This is the most important aspect of a TV. Everything else is secondary or of no significance at all. To choose the right panel type, you should first understand the difference between technologies.
Here's a perfect example why you should never listen to salesmen. These people will have you believe that the TV in your living room is an LED panel. That's a downright lie. The so-called LED TV in your house is actually an LCD TV with LED backlighting. In actual LED TVs, each pixel is made of a separate LED (light emitting diode), and these are prohibitively expensive for home use. That's why you'll only see them at sporting events, music concerts, or political rallies.
New LCD panels are often wrongly referred to as LED TVs, because they use an LED backlight instead of the CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluroscent Lamp) backlight found in older models. LCD with LED backlight is currently the best-selling display type in the market. This, however, does not mean that the LCD panels excel in terms of picture quality. These screens also tend to have relatively slow refresh rates, which can lead to bad picture quality in scenes with fast moving action. Little wonder then that the shops use almost still imagery to showcase LCD panels.
Plasma TVs have some of the best image quality, but getting one will be a challenge because earlier models had some tech issues, such as image burn-in and relatively high power consumption. Plus, they're fairly bulky when compared to the LED-backlit televisions. As a result, available plasma TVs are fairly dated, and you're not going to find a Smart 4K 3D plasma TV; but if that's not an issue, then there are some real benefits to plasma.
Similar to the plasma panels, an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) screen has its own luminance. These panels can selectively shut off pixels to render perfect blacks. As a result, the viewing angles, colours, and refresh rate are better than any other TV, and unlike plasma screens, OLEDs are also as slim as you can get. The only downside here is the exuberant pricing. However, if budget is not your concern, OLED is currently the best display type you can own today.
What size TV is right for you? And how should you decipher the technical specifications that the different brands all show? Here's what you need to know.
TV size recommendations are meant for the "ideal" world, where you buy a TV according to your room size. However, in reality (especially in India), budget usually use overrides this equation. Therefore, the best suggestions we can give is to buy the biggest possible screen that fits your budget, assuming you're in a typical room here where you're at least five to ten feet away from the TV.
Unless you have decided not to use anything except for the set top box, having extra connectivity options is extremely important. When you are shopping for a TV, opt for one with at least two HDMI ports, and even more if you know you will be connecting multiple devices like a gaming console and/ or connect a computer to the TV regularly.
Contrast ratio represents the screen's ability to produce the gamut of brightness between the brightest and darkest points. The native contrast tells you the panel's capability to display the darkest dark and brightest bright at the same time.
All manufacturers promise vibrant colours and a wide colour gamut. The latter is a measure of the total range of colours that can be accurately reproduced by a screen. The only way you can validate a claim in this regard is by using professional colorimeter such as Datacolor's Spyder series.
HD (720p) or HD ready screens pack-in 1280x720 pixels. On the other hand, you get 1920x1080 pixels on a full-HD (1080p) TV. As many of you would already know, it makes sense to spend a little more, and choose a full-HD panel over HD ready. However, if the price difference between the two is way too much, then there is nothing wrong in considering the HD ready TV, particularly if you're buying a set that is under 40-inches in size.
Brands are willing to spend a lot of money promoting features you don't actually need. What features matter to you, and which ones can you ignore?
If you don't already know, 4K refers to the resolution of the TV, and it's over four times higher than full-HD. A 4K panel has 4096x2160 pixels, and the additional detail you get from this is breath-taking - if you're looking at a screen that is bigger than 55-inches.
Although 3D movies can be exciting, watching this type of content for extended periods can cause headaches and disorientation. Because of technical reasons, 3D also appears dim, and you require special accessories to watch these kinds of TVs. There are a variety of 3D glasses, which will cost you a fair bit of money, are hard to replace, and rarely comfortable to wear. Save 3D for the cinemas, and stick to 2D at home if you can.
In a world where even coffee mugs are trying to act "smart", Internet ready TVs are to be expected. They come with a number of features such as web connectivity, Wi-Fi streaming, and network playback, all of which looks good on paper. For most people however, these are unnecessary additions, and using a Smart TV is frequently more trouble than it's worth.
Remember the old CRT TVs? They were curved, and manufacturers worked hard to reduce that bend. Not so long ago when audio cassettes were a rage and flat panel televisions (especially Sony Trinitron series) were considered superior. Fast forward to today and manufacturers are trying hard to convince you that curved screens are better.