Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Observations on shopping for a TV

As I did a little shopping for TVs on the internet, I noticed that among the typical rave reviews about picture quality from consumers, are an inevitable couple of horror stories, at the end of which the consumer concludes that he or she will never buy another product from the manufacturer. There is never any way to prove anything one way or another. After a while, it occurred to me that such reviews might be a form of psychological warfare from the usual suspects, designed to generate conflicts within us, because that's the effect it had on me.

In hopes of finding a reliable TV with an image free of all the strange effects in non-plasma units mentioned in free on-line articles by professional reviewers, and the intolerable effects mentioned in the aforementioned inevitable few scare stories, I turned to CRT TVs, which are rarer than hen's teeth these days, and probably difficult to get repaired as a result. Actually, there are only a couple worth considering as a main TV, and they cost at least $450.

I eventually concluded that the only way to get useful, reliable information on TVs is to subscribe to Consumer Reports. You could easily save yourself several times the price of a subscription by making an informed choice on a TV.