4 Tips for Buying TVsAugust 30, 2016
When buying a TV that would stand or hang from your wall and serve as the centerpiece in your living room, don’t just think about brand names or prices. If you really want to get the most out of your money, understand what is really going on with the affordable electrical appliances in the Philippine market. When it comes to TVs, examine the following aspects so you will know which is best for you and your family:
Screen Size Matters
One of the biggest factors in your decision will be the screen’s size. You have to think about the number of people in your house and how many watches TV all at once. Once you have put that to consideration, pick the largest screen that will fit comfortably in your home as well as your budget. They are the factors that you should consider when choosing which TV you want to buy. Remember that you should also observe how close you sit from the TV. If you see the individual pixels, then you are too close. Experts recommend sitting at three times more than the height of the screen, especially if your TV is HD.
Check the Contrast Ratio
Contrast ratio describes the range of brightness levels a TV can display. Those with better contrast ratios display more subtle shadows as well as hues and show better detail. However, each TV brand measure contrast ratio differently; the best way to see which is best is by seeing for yourself how a TV displays shadow detail. Movies or TV shows of the horror genre will help you determine how good a certain model’s contrast ratio is because you will see how good the shadow detailing will be. If allowed, play with the TV’s picture settings before making your decision.
Faster Refresh Rate is Better
The refresh rate describes how many times per second a picture is refreshed on the screen. The standard refresh is 60 times per second or 60 Hz. However, in scenes where objects are moving rapidly, a 60 Hz refresh rate can make them look blurry. To create a more solid-looking picture, the manufacturers increases the refresh rate to 120 or 240 Hz. Bottom line is, look for a TV with a refresh rate of 120 and above. Beware of terms like “effective refresh rate” – this means the actual frame rate is half of the stated refresh rate.
Invest in a Soundbar
If you are a movie junkie or a sports fan, then you value the importance of sound quality more than others. However, some of the most expensive HD TVs have poor sound because of the design of flat plans. This means that there is not enough room for large speakers that can produce rich sound. You can use headphones, but that might make you seem antisocial, or you can get a soundbar instead. Soundbars will significantly improve the cinematic experience, plus the new models are thin enough to fit under the TV stand without blocking the bottom of your TV. If you want, you can also mount them under your television if the device is mounted on a wall.
The factors mentioned above are just some of the important things that you should keep in mind when buying a TV. Remember, you’d want only the best viewing experience for you and your family so make sure to do your research when shopping for your TV.