4 Things To Keep In Mind When Picking A TV

A television can be found in almost every home. It is something some families revolve around. You are constantly recording shows, watching movies or even listening to music on them. And with Holidays quickly approaching, it might be time for you to get your family or loved one a new television. The selection at stores like Best Buy and Brandsmart can be extremely intimidating, but here are a few tips so that you can walk into that store with confidence.

  • Understand the Three Main Options

 

When you walk into the electronics department of a large store a few words will jump out at you because they will be posted almost everywhere. The first is plasma; these televisions create pictures by sending electrical currents through a small sheet of tiny plasmas cells. The second is LCD; these televisions are composed of liquid crystal between two glass sheets with a fluorescent lamp in the background. When you apply the charge to the crystal the image appears. The third is LED and it is very similar to the previous type but instead of a fluorescent background there is an LED backlight.

Picking A TV

  • Look at the Contrast Ratio

 

The contrast ratio basically tells you how well your TV is able to display bright and dark images at the same time. The higher that this ratio is, the better the picture will look. When your contrast ratio is low, you will lose the detail when watching extremely bright or extremely dark scenes. This can affect the viewing of some movies. Plasma televisions usually have the highest and best ratio. A very basic ratio is 600:1, but something in the thousands would be much better.

  • Pay Attention to the Resolution

 

Many flat screen televisions offer 720p and 1080p options, with 1080 becoming the norm. A normal tube television gives you roughly 480. These numbers seem a little random when they are just thrown at you like that. The p stands for pixels and the numbers mean that there are rows of 1280 by 720 pixels on the screen regardless of the size. This is what more high definition cable is offered on, and also newer DVD players. Televisions with rows of 1920 by 1080 pixels are given the 1080p mark. This is what Blu-ray players offer as far as quality and definition go. Obviously the more pixels, the better the image

  • Ports

 

One thing that you should keep in mind when purchasing your new television is not only the amount of ports that is has, but also the placement of these ports. Count all of the things that you have to plug into the TV like the DVD player and cable boxes. Also many smart TVs are able to connect to the Internet through wireless technology.

These tips should help you walk into the electronics department with a bit more confidence and a good sense of what you want to purchase. Whatever TV you end up going with make sure you have a great provider like Direct TV to match all of your TVs capabilities.

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