Lighting
Make sure your customer takes into account the type of ambient light they get in the room with the TV, as well as their viewing habits.

If the room has lots of natural sunlight or they prefer to watch TV with a lot of lights on, LCD is their best option. The anti-reflective screens perform better in well-lit rooms.

Plasma and DLP sets reflect more room light. If your customer watches TV mostly at night or in a darker room with the lights dimmed or off, Plasma and DLP are great options.

Front projection TVs absolutely need a dark room to look good � the darker the better. If your customer is planning a darkened home theater, front projection would be an ideal choice.

Connections
Guide your customer to consider the number and type of inputs and connections their new TV offers. Here�s what they may need:

  • Enough inputs for existing and future video sources like a Blu-ray player and a cable or satellite box
  • HDMI connections, which provide access to next-generation high-resolution surround sound formats
  • USB ports so they can connect their TV to the internet to stream content and/or connect their camera or camcorder to view pictures and video on their TV

TIP! Recommend an A/V receiver with component video or HDMI switching as the center of their A/V system. It not only enables them to experience HDTV in surround sound, but it can drastically simplify their systems. With an A/V receiver as the hub of an entertainment system, customers simply leave their TVs on one input (e.g., �Video 1�) and use their A/V receivers to switch all other sources to that input.