2016 TV Buying Guide
If OLED, high levels of realism, 4K and amazing picture quality are just a few things you find yourself searching for these days, then this guide should set you on the right path towards purchasing a high performance set, that displays amazing colors and doesn’t break the bank.
OLED is relatively a new thing, and like all new things, it’s kind of expensive right now. 4K has been around for a couple of years now, and it just keeps getting better. Picture quality is also starting to improve with deeper blacks and brighter whites. TV Designs are also in bloom, with both conservative and modern looks showing up in the market.
OLED is perhaps one of the most sought after TVs right now, since it delivers an unprecedented level of realism, followed closely by 4K UHD LED TVs and lastly Full HD 1080p sets.
If the brand name completely eludes you, then you should first make sure it’s a quality brand, before even considering to purchase the thing. While you can stay on the safe side with Samsung, LG, Philips, Panasonic, Sony or even Vizio, who’s to say Hisense or TCL don’t make quality sets as well?
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There are a lot of other factors to take into account. If Full HD was all the rage back in the day, now the new standard is 4K. You can still consider getting a 1080p TV set, if your budget won’t allow for something more expensive. But if you can afford it, go straight for the 4k models. You won’t regret it!.
TVs these days are getting thinner, curvier and their screens seem to become a bit more “flexible”. A few years back, a curved screen was unheard of, but right now it’s something so common. If you like the idea of a curved screen, then by all means, get one. I like flat screens better, even if curved screens promise a more immersive experience, should you be seated staring right at the center of the set. Immersion be damned, but I still like to change my seating and still be able to actually see something, even if my viewing angle is gets sharp.
This is where things get interesting. Price is a common deal breaker for most people. If the set has a price that’s too high and fails to deliver performance-wise, you’ll be disappointed and end up returning the set to Amazon or whatever retailer you got it from. If you’re buying on the cheap, then chances are quality had to suffer in the manufacture process, and you end up with something plastic that will make you curse the day you decided to be cheap.
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Software is another thing you’ve come to expect of modern TVs. While in the old days you’d simply turn on the set and it worked, now you can connect the television to the Internet, enjoy NetFlix on the big screen and even connect external gaming consoles to your living room entertainment centerpiece.
Black, White and Gray
If you’re concerned about the black and white levels on your set, then you should really consider getting the OLED set. These are the equivalent of plasma TV’s when it comes to brightness levels. Deeper black levels mean a higher level of realism when you’re viewing movies or playing games that rely on dark scenes create a complete sense of immersion.
Picture quality has improved a lot on recent years. It has to do with increase in resolution, better backlighting systems (LEDs) and a whole suite of innovations brought in the field. LG produces some of the best screens on the market, followed closely by Samsung and other well-known brand names.
If your focus is gaming, then perhaps a high refresh rate is something you should be aiming for. Some TVs boast 240Hz refresh rates, which means you’ll never miss another frame when the stakes are high.
This factor will determine just how many peripherals you can connect to you set. While most sets come with standard inputs, you can always find those models which come with more HDMI ports that will enable you to connect gaming consoles, your PC or laptop and other external media devices.
When you consider getting a new TV, you immediately have to cinder space. It’s not just where you place the set, but also the viewing distance you have to take into account. This value can be calculated fairly easy, and some manufacturers even provide formulas for this.
Wikipedia: Optimum Viewing Distance