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It’s no longer just L-C-D and plasma you have to consider when shopping for a television. There’s a revolution in TV display technology, with new types like O-LED and Ultra-HD.

Consumer Reports has advice if you, like lots of people, are having trouble sorting it all out.

When you’re shopping for a television, the choices can seem overwhelming.

Consumer Reports’ TV experts say it’s only going to get more confusing. They’ve tested the latest TV technologies — O-LED and Ultra-HD — and say these first sets, while very pricey, have a lot to offer.

Ultra-HD is a higher-resolution L-C-D set. That means you can get huge screens, like this 84-inch one Consumer Reports’ testers checked out. You also get a beautiful picture with lots of detail.

But Ultra-HD sets start at four thousand dollars for a decent one — and there’s another drawback.

“The problem with Ultra HD is that it needs a whole ecosystem of high definition content that’s ultra high definition, sometimes called 4K. And that really doesn’t exist right now, so you have a TV with a high resolution and not a lot of content to feed it.” Said Jim Willcox of Consumer Reports.

O-LED is another impressive new technology. The black levels on this O-LED set are the best testers have ever seen. The brightness levels are also great. But prices are still high. O-LED sets start at about nine thousand dollars.

“We feel that over the course of four or five years it will become a more mainstream product.” Willcox said.

Meanwhile, Consumer Reports says plasma TVs continue to improve.

For example, Consumer Reports recommends this 55-inch Panasonic plasma. You’ll get excellent picture quality for about 14-hundred dollars.

If your TV is in a room that gets a lot of light, an L-C-D television might be the best choice. Consumer Reports recommends the 55-inch LG 55GA7900. You’ll get an excellent picture, very good sound, and a wide viewing angle for 15-hundred dollars.

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