For an impeccable TV viewing experience, most tech savvy individuals now depend on the LCD HDTVs. And understanding the temperament of the market, most brands are now manufacturing their own LCD HDTVs. As you can understand, if you want to improve your TV watching times, then you will first have to face an incredible confusion, as every TV Company and every commercial will try to make you believe that their HDTV is the best in the market. Now, either be a fool to believe in every promise that they will make or take your own initiative to find out the better from the rest. If you fall in the second category then this article on LCD HDTV Buying Guide will help you to find the TV that ideally suits your requirements.
The following are the parameters that you should properly check before buying your TV.
Screen Size: First, you have to select the screen size. This decision will be affected by the space you have and of course the budget. Measure the width of the area where you are going to place the TV and then opt for the biggest size that will fit there. This way of estimation, of course works on the bottom-mounted HDTVs with speakers that are either hidden or removable.
Screen Finish: Compared to the plasma display, the screen of an LCD TV emits twice the amount of light. In a well-lit environment, this extra brightness enhances the picture details by improving the apparent contrast. Most screens of the LCD TVs have a matte finish that minimizes the reflection of the distracting light. However, the new models incorporate glossy filters in order to increase the color saturation along with the apparent contrast by making the blacks blacker. Hence the images are crispier. When opting for the HDTV, consider the light condition of the room, where you are going to place it.
Resolution: Currently the resolution that is standard for all HDTVs particularly in case of 40 inches and above is 1080p, or 1920 by 1080 pixels when progressively scanned. This resolution is ideal because it will give you maximum details on the HD contents of the TV. Be aware of any such false promises such as “1080i” as there are no such things. All those who say that they are providing 1080i actually have a widescreen resolution of 1,366 by 768 pixels and they are also less expensive than the models with 1080p. Although at a distance of 12 feet, individuals with normal eyesight can hardly differentiate between a 720p/768p and a 1080p display when both are showing the same 1080p video, but if you can afford it and often view a 1080i/1080p, then you should opt for the 1080p one.
Contrast: Contrast or contrast ratio refers to the distinction between the darkest and the lightest images produced by the TV screen. It is often determined by the intensity of the dark portions of the image. Image quality is affected to a large extent by this contrast ratio. But the information that the TV model will give you regarding the contrast will be of no particular help to you. This is because the manufacturers use full screen measurement, all black and all white in a dark room. But when we watch TV, there are ambient light effects and some other reflection of light too. Thus, rely on your instinct in this regard. Pay attention to the contrast that your eye witnesses.
Pixel-Response Rate: Many manufacturers provide little or no information on the pixel-response rate of the TV. The pixel-response rate is calculated differently and therefore there is no standard parameter of pixel-response rate that will allow you to make a valid comparison. To put it simply, what one wants to know in terms of pixel-response rate is that whether images will get all smeared when depicting a video in high motion since that is a common problem with LCD technology. Most LCDs now feature 120-Hz technology, which when inserted into the traditional 60-Hz video signal and combined with the advanced pixel driving techniques offers a clearer and detailed motion picture. Thus, 120 Hz technology should obviously be in your checklist.
Backlight Control: The images of the LCD TV are generated through a bright backlighting system passing through a number of optical filters. When you opt for your TV make sure that this backlighting is adjusted either automatically or there are provisions to do it manually. If you are watching TV in a dark room, your eyes will be less strained if you can control the backlight. Then again the more the strength of the backlight, the more is the power consumption. Also, the lifespan of the lamp module increases with lower backlighting.
Internet Connectivity: Most HDTVs of big brands these days offer connectivity to the home network’s router. The connection will be established either wirelessly or through a wire. For the fastest performance on a wireless connection, rely on the 802.11n. Now you can view contents stored on your computer and also access the Internet from your HDTV with the broadband service. Various models come accompanied with different features like Amazon or YouTube or Netflix; so prior to the purchase make sure that this service is included in the box. In its absence they may also provide you with a Blue-ray player or set-top box for media streaming for your desired service. You can also check out if the manufacturers are adding new services to the existing models.
Required Ports: Today’s home theaters are particularly incorporated with HDMI for video transportation. HDMI provides optimum clarity in the digital signal and that with a single cable connection, audio and video can be streamed. You can connect DVD players, cable or satellite set-top boxes, Blu-ray players and even premium game consoles with this HDMI port. Most LCD HDTVs provide more than one port, often four in number so that you can connect it to multiple devices at a single go.
3D Support: 3D support may not be a compulsory requirement, because 3D contents are not yet out in the market in sufficient quantity. But even then, if you want to have the amazing experience of ESPN 3D, or simply want to make it ready for the future purpose, then you can opt for the TV which supports 3D content.
TV viewing is often the most relaxing part of the day for us. Therefore we all want it to operate as per our choice. And that can happen only when the LCD HDTV is up to the mark. Hope this LCD HDTV Buying Guide will help you in taking the entertainment quotient to a new level.