Good news: You're about to get a brand new TV! Bad news: You have to sort through the jargon and the hype of actually buying a new TV. There are always new features and capabilities to contend with, from the industry's refusal to stop talking about 3D, to questions about 4K televisions and OLED screens. Some of the confusion is probably intentional – TV-manufacturers want to arm salespeople with new terminology to justify upgrades and higher prices for premiums choices. So let's cut to the chase and talk about the options and specs that really matter, and some that don't. Here's our no-nonsense advice for buying a great TV, minus the buyer's remorse.
Don't Worry About 3D
If you're like most TV-buying human beings, you have little to no interest in dealing with the glasses, the limited viewing angles, and the hassle of getting high-quality 3D content – cable and streaming are terrible for 3D, so the limited (and expensive) list of 3D Blu-ray titles are your only option at the moment. But don't worry about 3D either. It's an optional mode that you turn on, rather than one you have to turn off, and it's become relatively standard on new flat-panels. What used to be cause for a premium up-charge is now a free and nearly universal capability, and no longer worth trying to avoid.
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