What You Should Know Before Buying A New TV

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If you are looking for the perfect TV to complete your entertainment center it is important to take more into consideration than just size and cost. Getting the most out of your purchase takes research and an understanding of how different types of televisions work.

Are Larger TVs Usually Better?

Size is not the most important factor, but it is one that needs to be taken into consideration. The size of your TV should be proportionate to the room it going in. There are also different recommendations on the size of your TV as it relates to the viewing distance that you will be viewing it from, so that you get the most immersive TV watching experience. Most people sit about 9 feet away from their TV sets, and ideally you should have about a 30 to 40 degree viewing angle. In order to get that viewing angle, you would need about a 55 to 65 inch model for most room sizes. If you are trying to fit a TV into an entertainment center you already own, it is important to keep in mind that you will need an inch on all sides to allow for ventilation.

4K and HDR are Quality Upgrades

4K quality is becoming very popular among television manufacturers and cable providers. Now that the ability to create 4K TVs has become more readily available, the prices have become more comparable to non 4K TVs. Typically when you purchase a TV that has 4K capabilities, it will also be compatible with HDR. In order to get the most out of the image quality, you should watch shows in 4K, HDR resolution. Providers such as DIRECTV, AT&T U-Verse, and Xfinity by Comcast offer customers select channels in 4K quality, but most content with that resolution comes from Blu-ray friendly devices.

Why Some Information is Useless

Reading the spec sheets for different TV models can seem very overwhelming. Lucky for you, most of that information is not important when it comes to comparing TVs. When you are comparing top TV brands, these number are really just a ploy to get you to purchase a more expensive model. The important takeaways from those sheets include information under inputs and weight/dimension sections. It is also helpful when differentiating between the TVs having smart capabilities or HDR. We have defined some of the other terms you might hear so you can confidently shop TVs like a pro.

  • Contrast: this is difference between the darkest image produced and the lightest image produced
  • Internet Connectivity: TVs that have internet connectivity allow you to use features such a Amazon and Netflix without any additional hardware
  • 3D support: most big brand TV manufacturers offer 3D capability with their top models. The TV set comes with the necessary glasses you need to get the effect.
  • HDMI: HDMI should be go to connection, as the image transfer to the TV is clearest and most accurate 1080i vs. 1080p: the i stands for interlaced where the the picture displays every alternate horizontal line. The p stands for progressive where every horizontal line is shown. 1080p will always be the better investment.
  • Aspect Ratio: this refers to horizontal and vertical length of your screen. The most common, and best one to get is 16:9

FAQs About Televisions

What TV brand should I buy?

All top brands are pretty much the same when it comes to reliability and quality. It is important to pick a TV that meets all of your needs before looking at brand reputation.

What TV is best for watching sports or gaming?

This is where quality comes into play. Important factor include things such as black level, color, and size. If you are an avid movie or sports watcher, the best rule of thumb is to not buy a TV with less than a 1080p resolution.

There are so many picture settings on my new TV. Do I need to purchase a calibration?

Your preset options such as movie, calibrated, or cinema should be sufficient and give you an accurate picture setting. However all Television sets have slightly different visuals, so adjusting your calibration can give you a more accurate image.

Can my TV screen work as a computer monitor?

Yes and if it has 4K resolution that is a good bonus.

What accessories should I buy?

It is always important to have HDMI cables around. Also, investing in a universal remote is very convenient.