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what's the difference between "full HD"- "HDTV"- and "HDTV monitor" ?

I'm planning to buy a TV, but I get confuse wen I saw on Sears web site this differents options of LCD TVs!

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Terms of HDTV

HDTV Monitor- This is just a display device. This does not have a tuner inside the television. It will accept a signal from a cable or satellite box through a HDMI or component cable.

HDTV- Means that the TV should receive most signal formats form standard definition to high definition. HDTV’s typically will display 720p. It will receive a full HD signal of 1080i or 1080p and display it as 720p

Full HD- Top of the line TV set. This set will display a 1080p signal.


Televisions are of the following resolutions:

SDTV: 480i (720x480 split into two 240-line fields)

EDTV: 480p (720x480)


HDTV: 720p (1280x720)


HDTV: 1080i (1280x1080, 1440x1080, or 1920x1080 split into two 540-line fields)

HDTV: 1080p (1920x1080 progressive scan)

An easy way to break this information down would be to think of digital cameras. If you take a picture with a 1 Mega pixel camera and try to print an 8X10 photo it will look grainy. But if you where to take the same picture with a 10 Mega pixel camera and printed it the edges of the object would be smooth and a nice clear photo.
by Manage My Life
May 14th, 2008
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Matthew Thompson
I own a 720p 42" plasma HDTV...although it's always nice to have the very top of the line for anything, we've been very pleased with how our Philips TV has performed. It definitely throws off some heat, but other than that - no complaints at all!

I'm sure that the 1080 level definition is better, but unless you're staring at the TV for hours each day, I'm not sure that you'll ever notice the difference.

Good luck with your selection!
by Matthew Thompson Earned 35 community points in Televisions
May 15th, 2008
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Kenneth Johnson
The best thing to do is some research on the subject. There are dozens of sites on the internet that can give you all the info you need to make an informed decision.

One site that is very good is on the CNET website.

Ultimate HDTV buying guide

Everything you need to know before shopping for an HDTV, from DLP to HDMI.

Go the the following URL
by Kenneth Johnson Earned 6 community points in Televisions
May 15th, 2008
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