG

When shopping for an LCD or LED/LCD TV, you will be hit with terms like 60Hz, 120Hz, 240Hz, MotionFlow, Clearscan, and more. However, what does this all mean, and is it really important when considering the purchase of an LCD or LED/LCD TV? Find out the answer...

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Before You Buy an LCD TV

LG 55LH5750 55-inch LED/LCD Smart TV
LG 55LH5750 55-inch LED/LCD Smart TV. Image provided by LG Electronics

Buying a television is more complicated that it used to be. You have settled on buying an LCD TV. but are you you prepared to start shopping for one? Before you jump at the latest "great ad deal" on an LCD flat panel television, there are some useful tips to take into consideration.

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Best 1080p LCD and LED/LCD TVs 40-Inches and Larger

Samsung UN55K6250 1080p Curved Screen LED/LCD TV
Samsung UN55K6250 1080p Curved Screen LED/LCD TV. Image courtesy of Amazon.com

LCD Flat panel televisions are now quite commonplace on store shelves and in consumers' homes. For a look at some possible choices for 40-inch and larger LCD Televisions, check out some suggestions in my periodically updated list of LCD and LED/LCD TVs 40-inches and Larger.

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Best 32 to 39-Inch LCD TVs

Samsung UNJ6300 Series Smart TV
Samsung UNJ6300 Series Smart TV. Image provided by Samsung

LCD Flat panel televisions are main TV of choice for consumers these days, but not everyone needs or has room for a 40-inch or larger set. For a look at some possible choices in the 32 to 39-inch screen size, check out suggestions in my list of Best 32 to 39-Inch LCD Flat Panel HDTVs. Note: This list is updated on a quarterly basis.

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Best 26 to 29-Inch LCD TVs

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Samsung UN28H4500 28-Inch Smart TV. Image provided by Samsung

LCD Flat panel televisions have effectively replaced the old-dependable CRT Television. If you are in the market to replace and older 25 or 27-inch CRT television, check out some possible choices in an LCD TV in the 26 to 29-inch screen sizes. Note: This list is updated on a quarterly basis.

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Best LCD TVs 24-Inches and Smaller

Vizio D24-D1 24-inch Smart TV
Vizio D24-D1 24-inch Smart TV. Image provided by Vizio

LCD Flat panel televisions come in all sizes, including small sets that are perfect for a bedroom, office, and even the kitchen that take up very little space. If you are looking for a very compact LCD television, check out some possible choices in my 24-inch and smaller screen sizes. Note: This list is updated on a quarterly basis.

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Best LCD TV - DVD Player Combinations

Sceptre E408BD-FMQR 40-inch 1080p TV/DVD Combo
Sceptre E408BD-FMQR 40-inch 1080p TV/DVD Combo. Image provided by Amazon.com

The TV is everywhere in our households. Now, with the advent of new technologies, the TV has taken on a new identity in the form of the TV Combo. Although the TV combo concept has been with us for some time, the concept has evolved into an LCD form factor that include built-in DVD players. Such units are great for locations such as the office, dorm room, recreation room, kitchen, or bedroom. Check out my current favorites. These new hi-tech TV combos also make great gifts for holidays and other special occasions, including back-to-school.
Note: This list is updated on a quarterly basis.

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