Choosing the best HDTV for your living room isn't as simple as going to the store and picking the biggest one you can afford. Once you go into the store or look online, you might feel a bit overwhelmed at all of the HDTVs to choose from, but if you know what you are looking for, things will be a lot easier. HDTVs come with a variety of features and a number of options to choose from. To help you pick out an HDTV perfect for your living room, here are some things you should know first.
Choosing the right size is incredibly important when picking out an HDTV. Finding an HDTV appropriate for the size of your room and in accordance with your viewing distance will help you get the most out of your HDTV. If you plan for your couch to be relatively close to your entertainment system, then a massive television may not be necessary unless you are the kind of movie-goer that likes to sit up close at the theater. Otherwise you may be perfectly happy with a smaller or midsize HDTV. But if the distance between your couch and entertainment system is somewhat further away, you won't see many benefits of clarity and detail on a smaller HDTV. Chances are if you have a huge living room, you might be able to afford a much larger HDTV, which in case you should to enjoy to the full benefits of HD.
Additionally when buying an HDTV, you'll have plenty of technological optionsthat will depend on personal preference. Most HDTVs available will be LED, which provide incredible picture quality, are usually thinner and more energy efficient compared to other HDTVs. Plasma and LCD are also available, but not quite as popular. In fact some companies have stopped or plan to stop making plasmas altogether. Recently, curved screen HD televisions have been released providing superior colors to many HDTVs.
When it comes to screen resolution your main choices will be between 1080p or 4K (UHD) which is four times the resolution of HD. At this point, 720P is obsolete and only a small step above SD. Most customers will be perfectly content with 1080P as their screens will not be big enough to see much of a difference on a 4K and for the fact that there isn't a lot of 4K content. Provided you can afford it, the reason to get an UHD television would be if you plan to sit up very close to your TV, but most of your content will only be upconverted and not in true 4K. You'll also have be faced with different refresh rates such as 60Hz, 120Hz and 240Hz which affect the smoothness of the image. For the most part, higher refresh rates will be unnecessary. For watching films, 60Hz will be sufficient for most viewers, but for those who play videogames, they'll want at least 120Hz.
After you have decided on a resolution you'll have to decide what extra features you want.Many TVs now come in 3D, which requires the use of special glasses while watching. Though many viewers become more deeply immersed in their movies or shows when viewing them in 3D, others find it distracting and ultimately headache-inducing, so it's a matter of preference. Smart TV's have wi-fi capability built and allow you to browse the internet and apps like Netflix, HBOGO, YouTube or HULU so you can watch content over the internet. And if you don't have a receiver for sound, you'll also want to pick a television with enough HDMI ports so you can plug in all of your devices to your HDTV.