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TV Buying Guide for India – A must read before buying a TV

TV Buying Guide for India

How to get “The Best” TV? It is so confusing when you get into a TV showroom. The salesman refers a lot of tech related acronyms to explain the features of the TV. It’ll be really useful to know the basics of those terms, just to make a call if the salesman is making a pitch to sell a TV or if He’s really talking the truth.  There are some other important aspects which you should weigh in before buying one. If you are so confused, just follow this ‘TV Buying Guide for India‘ which will help you to choose the best television for your need.

Make a note of the below things before you enter a TV showroom.

TV Size and Distance

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SIZE

Size is the de-facto. First thing which you should decide is the size of your television. Answer the below questions to find the right size

  • Where you are going to place it?
  • How big is your room size?
  • Distance between the screen and you view spot.

Based on these you can decide the size of the tv. For a living room 50 inches tv will be great. The distance between the tv screen and your couch will help you to decide. This involves a simple mathematical calculation. For an HD TV,  you should be at a distance of 3 times the screen height. For 4k ultra HD tv it is 1.5 times the screen height.

If you are opting for bedroom or guest room you can look for a smaller one. But remember if you are too close to the screen you will be able to see every single pixels which is not good.

 

Viewing Distance (Feet)Screen Size (Inches)Resolution
3- 624″HD Ready
4-832″HD Ready
4-832″HD Ready
5-1040″ – 43″Full HD
6-1249″Full HD
8-1355″Full HD or 4K
8-15 or Above65″ or Above4K

TV By Size

Check list of TVs based on size and their lowest price comparison

 

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RESOLUTION:

This denotes the number of pixels in horizontal row and vertical colomns. Higher the number of of pixels you will be able to see sharper images and finer details. It’s better to choose TVs with higher resolution. For the past few years 1920 × 1080 resolution also called Full HD has been the standard and the most common resolution. This used to be the king of resolution. But that is no longer now. 4K UHD which is 4 times the resolution of Full HD is now the new benchmark. The screen resolution for 4K UHD is 3840 × 2160.

4K UHD gives sharper images than Full HD at larger screen sizes and it lets you see all tiny details in the picture. Ultra HD videos looks great its getting easier to find. Many live streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Videos, YouTube have started to offer 4K content. However live tv hasn’t fully embraced 4K UHD. But this is the current scenario. To future proof your television, it’s better to opt for 4K UHD television.

 

TV By Resolution

Check list of all TVs with different resolution and their lowest price comparison

 

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HDR

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. This feature denotes good picture quality. With HDR you get better colour contrast and finer colour shades. Various ranges of HDR is available based upon the money you spend. Dolby Vision, HDR 10 and HDR 10+( to less extent) are currently seen in most of the televisions.

HDR Vs Non HDR

Non HDR Vs HDR

 

HDR TV List

Check list of HDR TVs and their lowest price comparison and price alert

 

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Smart TV

Smart TV

TV’s which connect with internet are smart TVs. They have a built-in wi-fi using which we can connect to home network, or we can connect the TV with ethernet cable. They have some built-in streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon video, YouTube, etc. With them You can watch movies, web series, games and even surf the web in some models. Before buying the TV you should make sure that the TV has the App you are looking for. In some of the TVs you can even download the App you want and install it . Some sets provide the latest and fastest 802.11ac Wi-fi standard which helps to stream movies fast. Some latest models include voice recognition tools too. Based on your need You can choose your model.

 

Smart TV List

Check list of latest smart TVs along with their pricing

 

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INPUTS

TV Inputs

 

TV’s have lot of inputs and outputs at the back or sides of the panel. The only thing you should check is the number of HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) ports available. It should be at least 3 or more than that. If you are going to use sound bar or AV receiver with your TV, make sure it supports HDMI (ARC). HDMI ARC stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface Audio Return Channel. ARC allows for the upstream and downstream of signals over a single HDMI connection. This allows the user to use single remote for all connected devices for common functions.

 

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Refresh Rate

It denotes the number of times the picture is refreshed per second. It is measured in Hertz(Hz).There are two ways they refer Refresh rate: Native and Effective .

Native Refresh rate

Many TVs come with 60Hz or 120 Hz Refresh rate. More the number, more smoother it displays motion. Most of the TVs come with 60hz with excellent and smoother motion display. Only for some rapidly moving object, things may look blurred. So to create a more solid picture manufacturers doubled the Refresh rate to 120Hz.

Effective Refresh rate

This refers to the digital picture processing. This ranges from 240 to 960hz. It is not advisable to rely on these. It is better to ignore any refresh rates higher than 120Hz.So you should just look for Native Refresh rate, whether it is 60hz or 120hz. Whichever is best for your budget you can choose.

TV Refresh rate difference

 

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Display

There are only two types of TV Display types made today. They are LCD and OLED.

LCD:

LCD TVLCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. They need a backlight system to light them up and create image. This backlight system used is LED(Light Emitting Diode). So these TVs may also be called as LED TV. Most of the TVs which are available in the market are this kind.
There is one more kind of TV called QLED. They are high end models which are the best known for its brightness level and colour voiume. They use a technology called Quantum dots. In this LED backlights are shone through a material called Quantum dots. Quantum dots can make light, of specific and adjustable colours. This helps to deliver broader, deeper and more accurate colours than the normal LED LCD TVs. They produce spectacular picture quality and are very bright even in brighter evironment. QLED TVs are LCD TVs which use advance technology.

 

 

OLED:

Organic Light Emitting Diode technology is used in these TVs. They don’t use a backlight system. Instead they use a layer of organic LEDs controlled at the pixel level, to achieve absolute black and stunning levels of contrast. As the pixels light up on their own they don’t need any back light system. So they are very slim and have a wider viewing angle. The only drawback with these TVs is screen burn-in which means they leave a ghostly image when using for a longer time (say for 7 to 8 hours with same logo) . If you are changing the channels this may not occur.So people who watch tv or play game for longer time can opt for QLED. For normal use OLED will be great. They are best in darker environment.

QLED and OLED are completely different technologies and are high end models which are very expensive.

These are the significant features one should determine before choosing the TV.

If you still need help or suggestions, you can post your questions at Ask CompareGIG and we will be happy to help you.

 

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