TV is an increasingly important part of our lives, we learn from it, we cry at it and we laugh with it, it forms an important part of our family and relaxation time.
Thereâs never been so much choice of TV channels and sets to choose from so making sure that you choose the right set for you is important.
When choosing a TV make sure that you ask yourself the following questions.
1) What kind of program do I watch on TV?
You need to choose the right tool for the right job so the first thing you need to do is to decide which type of programs you watch most frequently.
Different TV's have different strengths and weaknesses, if you watch a lot of sport then you will require a TV that has a high refresh rate, if you play a lot of games then a TV with a specific game mode might better suited.
If you watch a lot of films then a cinema ratio screen with added ambient lighting might be the perfect solution.
2) What Size TV should I buy?
A common mistake is to purchase a TV that is too large for your room, if you end up sitting to close to a large TV it makes watching the whole picture at any one time impossible.
There is a simple formula that you can use to decide on the perfect Screen size for you:
The Minimum size in inches = Distance away from the screen / 3
The Maximum size in inches = Distance away from the screen / 1.5
For example if you sit 4 feet (48â) away from the Screen the minimum size you should purchase is 19â and the largest size is 32â
You should also check to see if the required size will physically fit into your room.
3) What type of Display is best for me?
There are 2 main different types of displays available, Plasma and LCD, both allow for similar looking flat screen Tv's but both work in completely different ways.
What are the advantages of Plasma Over LCD TV's:
Plasma TV's allow for larger screen sizes
Plasma TV's have Better color accuracy and improved saturation.
Plasma TVs have a greater contrast ratio
Plasma TVs produce deeper blacks.
Plasma TVs generally produce a smoother image.
What are the advantages of LCD Over Plasma Tv's
LCD TVs produce less heat then Plamsa Tv's
LCD Tvs can be used at high altitudes
LCD TVs have a brighter image so can be used in Brighter rooms
LCD TVs are lighter then the same size Plasma Tv's
4) What type of Sound system do I want?
Depending of the main type of program you will be watching and your budget you might want to add an additional sound surround system to increase your viewing pleasure.
There are different types of Surround system available, including wireless and wired, both will offer a similar quality but a wired system will cost you less, although you will need to manage the wires.
5) Do I need to Wall mount the screen?
You can either place your TV on a stand or you can mount your TV on the wall with the use of a wall mount.
To set up a Tv on a stand is the easier option and will allow you to change cabling easier in the future, but if you have a solid wall and want to get your TV our of the way of exploring fingers then you may decide to fix your TV to a Wall. Self mounting kits are available but it may be better to procure a service from an experienced fitter, just to avoid any expensive accidents.
6) What do other people think of the TV
Before you purchase a TV make sure you check out reviews of people who have actually bought the TV, the reviews will tell you how the TV's perform in the real world.
For example if you decide to purchase a Sony Bravia Tv, make sure you check out Sony Bravia TV Reviews before you part with your cash.
7) Have I seen the TV and do I like it.
Before you purchase a TV make sure you have seen it in person. Go to a shop and see the TV in action, you don't have to buy it from the shop as online retailers may be cheaper but make sure that you have checked that the TV impresses you with your own 2 eyes,