Choosing a Television: Making a Really Big Decision
Choosing a Television is a Really Big Decision
A television is the perfect way to bring home theater to life. But, choosing a television to buy can be a tough decision. What kind should you get? Should you get a bigger TV? Should it be a Smart TV? What about price? These are just a few of the questions you’ll want to ask yourself when considering buying a new television. Thankfully, your decision doesn’t have to be too hard. We’ll break it all down with some tips and strategies to buying the perfect television for your home theater.
Size Matters: Deciding on the Perfect TV Size
One of the biggest decisions you’ll make when choosing a television is size. Size does matter. But, do keep in mind that bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. You’ll want to choose a size that fits your room and the distance from the TV that you’ll be when you’re sitting. This way you don’t have to worry too much about squinting or straining or having way too much screen way too close. Generally, a television screen that is 50-59 inches will work best in most rooms. If your room is smaller, scale down to in size. If the room is bigger, you’ll want to consider increasing your TV screen size. One way to decide the best screen size? Measure your wall space before you go to buy the TV. This will give you a good idea of how big or small of a television you need.
Rather Weighty: Consider TV Weight
Whether you plan on mounting your television to a wall or placing it on a TV stand, you’ll want to think about the weight when choosing a television. Most televisions are fairly light these days. But, if you choose a larger and slightly heavier television, it could be a bit more challenging to mount. This just means you’ll want to ensure you have mounts that are sturdy and secure. The same goes for a TV stand. If the stand is a bit more flimsy, it might not be a great choice for a heavier TV. Though it might not be the biggest concern when buying a new television, it’s definitely something to think about.
The Price is Right: How Much Will a New TV Cost?
Prices for televisions do vary. At the low-end, expect to spend $300-$500 for a basic HD or Smart TV around 40-50 inches. If you’re looking to buy something larger or with more features, better picture quality and technology, expect to pay more. That doesn’t mean you need to spend $5,000 on a TV, but do consider your budget and the type of features you want for your television.
Brands You Can Trust: Deciding What Brand to Buy
There are a lot of television brands out there. Your best bet is to stick with brands that have a good reputation for making quality TVs. Some of these include LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio. You can always check ratings and reviews of these brands and specific television models online before you decide which television to buy too. Sticking with these tried and true brands is a good way to make sure you get a great television that will last a long time.
Displaying for All the World to See: Choosing a TV Display Type
Plasma, LCD, LED. You’ve probably heard all of these before. But, what exactly are they? These are simply the types of ways you can display images on a TV. Most common (and affordable!) these days are LCD TVs. And chances are, unless you’re looking for something really fancy, you’ll be buying an LCD TV. Consider the different kinds of image displays before you decide to buy a television. But, you may want to look more at features, like resolution in more detail than the display type.
Quality over Quantity: What Features Should You Look For?
When it comes to choosing a television, you’re going to want to make sure you buy something that is high quality. But, what does that mean? Let’s take a look at some important features.
- Resolution: No matter what your budget is, you’re going to want to buy the best quality TV you can afford. Your best bet is to find televisions that with resolutions that are 1080p or 1080i. You’ll find these resolutions available in HD (high definition) TVs that are pretty affordable. If you really want to have a high quality, high resolution TV, you may want to check out 4K or HDR televisions. These are the newest resolutions available and have the best video quality. But, do be aware that not all films and TV are available currently in 4K. So, if you buy a 4K TV, you’ll have great quality, but you may not be using it to its full potential. Of course, if you’re thinking about investing in a TV long-term, a 4K TV may be a great bet, since it’s gaining a lot more popularity now. Plus, if you want the best home theater system, 4K and HDR are the way to go.
- Features: In addition to the resolution and picture quality, you’ll also want to think about the different features you can get. Some of the most common? Smart TVs and 3D TVs are probably the most popular features for televisions right now. Smart TVs are just that…smart! That’s because they can connect to the Internet for streaming television shows, movies, and more. You can easily find televisions these days that are Smart TV enabled. Or, if you’re looking to save a bit of money, you can always buy a device like a Roku or Apple TV to stream content. This is one way you can make your TV smart without buying a Smart TV. Want to learn more about a Smart TV? Check out our review on the Roku Smart LED TV. 3D is another popular feature for TVs. If you love watching 3D movies in the theater, you’ll love watching them at home. They use the same technology, only on a smaller scale. Home 3D televisions have come a long way and are an amazing feature to add to your TV.
Television Buying Made Easy
Although it may seem like a tough decision, with a few of these tips and a bit of research, you’ll be able to easily choose a television for your home theater. Want more recommendations on the best TVs to buy? We break it down with our top choices for TVs in The Four Best HDTVs of 2016 Buying Guide.