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HTSA Warns Against Cheap TVs
Experts say you may be saving now, but paying for it later.
Sony XBR8
The HTSA has picked Sony’s XBR8 as one of its favorite TVs for the season.
December 10, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

You may be very proud of that new TV purchase. You may have even punched someone in the head for it. Black Friday shoppers’ remorse aside, the Home Theater Specialists of America say you could be paying for that cheap TV purchase in the long run.

HTSA experts say many of those $700 TVs that keep popping up this season are seriously flawed. David Berman, the HTSA’s director of training and public relations, cites cheap processing engines and lesser warranties as some of the common problems associated with TV deals. The HTSA also says that although you may be excited about a new HDTV, you may not be getting “real” HD. They say that many of the bargains being sold right now have a pixel count more like 1366 x 768, which is “less than half the pixel clarity of a true HDTV and only about 10 percent of all HD programming comes across in this format.”

As part of the announcement, the organization also announced some of its favorite sets for the season: To help consumers, HTSA has published a list of their favorite flat panel models for this holiday season. Those include:

  • Limited Edition Sharp Aquos LCD
  • Pioneer Kuro
  • Sony Bravia XBR7 and XBR8
  • LG
  • Mitsubishi

Of course, for some, a new TV is better than no TV—and some of those models are beyond the average shopper’s budget.

Do you agree with the HTSA’s statements? Do you worry about your recent purchase or are you too busy basking in the glow of a new TV? Sound off in the comments section below.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at

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