TV Buyers Guide
With the wide array of TV choices these days, it gets more and more difficult to pick one for your home. If you think it’s time to spend that hard-earned money on a good television set, don’t just dive right in and get the most attractive flat screen TV you see–you have to do some careful assessment of some things first. To get you started, here’s an article to give you advice on the main things that you must deliberate on.
Having a huge LED screen in a small room will not give you a very comfortable viewing experience–you don’t want to be overwhelmed by an oversized screen while you watch your favorite movie. The dimensions are really up to your preferences and the type of TV, but experts have some suggestions–for instance, THX suggests that if you’r putting an HDTV in a room with limited space, the most ideal way to measure is to divide the TV’s screen size by .84, therefore: a 65-inch TV divided by .84 is equal to 77 inches of viewing distance or 6.5 feet.
If this is too much math and work for you, you can simply ask the people at the store for suggestions. You just have to give them the size of your room and the important measurements, and they will recommend a good size for your space.
Decide if you want to get LCD or Plasma.
When buying a flat screen TV, you will be asked whether you’d like to have an LCD or Plasma display. Both of these provide excellent pictures, but they each have their own strengths and weaknesses–for instance, LCDs generally have less screen glare, consume less power, better in bright settings, but have poor contrast ratios. Plasma displays, on the other hand, have wider viewing angles, contain deep black levels, have better motion tracking, but would not perform well in high altitudes.
Do your research carefully (online sources are very helpful, so don’t just hear the talks given to you by the guys at the shop) to know which one will suit your home best.
Be aware of the basic features.
All brands will lure customers into buying their product by providing added features and accessories that would look good on paper (such as extended warranty), but won’t really make your life easier. The things that you must pay attention to are the basic features. Some of the most important things you should look for are:
- HDMI inputs that will be able to connect all your gears.
- Picture settings and presents (if you want to adjust picture settings, make sure that the system allows modifications).
- The screen finish (either glossy or matte).
- Brightness control (choosing the automatic feature will allow you to save energy, as it will adjust according to the brightness of your surroundings).
- USB ports and slots of memory cards (so you’ll be able to easily view photos and play music).
Many people end up getting the wrong TV because they didn’t put enough research on it. The more things that you know about a certain item, the more confident you will be in choosing, so examine closely, read reviews, ask for recommendations, and evaluate your needs carefully before you purchase anything!