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Consumer Reports Assesses LCD TV's

HDTV's are more popular than ever.  A new study found about 1 in 5 homes now has at least one high definition set.

More people are choosing LCD's as their HD option, but Consumer Reports warns they're not all created equal. 

Consumer Reports' testers carefully adjust each LCD television to its optimum settings before judging picture quality. That allows for a much more accurate comparison than you get in a store showroom.

This test is for color accuracy, to see if the television correctly displays reds, greens, and blues.

Another test measures contrast ratio, how bright a picture the TV can deliver while still displaying as much gradation as possible in the dark areas.

"In general, LCD's don't perform as well as plasmas do as far as black levels," Caroline Somera with Consumer Reports said.

Another drawback can be viewing angle. Some LCD's wash out if not viewed head-on.

When all the testing was done, some LCD's proved far better than others.

"Some LCD sets deliver excellent high-definition pictures, while others are just mediocre," Sonera said.

Top ratings among 37-inch LCD's went to the Sharp Aquos model for $2,200. It delivered excellent high-definition pictures and it comes with a well-designed remote.

The Sharp was the only 37-inch set to earn an excellent rating for high definition picture quality, but Consumer Reports found some other LCD's have very good picture quality and cost a lot less at $1,300. 

They were the Magnavox model 37-MF-23-ID/37 and the HP LC-376-ON. 

To get a big screen without the big price, consider a rear-projection set.  NewsChannel 5 will present Consumer Reports' assessments of rear projection televisions.
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