Black Friday shoppers will flock to department stores and home electronics retailers this year to purchase bargain-priced TVs. But price isn’t the only factor you should consider when buying a TV. Adam Montoya, chief technology officer of Firedog, a company that provides installation and support services for home electronics and computers, recommends that consumers ask four questions before purchasing a new television set.

Black Friday shoppers will flock to department stores and home electronics retailers this year to purchase bargain-priced TVs. But price isn’t the only factor you should consider when buying a TV. Adam Montoya, chief technology officer of Firedog, a company that provides installation and support services for home electronics and computers, recommends that consumers ask four questions before purchasing a new television set.


How far does your couch sit from your TV? Montoya says customers usually measure their room’s size before buying a new TV. But they almost always forget to consider how far away they’ll sit from their new televisions. This makes a big difference. For a 42-inch TV, Montoya says, you should sit 5 to 7 feet away for an optimal viewing experience.


Do you really need the highest-resolution TV? When you shop for a new TV, you might notice some advertised as 1080p and some as 720p models. Basically, the 1080p sets have higher resolution. The 1080p sets cost more, but Montoya says the additional cost — upwards of 30 percent — isn’t necessarily worth it. “There isn’t a lot of return for the extra costs of a 1080p TV,” he said. “The only time you notice it is when you are way too close to the TV.”


Should you choose plasma or LCD? Plasmas are more expensive. These sets boast darker blacks, helping to create that home movie-theater experience. There is a downside, though: Plasma TVs use glass or reflective screens. If the room in which you watch TV has a lot of windows and receives a significant amount of natural light, you might be bothered by glare on your screen.


Should you upgrade to new components? Montoya warns that buying a new TV can sometimes cause sticker shock when consumers attempt to hook up their old DVD players, speakers or other components. Consumers might discover that the new cables they need to connect these old devices can be awfully expensive. In some cases, it might be just as cost-effective to buy newer DVD players that are designed to work more readily with their new TV sets.