The world of TVs is looking better every day, but also more confusing. Today, there’s a ridiculously wide array of high-definition (HD) and 4K Ultra HD sets in stores, from bargain big screens to high-end displays that can cost as much as a car.The tips below should help you decide on the best features to look out for if you are planning to buy a TV.
HDR: Get It If You Want the Most Colors
HDR is a new feature of most 4K Ultra HD sets including Sony 4K models and it stands for high dynamic range, a reference to its ability to deliver more colors, more contrast levels and increased brightness. HDR is essentially an upgrade of the 4K, or Ultra HD, format and is not applicable to 1080p HD set. For this new feature, TV makers are christening new monikers for the sets to distinguish them from standard 4K Ultra HD TVs.
Whether you’re looking for a basic or high-performance TV, the biggest factor in your decision will probably be screen size. Consider how many people in your family typically watch at once and where you’re going to put your new set. Then pick the largest screen size that will fit comfortably into that space and your budget. The sweet spot today, considering price, performance and the typical living room, is between 55 and 65 inches.Screen size also depends on how close you sit to the TV. Basically, if you can see the individual pixels of the screen, you’re too close. A good rule of thumb is that you should sit at a distance from the TV that is three times more than the height of the screen for HD and just 1.5 times the screen height for 4K Ultra HD. In other words, you can sit twice as close to a 4K UHD TV.
Resolution describes the sharpness of the TV picture, usually in terms of horizontal lines of pixels. They’re very rare at this point and should be avoided, but a bargain HD set may support only 720p, which means the set displays 720 lines scanned progressively or in a single pass. Other HDTVs support the 1080p HD format, also called full HD, which has 1,080 lines of resolution. But at this stage, we’d skip 1080p sets, too.Ultra HD video looks great, and it’s getting easier to find. Check with online dealers including Micromax who have the TVs with updated features.
The refresh rate, expressed in Hertz (Hz) describes how many times per second a picture is refreshed on the screen. The standard refresh rate is 60 times per second, or 60 Hz. However, in scenes with rapidly moving objects, a 60 Hz refresh rate can make things look blurry or jittery, particularly on LCD HDTVs. So, to create a more solid picture, manufacturers doubled the refresh rate to 120 Hz and in some cases up to 240 Hz.
Even if you have your own preferences including color and screen size, the above points can prove helpful in checking the features that make a TV worthwhile purchasing.