Questions You Should Consider When Choosing a New TV

A big, bright and clear picture with a wide view angle, and an audio that is so clear that you can hear the cheers and groans will make your big day even more enjoyable.

Televisions are not among the most expensive of electronics and they're not the most complex. But choosing the best TV is an art and you must be sure that you select a TV that provides the best value for the money you spend and will last for a long time.

After a lot of study, I've recently changed my old model of a television. These are the most crucial questions to ask prior to using your credit card and the possible answers that you will need before you decide on which TV to buy.


What's the best rate of display refresh?

A TV's refresh rate simply describes the speed at which the device "redraws" the screen’s image, effectively displaying motion. The default refresh rate has been set at 60Hz, which is adequate for the majority of programs. However, football and sports that has fast movements are better viewed on televisions that have greater refresh rates, for instance 120Hz. Based on the model with a lower refresh rate could cause blurry images when the action is rapid. Of course, televisions with greater refresh rates tend to be costly. Certain models have refresh rates higher than 120Hz,  which is mostly used in gaming or computer graphics. If you watch a lot of movies with fast action, it would be beneficial to have a television with a high refresh rate. But for the average person who watches regular programs and films, a 60Hz refresh rate should suffice.

Is it logical to spend money on an 4K TV?

4K refers to a horizontal resolution of approximately 4,000 pixels and vertical resolution of 2,160 pixels. That's why it is also called Ultra HD. In order for you to view 4K content, you need both a 4K TV and a 4K source such as an Ultra HD Blu-ray player, 4K Roku/Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV box, as well as 4K content from Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and Vudu. So, it is logical to spend money on a 4K TV only if you have a 4K source. If not, your old HDTV is just fine.


What is the ideal TV size?

Bigger size is not always better. Football is stunning on big screens, but if the screen is too large in the space it's in, your viewing experience could be uncomfortable. "The view distance (in inches) divided by 3 is the recommended size for TV. For instance, if you normally sit 10 feet away from your TV it would be 120 inches (10ft x 12in). Divide that by 3, and the suggested size of screen that you should choose is 40 inches (remember that it’s the diagonal measure of screen)," according to Samsung. However, if you are not very particular with the size of your TV, and you would only want to purchase one that will fit to any room, then you can opt for a 32 inch flat screen tv.


How about the TV sound quality?

An important part of the viewing experience is the sound quality. If you have a limited budget, it's suggested that you purchase a TV with good speakers and then add an external sound system. You can also depend on the audio output of your Blu-ray or DVD player, game console, or Roku/Apple TV box to power a soundbar or AV receiver and speakers.


How many TV inputs and outputs ports?

Check the number of HDMI ports. If you have several devices that need to be connected at the same time—a Blu-ray player, game console, Roku/Apple TV box, and soundbar, for example—you'll need multiple HDMI ports. Look for a TV with at least three HDMI ports (or more, if you can afford it). Also, check the other input and output options. If you want to connect your TV to an older AV receiver that doesn't have HDMI inputs, make sure the TV has composite-video or component-video inputs (the yellow-red-white cables).

Hopefully, this guide will help you in choosing the TV that you will be buying. If you are still not quite sure with the model of TV that you have in mind, you should do further research so that you will not regret the decision that you will be making.

Hunter Jones

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