Best TV Buying Guide 2019, Explained in detail
Hey friends, Do you want to buy a TV for your home? If Yes then What type of TV-LCD, LED, OLED or Plasma or Quantum Dot? What should be the size of tv-32inch,43inch,55inch or 64inch?
Guys, Whenever you go to buy a TV for the first time in your life, You will hear several such questions from the salesman. But most of the customers dont have the proper knowledge about these pieces of information and they easily get fooled by the salespersons. Do not fall for marketing promotion, and do not spend your money on the basis of inaccurate reasoning. If you are in the market to buy a new TV, then you must have the following things in your mind.
In this Article, I gonna tell you
- What is LCD, LED, OLED, QLED and Plasma TVs?
- What should be the Screen Resolution: 720p, 1080p, 4K TVs?
- What is the best size of the TV that would be suited for your room?
- What is Refresh Rate of TV and Contrast ratios
- What is SMART TV & NON-SMART TV?
- What are 3D TV and Non-3D TV?
- How to convert Non-Smart TV in Smart TV using Amazon FireTv Stick & Chromecast?
- Which one is best Curved TV or Flat TV?
- Which TV is good to buy HD Ready 720p, Full HD 1080p or 4K?
- Can we use TV as a monitor? How TV & Monitor are different?
- Which TV Brand in INDIA: MI, VU, Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, etc.
Despite being a different name, an LED TV is similar to LCD TV in almost all aspect. The main difference is the source of light(Backlight) present behind the screen. Actually, In Liquid Crystal Display(LED) concept, It uses light-modulating properties of liquid crystal to allow screen light to stop or pass through it. Each of them creates a tiny piece of crystal image(pixels) and together creates a very clear image. Both LCD and LED TVs works on the same concept but there is a difference in the fact that In LCD TVs cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs) are used as a backlight, whereas in case of LED TVs efficient Light-Emitting Diodes (LED) are used to illuminate the display. These bulbs are comparatively smaller. But they are brighter and efficient than CCFLs. That is, for the quality pictures of the same kind, which TV LED screen is often slimmer than the LCD screen. LED can be divided into categories.
OLED vs. QLED
OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. Unlike LED TV it has its own source of light which means there are numerous very small LED bulbs are present behind the display (LEDs are arranged like pixels behind the screen)which produces images. It does not need any backlight, due to which it is much thinner than LED TV. Its viewing angle, color contrast, color accuracy, is far better than LED TVs. It is also blur-free and pixel brightness and range are much higher than LED TVs. You can also watch TV easily and clearly by sitting in a slanting position. You will not see the overlapping of colors, that means black color would be visible as full black and white color as full white. Due to its clarity and other specialties, it is the best choice however it is very expensive.
Now let us talk about QLED TVs. It stands for Quantum dot Light Emitting Diode. QLED (Quantum Dot LED) TVs are the type of LED TVs that use quantum dots(which are miniature re-emitters that produce nearly pure colors in strict correlation to their size)which improve performance in important photo quality areas. It enables QLED TVs to provide brightness level and picture quality compared to LED TVs. QLED TV can display more colors than LED TVs without quantum dots. Recently, brands like TCL have also announced their QLED TVs. Most of the experience of watching QLED and OLED are the same. If you want better quality, frame rate, contrast then QLED and OLED are best but their prices are higher then other TVs.
The plasma display is a type of TV in which each pixel has its own luminance as behind the display, charged gases(plasma) are present. Plasma is placed between two thin glasses. Display of plasma is better in dark places and its viewing angle is better than LCD also it has good pixel quality and perfect color combination. Sizes of plasma TV are available between 37 inch-100 inch. It can have a problem of burn-in(Damage to a display when very bright image has been displayed for a long time) also it is not bright as LCD.
TV screen Resolution
When you turn on your TV or Computer or Mobile, look at its display and you will see very little small dots in it. Those Dots are called Pixels. These are always divided into Row and Column on the screen, we call the Pixels divided into two Row and Column.
For Example, if your computer, TV or smartphone screens have 600 Pixels and 800 Pixels are in rows and Columns respectively, then your device's screen resolution is 800 × 600. The better your screen's pixels will be as good as the resolution of your screen. And the picture will look clear.
● You must have heard of SD, HD, FULL HD, QUAD HD, 4K Ultra HD, etc. whenever you buy a smartphone or TV, You can see some printed writings such as HD or FULL HD, So these are nothing but resolutions. Names are assigned according to the numeric values of pixels like
SD(Standard Definition):- 720 × 576(4,14,720 pixels present inside the display)
HD(High definition):- 1220 × 720(8,78,400)
FULL HD:- 1920 × 1080
QUAD HD:- 3840 × 2160
4K Ultra HD:- 4096 × 2160
So high is the resolution of your TV more will be the clarity of the display. So now whenever you buy a product, definitely check the resolution of its screen.
Generally, customers think that bigger is the size of TV under their budget, better would be the TV. But before you decide the size of the TV you should consider the size of the wall unit and the interior of your house.
Remember that the size of the TV screen is measured by the diagonally i.e. opposite angles, not the height or width The size of the TV screen is written on the TV product's page. You should not regret after buying a small TV because if you are going to buy a big TV then you have to sit at a great distance from the TV screen, otherwise you will see blurry images and videos. There are various recommendations from manufacturers, shops, and reviewers. The method is that you measure the distance between the sitting area and the TV inch and divide it by 1.5. For example, if you are planning to sit 7 feet (84 in) away, the "ideal" screen size will be 54-56 inches (84 / 1.5); The distance of 10 feet, which is quite specific, if you are watching TV from bed then it means that a 66-inch TV will be perfect for you
Therefore, it would be best if you buy the largest possible screen TV that fits your budget, and your room should be able to keep the TV at a distance of 5-6 feet from the watching position
Refresh Rate and Contrast ratios of TV
Refresh Rate-One video is a combination of many images. When you play a video, several images display on your screen rapidly in just one second. So Refresh rate is the number of times an image has been refreshed in one second on your TV screen. It is measured in frequency(Hertz) which is denoted by symbol Hz. Mainly TV has two types of refresh rate-
Now, which one is better?
Obviously 120Hz because it will redraw the image twice as compared to 60Hz display. Also, it reduces the motion blur effect in a video.
Refresh Rate vs. Frame Rate
Now don't confuse frame rate with the refresh rate. Refresh Rate is somehow related to the monitor or we can say it is a property of the display, whereas frame rate is the property of a video.
Frame rate means a number of images shown in 1 second so that these collections of images can be shown sequentially as video to our eye. If we go to the properties of any video we can see frame or frame per second(fps). For eg., if Frame is 60 fps, it means that 60 images(frame) are shown orderly in one second.
Refresh Rate is somehow related to the device which shows the video like TV. It means how many times individual pixels of the screen or panel will refresh itself in 1 second. If the refresh rate is 60Hz then pixels will refresh itself 60 times per second and show you new colors.
For eg., If you have 60 Hz frame rate monitor then you can easily play a video of 60fps and the same video cannot be played in those monitors having refresh rate less than 60Hz
Before talking about Smart TV and Non-smart, I want to inform you that you can use the functions of smart TV in normal TV by using Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick devices, We will talk about this later.
Now let us come to our topic.
Normally Non-smart TV has basic features such as adjusting color, contrast ratio, volume control, etc.
Smart TV has features of normal TV along with some extra features such as Wi-Fi streaming, Web connectivity, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. Usually Normal TV and Smart differ in price by 15,000-20,000 in INR, so if your budget is low then I recommend you to buy a Non-Smart TV because as I said you can also enjoy the features of smart TV by just spending 2,000-4,000 INR in Chromecast or in Amazon Fire TV Stick devices. The major problem that happens with smart TV is that most of the apps will be Outdated after a couple of years. So, it depends upon you what type of TV you want to buy. If your budget is high you can buy Smart TV otherwise you can go for Dongles or Smart set-top box.
"An HDTV with 3D compatibility can be said 3D TV". 3D compatibility is a feature on the high-end LED, LCD and Plasma TVs. This allows those TVs to display specially created 3D videos with the right accessories - that is, 3D glasses and a 3D source device.
Its not that 3D TVs are only used to see 3D videos, You can also watch normal 2D videos with no problem.2D picture quality is not affected in 3D TVs.
But the problem is that 3D technology comes into action only if we have 3D video content like 3D movies or 3D channels (Although most 3D TVs have 2D-to-3D conversion process, this process normally don't produce good quality videos to compete with original 3D content). It is also noticed that sometimes 3D glasses and videos cause discomfort.
In my opinion, you should enjoy the 3D technology in cinema halls only, because as I said it can cause discomfort, irritation and also you will require special accessories like 3D glasses and videos to enjoy the 3D. So go and buy and stick to a normal non-3D TV(2D TVs) and save the 3D for theaters.
Curved TVs are introduced in the market to give a better viewing experience to their customers. If you are sitting at the right distance, a curved screen can reduce nominal optical distortions and can give you a wider view. But the main problem arises when we watch TV with our family. The curving of the screen affects a screen's viewing angle. If you are watching a curved TV from a different side then the picture looks slightly distorted. In other words, it's excellent if you're the only person watching TV, from a single chair you never leave. Otherwise, it doesn't really help. And the curved screen does nothing to correct the distortion on the vertical axis.
Also, the curved screen TVs are somewhat pricier and bulkier which is not really a problem with some customers but it causes viewing problems more than their cost. Indeed most of the images and videos are made for viewing on a flat screen only and due to this some videos looks crap.
HD(High Definition) Screens are everywhere -starting from TVs, Monitors to Smartphones, Tablets but they vary in pixels. So each display of different size has different resolution such as 720p, 1080p, and 4K.
Now let us talk about this topic in detail.
HD Ready 720p- HD ready refers to an image having 720p image resolution with 720 pixels vertically and 1280 pixels horizontally having 9,21,600 total pixels. Usually, it is considered as the lowest quality of High Definition.
Full HD 1080p- Full HD refers to an image having 1080p image resolution with 1080 pixels vertically and 1920 pixels horizontally having 20,73,600 total number of pixels which is approximately 2 times the total pixels of HD Ready.
4K - 4K refers to an image having the resolution of 4000p with 2160 pixels vertically and 4096 pixels horizontally having 88,47,360 total number of pixels which is approximately 4 times the total pixels of Full HD displays.
Ultra HD TV- Ultra HD TVs is somehow similar to 4K TVs, the only difference between them is the difference of pixels, Usually, UHD has 2160 pixels vertically and 3840 pixels horizontally(approximately 8.2 Million pixels).
Now the big question is which TV is good to buy?
Well, that depends on your budget. As the number of pixels increases the price also increases. And if you buy a 4K or UHD TV then You have to upgrade your set-top box to HD and also you cannot play 720p or 1080p resolution videos on 4K or UHD TVs otherwise you will see blurry images on your screen.
So if your budget is high then you can buy 4K or UHD TVs and if your budget is low and you cannot upgrade your set-top box then you can buy HD or Full HD.
Can we use TV as a computer monitor? How TV & Monitor are different?
Yes, you can use TV as a monitor of your computer if your TV has required a number of ports.
Now let us talk about this in depth.
In day-to-day life, the major problem of using an HDTV is the bigger screen but lower resolution. You will find difficulty in reading articles in used TV as compared to the monitor as TVs have very high resolution. And also it requires more area for the setup. But if you use a TV having 25 or 27-inch then you can have a better experience because many monitors have a size of 25-27 inch. For the entertainment purpose, bigger TV is also a good option but if you use a full HD TV then you have to sit in some distance to reduce eye strain which reduces your experience and as I said it also requires a large area for setup. But you still can use 25-27 inch TVs for a better experience.
If you want to use your TV as a permanent monitor, then you should have an extra or old TV otherwise you have to forget to watch TV because replacing a monitor with TV is time-consuming and hard working.
Now let us see the difference
- Monitors have very little delay just about a few milliseconds while even high-end TV have at least 10-millisecond delay which a gamer may not like.
- The color balance is optimized on TVs for watching movies in order to provide better viewing experience and on computer monitors, true color correctness matters more
- Some TV’s with more “powerful” display may suffer from burn-in if you leave the same static display up on the screen for hours at a time whereas no such problem is supposed to happen on monitors
- Monitors are made to show everything as it is. They are not supersampled, not more fluid behind the display, not with boosted colors. It will show you the best illustration of the original image- without deforming it in any form.
Which TV Brand in INDIA?
If we talk about brands then every brand is unique and popular for their own quality and specifications. Still, I have tried my best to classify the brand based on available data and knowledge based on my analysis of different products of different brands in India. Some people may have a completely different point of view and can have their own valid reasons and perception. But any list on “best” can vary from person to person based on their own ideas and perception.
Best Popular TV Brand in India – Samsung
Best Brand for Picture Quality – Sony
Best Value for Money Brand (latest and greatest technology in your TV )– Panasonic
Best Brand for SMART TVs – LG
Best Budget Brand – Mi and Vu
You may find other brands in your nearby mall but these are the most demanding, trustworthy and best-known brands available in the market. You will get detailed information about various brands from the internet or salesman of the offline stores.
Nobody should now underestimate the idiot box. Just like smartphones, now TVs are also reaching the highest level of technology. But with the increase of new technologies on TV, you should have the required knowledge of these models and brands. If you are outdated then you would be easily fooled by the fake marketing strategies and consequently, you will face the loss and realize it after some days of using the TV.So be updated and ask every sort of questions to the salesperson before buying a TV, If you have any queries feel free to leave your question in the comments section below.
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