WARREN — Getting ready for family, football and festivities? It’s no secret Black Friday is one of the best days of the year to buy a new TV. Well, Paul’s TV, the big screen store inside Art Van furniture stores, offers these five tips for holiday TV shoppers.

* Alphabet soup: LED, LCD, or Plasma TV? LED’s have richer color and are more energy efficient. LCD’s are slightly less expensive and have a matte finish and will display better in brighter rooms. Plasma’s have the richest color palette of all and the best viewing angles.
* Numbers: 1080p is the term used mostly when identifying resolution. 1080p is currently the most desirable resolution. The higher the resolution the better the overall picture quality.
* Cords and Settings: HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connection is the most commonly used connection in the transfer of High Definition from your cable or satellite box. But would you believe that about half of HDTVs that get hooked up are not set up properly to receive HD? A professional setup, which Paul’s TV offers, guarantees that picture quality will be optimized from Day One.
* Installation: If you are considering installing your HDTV professional installation is highly recommended. Not only for safety purposes but what does one do with all of the exposed wires? Professional installation from a licensed and insured professional guarantees a worry free experience.
* Save the Box: Hang on to the box and the Styrofoam that your HDTV came in. This will come in quite handy if moving, or if something goes wrong and the unit needs to be shipped back to the manufacturer. It’s a bit of a pain, but that’s what garage rafters are for.

James Garelli, Paul’s TV director of stores, said the big news about this year’s holiday shopping season is big TVs. He said home theater sized TVs with 60 to 92 inch screens, are selling for 30 percent of their prices just a few year ago.

Black Friday deals at Paul’s TV include a Mitsubishi 73-incher with 1080-line resolution for $799, or a Panasonic 60-inch 1080p TV for $899. Paul’s TV opens at 6 a.m. Black Friday. Paul’s TV at the Great Lakes Crossing location will also be open from 9 p.m. to Midnight on Thanksgiving.

Paul’s TV was founded in 1966 in La Habra, Calif., and jumped on the big-screen trend early — when the very first ones  hit the market in 1978. Paul’s TV now has locations in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire and Virginia.

Art Van operates 34 stores in 33 communities throughout Michigan, a full service e-commerce Web site, plus four freestanding Art Van PureSleep bedding stores in Canton Township, Troy, Ann Arbor and Rochester Hills. Founded in 1959, the company is family owned and headquartered in Warren. More at www.artvan.com.

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