Are you considering buying a new TV in the near future? If so, it might be difficult to know which TV to pick, as there is a lot of options out there. It’s basically a jungle of brands, model numbers, sizes, different specifications and so on. In this guide we will give you some tips that can hopefully point you towards making the best choice.
1. Screen Size
The screen size is probably the most important factor for most people when choosing a TV. A larger picture usually gives a better experience, but this is dependent on where you are sitting and the distance, as well as the resolution of the TV. Full HD 1080p is the most common screen resolution, but Ultra HD (or 4K) is increasingly becoming the standard, and with the good resolution on the 4K, you can sit almost twice as close to a 4K UHD TV as to a Full HD 1080p TV.
TV Size———- Recommended distance for 1080p TV————— Recommended distance for 4K TV
40 inches—————— 2,0 – 2,5 meters——————————————— 1,0 – 1,5 meters———————
42 inches—————— 2,1 – 2,7 meters ——————————————– 1,1 – 1,6 meters———————
48 inches—————— 2,4 – 3,1 meters ———————————————1,2 – 1,8 meters———————
50 inches—————— 2,6 – 3,2 meters——————————————— 1,3 – 1,9 meters———————
54 inches—————— 2,8 – 3,5 meters——————————————— 1,4 – 2,1 meters———————
60 inches—————— 3,1 – 3,8 meters——————————————— 1,6 – 2,3 meters———————
65 inches—————— 3,4 – 4,1 meters——————————————— 1,7 – 2,4 meters———————
This is of course also dependent on individual preferences, but you could use this as a guideline. As you can see, a 48-60 inches is a safe choice for most people in a normal living room. If you can make out the structure of the screen (individual pixels), you are sitting too close. This is not a problem for most people though, as you rarely hear people say they chose a TV with a screen that was too big for them, it’s rather the opposite.
2. Screen Resolution and Image Quality
The resolution of the TV gives you details about the sharpness of the picture. Usually this is described in terms of the horizontal lines of pixels. A Full HD 1080p TV has 1080 lines of resolution, while a 4K UHD TV has four times more. The latter therefore gives the small object on the screen a lot better detail and sharpness, as the image appear richer and more lifelike than on a Full HD 1080p TV.
As mentioned earlier, the Full HD 1080p TV is still the most common screen resolution, but the 4K TV is becoming more and more popular, and it might be a good idea to choose a 4K TV, if you want your investment to be future-proofed.
The whole point of a good TV, is to present the content you want to see, in the best quality possible. Good contrast, natural colors, good sharpness and smooth motion is vital ingredients in a quality TV. However, these things can be difficult to compare when you’re at a store, where the lightning conditions usually are very different from home. That’s why it’s so important to do some research looking up reviews and tests, before making up your mind. Our list of the seven best 4K TVs under $1000 will help you a long way in finding a great and affordable TV.
3. Audio Quality
Most TV’s these days, even the expensive ones, has one big flaw: the audio quality. This comes as a consequence of the design of the modern TV’s, as these do not have enough room for speakers that produces rich and full sound.
If audio quality is of big importance to you, you might want to invest in a surround-sound system, or a soundbar. Soundbars has become more and more popular as they are easy to install, relatively cheap, and saves you from having lots of wires behind, and around the TV.
4. Smart TV (apps)
Today, most TV’s comes loaded with different useful (and not so useful) applications that gives you he chance to access different streaming services, on demand downloads of movies, playing games, or even post on Facebook. Most Smart TV’s gives you access to the major services like Netflix and Youtube, but it is a good idea to check before you buy the TV, to make sure that it has all the options that you want.
5. HDMI, Connections and Remote Control
In order of being able to connect all the devices you want to your TV, you need to make sure that it has enough HDMI inputs (or any other required inputs). If you have a soundbar, Chromecast, and a game console, you’ve already used 3 of them. 4 HDMI inputs is the standard on most models today, but it always a good idea to check, just to be sure.
It may also be a good solution to have a programmable remote control, if the TV comes with this, as you could have easy access to your other devices, using just one remote.
6. TV Placement
The viewing angle is also a factor that affects the picture quality of the TV. No matter the technology display of the TV (LCD, LED, Plasma, etc), the picture quality will always look best when looking straight-on, at the level of the eye. Whether you plan to place your TV on a stand or wall mount it, you should try to place it as near as possible to the correct viewing height.
If you plan to wall mount your TV, you need a suitable wall bracket. Some manufacturers provide wall brackets as an original accessory, but not all do.
Remember, you should always use a wall mount or stand that’s made to accommodate the weight and size of your TV.
7. TV Design
Some people don’t care about what their TV look like, while others are willing to pay a lot more just to get the design and material (like for example brushed steel instead of plastic) that they want. Your choice of design might also be dependent on where you’re intending to place your TV, as the design of a TV in a dark basement might not be as important as one that is intended to be used in the living room.
If you don’t like wires that are visible, it could be a good idea to choose a TV that allows you to pull the wires behind the panel or in a socket.
8. The Price
Obviously, the price plays an important role for most people, in the selection of a new TV. Nobody like to pay more than they should. What’s important, is to find the best TV that suits all your needs, and one that you can afford.
Find the Right TV for -You-
Hopefully, this article has left you with a better idea of what to look for when buying a TV. As you can see, it’s highly individual what TV is the best, as it’s based on a lot of different criteria. You might be looking for the best TV for watching sports, see movies and TV-series, or one to play games on, and so on. As already mentioned, before you buy a TV, it is important to do some research, read reviews and check test results. In this way, you’ll be more likely to find a quality TV, suited to your needs. If you need some help in finding a good TV, don’t forget to check out our list of the seven best 4K TVs under $1000.