My stepdaughter needed a television for her college apartment. Well she needed two, actually - one for her bedroom and one for her living room. Since we were at least one TV short, it was decided that we needed to buy one.
We had a 36-inch SDTV in our living room, and another 28-inch model in the master bedroom. I didn't want to buy another SDTV, so we gave Meredith the unit from the bedroom, replaced it with the unit from the living room, and then went out to buy a replacement. Since my wife and I love to watch movies, football, NASCAR, and baseball we decided to take the plunge and buy our first high-definition television.
Limited resources steered us into buying a relatively cheap 40-inch LCD HDTV from Samsung, but we were pleasantly surprised with the astounding picture quality. High-definition broadcasts look absolutely spectacular, and we quickly discovered that there were more channels of HDTV than we thought. SDTV broadcasts don't look quite as good as they do with a CRT-based television, but they are satisfactory.
Drama series, such as House and Standoff, look so much better in high-definition that they have a movie-like quality. Hooking the television up to my laptop yields startling results too. I can watch downloaded video, or even browse the web, in more comfort than I could with the laptop's own screen. I'm kicking myself for not taking the plunge before!