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Fact or Fiction: HDTV
by Staff
Even if you own a high-definition television, you might not be exactly sure how it works or how to optimize your viewing experience. This quiz won't tell you what HDTV is best for you, but it might help you sort out some of the mystery.

If you're in the market for a new TV, you should definitely buy an HDTV.

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  • almost fact: You can buy a "regular" TV, but you'll just have to use a special converter box to watch HD shows.

HDTV prices are expected to rise when all channels have finally converted to HD.

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  • almost fact: The prices are expected to rise when the recession is over.

If you have black bars on either side of your HDTV picture, it's because you didn't set up the TV correctly.

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  • almost fact: It's because your HDMI cable is plugged into the wrong jack.

The smallest LCD HDTV on the market is 17 inches.

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  • almost fact: The smallest LCD is actually 18 inches.

The smallest available plasma screen is 42 inches.

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  • almost fact: The smallest plasma is 13 inches.

LCDs are the most popular HDTVs because the picture is better.

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  • almost fact: More people buy LCDs because they come in a greater range of sizes and prices than plasma screens do.

The best connection for your HDTV is an HDMI cable.

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  • almost fact: The best connection is an HDMI cable plus an audio cable.

You should never fool with the factory settings on your HDTV.

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  • almost fact: You can adjust the settings on LCDs, but plasmas are a no-no.

LG makes a diamond-studded HDTV that costs $1 million.

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  • almost fact: It's diamond- and ruby-studded, and it costs $2 million.

Sharp offers a 108-inch HDTV.

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  • almost fact: Sony makes the 108-inch TV.