Televisions have definitely evolved a great deal over the years. Do you remember the times when you had to give the TV a serious bang just to get something other than white noise? Today the market offers so many options like LCD TVs, Plasma TVs, 3D TVs, Smart TVs and so much more. Though we might be happy about not having to get physical with the device to make it work these days, the wide range of choices presents its own problem – how to choose the best TV to buy. Which one will satisfy you the most and fit your budget at the same time?
Keep in mind that the TV you buy will be with you for many years to come. It needs to be chosen after careful planning and research and not “just because”. What are the aspects you should consider?
Of course, budget is a determining factor for most buyers. TVs can be anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds, so narrow your selection down by price and then browse some stores to see what’s available. Don’t forget to check out the sales and discounts too – there are a lot of them and you might get an amazing TV at a fraction of the original price. Now that you know what your options are, it’s time to look at the specifics.
The next thing to consider is whether to get a Plasma, LED, or LCD TV. LCD TVs can achieve higher levels of brightness than Plasma TVs so if your TV-watching habits involve most of the activity happening during the day, LCD is your best option. On the other hand, if you are, for example, a horror fan and love watching TV at night with the lights off, the LCD’s brightness can feel too much and hurt your eyes. In general, Plasma TVs achieve the highest contrast and can thus produce richer and more varied colours. So for a real crystal picture sensation, Plasma is the way to go. Moreover, Plasma TVs have the widest viewing angle so if you like to gather the whole family for movie night, it is again the best choice. Many of us know how awful it can be to watch an LCD TV at an angle, unable to see a single thing that is going on. LCD TVs, on the other hand are better in terms of the power bill and dedicated gaming. They generally consume less electricity and have a lower chance of pixels going numb after a 24-hour long gaming session. Last but not least, LED TVs. Essentially these are like the LCD TVs, but with a slightly different lighting procedure. According to some consumers, LED TVs are somewhere in between LCD and Plasma in terms of picture quality.
If you are planning to give 3D a try, you have a choice between two options – passive LCD and active Plasma 3D. The first one will have you compromising on quality, but is a definite winner in the budget department. The second one, on the other hand, will provide you with the best 3D experience of your life but will make you say your goodbyes to a large portion of your hard earned cash.
The size may also be a deciding factor. Given that the market currently offers TVs as small as 16” and as large as 84”, you may be tempted to just get the largest one possible. That is however, a mistake both in terms of your health and your viewing experience. According to some experts, if you have a 40” TV, you should be sitting 5 to 8 feet away from it. So if you have a 1” TV (in theory) you should be sitting 12 to 20 inches away from it. For a 60” TV, it would be 7,5 to 12 feet away and so on. Consider the size of the room you will be placing it in and choose accordingly.
Another thing to consider is the TV placement. You have two options – wall mounted or on a TV stand. Wall mounting equipment can be quite expensive but so can be TV stands, depending on their design. Moreover, the larger the TV, the larger the wall brackets and TV stands need to be. If you have already set your eyes on several TVs, research what kinds of additional accessories you will have to buy because they will affect the end price.
Choosing a TV is a very important decision. It will be an object around which the whole family can gather, or you can show it proudly to your friends. Consider your options carefully but don’t take too long – after all, new models are released almost every day.