Buying Guide

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TV Buying Guide

Getting the Right TV

You'd think shopping for a TV would be simple, especially now that plasma TVs are gone and almost all new TVs are LED LCD sets. But buying a TV still involves many choices, some of which may be new to you. You'll see plenty of Ultra HD (UHD), or 4K, TVs that promise greater picture detail than HDTVs, and improved contrast and color. One question you'll face is whether a regular 1080p HDTV will be good enough, or if it's worth splurging on Ultra HD.

There's also an emerging TV technology called OLED TV that reminds us of what we liked about plasmas. But right now these TVs are pricey, and only LG Electronics makes them.

Once you know what type of TV you want, focus on getting the right size, picture quality, and a few key features. And make sure your new TV has the connections required for equipment such as a streaming media player or sound bar. (Our full TV Ratings, available to subscribers, provides all the picture-quality evaluations you'll need.)

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