The variety of different TV sizes, screens and types are tremendous. Choosing the right TV is not only about how big it is and how much it costs. They are important things that most of us neglect in the choosing process which are crucial for the TV experience we want to have.
We’ve prepared for you a simple but comprehensive television buying guide to make your choice easier and more informed.
It’s important to consider the size and layout of your room from the start. Think of the best position for your TV relative to the furniture you’ll watch it from. A TV wall mount is a great option to keep in mind. It can save you space, optimise the room’s organisation, and keep the TV safely away from children. It’s best to have the TV mount installation done professionally.
Perhaps the most important choice you’re going to make with a new TV is the size of the screen. TV screens are measured diagonally, and they range in size from fewer than 20 inches to more than 100 inches.
Recommended Viewing Angle
The Guidelines from the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) recommend sitting at a distance where the screen fills up about 30° of the field of vision as a minimum for a great experience.
By increasing the distance from the TV, the density of the details will also increase, creating a better image. This is called angular resolution: the number of pixels per angle. The further away, the higher the angular resolution will be.
The type of screen technology determines the colour richness, black purity, brightness, contrast and how much detail you see on the TV. These days there are two main principals of TV screen technology – LED and Plasma. The former uses tiny diodes that act as pixels to form the bigger picture. The latter is uses thousands of gas-filled cells that change colours under the effect of electricity running through them.
Plasma TVs have excellent colour quality ad a high contrast ratio. It’s easier for multiple people to gather around the screen and still see a clear, cinematic picture without colour distortion. Ambient light can be a problem for plasma TVs as the colours are not so bright and the screen is made of glass. However, they provide a better viewing experience in dark rooms, because the blacks are darker than for example LCD. This is because plasma TV displays are locally lit and require no backlight.
Liquid Crystal Display TVs are widespread and low cost. They’re energy efficient and have good, bright colors. However, because of this, they don’t have deep black colour. Practical and good for simple use, but they have limited viewing angles. Colour distortions are expected when viewed from the side.
LED TVs use the same technology as LCD display but instead of being lit with cold cathode fluorescent lighting they use LEDs. This results in better image quality and reduced consumption of electricity. This is due to the dynamic backlight dimming whereas the backlight in a standard LCD is always on. Simply put this allows the display to turn the backlight off where it is not needed to provide deeper dark colours.
OLED TVs are a fairly new type of TV and take television realism to another level, giving you the very best picture quality. TVs have no backlight so you see deep blacks and explosive colour on an OLED screen. An OLED TV has a pencil-thin display and gives you excellent picture quality and rich, vibrant colours. The O in the name stands for organic. These TVs use organic electroluminant compounds. Hence the name.
Smart TVs connect to the internet and can stream content online. They receive television content over the internet instead of traditional systems. Some connect via Wi-Fi, others have an internal jack. The devices allow viewers to play videos, movies, TV shows and even photos.
4K Ultra HD
4K Ultra HD TVs refers to a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels which is four times the 1,920 x 1, 080 pixels from the full HD TV. They are about 8.3 million pixels on the screen. More pixels means a higher pixel density and a clear, bright image. Small details and textures are looking great for this type of TVs.
Some OLED and LED LCD TVs have curved screens which add a modern style to your home and create the iMax cinema experience, but it really depends on your preference. If you’re in two minds go to your nearest The Good Guys Store to see for yourself.
Wall Mounting Brackets
Fixed mounting is the easiest, lowest-cost type of mount. It places the TVs closer to the wall than the other mounting types. Fixed mount brackets don’t have angle adjustments and the TV position is parallel to the wall. This type of mount is great if you’ll be sitting straight against it.
Tilt mount provides vertical angle adjustment. This is a great solution if the TV needs to be positioned higher than the optimal viewing angle. The adjustment can also reduce screen reflections from windows or lamps. The tilt mount brackets place the TV further from the wall.
The full-motion mount allows the tv to be angled horizontally and vertically to provide the best viewing point. It’s great for rooms with more than one viewing places [focal points].
Ceiling mounting is a great choice if there is no free room and floor space or if the material from the wall is not allowing to attach brackets. This type of mounting is also easily adjustable and allows the TV to be watched from different angles.
Mantel mount or pull-down mount lets you easily pull the TV up and down over the mantel and put it on the height of your eyes when you want to watch. This is a great decision for TV placed above a fireplace.