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A television in every room

The latest home accessory craze
Published on May 4, 2007

Once upon a time, about half a century or so ago, the choice in televisions was limited. Only black-and-white sets were available, and the largest screens were only 24 inches. The set was encased in its own cabinetry and nestled in among the other pieces of furniture in the living room. How things have changed. Today a homeowner who wants to purchase a new television confronts mind-boggling choices. There are different types of television sets, an enormous range in screen size, nuances in picture quality, and resolution to satisfy the most persnickety movie buff and the sports nut who wants to watch football games and instant replay with minimal blurring. And there's a set and a price to fit every homeowner's budget, no matter how large or how small. The old-style, picture-tube set, now called a cathode ray tube, or CRT, is more compact that it was 50 years ago, but relative to the newer sets, it's heavy and bulky with a 24-inch depth, and it still occupies floor space, either on a tab...

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