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While flat screen TVs are definitely the next wave in television technology, there are some issues that buyers should be aware of.
Flat televisions often have great pictures, and the addition of HDTV means that even a cheap flat screen TV looks far better than a standard model. Yet, the very finest pictures are still seen on upmarket CRT televisions. If you are an extreme videophile, you'll want to shop around carefully.
Some plasma TVs are also vulnerable to "burn-in" over long periods of time, particularly if used for gaming or as PC monitors.
Finally, of course, there's price. Even discount flat screen TVs are still more expensive than old-style CRT models.