Should You Buy HD

Posted by admin on 30/09/2010

HD (High Definition) televisions are becoming increasingly popular with consumers, now that prices are dropping. But just because you have the option of buying a HD set, does that mean that you should do just for the sake of it?

HD TV uses a variety of factors to improve the visible picture, including having a larger number of pixels on the screen, a greater contrast ratio, and more vivid colors and greater depth. The combination of factors results in a sharper, more clear and vivid picture that you would otherwise have. The picture is noticeably better, in the way that the step from VHS to DVD was an impressive improvement. For film fanatics in particular, a HD set is a wonderful piece of audio video equipment.

The problem is that for this improvement to occur, you don’ t only need

to have a HD TV-the source or signal that is being displayed on the screen needs to be HD as well. This means using a Blu-Ray player and discs, or watching a TV service that broadcasts HD. If you use a normal DVD in the blu-ray player, or watch normal quality broadcast TV, then what is shown will be at that normal quality. You won’t get a HD viewing experience. You will simply have a nice TV that is as good quality as the source that you expect it to display.

But a big reason in favor of buying a HD set even if you don’t have HD equipment,  is future proofing. You may not have the ability to show HD TV at the moment because you don’t have the other equipment needed-or because you don’t get a HD signal through your cable or satellite company yet. But that may not always be the case, and when you finally do have that ability to view TV in HD what will you do if you don’t have a HD set?

In short, you will have to go out and buy yet another new set, this time for the purpose of upgrading to HD. It may mean that you have bought two flat screen TVs in a short time-and it may be unnecessary. A HD TV that is displaying a non-HD source will work just fine by scaling the picture, so that the lower number of pixels can be shown on it.

A HD TV will not make a non-HD TV source look better, nor is it meant to.

But once HD becomes available to you, your TV will be ready and waiting for it. Increasing numbers of TV stations are broadcasting in HD, and the numbers will continue to increase in the future.

Not all TVs that are advertised as HD are actually HD displays. Instead they may be HD compatible, and require an additional piece of equipment (increasing your costs) whilst not producing the same high quality picture as a proper HD set does.

A little careful consideration of your current and potential future needs will help you make the decision, and with the speed at which technology is changing, buying a HD set is a good investment.