How to Buy a New TV
There’s a head-spinning amount of information out there for someone weighing their next TV purchase. From LED, to Plasma, OLED and 4K Ultra HD, it can be a challenge sorting out which flat-screen TV is right for you and your needs. Let’s take a glance at what separates LED TV from other formats and which TV is right for you.
You’re going to be hit with a lot of numbers and ratios when comparing TV specs, but the most important figures you need to know are resolution (ie. 720p, 1080p or 4K), screen size (measured in inches) and refresh rates - how many images it can display on the screen in a single second - which can range anywhere between 60 Hz to 240 Hz.
Yes size does matter when it comes to HDTVs, whether it’s LED, OLED, or Plasma. The standard rule is usually the bigger the better, but you need to consider your living space and its capacity. And don’t forget that thing called money because the further you go up in size, the more it’s going to cost you.
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HDTV Buying Guide
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) About TVs
What's the difference between LED and Plasma TV?
Plasma first wooed home theatre enthusiasts with its self-illuminating pixels boasting superior colour reproduction and black levels, but LED – using efficient light emitting diodes – has made strides in these areas to the point where many consider the two almost on par. LED, however, uses less energy in its panel backlit system so you can reduce those power bills.
Plasma TV Buying Guide
What is an OLED TV?
An OLED TV takes your display to mind-blowingly thin levels and its organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) deliver incredible contrast and razor sharp clarity. It also has better viewing angles than the LED and Plasmas meaning you don’t have to sit completely central to the screen to get a great picture.
OLED TV Buying Guide
What is 4K Ultra HD?
While the majority of LED HDTVs on the market are boasting 720p (1280 X 1080) or 1080p (1920 X 1080 pixels) resolution, a 4K Ultra HD TV goes way beyond the ordinary by more than doubling the resolution at 3840 X 2160 pixels. With crystal clarity, a 4K Ultra HD TV gives you an amazing viewing experience that other TVs can’t compete with.
Should I get a Smart TV or media streamer?
In a world where content is king, a Smart TV expands your viewing possibilities exponentially with a multitude of built-in apps and connectivity options with your home network. You can stream Netflix, YouTube or surf the web right from a Smart TV, among many other multi-tasking features. A media streamer can be a more affordable external option, but you probably won’t get nearly as many content choices as a Smart TV.
Should I get a projector for my home theatre?
When even the biggest TV screens just aren’t enough for you, it’s time to consider a home theatre projector. This is where you go for larger than life images and total immersion into what you’re watching.