When you want to choose a TV for your living room, you have attention to your budget and the size of the room. You really need to know a few things to find the ideal TV for your situation. The TV landscape has changed more than any other in the AV industry in recent times so. Before you pick a flat-screen TV, you need to learn about different screen types, contrast ratio, resolution, and the other features available from today’s flat screens. TV manufacturers and salespeople use extra features, alien-sounding technologies and hyperbolic claims about picture quality to get you to spend more. The right smart TV can vastly improve your home entertainment. Prices vary widely for TVs of the same size.
Bigger really is better
Stepping up in TV screen size is the best use of your money. We recommend a size of at least 55 inches for a living room and at least 40 inches for a bedroom TV. If you want to fit an existing entertainment center, make sure you have at least an inch on the sides and top of the TV cavity. One of the most common post-TV-purchase complaints I’ve heard is from people who didn’t go big enough.
TV buying guide: Resolution
You might see some television companies using the term Ultra HD instead, but it’s essentially the same resolution. Resolution refers to the number of dots or pixels that make up the screen. Any television set with a 4K resolution will future-proof you for many years to come. On the other hand, 4K TVs are easy for manufacturers to produce, so they’re coming down quickly in price.
What about HDR?
HDR offers greater subtlety and depth of gradations of colors, plus stronger contrast. HDR is the TV buzzword that carries on buzzing and tends to come hand-in-hand with 4K TVs. it’s the standard HDR format that you’ll find in all HDR-compatible content, from 4K Blu-ray discs to Netflix and Amazon shows. Unlike HDR10 – which applies the HDR values on a scene-by-scene, Dolby Vision HDR applies this image information on a frame-by-frame basis.
TV buying guide: Think about the power
It will cost about 50 percent more to run a plasma television for a year than an LCD television. LCD televisions usually only require a single fluorescent backlight, whereas plasma TVs require every sub-pixel to be lit individually. LED screens use the least amount of power. They use about 40 percent less energy than an LCD TV.
The TV should be placed parallel to your eyes, with no more than a 15-degree angle up or down and no more than a 40-degree angle to the left or right. Most major manufacturers will tell you the maximum viewing angles at which you can watch the TV without seeing negative images. If you are seated at a sharp angle to the TV, you may see negative images on the screen.
TV buying guide: Screen refresh rates
Increasing a TV’s screen refresh rate reduces motion blur. Both LCD and OLED TVs — unlike CRT- or plasma-based TVs — draw a complete image, then hold that image onscreen until the next frame comes along. A blurring of on-screen objects, especially noticeable watching fast-action sports or movie scenes where the camera pans from side to side. Our eyes can actually respond faster than the images are presented, so we see some blur. Some people are more sensitive to motion blur than others.
Just count the number of devices you’ll want to connect and make sure your TV has at least that many HDMI ports. Just count the number of devices you’ll want to connect and make sure your TV has at least that many HDMI ports. TV connectivity has gotten less complex as important inputs have dwindled to one kind.
TV buying guide: OLED or LED-LCD?
If picture quality is your top priority, and you’re comparing higher-end LED-LCD TVs, you owe it to yourself to check out the latest OLED TVs, too. As long as you stick to top-tier brands, you should have no trouble finding a TV that suits your needs. Most shoppers look first at LED-LCD TVs.
Fancy remotes with touchpads and gesture controls are nice, but a good universal model will almost always work better. If you aren’t planning to use a universal model or the remote that came with your cable box, pay attention to the TV’s included clicker.
TV buying guide: Edge-lit or full-array backlight?
TVs are ‘edge-lit’ by a row of LEDs bordering and facing the center of the screen. LED lights uniformly placed behind the whole screen. In theory, full direct backlighting typically improves local dimming. The one downside is that this method usually means a slightly thicker TV.