TV Buying Guide
There are a number of key considerations to ensre that you purchase the TV that best suits your needs. These include; where the TV will be located, for instance, do you want to use your new TV in your living room, bedroom or in your office? How big is the space you plan to install your television in? Do you want to change your television or are you buying a TV for the very first time?
Below are some tips to help you make a well informed TV-purchasing decision.
LED, LCD and Plasma televisions all look very similar on the outside to the naked eye, however it's the technology inside and the pictures/images that they create that have different characteristics.
For example, the LED TV is known to produce better picture quality. This TV can easily produce pure white and uniform light. It also produces a more accurate colour. The images of an LED TV are much brighter and crisper than other types of televisions.
If you are looking for a television set with a low power consumption feature, then an LED TV will definitely make the cut. LED TVs use less electricity – 30% to 40% less – than plasmas or LCDs. These TVs are aesthetically pleasing and are also lightweight. The slimness of this TV makes it look like a framed painting when it is mounted on the wall, improving the look of the room.
TV Screen Size
If you are replacing an old television set, it is always advisable to choose a TV with a bigger screen, as it will enable you to better appreciate the fine, sharp details, which modern technologies offer which provide you with a better viewing experience. A TV with a 40 to 42-inch screen will be great for family rooms. TVs with screen sizes of about 24 to 32 inches are ideal for viewing in bedrooms, home offices and kitchens.
There should be adequate viewing space between viewers and the television set. A simple recommendation is given in the table below:
|Screen Size||Recommended viewing distance from screen|
|26 inches||3 to 4 feet away from the screen|
|32 inches||4 to 5 feet away from the screen|
|42 inches||5 to 7 feet away from the screen|
|50 to 60 inches||8 to 10 feet away from the screen|
Resolution simply means the number of pixels or picture elements a screen has. A television set with a 1080p resolution may display 1920x1080 pixels. The first number in each case indicates the number of pixels that goes across the TV screen from left to right; the second number is the number of pixels that goes from the top to the bottom of the screen. The second number is often used in order to describe the resolution of the TV set i.e. a 1080p screen has 1,080 pixels from top to bottom.
A television set with 1080p has the capacity to display pictures with finer and clearer details than a TV set with 720p. It is important to understand that resolution alone does not determine picture quality. Factors such as contrast, brightness and colour also play a huge role in the picture quality of a TV set.
Other factors to consideration when buying a TV set include:
This refers to the refresh rate of the display – how often the images are updated onscreen. LCD televisions typically have a refresh rate of 60Hz; this means that LCD TVs update images 60 times per second. If you have sensitive eyes, you should seriously consider getting a TV with a higher refresh rate. This way, blur can be minimized because there is less time between frames.
You also need to consider the number and type of inputs the TV set has for hooking up devices such as DVD, Blu Ray Players, Home Theatre Systems, Laptops, iPads and other devices.
To enjoy the high definition (HD) capability of an HD or Full HD (FHD) TV, you should use the HDMI connection. The HDMI cable transmits audio and video signals in a single cable from other devices.
With the Smart options in the TV sets you can share signal between the TV and your wireless devices via wireless connectivity (WiFi).
Speakers are typically built-in at the bottom of the TV set, along the sides, or on the rear end of the TV. You should choose a television set with speakers that emit clear, sharp and crisp sounds. It's also worth considering a Home Sound System to ensure you have the best quality sound available.
At CoolWorld, we stock a range of TVs by brands including Sony and Thermocool.