Diamond Weight Chart
- The chart below lists the weight ranges that correspond to the size
designations stated for our diamond jewelry.
Diamond accent: Item contains one or more diamonds and total weights may vary between .005 and .08 carat.
Stated WeightWeight Range1/10 carat.09 - .11 carat1/5 carat.18 - .22 carat1/4 carat.23 - .29 carat1/3 carat.30 - .35 carat3/8 carat.36 - .46 carat1/2 carat.47 - .56 carat3/4 carat.68 - .83 carat7/8 carat.84 - .89 carat1 carat.95 - 1.05 carat2 carat1.95 - 2.05 carat
We generally show our diamonds enlarged to show detail.
Jewelry Care Tips
Basic CareStorage: Store your jewelry in a cool, dry place, such as a felt-lined jewelry box. Don't overcrowd your jewelry. Gold and silver jewelry can scratch easily when rubbed against each other. Silver is best stored in small felt pouches or re-sealable plastic bags to prevent oxidation.
Cleaning: Most fine gold jewelry can be cleaned safely with mild dishwashing liquid, warm water, and a soft toothbrush. Use a clean bowl and soak the jewelry for 10 to 20 minutes. Costume or fashion jewelry with crystals or pearls should not be immersed in water.
Gently but thoroughly brush the top, sides and bottom of the piece with a soft brush to remove the softened residue. For gemstones, the underside of the stone should also be brushed. Use a toothpick to reach crevices and other hard-to-reach areas.
Check to make sure no stones have fallen out in your cleaning solution. Rinse with clean water either in a fine mesh strainer or in a sink where you can close off the drain.
If all residue has not been removed, repeat the above steps as needed. Pat dry with a clean, lint-free cloth. Make sure the jewelry is completely dry before storing.
Jewelry Cleaners: If you are using a commercial jewelry cleaner, follow the directions for that product. An inappropriate cleaner can damage stones or settings.
Ultrasonic Cleaners: Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners are another option for cleaning, just be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Not all stones can be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner. Ultrasonic cleaners are ideal for gold and for jewelry set with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. Other non-porous stones may be put in an ultrasonic cleaner but be sure to check a jewelry-care guide or with your jeweler before cleaning.
Things to AvoidHousework: Many household cleaners and chemicals can discolor or damage jewelry.
Yard Work: Never wear jewelry while doing yard work. Exposure to sweat can cause tarnishing and tools can easily scratch jewelry.
Swimming: Never wear jewelry while swimming in chlorinated water. Chlorine will turn silver black, strip gold plating, and weaken any soldering and prongs.
Toothpaste: Toothpaste should never be used to clean jewelry, despite the recommendation of magazines and websites. Toothpaste contains abrasives that can scratch the surface of jewelry.
Pockets: Never put jewelry in your pocket; it can easily be scratched if it rubs against other items with hard surfaces. Also, chains, necklaces, and bracelets can easily tangle and weaken.
Daily Routine: Never wear jewelry while shaving or bathing. Chemicals, such as those in perfumes or moisturizers, can be harmful. Make sure that your jewelry is the last thing you put on before you leave in the morning and the first thing you take off when you get home.
TarnishingMoisture: Tarnishing will happen more rapidly in areas where the weather is more humid or in coastal areas where sea salt is in the air.
Perspiration: Everyone's body chemistry is different, which is why even contact with your own skin can cause tarnishing. Sweat is rich in sodium chloride, a common salt, and can cause tarnishing.
Chemical Agents: Perfume, hair spray and deodorant sprays can tarnish your jewelry.
Cooking: The sulfur compounds and acids in foods like onions and spices can contribute to tarnishing, so avoid wearing jewelry during food preparation.
Air Exposure: Even exposure to air can cause tarnishing. Proper jewelry storage can help prevent this.
Determine your ring size using the Ring Sizer
Click the image aboove or here to open a printable PDF file.
To print the ring sizer above, be sure that your printer is set to 100%. You can verify that the sizer printed correctly by measuring it with a ruler; it should measure 3 ½ inches long from A to the point.
Once you have printed out the sizer, follow directions below to find your ring size:
- Cut out the ring sizer
- Cut a slit for Slot "A"
- With the numbers facing out, wrap the sizer around your finger at the largest point. Probably the knuckle.
- Pull the pointed end through Slot "A" until the sizer is snug.
- The number lined up with Slot "A" is your approximate ring size.
- If the measurement lands between two numbers your size is a half size. (Ex: Between 5 and 6 ring size: 5.5.) If half sizes are not available, order the next largest size.
Diamond Quality Chart
- Bring the theater home
If you are creating your own personal theater, you?ll want to consider a stand that is designed to accommodate large screen sizes and has a high weight capacity for your big-screen TV. Also, look for additional storage for A/V components and media.
If you want to maximize space in your home, consider Wall-mounted storage units which provide additional space for your media. A space-saving corner unit will let you display your TV in style without commanding a large portion of the room.
Keep your style
You love the style of your living room and don?t want the centerpiece to be a large TV and A/V components. By selecting A/V cabinets with doors and an armoire style TV stand, you can enclose your components behind doors for a sleek look that removes the TV from always being the main focus of the room.
Size and Weight Consideration
- TV stands and entertainment centers
Size of TV supported in inches and weight. The recommended capacity is the largest size and weight of TV that the stand can safely support. Your TV should be at or under the maximum weight and screen size recommended by the manufacturer.
Stand type. The next step is to determine whether you want a TV stand or an entertainment center. TV stands are usually smaller units with one or two shelves for storage and are designed to hold your TV and a couple of A/V components. Entertainment centers are larger units that are often combined with media storage to provide more storage for home theater components, media and decorative items.
Additional storage features. If you plan to create a home entertainment center for all of your home theater components, you?ll want to look for a storage solution with multiple shelves and/or drawers for components and media.
Media storage cabinets and wall units
If you are just looking for a place to store your DVDs or CDs or are looking to add an additional storage unit to an existing entertainment center, then a media storage cabinet or wall unit can provide a solution for your storage needs.
Number of CDs or DVDs stored. The main item to consider when purchasing a media storage cabinet or wall unit is the number of CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and/or VHS tapes that can be stored in the unit. Most units can store a combination of media and the number of items held varies according to the type of media.
Wall-mounted or freestanding. Freestanding media storage cabinets provide storage for a large number of discs but also take up additional floor space in your home. Wall-mounted units can complement your wall-mounted TV and do not take up valuable real estate in your living room.
Entertainment Furniture Types
- TV stands
Corner. These TV stands are designed to fit into the corner of a room to save space. Most have minimal additional storage for components and media.
Console. These stands are designed to be placed against any wall and generally provide some storage for components and shelves for media.
Flat-panel stands. These stands are designed with an attached mount that lets you mount the TV to the back of the stand rather than placing it on top of the stand.
Wall units. Wall units combine an entertainment center console with additional storage towers for added storage of A/V components plus display space for decorative items.
Console. Console units are designed to be placed against any wall and have additional storage for components and shelves for media.
Wall-mounted units. These media shelves mount to the wall to provide additional storage for CDs, DVDs and other media without taking up additional floor space.
Storage towers. These freestanding storage shelves provide space for a large number of CDs, DVDs and/or other media. Some storage towers are designed to combine with entertainment center consoles to create a large media wall unit.
Media cabinets. Media cabinets provide storage for CDs, DVDs and other media while adding a stylish look to your décor. Some media cabinets have doors that conceal media for a streamlined look, while other media cabinets feature glass doors for easy visibility.
- TV stands and entertainment centers
Material and finish. TV stands and entertainment centers are constructed of a variety of materials including solid wood, wood products (MDF, fiberboard) and metal. You should select the type of material based on durability and how the material of the stand complements your existing furniture. The stands also come in a variety of finishes, including black, cherry, maple and more.
Furniture style (contemporary, traditional, mission, rustic). Similar to other pieces of furniture, TV stands and entertainment furniture are designed in a variety of styles, including rustic, traditional, mission and contemporary. With a wide variety of styles, you can match your entertainment center or TV stands to your existing home décor.
Hardware and assembly. Most TV stands and entertainment centers require some level of assembly using the included directions from the manufacturer and the included hardware. Stands also include anti-tip brackets or other safety brackets to make sure your flat-panel TV is securely attached to the stand.
Create an organized way to bundle cables from various components that you place on or in your TV stand or entertainment center.
Built-in component shelving and media storage
Add flexibility and versatility to your entertainment furniture, giving you the ability to place additional components, media or decorative items on the stand.
If you want to be able to move the TV stand from room to room, built-in casters make it simple to roll the stand from place to place.
Material and finish. Media storage components are constructed of a variety of materials including solid wood, wood products (MDF, fiberboard) and metal. You should select the type of material based on durability and how the material of the stand complements your existing furniture. Media storage also comes in a variety of finishes, including black, cherry, maple and more.
Capacity. When choosing a media storage piece, consider how many CDs, DVDs and/or VHS tapes you have and match to the storage capacity of the media cabinet.
Hardware and assembly. Most media storage pieces require some level of assembly using the included instructions from the manufacturer and the included hardware. Most entertainment centers also include anti-tip brackets or other safety brackets to make sure your flat-panel TV is securely attached to the stand.
Material and finish. Wall mounts are constructed of metal for added strength and durability. They are usually black or silver so you can choose one that matches the color of your TV.
Hardware and installation. Installing a wall mount requires locating a stud in the wall where you want to place your wall mount. Once you have chosen a location and located a stud, you can install your wall mount according to the manufacturer?s directions.
Cable management. Wall mounts with cable management hide A/V cables connecting your TV to a cable box or other components and eliminate unsightly cables hanging down the wall.
Antitheft TV lock. Locks are designed to secure your TV onto the mount to prevent theft by using bolts and/or padlocks.
Quick Tips for Purchasing Entertainment Furniture
- Complement both your home décor and your TV with the addition of an entertainment center, TV stand, media storage or wall mount as part of your home theater setup.
When choosing your entertainment center, wall mount or media storage, remember the following:
- Size and weight capacity of the stand
- Whether you are looking to build a home theater, keep your style or conserve space
- There are various types of entertainment furniture and storage units
- There are various wall mount types
Types of Digital Cameras
- Digital cameras have created a revolution in photography-and they've raised a lot of questions about how they work, what type to buy, and which one might be right for you. In this PayCheck Direct buying guide, we'll'give you some helpful tips and details to make an informed decision so you can purchase with confidence and have fun taking pictures!
The specs you should focus on
- You'll see a lot of terms thrown around when shopping for digital cameras.
Here are the key specs you should be aware of when choosing the model
that fits your needs best.
How many megapixels? The number of megapixels a camera has determines the amount of resolution you have in your pictures. Or, to put it another way, megapixels determine how large or small you can display or print your photos. How many megapixels should you get in your camera? It depends, a good rule of thumb is to get megapixels in the 7 to 12 range. Most digital cameras today have plenty of high resolution so you don't need to worry about enough megapixels. You may need to worry, though, about too many, since the larger file sizes can result in slower shooting for point-and-shoot models. Getting more megapixels than you need, of course, will cost a little extra, too.
Got enough memory? High-megapixel cameras can take wonderful shots, but they also eat up a lot of memory. Memory, of course, is the storage capacity within your camera, or on the memory cards you insert into your camera. Flash memory cards are the most popular and come in various sizes and capacities. When you buy your camera, consider the type of media it uses; sometimes it will be the same type used on an MP3 player or PDA that you own, so there could be some added convenience there. It's also a good idea to buy extra memory cards for yourself, so you're never prevented from taking shots, or to give to others using the camera so each person can keep track of their own.
Optical vs. digital zoom? First, an explanation of these tricky and often misunderstood terms: Optical zoom uses the lens (optics) of a camera to bring a subject closer. Digital zoom is an invention of digital cameras. Strictly speaking, it is not even really a zoom feature; it's simply a digital enlarging of a portion of an image that "simulates" optical zoom. With optical zoom, you won't see any image quality tradeoffs, whereas with digital zoom, since you're simply enlarging pixels already present, you'll see an increasing decline in the image quality as you go larger. That doesn't make your camera's digital zoom a bad thing; it's a handy feature to use in the camera for certain shots and moments, and you can also create the same digital zooming effect using image editing software on your computer. Just be aware of the difference in the two types of zoom, and make sure, when purchasing, that your selected camera has enough optical zoom to suit your needs.
Capturing video and sound? Many digital cameras let you grab some short videos in addition to the still shots they take, but it's a handy way to capture some moments in motion for viewing later. If you think you'd like this feature, and don't have a videocam, or don't want to haul it around, then you might want to pick up a digital camera that lets you shoot video.
Need image stabilization? Also known as "anti-shake", image stabilization (IS) helps prevent blurred images. It reduces the vibration caused when you shake or quickly move the camera, or when using slow shutter speeds, or when you using a long telephoto lens. A tripod can also help reduce blurring, but often you don't have one with you, so IS is a nice feature to have. Handheld shots can be taken almost two stops slower with IS, which can really help when you're in low light situations or using long telephoto lenses.
What is LCD? On the back of most digital cameras you'll find an LCD panel, which is your guide to taking digital shots. It frames your photos like a viewfinder, and lets you see your recorded images after you take them. The LCD panel also displays the camera's menus and settings. Some LCD monitors swivel and tilt, making it easier to view and operate. Today's LCDs can get quite large, so they're more readily visible.
Camera Selection Checklist
- When all is said and done, there's a ton of digital camera information
out there, so we hope this guide is helpful in educating you on the essentials
and narrowing your choices. Here's a handy checklist to use when it comes
to the final decision:
- Buy the camera with the highest resolution you can afford, at least 4-6 megapixels if possible.
- Get a camera that gives you all the memory you need—both built-in memory, which lets you store more right in the camera, as well as removable memory, so you have the maximum capacity you need.
- Optical zoom is likely to be the feature you use the most, so get a camera that has all the optical zoom you'll need, and compare optical vs. digital zoom for the best combination.
- Flash modes vary by camera. Compare each camera's flash capability and get the type of flash that will work best for the majority of shots you'll take.
- Recognition modes such as Face Recognition are available on many cameras. If those are valuable to you, be sure to check for them in the camera's description.
- Look at each camera's viewfinder and choose the style you'll be most comfortable with. Point and shoot cameras don't offer TTL (through the lens) viewing, but some do have optical viewfinders, so choose accordingly.
- You may or may not want these features (some get pretty tech-y), but find out about stuff like autofocus, macro focus (for close-ups), shutter-release lag times (timers so you can get in the picture), camera start-up time, and image editing software bundles that are available, or included, with your camera purchase.
- Additional features to consider include: Interchangeable lenses (usually requiring a Digital SLR camera), steady-shot (a type of IS), burst mode, auto and manual exposure, automatic white balance, voice memo, variable shutter speeds, manual focus, and self-timer.
- Look into the various options for batteries, chargers, battery-saving features, and AC power supplies. There's nothing like a dead battery and no replacement handy to ruin a good photo op!
What are my storage options for digital cameras?
MemoryA digital camera's memory card is like a roll of film. It stores your images until you're ready to view them on your computer or print them out. Once your memory card is full, you can take it out of the camera and replace it with a new one, or you can delete your old photos from the card and start anew.
You can choose from a range of formats, like CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Secure Digital (SD), and xD picture cards. Memory cards are measured in megabytes. The more megabytes you have, the more pictures you can fit on the card. You can also fit more pictures on a card by reducing the quality of the images that you're shooting.
Digital cameras generally come with minimal internal memory. It's a good idea to have memory cards on hand so you can take more pictures. Just as you wouldn't go on vacation with just one roll of film, so you shouldn't pack just one memory card.
Approx number of photos128MB256MB512MB1GB2GB4GB2 Megapixel1342685521119224544943 Megapixel120240490996200040004 Megapixel6011924549799919985 Megapixel489519539580015956 Megapixel448818036673514717 Megapixel397816132765713148 Megapixel3569143290582116410 Megapixel265310922144488712 Megapixel204083169339678
Before you buy a camera, carefully consider the type of media that it takes, as you may own (or plan to buy) an MP3 player, PDA, or other device that takes the same kind of card. You can save a few bucks by thinking ahead.
- Features for movie lovers
Film buffs should look for the highest resolution possible, a widescreen aspect ratio, 3:2 pulldown and progressive-scan technology. Simulated surround sound helps create an immersive, theater-style soundscape.
Features for sports fans
If you want to watch two games at once or check another channel without missing any of the action, look for two-tuner picture-in-picture. And to bring the roar of the crowd to life in your living room, check for simulated surround sound.
Features for gamers
Gamers should look for video jacks on the front or side of the TV for easy connection to gaming consoles. For LCD TVs, look for a fast response time (measured in milliseconds) to reduce image blur and lag time. Avoid plasma TVs due to potential screen burn-in issues.
- One of the first choices you'll likely make when buying a new TV is
whether to buy a CRT TV or a flat-panel TV. While flat-panel TVs take
up a lot less room than CRT TVs, CRT TVs generally cost less and offer
lots of other benefits. If you decide on a flat-panel TV, you'll have
a further choice between an LCD and a plasma TV.
CRT (cathode-ray tube) TVs are the standard tube TVs that have been around since television was invented. They have a strong, vibrant picture and produce the best dark colors of all the TV types. CRT TVs can be viewed from any angle in the room and in any light. They have a longer life than any of the newer technologies and are the lowest cost. Because of their tube design, they get bulkier and heavier the larger they get, so they are almost never available in sizes over 40". CRT TVs may be "flat-screen" but that is not the same as "flat-panel." Flat-screen TVs literally have a flat screen rather than a curved one to reduce glare and distortion.
The biggest advantage of flat-panel TVs is depth. Flat-panel TVs can be as thin as a few inches so they take up less room and can even be mounted on a wall to save floor space. While other types of flat-panel TVs are available, the most common are plasma and LCD.
Plasma TVs feature digital display and higher resolution than CRT TVs. They produce very vivid, rich colors. Since plasma TVs offer excellent image reproduction on a large scale, they are typically available in sizes between 42" and 65", but they take up little room and are wall mountable thanks to their flat-panel design. Plasma TVs tend to be more expensive than CRT and LCD TVs and are more susceptible to screen burn-in, which is damage done to a screen by an image that remains displayed for a long time.
LCD TVs are thinner, lighter and less expensive than plasma TVs. They feature bright pictures and high-resolution images. Because the picture quality of LCD TVs is not usually as good on very large screens, LCD TVs are most commonly available in sizes less than 50". Similar to plasma TVs, these TVs often offer the widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, are HDTV or HD-ready and are wall mountable. LCDs are not susceptible to screen burn-in.
- Most people prefer a bigger screen when buying a new TV, but you should
consider the size of the room the TV will be in, as well as how close
to the TV you plan to sit and at what angles. You will also have to decide
whether you want a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio.
Room size and viewing distance
The bigger the screen, the farther away you should sit from it. Recommendations for optimal viewing distances range from 1.5 to 3 times the diagonal screen size of the TV. So the ideal viewing range for a 42" would be between 5.25 and 10.5 feet.
Viewing angles tell you the maximum angle you can watch the TV from. Viewing angles are measured horizontally and vertically. Look for viewing angles near 180 degrees for the most flexibility in placement and seating. CRT TVs typically have the widest viewing angles, while LCD TVs have the narrowest viewing angles.
4:3 is the traditional, standard aspect ratio, and 16:9 is a widescreen aspect ratio. The 4:3 aspect ratio is perfect for watching local and network programming, while the 16:9 aspect ratio creates a display that is similar to theater screens and is ideal for watching movies and high-definition programming. The widescreen aspect ratio allows you to watch movies in their original format without cropping. Because high-definition content uses the 16:9 aspect ratio, most new TVs have a 16:9 aspect ratio and offer a 4:3 mode for optimal viewing of standard content.
Tuner and Signal Support
- Choosing the right tuner(s) and signal support can be one of the trickiest
parts of choosing a new TV. See the descriptions below for an overview
of the tuner(s) and signal support offered on different types of TVs.
Keep in mind that different manufacturers may use different terminology
to refer to their TVs, so what one manufacturer calls an HDTV may be an
HD-ready TV with another manufacturer. Check to see which tuners are built
in and what the maximum signal support is to be sure which type of TV
you are looking at. All TVs are compatible with both cable and satellite
SDTV (standard-definition television)
SDTVs have a digital (ATSC) tuner but they display content at a non-high-definition resolution of 480 lines.
HD monitor and HD-ready TV
HD monitors are capable of displaying high-definition content (720p or higher), but they do not come with a built-in digital (ATSC) or analog (NTSC) tuner. That means that you have to use an external TV tuner box to get over-the-air digital TV, or you can connect the TV to a cable or satellite box to receive subscription programming.
HD-ready TVs have a built-in analog (NTSC) tuner but no digital (ATSC) tuner. They are capable of displaying high-definition content (720p or higher). You will need a converter box or an external digital tuner to get over-the-air digital TV. Since the transition to digital broadcasting, HD monitors and HD-ready TVs have become increasingly rare.
A true HDTV includes a digital (ATSC) tuner and at least 720-line resolution. Most HDTVs also include an analog (NTSC) tuner. Signal support options for an HDTV, in order of increasing quality, are 720p, 1080i and 1080p.
- Picture quality
Use the glossary below to learn about terms related to picture quality.
Resolution/signal support. Resolution refers to the number of pixels per square inch in a TV screen. The more pixels, the higher the resolution and the better the picture quality. Signal support is based on horizontal lines of resolution. Standard analog TV is 420i, while high-definition signals are at least 720p. The i and p stand for interlaced and progressive scan.
Screen refresh rate. The screen refresh rate is the number of times per second that the picture is redrawn. 60Hz is the standard refresh rate, but some TVs now offer 120Hz and even 240Hz refresh rates to eliminate motion blur.
Progressive scan. Progressive-scan technology displays the entire picture in a single sweep, while interlaced scan scans every other image line and displays the picture in two fields. Progressive scan results in a smoother, more filmlike appearance. If you have a progressive-scan DVD player, you must also have a progressive-scan TV to take advantage of that feature.
Contrast. Contrast ratio is the difference between brightest white and darkest black the TV can display. The higher the contrast ratio, the more color detail you will see.
3:2 pulldown. 3:2 pulldown smoothes the picture out by correcting frame rate errors that occur when film is transferred to a different format. 3:2 pulldown is now included on most TVs and is a must-have for movie buffs.
Comb filter. Comb filters correct detail and color loss to enhance picture quality when your TV is hooked up using composite video connections. A comb filter is not used when your TV is hooked up via S-video or component video connections. The most common types of comb filter available today in order of increasing quality are 2-line digital, 3-line digital and 3-D digital.
Learn about terms related to TV connections with the glossary below.
Composite video. Standard video connection that uses an RCA-type connector.
S-video. Delivers separate color and black-and-white video signals to provide better picture quality than composite video connections.
Component video. Improves picture quality by splitting the video signal into three parts. Component video connections deliver better picture quality than composite video and S-video connections and are the only analog connections that can support high-definition signals.
HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface). HDMI provides the best quality audio and video transmission along one cable for a clutter-free connection and supports the transmission of copy-protected high-definition content.
Stereo audio. Standard left and right audio connections that use RCA-type connectors.
Digital audio. Optical (fiber optic) and coaxial digital audio connections offer better sound quality than stereo audio connections and support multichannel audio. Coaxial connections may also be called S/PDIF, while optical connections may be referred to as Toslink.
PC inputs. VGA (standard analog) and DVI (digital video interface) inputs let you use your TV as a monitor for your computer.
Ethernet. An Ethernet connection allows you to access available Internet content directly on your TV without connecting to your computer.
USB. Allows you to connect a variety of USB-enabled devices, such as MP3 players, camcorders and digital cameras.
IEEE 1394 (FireWire®). High-speed port that allows you to connect IEEE 1394 devices, such as digital camcorders.
Memory card slots. Memory card slots allow you to insert memory cards to play content, such as digital audio, video and still images, on your TV.
Front/side inputs. Front and side A/V inputs allow easy connection to devices that you dont intend to leave hooked up permanently, such as video game consoles and camcorders.
Familiarize yourself with these convenience options to help you decide on which features are important to you. From there you can be on your way to selecting the TV that will best meet your needs and preferences.
Portability. Fingerhut offers small, fully portable TVs powered by rechargeable batteries for use everywhere from the campsite to the kitchen. But even standard TVs with smaller screen sizes can easily be moved from room to room to prevent you from having to buy a separate TV for every room. For maximum portability, look for screen sizes 20" and under and consider a flat-panel LCD TV rather than a bulkier CRT TV. Remember that todays portable TVs offer convenience for taking TVs with you on the go, but the TV must be stationary to receive a broadcast signal.
Built-in DVD player or Blu-ray player. A built-in DVD player or Blu-ray player saves you from having to buy a separate video player and is easier to carry to other rooms than a TV plus another component.
Picture-in-picture. Picture-in-picture provides two or more viewing windows. In order to watch two TV programs at once, the TV needs to have two tuners. If it only has one tuner, the second picture will have to come from another source, such as a DVD player or video camera.
Alarm and sleep timers. Alarm and sleep timers let you set the TV to turn on or off after a certain amount of time, so you can wake to TV or watch as you doze off.
ENERGY STAR qualified. ENERGY STAR qualified products meet strict standards for energy efficiency, so you save money on your bills while you help save the planet.
V-Chip. All TVs with a 13" or larger screen have a V-Chip that allows parents to block access to TV programs based on the rating, such as TV-PG, TV-14 and TV-MA.
There are two important sound features to consider in making the right TV purchase.
Simulated surround sound. Simulated surround sound or virtual surround sound creates a surround sound effect using the TVs built-in speakers.
Sound leveler. A sound leveler keeps the volume of your TV within a certain range regardless of how loud the source volume is, so you wont get a big volume spike when a commercial comes on.
- Now that you know a little bit more about the features available to
you, youre ready to explore the large selection of TVs Fingerhut
has to offer and decide which TV is right for you.
Remember to start by narrowing your selection:
- Type (CRT, LCD or plasma)
- Screen size
- TV tuner(s) and signal support
- Picture quality
- Movie lovers - Look for the highest resolution possible, a widescreen aspect ratio, 3:2 pulldown, progressive-scan technology and simulated surround sound.
- Sports fans - Consider a plasma TV or an LCD TV with a 120Hz refresh rate. Also look for two-tuner picture-in-picture and simulated surround sound.
- Gamers - Look for front/side video jacks and LCDs with a fast response time.