The world of TVs is being better every day but also more confusing. Today the markets offer us a wide range of various TV sets, that’s why it’s not easy to find your perfect one. However, experience shows that first of all the customers pay attention to such features as a screen size, resolution and Smart TV. This article may be of help for those who are in search of the best TV set.
Probably the most important choice you’re going to make with a new TV is the size of its screen. TV screens are measured diagonally in inches, where one inch is equal to 2.54 cm. Many customers pick as large screen size as their budget allows. But it’s obvious that a set of more than 42 inches will comfortably fit into the space of a living room, while it’ll be too large for a typical kitchen.
Screen size also depends on how close you sit to the TV. If your distance from the TV is about 1.5 m, you should buy a 32-inch TV, if you sit 2.5 m from your TV then the best choice for you is 50-inch set and for 3 m will fit 60-inch set correspondingly.
Resolution describes the sharpness of the TV picture, usually in terms of horizontal lines of pixels. Most HDTVs today support the 1080p HD format, also called Full HD, as its screen resolution is 1920 x 1080. Blu-ray Discs offer HDTV video quality that far surpass any other medium or broadcast format available today.
Full HD resolution is unnecessary for less than 30-inch TVs. If you choose 720p model you won’t even see the difference.
A TV market offers Ultra HD sets (also called 4K) with resolution of or 3840 x 2160 pixels. The biggest benefit of 4K TVs is that small objects on the screen have more detail, including sharper text. The images appear richer and more lifelike comparing to images on an HDTV. However, the difference is noticeable only using 60-inch screen and only watching a video of 4K UHD resolution, which is not that common yet. The price of 4K UHD sets is higher than the price of Full HD. The prices in UAE are available in TVs.
The fact is that today most TVs today are already “smart”. It means you can use your TV as a laptop: install different apps, watch YouTube videos, buy and watch movies, listen to music, read the news or books and even post to Facebook.
It’s necessary to have Wi-Fi connection to use the smart feature. Luckily, today an increasing number of sets come with built-in Wi-Fi. But it’s not a problem if your TV doesn’t support Wi-Fi – you can still use a wire connection.
3D TV, or stereoscopic TV, is an effort at mimicking reality. It's an optical illusion, which makes images look like real. There exist 3D gate and polarized models.
3D gate technology works with special glasses powered by a battery. Resolution of the 3D image complies with a screen resolution.
Polarized 3D glasses don’t need a battery to work. They are also lighter than gate glasses. However, the vertical resolution goes down as you can see display lines watching TV at close range.
DVB-T2 is an abbreviation for "Digital Video Broadcasting – Second Generation Terrestrial". This technology is devised for the broadcast transmission of digital terrestrial television.
The channels in digital format transmit audio and video by digitally processed and multiplexed signal, in contrast to the totally analog and channel separated signals used by analog television. One more advantage is a noise-free transmission of signal.
Summing up all the abovementioned:
- Choose a screen size and resolution appropriate to the distance you sit from the screen.
- Full HD 1080p is still the most common screen resolution today, but 4K is a good idea if you want to future-proof your investment.
- Smart capability is becoming a standard feature in TVs, so it's less and less of a factor in your buying decision.
- Most of the customers of 3D TVs regret buying them, as 3D smart TVs suffer from a massive issue: a lack of relevant 3D content.
- If all television stations across your country are now broadcasting only in digital, pay attention to support of DVB-T2.