Buying Guide for Television (TV)

Buying Guide for Television (TV)

The television of the last generation on the market today offer you amazing picture quality, and in some cases are so thin that they can be hung on the wall, or large enough to rival the big screens which are found at the sports club. On eBay you will find the TV that suits you, be it with the big or small screen, and with a standard definition or high quality.

Choose the TV that suits you

Before choosing a TV , you will need to decide whether to place it on the ground or hang it on the wall as if it were a painting or a mirror.

  • On the wall: if you hang a flat-screen TV with LCD technology or plasma , measure the wall considering the best sitting position that allows you to see the device.Make sure you have enough space to install well-spaced uprights, otherwise you can not hang a heavy object like TV. If you do not have enough space, you can purchase a wall mount . You can hang the TV by itself or entrust the task to an expert builder or installer.

  • On the ground: a flat screen but if you do not have a wall that is sufficiently large, you can buy a LCD TV or plasma and a special support. Of course, the cathode ray tube televisions and those with back projection can be placed anywhere else, and often cost less, without imposing compromising on quality.

To find the TV that suits your room, consider the length, width and depth of the area where you think you place it. The sellers include the size of the screen in ads, and the characteristics of the space at your disposal will help you determine the size of the TV that’s right for you. If you’re thinking about buying a home entertainment system, remember that you will need to leave some free space on each side of the unit, so you can not fit the TV between the furniture already present.

Determine the right size for the screen
do not buy a TV too big that it takes up all the space available. If your sofa is only half a meter away from the screen at 70 “, you get the same uneasy feeling that you have when you sit in the cinema in the first rows. Below are the recommended viewing distances for wide-screen televisions:

Distance from TV Screen Size
150/200 cm 37 “
240/270 cm 42 ” or 43 “
300/330 cm from 44 “to 50 “
330/390 cm from 50 “to 60 “
390/420 cm from 50 “to 60”
over 450 cm more than 70 “

Make the most of the space
Some types of television are more suitable than others for certain rooms.

  • Small rooms: Flat Panel Displays LCD between 15 “and 21” , CRT TV from 15 “to 20” units combined TV / DVD / VCR player and portable TV .

  • Narrow rooms: rear projection , LCD and plasma .

  • Large rooms: CRT TV, plasma , LCD and rear projection .

If you buy a television with a screen 38 “or larger, choose among those with plasma or DLP rear projection.

Consider the weight
Before concluding the purchase, check the weight of the product and shipping costs. Typically, the purchase of a heavy TV implies a higher cost of shipping. You could save money by choosing a flat screen LCD or plasma compared to a traditional CRT TV, which certainly weighs a lot more.

Discover HDTVs

Try to watch movies and sporting events with a level of detail never seen before. The high-definition television HDTV ensures amazing image quality, often with the 5.1 surround system, and deliver it directly to your living room. Do not seem only to watch a program, but to walk the streets of Rome, sunbathing on the beach or watch the games as if you were in the field of play. To watch HDTV content:

  • Buy an HDTV: make sure that your TV supports the reception of signals HDTV 1080i and 720p. Televisions enhanced-definition (EDTV) provide only a good quality at 480p.

  • Buy the appropriate cables: you need the cables for component video or DVI cables to get the image size HDTV , and audio cables fiber optic or coaxial digital for receiving audio.

  • Organize programming: an increasing number of television stations offers a daily HDTV programming. Televisions with HDTV with built-in or an external tuner, along with an antenna, can receive HDTV content broadcast over the air. If you order an HDTV package from the service provider via the web or satellite, ask an HD receiver to the TV HDTV, HD-ready or HD compatible.

Quality of the programs
The resolution indicates the quality of the programs that the TV can display. More values ​​are high, the better the quality.

  • 480p: signal near high definition, with a resolution of 852 x 480, progressive scan, used in progressive scan DVD players and televisions EDTV (Enhanced Definition Television).

  • 720p: HDTV programming is divided into 720p or 1080i. A progressive scan signal to 720p has a resolution of 1280 x 720.

  • 1080i: HDTV programming is divided into 720p or 1080i. A scan signal from interlaced 1080i has a resolution of 1920 x 1080.

In order for the HDTV shows all the details of an image in 1080i, you will need to buy a more expensive model. The screen televisions Plasma , LCD , LCoS and DLP projectors have a fixed number of pixels. The native resolution is the amount of detail that you can see; screens with a higher resolution will clearly show a greater amount of detail.

Comparison between DTV and HDTV-ready
The acronym HDTV (High Definition Television, high-definition television) indicates a device that can receive a TV signal high definition even if it requires additional hardware. The acronym can describe an HDTV-ready, compatible HDTV or a TV with integrated HDTV.

  • DTV is the standard digital television broadcasts intended for HDTV and standard definition. A television DTV can play progressive scan DVD and HDTV programming in general.

  • HDTV-ready: TV capable of receiving a signal high-definition television with the help of a receiver / tuner. It is sometimes referred compatible HDTV.

  • HDTV compatible: TV capable of receiving a signal high-definition television with the help of a receiver / tuner. It is sometimes referred HDTV-ready.

  • HDTV Monitor: monitors display the signal that is transmitted to them and do not contain a built-in tuner for programming. This category includes many plasma TVs and rear projection.

  • Integrated HDTV: High Definition TV with an HDTV tuner (sometimes called digital or ATSC) tuner. Connect an antenna to receive over the air HDTV integrated the high-definition broadcasts. You will still need to order a receiver and a HDTV package from the service provider for cable television or satellite to receive their programming HDTV.

Remember that an integrated HDTV tuner only helps in receiving programming over the air. If you order an HDTV package from the service provider via the web or satellite, ask an HD receiver to the TV HDTV , HD-ready or HD compatible.

Alternative HDTV
Some TVs do not offer a high definition programming with a total quality.

  • Analog: with traditional analog television you can watch standard television programs broadcast over the air, cable, or satellite, including digital signal via cable and satellite.

  • EDTV: Enhanced-definition television facilities allow you to play progressive scan signals with a resolution close to high-definition (480p). They can receive HDTV signals, but are not able to play back images with the same quality guaranteed by the true HDTV. Sometimes the plasma TV fall into this category.

  • SDTV: support standard definition televisions with digital television signals 480i (interlaced scan signal with a resolution of 852 x 480) and 480p (progressive scan signal with a resolution of 852 x 480).

Discover the flat-panel TVs

Hang a thin screen on the wall or place it on a stand and let the artistic object becomes the center of attention in any room.

Inside an LCD screen
The LCD TVs flat screen apply the same technology used in LCD monitors LCD computer, to create crisp, bright images in any lighting condition. The light passes through the cells of pixels, each cell contains a component red, one green and one blue, but there is the possibility of completely shutdown some specific pixels. As a result, some LCD screens fail to reproduce the perfect black, and this can affect the levels of contrast obtained.

The LCD TVs above 40 “are usually much more expensive than flat plasma or rear projection with the same dimensions. Anyway, are an excellent choice if you are looking for a relatively flat screen and especially if you want a size between 15 “and 21” for a small room. Some of the most popular models are produced by Dell,Sony , Philips , Samsung and Sharp .

Perfection plasma
The plasma TVs are so elegant that your guests will be impressed. Companies such as Pioneer , Philips , Samsung , Toshiba and Sony produce screens from 36 “(with dimensions that exceed even the 70”) and offer precision and amazing color saturation and perfect pictures from almost any angle.

These devices create the image by applying an electric charge to cells, filled with a gas which reacts by emitting an ultraviolet light. The process could heat up the screen, so if you watch the same channel for eight consecutive hours every day, the logo of the channel, or at least the images at the corners, may eventually appear blurred.

Many plasma TVs do not include speakers, so you will need to purchase the appropriate cables to play the sound through the system for home theater or speakers.

Currency options of rear projection TVs

Would you buy a big screen? The rear projection TV screens have a size that can exceed 70 “in most cases, support HDTV content and are cheaper than plasma TVswith the same screen size. Though they weigh about the same as plasma TVs, those backprojection using a different technology to create the images, a kind of magic obtained with lenses and mirrors that magnify the image and projecting on the back of a translucent screen. Often protrude relative to the walls and some are mounted on a structure that contains the source light, lenses, mirrors and other electronic equipment.

DLP rear projection TV
When purchasing a large TV, most people choose between a plasma-screen TV and a less expensive DLP rear projection, produced by companies such as Samsung, Toshiba, Mitsubishi, Panasonic and RCA. Some have dimensions of 42 “and beyond and use technology DLP (Digital Light Projection, digital projection of light) to create detailed images with slight variations of colors and deep blacks to increase the contrast. Place the sofa in the best position to watch the screen making the most of the brightness and contrast of this type of screen.

LCD rear projection
Thin and lightweight, screens LCD rear projection products by Sony, Hitachi and Panasonic offer a good image quality and weigh less than CRT TV with the same technology. However, do not reproduce the deep black of the screens DLP and often the image is darker.

CRT rear projection TV
If you know someone who has a big screen for more than ten years, it is probably someone who has purchased a rear projection CRT TV. This technology uses three cathode ray tubes to create the separate red, green and blue, then combines the three rays before enlarge and project the image. On eBay you will find many well-known brands, such as Pioneer, Philips, Panasonic, JVC, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Sony and RCA. As with any CRT TV, you will need to dim the lights to see the images in all their brightness and prevent the light of the sun lightens too much. These units weigh much more than the LCD TVs and DLP rear projection and are typically from 12 “to 15” deeper.

Examine the functions of the TV classic

Given the diffusion of plasma screens , LCD and DLP, it is often forgotten that manufacturers such as Philips, Panasonic, Toshiba and Zenith still produce televisionswith the traditional CRT you know and love forever. Some of them include even HDTV-ready and have screens with rectangular 16:9 screen instead of the screen 4:3 (approximately one square).

In many eBay listings from the word “flat”. Be careful not to confuse the different types of flat screen. Televisions cathode classics have a curved screen standard or a flat screen that allows you to get a greater viewing area.

These devices have a lower price than the other, but are getting heavier and take up more space. With the increase in screen size increases, so does the weight and shipping costs.

Find televisions on eBay

After locating the TV that’s right for you, falls into the category Audio, TV, Electronics , click Televisions and Projectors and start your experience on eBay.

  • Search by product: search by product appears on the left side of the pages. You can use the shortcut menu to restrict your search based on the type of TV, the display technology, the screen size and brand.

  • Keywords: eBay helps you find objects by entering keywords in the Search box for the product or Generic search box. For example, if you find a new plasma TV , type “plasma tv”, without the quotes, in the search box. Click Search in titles and descriptions to expand the results. Visit the page Search Tips eBay to see other tips on keyword search.

  • Help from seller: a good advertisement should include information on the screen size, the weight, the display technology, HDTV compatibility and brand of the product. The ads should also include a clear photo. If you wish to receive additional information that is not contained in the listing, click on the link Ask a question to the seller in the seller’s profile.

If you can not find exactly what you are looking for, try searching in eBay Stores , save a search in My eBay to receive an email from eBay when there is a match.

Buy TVs in safety

Before making your purchase, make sure you know exactly what you’re buying, look for the seller and informed about the protection offered by eBay and PayPal.

Evaluate your purchase

  • Read carefully the details of the listings.

  • Keep in mind the costs of delivery in the determination of the final price.

  • If you buy an expensive item, make sure that the seller provides shipping insurance.

  • If you wish more information, please click the link Ask a question to the seller in the seller’s profile. Make sure that the transaction is always completed on eBay using a bid, Buy It Now or Best Offer. Transactions made ​​outside of eBay are not covered by eBay protection programs.

  • Never pay for an item purchased on eBay using the services of sending cash Western Union or MoneyGram. These payment methods are unsafe to send cash to people who do not know.

Rate the seller

  • Find a vendor that gives you security on each transaction.

  • What is the feedback score of the seller? How many transactions has completed? What is your percentage of positive feedback?

  • What are the comments made by buyers in the feedback? The seller has received positive reviews?

  • Many of the major vendors run their own business on eBay as genuine outlets and specify return policy. The seller offers a money back guarantee? What are the terms and conditions?


  • In case any problem arises during your transaction, eBay and PayPal are able to help you.

  • Make secure payments with PayPal . PayPal allows you to make payments without the seller ever being aware of your bank account numbers or credit card. In fact, PayPal protects buyers 100% unauthorized payments made ​​on their accounts. In addition, the PayPal Buyer Protection offers coverage on purchases up to € 500. EBay Security Centre: Visit the Security Center for more information on how to protect your account and use the tools for the resolution offered by eBay.