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Choosing the Best TV to Buy as a Holiday Gift

15 Nov Posted by in Blog | Comments
Choosing the Best TV to Buy as a Holiday Gift

Whether you are looking to buy a television for someone special in your life or you are looking to upgrade your TV viewing experience (a holiday gift to yourself or your family), making the right choice is not always easy.  The decision will be based on your tastes, the circumstances and, of course, your budget.  As you are considering which TV is the best one to buy, you will want to consider the following factors:  type of TV, size of TV and how far from the TV is the seating.  There are so many different choices today and you are probably wondering where to start and how to decide which one is the best one to purchase.

Below, you will find several questions and basic information to consider before you make your final decision and purchase:

There are 4 types of TVs being sold today. What is the difference between them?

  1. Liquid Crystal Display or LCD TVs – These TVs are budget-friendly and viewers are typically happy with the HD performance and bright colors. They work fine in a well-lit room offering viewers a high quality viewing experience.
  2. Light-Emitting Diode or LED TVs – These TVs offer excellent picture quality in any room. They work well in rooms that are well-lit and rooms with low lighting.  They are thin and can be set up in just about any viewing area.
  3. Plasma TVs – These TVs are made for those who are looking for magnificent pictures – pictures that have deep blacks and rich, dazzling colors.  Plasma TVs handle fast-paced action scenes very well, with little or no distortion or blurring.  If you have a large home theater or viewing area, a plasma TV is a good option to consider; they allow wide viewing angles that are not found with LCD and LED TVs .   These TVs work very well in low-lit darker rooms.
  4. Organic Light-Emitting Diode or OLED TVs – These TVs provide the ultimate in color accuracy, not to mention a superb color range, true backs and great contrast. In addition, they also support wide viewing angles and produce a blur-free picture.

Televisions come in 4 different size ranges. Which size will work best in your setting?

  1. 32” and smaller – If the TV will be used in a small room, such as the kitchen, bedroom or small family room, this is the right size to choose.  A smaller TV also works well in a dorm room or as monitor for PC gamers.
  2. 33” to 49” – If the TV will be used in an average size living room or a larger bedroom, a TV in this size range will work quite well.  TVs in this size range are quite versatile and are also used outside of the home in restaurants, sports bars, classrooms, and small conference rooms.
  3. 50” – 64” – TVs in this range make quite a visual impact wherever they are placed and they are often used in larger living spaces, such as living rooms or family rooms or in a home theater.
  4. 65”-90” – If you want an exceptional, immersive viewing experience, choose a TV in this size range.  It doesn’t matter whether you are watching an action-packed movie or watching your favorite football team make a touchdown, a large TV will make you feel like you are in the middle of the action or right there at the football stadium.  These larger-than-life TVs are most often used in a large home theater or media center.

There are generally two sitting distance considerations recommended when choosing a television: the minimum and maximum viewing distance.  What size TV will work best for current seating arrangements?

  1. Minimum viewing distance – The formula to use when calculating the minimum viewing distance is easy.  Divide the minimum distance between your closest seating and the TV by 1.5.  For a 60” or 5 ft. minimum viewing distance, the best TV size is about 45”.
  2. Maximum viewing distance – The maximum viewing distance formula is also a simple calculation.  Just double the minimum viewing distance.  For a 45” TV with a minimum viewing distance of 60”/5 ft, the maximum viewing distance should be 120” or 10ft.

If you take the time to answer the questions listed above before you go shopping for a new television, you will have a much easier time choosing the best TV to maximize any TV viewing experience.  If you are buying a TV as a gift for this holiday season, answering a few questions will ensure that your choice is just the right TV to make someone very happy!

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