Let’s go back in time- do you remember having an analog TV? No! The one commonly called black and white television that you pat on the side to see Doordarshan? Indeed, you remember. Buying a television was less hectic then as there was little to choose from. The television has covered a long way since then- LED TV being its most advanced form. This LED TV buying guide will help you to understand the different features of LED TV and how you can get the value for money LED TV from the plethora of options in the market.
Ever since the inception of Television, Analog TV or Cathode Ray Tube TV had ruled the world for more than three decades. But today televisions are much more complex; they pick up digital signals in contrast to analog signals which the black and white TVs used to pick up. Analog TV is currently being phased out worldwide. In India, we bid goodbye to the analog TV in 2015 rendering all these cute looking analog TVs useless.
Types of Televisions
There are three main types of TVs in the market.
- Plasma TV
- LCD TV
- LED TV
Plasma TV, LCD TV and LED TV may seem identical when you’re in the store, but the similarities end once you look past the thin form factor and big screens. You must be wondering which one is the best. It is debatable, but let’s first get a brief idea of each
It use tiny plasma cells that are integrated to create a picture when subjected to electric charge. As far for functioning, it is good for speed, size and it has good picture quality but it usually takes a lot of power to run and usually cost a lot more than LCD TV and LED TV in long run.
Liquid crystal display: on the other hand, use liquid crystals compressed between the two glass plates, an image is created when these crystals are subjected to electricity. You’ll find LCD TVs come out pretty average on all levels though they use less energy than plasma and are cheaper.
Light emitting diode: are known for having great, vibrant colours. On an average, they have a longer life as well as they are one of the most energy efficient alternatives available.
Which is better- LED TVs over LCD TVs
The Growth of LED (light emitting diode) technology has overshadowed the plasma and more traditional LCD screens. The small lights in LED sets allow them to be slimmer than lamp-lit LCDs TVs. While both have their own set of advantages, analyzing various surveys suggest a greater weightage to LED TV from the customers for factors like design, lesser usage of energy, and better definition visuals. They suggest LED TVs to be best TV alternative.
What should I take care while buying a TV?
While buying a TV, you sure have a few factors to take care of. No matter what technology you select, make sure you contrast it against its competitors. Here are few important TV buying Tips.
From tiny 14 inches to 100 inches, there’s a great size variety available. How do you figure out the right size for you? Keep a few factors in mind while trying to figure out the right TV size. First, check the approximate distance between the seating the point where you would like to fit the LED TV. Greater the distance, bigger the TV you must be looking for. Also consider where you want the TV for. For eg., if you are looking for a bedroom TV, smaller sizes can be preferable. On the other hand, if you are buying LED TV for your hall, you should be looking for 42 inches or more, depending on the size of your hall. Let us add the main factor to consider- the budget. Bigger TVs might be costing bigger! I guess “what TV size should I buy” would not be the reason for concern for you once you consider these factors.
The 1080 pixels resolution is the offers pretty decent high definition. The better resolution alternative available is 4k resolution, which, in plain terms offers 4 times better resolution when put in contrast to the 1080p one. 4k resolution is also called ultra-high definition (UHD) and for good reasons, you know.
A television’s contrast ratio shows its potential to show details in higher or lower extremes of a picture. This means, in a television with high contrast ratio, we can see details of even the dark scenes pretty well. The latest backlight technology of LED TVs allows the television to distinctively take charge of backlight elements.
Curved or flat
Curved TV is a recent known variant, Curved TV takes shape of your eyes making corner picture look sharper and also lose less colour and contrast when viewed from some non-parallel angle. It is believed that when you are thinking to buy a large TV and he seating is relatively close to the TV, curved is better.
With network being everything and everywhere, ‘smartness is in networking’. Today, these Smart TVs can connect to network and would let users have access to smart applications, games, social media etc.
Types of LED TVs
One of the most remarkable leads of LED TVs is backlighting technology. LED backlighting technology functions under these three configurations
Full Array LED TV
In this configuration of LED, full array panels distribute the diodes equally across the screen. This invariable backlight allows for more accurate localized dimming, where changes in luminosity only occur in some parts of the screen.
Edge Lit LED TV
Instead of placing light emitting diodes uniformly across the screen, edge lit has diodes at the edges of the screen. This variable configuration often leads to variable brightness, making edges brighter than the rest, this version is moderately priced than Full Array.
Direct Lit LED TV:
It is more of a cheap Full Array, as it has diodes uniformly placed throughout the screen but less in number than Full Array. Further, these lights cannot be controlled separately to match a given picture’s luminosity.
Top 5 LED TV brands in India
Following are some of the best LED TV brands in India.
- Samsung: It is the market leader in India. Its LED TVs come in every size and variety to match the needs of the buyer.
- LG: It is one of the most trusted names in the electronics market in India. It is currently the exclusive brand selling the latest OLED TVs, an advanced technology.
- Sony: certainly another top trusted brand. Its Bravia LCD TV lineup is its largest selling segment in Indian market.
- Panasonic: well established for a good quality electronics, it is also one of the TV best sellers.
- Videocon: Offering a wide range of LED TVs at very attractive prices, the brand is gaining considerably superiority as well.
LED TV price in India
Whether you’re interested in the simple interface LED TV or the smart variant with a lot of applications and plugins installed, you’ll love the variety of LED TVs that are available in the market. LED TV price range varies from brand to brand, and is different for each model. Here is range of market price of 32 inches LED TV of top brands- just so you know what to expect.
- Samsung LED TV 32’ inch price Rs.18,000 to Rs.27,000
- LG LED TV 32’ inch price Rs.19,000 to Rs.30,000
- Sony LED TV 32’ inch price Rs.25,000 to Rs.38,000
How to calculate perfect screen size?
How to calculate screen size for HD TV?
- Measure the distance between TV screen and viewing position in feet.
- Multiply the distance with 7.7.
- If you are 10 feet away from TV then your TV size should not be bigger than 77 inches.
How to calculate screen size for UHD TV?
Ultra HD (4k) TV has more and finer pixels, it is around 8.3 million. So with 4K you can sit closer or go bigger. if we calculate the same distance.
- Multiply the distance with 12.
- If you are 10 feet away from TV then your TV size should not be bigger than 120 inches.