Although produced much earlier in history, due to differences in opinion by manufacturers about the optimum technology, HDTV (high definition television) sets were not made available to US consumers until the late 1980s and early 1990s. The first commercial television broadcast in HD took place in 1996, by WRAP-TV, Raleigh, NC.
As with any new technology, the first high definition television receivers, which provide for a picture and images with much more clarity and definition than old analog broadcasts were very expensive.
With consumer demand and production increasing, the cost of HDTV sets has come down substantially, and there are many very good models available for sale for under $200.
Looking at some of the top manufacturers, Samsung, Visio, LG, and Philips, you’ll find a variety of sizes, prices and features that will suit your needs.
Best Affordable 28-Inch LED TV to Buy
The LED display 28 inch Samsung UN28H4000 weighs nine pounds and has dimensions of 25″ X 17.1″. A unique feature of the Samsung is Wide Color Enhancer Plus technology, which provides for a wider spectrum and brighter colors with broadcasts or playback of recorded or streaming video. You’ll see the images the way the director intended for your to see them.
Eco-Sensor allows your Samsung to automatically adjust to the available light in a room, dimming or brightening the screen as needed to provide the best picture possible.
Audio is provided via technology from the world leader in sound processing, Dolby, with DTS 2.0 and DTS Studio Sound processing.
Built-in connectors allow you to feed video signals from nearly every source, with two HDMI inputs, one USB, one component and one shared composite inputs.
The set can be operated by a standard remote control, which is included.
Best Budget 1080p LED HDTV
Vizio’s E221-A1 is a 22 inch 1080 LED HDTV, that weighs in at 6.3 pounds with external dimensions of 20.3″ X 13.3″. California based Vizio is one of the largest manufacturers of HDTVs in the US, and the E221-A1 uses Vizio’s LED Backlight technology to produce an exceptionally bright picture viewable from a 170 degree angle.
The set has built in HDTV and Digital TV tuners, and audio is provided via SRS TruSurround four watt, two speaker system. Available inputs include HDMI, VGA, and component video.
A built-in sleep timer shuts the set off if you doze off. A stand, remote, and remote batteries are included in the box. The set is Energy Star qualified and comes with a one year warranty.
Best Compact LED TV for $200
From South Korean electronics multinational comes the LG 22LB4510 22″ LED TV. LG builds sets of all sizes, but is noted from cramming a lot of quality into small spaces, and the 22LB4510 is no exception.
The set weighs in at 6.8 pounds and external dimensions are 20″ X 14″. LED Backlighting utilizes LG’s exclusive EDGE LEDs to provide a brighter, sharper picture than previous models or comparable competitor’s sets in the same class.
Picture Wizard II provides easy, on-screen references to adjust your picture sharper and with better shading, hues, and intensity than ever before. The set has eight separate picture modes and three AV modes. The two speaker, five watt audio system projects in Virtual Surround.
Energy Star qualification means it will cost less to run your LG set than other models. A standard remote control with two AAA batteries is included, and LG offers a one year warranty on parts and labor.
Top LED HDTV under $200
Rated as one of the best deals in the class, the Philips 24PFL4508/F7 from the Dutch electronics manufacturer offers a great picture in a very slim design. The 24″ diagonal screen fits into a 22.71″ X 14.36″ frame that weighs 7.72 pounds. Pictures are enhanced with exclusive Philips technology like Digital Crystal Clear and 3D Combfilter.
The set is able to broadcast in six different computer formats and five different video formats, with six different inputs available to feed different types of video signals in. TrueSurround XT provides excellent audio but outputs are available for those desiring of hooking up an exterior sound enhancement system.
Other technology included in Philips sets include Child Lock, Clock and Sleep Timer, Auto Picture and Audio Sound adaption systems, The set is VESA wall mount compatible, and comes with a table-top stand, remote, and remote batteries.