TV Buying Guide – Choosing a Television 101

Buying a new television can be a tedious task especially if you are not too interested in the tech itself but rather on what shows on your screen. The newest models always come packed with the latest technologies and features that all are a must-have if you ask someone who is trying to sell you something.

Well, today is your lucky day since we are not here to sell you anything! We are just trying to help you make some sense out of the ever evolving field of TV’s.

Bestseller No. 1
LG B2 Series 65-Inch Class OLED Smart TV OLED65B2PUA, 2022 - AI-Powered 4K, Alexa Built-in
  • With LG's 8 million self-lit OLED pixels, you'll get a vivid viewing experience with infinite contrast, deep black, and over a billion colors that add depth and bring out the best in whatever you're watching
  • Engineered especially for LG, the advanced α7 Gen5 AI Processor 4K algorithmically adapts and adjusts picture and sound quality for a lifelike viewing experience with depth and rich color
  • Get in the action with an impressive 120Hz refresh rate that keeps up with the fast movement in sports, video games, and movies for a sharp picture with smooth motion from start to finish
  • LG Game Optimizer mode with NVIDIA G-SYNC, FreeSync Premium, and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) improve your gaming experience with fluid on-screen motion. Game Optimizer manages your game settings all in one place
  • Mount it on the wall with a 300 x 200 VESA mount (sold separately). Magic Remote, remote control batteries (AA), power cable, and quick start guide are included. TV stand sold separately
SaleBestseller No. 2
LG C2 Series 48-Inch Class OLED evo Gallery Edition Smart TV OLED48C2PUA, 2022 - AI-Powered 4K, Alexa Built-in
  • Experience amazing, beautiful picture quality with infinite contrast, deep black, and over a billion colors, now even brighter*, thanks to LG's 8 million self-lit OLED pixels
  • Engineered exclusively for LG, the α9 Gen 5 AI Processor 4K adapts to the content you're watching, automatically adjusting the TV's settings for improved picture and sound quality
  • Eliminate unnecessary processing with movies and preserve the action the way film directors intend with Filmmaker Mode, and enhance every moment of your viewing experience with Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos**
  • LG Game Optimizer mode with NVIDIA G-SYNC, FreeSync Premium, and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) improve your gaming experience with fluid on-screen motion. Game Optimizer manages your game settings all in one place
  • Mount it on the wall with a 300 x 200 VESA mount (sold separately). Magic Remote with Magic Tap, remote control batteries (AA), power cable, wall mount, and quick start guide are included. TV stand sold separately
SaleBestseller No. 3
SAMSUNG 55-Inch Class OLED 4K S95B Series Quantum HDR, Dolby Atmos, Object Tracking Sound, Laser Slim Design, Smart TV with Alexa Built-In (QN55S95BAFXZA, 2022 Model)
  • Get OLED by Samsung, from the world’s #1 TV Brand*
  • SAMSUNG OLED TECHNOLOGY: With roughly 8.3 million specially engineered self-illuminating pixels (ultrafast switching tiny lights), contrast is virtually limitless; At its best in viewing settings with controlled lighting, the Samsung OLED is intensely cinematic
  • NEURAL QUANTUM PROCESSOR w/ 4K UPSCALING: Works behind the scenes utilizing specialized networks to optimize the picture scene-by-scene; The AI-powered processor drives the intuitive Smart TV Hub, Dolby Atmos sound and expertly upscaled 4K*
  • QUANTUM HDR OLED: See how Hollywood’s latest movies and streaming shows in HDR leap off the screen with unimaginable detail and color; Quantum HDR OLED expands the dynamic range beyond what is possible in HD
  • DOLBY ATMOS & OBJECT TRACKING SOUND: Be enveloped by the spectacular cinematic surround sound of Dolby Atmos built in; From the strategically placed speakers behind the screen, hear the rain from above and the explosion from beyond to even feel like you’re inside the sound
Bestseller No. 4
LG Electronics OLED65E6P Flat 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV (2016 Model)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 57.5" x 35.2" x 2.2", TV with stand: 57.5" x 35.2" x 7.9"
  • Smart functionality gives you access to your favorite apps and content using webOS 3.0
  • Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR) for the most lifelike picture
  • Individually lit OLED pixels achieve the ultimate contrast for outstanding picture quality
  • OLED does not require a backlight giving it deep blacks and making it extremely thin
Bestseller No. 5
Sony OLED 65 inch BRAVIA XR A80K Series 4K Ultra HD TV: Smart Google TV with Dolby Vision HDR and Exclusive Gaming Features for The Playstation® 5 XR65A80K- 2022 Model
  • INTELLIGENT TV PROCESSING – The Cognitive Processor XR understands how humans see the real world to deliver intense contrast with deep blacks, high peak brightness, and natural colors.
  • OLED CONTRAST – XR OLED Contrast Pro technology allows you to feel the beauty of OLED with immersive depth and realism, pure black, and lifelike brightness. Compare to other OLED TVs and decide for yourself.
  • WIDE SPECTRUM OF COLORS - Rediscover everything you watch with billions of accurate colors and see impressive picture quality that is natural and beautiful, enhanced by XR OLED Triluminos Pro.
  • PERFECT FOR PLAYSTATION 5 – Take your gaming to the next level with input lag as low as 8.5ms and BRAVIA XR exclusive features for the PlayStation 5 – Auto HDR Tone Mapping & Auto Genre Picture Switch.
  • FEATURES SPECIFIED IN HDMI 2.1– Get the advantage in high-performance gaming on BRAVIA XR TVs with HDMI 2.1 features such as 4K/120, VRR, and ALLM.

What Should You Look For?

These are the aspects you should take into consideration when buying a television.

Screen Size

The most important part of the television is, surprise surprise, the screen, and the most distinctive feature of the screen is its size.

Measure the area on which you are planning to place the TV and figure out which size will fit there. There are lots of calculators out there to measuring the “ideal” viewing distance for each size, but generally speaking we are firm believers of the old fashioned “the bigger the better” ideology- unless we are talking about extra cramped spaces. All these calculations are best done with your own eyes and a little bit of common sense.

If your last TV buying experience is not exactly recent, one thing to keep in mind is that the new models come with tiny frames. This means that you will have more screen area in a new 42″ TV than you had on one bought ten years ago.

Picture Quality

This is the part where the faint-hearted tend to give up with all the different numbers and letter combinations. But fear not, they are not as complicated as they might first seem. Picture quality is one of those factors that are not just something for the sales people to boast on – there are actually differences between different models. If you want the picture to be as crisp as possible, buy a 4K (Ultra HD, UHD) television. The resolution (pixels on the screen) is four times bigger than in Full HD televisions.

Resolution comparison graphic

As Netflix, Amazon Prime and plenty of others streaming services have already started supporting 4K streaming you will miss out on a lot of eye candy if you settle for less. 4K is the resolution of this day and will soon enough become the standard until even bigger resolutions surpass it. This is not a dying gimmick like 3D.

But size is not all that matters. If you want a complete viewing experience (at least in terms of the technological aspects) you need to take colors and contrast into account too. This is best guaranteed by choosing an OLED TV with HDR support.

The millions of colors at their best, complimented with the blackest of the blacks will treat your eyes in ways the older technologies never could. As a cherry on top OLED screens generally have higher refresh rates, making them ideal for watching fast paced sports for example.

4K televisions can also scale up regular Full HD video making it look better than it would from a FHD television.

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

HDR is arguably as important as 4K resolution if you want a TV that will serve you optimally for the years to come.

As a rough generalization 4K will aid the picture with sharpness while HDR takes care of the vibrancy of the colors, brightness and contrast.

The basic idea of High Dynamic Range in layman’s terms is that it makes the picture look more natural by enhancing the distinction between the smallest differences of tones.

Not all HDR televisions support the technology in full effect though. If you want the best, be sure that it supports the Ultra HD Premium standard.

Smart TV Features

Netflix logo on a smart TV

Smart TVs have become a industry default in a short time span and it might sound a bit confusing if your knowledge of televisions is somewhat outdated.

What it means is that the modern televisions come with the ability to use various streaming platforms (Netflix, YouTube etc) straight from the telly without any further accessories. You can even use a traditional web browser with them. Tech-wise this means that smart TVs come equipped with a processor and internet connectivity.

This might seem a bit unnecessary if your television watching habits are from the time before smart TVs but believe us: watching your favorite show’s whenever you want with the ability to pause and rewind when you want is something that you will miss once you get used to it. Not to mention the enormous libraries of content that is available on these platforms.

Proper Accessories

best soundbar subwoofer combo

One thing that the latest technology hasn’t yet brought into the tellies is proper audio.

If you are the least bit serious about entertainment you must buy some sort of external audio equipment. In the past this would have required a whole another guide (and still does if you are an audiophile), but the easiest way to upgrade the audio experience is to buy a sound bar subwoofer combo. These handy devices have gained massive popularity with their ease of use. Today they even sound great, making them a real contender for the usual amplifier + speaker set combo.

If you are going for extra style points you should also look into wall mounting.

Last update on 2023-01-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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