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Getting the Right TV

What is a TV to you? Is it easily the most important, grandest item in your home?

Or is it something to just fill in space and acquire dust?

Since you are reading this, you are here to get the lowdown on how to find a TV that suits your specific needs and fits in your home. You would be wise to invest some time to gain some insight into what is the right TV as it is an entertainment component which will be used as a tool to serve you.

What exactly are some of the questions you can ask yourself to aid your search? Some of these questions can be:

How big should my TV be? What kind of TV I should get? Should I get a curved TV or Smart TV? What in the world is HDMI and why do all TV’s have them?

We will get to your questions and by the end of this article you will be much more informed and confident in going out to buy yourself a new television set.

 

Screen Size

Let’s start with the basics. Screen size. You want a TV that will be an appropriate size for the room it is in. Just like you wouldn’t wear a size 12 shoe if you are a size 8, you wouldn’t buy a 80 inch screen for 5 feet room.

You will want a big TV for your primary screen. It will be viewed by your family, company when they come over and maybe the dog if he or she has been behaving accordingly.

Big TV’s often are used in big rooms such as a living room or a den.

Now, there are no rules when it comes to the right sized TV however this formula will help you to choose the best size:

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The main goal is you want your viewing experience to be excellent. A comparison to give you an idea of what I mean. When you go to the movie theater do you buy tickets a front row? If you have, don’t you find it a bit uncomfortable to have keep your head all the way up? When you go to a ball game or a concert event, don’t you find it ruins the viewing experience if you sit too far away from the action?

You want to have the right size TV so you can be comfortable and have the best experience when watching your entertainment.

 

Choose Between HD and Ultra HD

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Should I buy HD or 4K?

High-definition TV’s have become the standard in the modern TV era. “What is an HD TV?” You might be asking. Well HD refers to how fluid the images are, how much color is on the screen and how many pixels are on the screen. We see differences when we discuss HD 720p and HD 1080p.

To make it simple, more pixels on the screen means the higher the definition.

A 720p screen is 1280 (wide) x 720 pixels (tall).

1080p goes even further, racking up the pixel dimensions to 1920 x 1080.

Plenty of gaming consoles, Netflix movies and some programming support 1080p. The TVs that can show a 1080p image are considered Full/True HD. This allows you for some of the most crisp, vibrant, alive images you have ever seen on a television screen.

There is another beast of TV’s. They are known as the 4k Ultra HD TV’s. Asides from sounding like a rip off of a bad movie, they are even more crisp than the 1080p TV’s. As of right now 4k videos are 3840 x 2160 pixels. If you run the quick math on that, it comes out to an insane 8,294,400 pixels! When this TV came out originally, there wasn’t much content to watch in 4k however, things have started to trend toward it. An example is Netflix’s House of Cards season

If you have some extra cash, you can get some extremely beautiful television. The new standard would be 1080p HD while 720p HD is becoming the new standard definition. If you can recall standard definition is what existed on the TV’s of the 1990’s. How’s that to make you feel a little old?

 

Are curved screen TVs worth the money?

This comes down to personal preference. Curved TV screens have come up and you may have heard the claim that curved TVs engage you in a way that flat screen TVs don’t. The idea behind them is that the TV “wraps” your field of view making it so the experience is enhanced and immerse.

However, this only works if you are sitting dead straight on while watching the screen. If you are sitting at an angle, or you are watching it while sitting from your dining room table it won’t work.

To add to the argument, if you decide to mount the TV understand that it will not sit flush on the wall. You will have it sticking out at its ends making the screen a bit of a nuisance to walk around.

As you can tell, personally I am not a fan. However if you want the screen to wrap around you and you have the room to do it go for it. Otherwise, you are better off just getting a 4k Ultra HDTV.
 

Smart TVs

In a generation where anything smart can do everything, smart TVs are no exception to the rule. Smart TVs, also known as Internet TVs, do what the name suggests. They can access online content that you can access from the TV itself! What content can they access? Glad you asked my dear reader. They access multiple streaming video sources such as Hulu, Netflix, and Vudu.

Videos and movies are not the only source of entertainment a Smart TV can access. Have you ever used Pandora or even Spotify? Have you ever wanted it to be louder than your phone or tablet? Well now you can as Smart TVs can access this kind of content as well.

Want to check out what’s going on in the social media realm? Want to tweet about it? Fear no more as Smart TVs give you the capability of accessing it through the tube.

How does this all work? Smart TVs have to be connected to your home network. There are two ways to do it. It can be either through an Ethernet cable or WiFi. If you don’t want wires running through your house, on the floor or stapled to the wall then WiFi is the way to go. However, make sure you have a strong WiFi connection as you don’t want to go through that dreadful circle appearing on the screen known as buffering.Smart TVs are a smart bet.

 

What else should I look out for?

Free view HD: A Free view tuner is what it sounds like. It is a tuner that provides channels without needing to pay for them, hence, free view. Some examples of Free view channels are BBC One and ITV. Free view HD is the same as previously mentioned only that the channels come in HD quality.

PVR feature: PVR stands for Personal Video Recorder. Many TVs provide you with the option to be used as PVR if you connect a USB. This lets you record programs without the use of a DVR. However be aware if you record you will have to watch that one channel. To get around this, some TVs have a twin-tuner PVR functionality, letting you record one channel while watching another at the same time.

3D: Do you want your TV to be alive? Do you want it to jump at you to give you a thrill? You are in luck as many TVs can show movies and programs in 3D.

 

Make the Right Connections

It’s important to consider where a TVs connections are before you buy it. Why do I say this? If you mount your TV on the wall, it would be a bit pain-staking if the connections are on the back instead of the side.

Most TVs today have HDMI connections which allow the best, clear, fluid picture to be shown on your TV screen without interruptions.

I hope the knowledge you gained from this has helped you and will better inform you on what kind of TV you plan to get.

 

Source 1: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tvs/buying-guide.htm

Source 2: http://www.techradar.com/us/news/television/hdtv/freeview-hd-your-questions-answered-630793

Source 3: http://www.thx.com/consumer/home-entertainment/home-theater/hdtv-set-up