Top 10 Best LCD, LED, Plasma HDTVs Buying Guide and Tips

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Top 10 Best LCD, LED, Plasma HDTVs Buying Guide and Tips

Sound Quality

Sound Quality

Now a days, most of the TVs are coming with stereo surround sound which generates amazing sound quality. For home theater cinema sound experience you can add a separate home theatre system or other sound bar to your HDTVs.

Response Time

Response Time

Traditional TV or HDTV must have effective response time. It is the amount of time a pixels in TV takes to go from one value to another and come back quickly. It is measured in milliseconds, lesser the time means faster transitions, 6 ms, 8 ms or up to 12 ms are considered better response time.

Contrast Ratio

Contrast Ratio

It is defined as the ratio of the brightest colour (white) and darkest colour (black) which produce the high contrast ratio for better images. If the TV contrast ratio is low then light images will be washed out and dark images will be look cloudy. For example 500 : 1 contrast ration means brightest white is 500x brighter than the darkest black.

Check the Television

Check the Television

Go to the Mall/Store/Authorised Dealers Shop to check the TV performance from naked eyes and take a glimpse of other rivals viewing experience for full satisfaction. Connect TV with a DVD or Blu-ray player via HDMI cable and see the picture quality, also check the picture quality in SD input as a source (If your State/City area is not yet digitized). It is always suggested to carry your own DVD or Blu-ray disc for self-satisfaction. Navigate the features in the Store via remote control to check channels, volume quality, viewing angle, input ports and other parameters of your requirement.

3D or 2D

3D or 2D

These days, every TV manufacturer is trying hard to sell 3D TV with a better price tag and add-on functionality, but before bying/ordering the TV it is always advisable to check/calliberate the difference between 3D and 2D units physically via wearing the 3D Glasses. Although, 2D TVs are less expensive as compare to the 3D TV, for watching any content on 3D TV you should have 3D glasses otherwise you will not be able to see the effect rather than overlapping/blurred motion images. The extra dimension in 3D lets thing (like a cricket match, racing, fighting game) monouvered like its coming towards you. But 3D lacks in terms of content availability cos making 3D movies is a costly affair.

Connectivity

Ports and Connectivity

Currently, all OEM manufacturers are showing their product USP  via the network connectivity. Like, TV’s have built-in Wi-Fi to connect with any Wi-Fi enabled devices and access the internet wirelessly. TVs also have an option of LAN connectivity, use your broadband LAN cable and connect it with TV for Internet surfing, Skype etc. Also,provisions like DLNA, with the help of which you can watch your photos, videos from your laptop, computer and mobile phones without any wired connection.

Input Ports

Input Ports

If you want to attach your gaming console, home theatre and external storage device to your TV then confirm the number of ports available in the unit. Now a days, HDMI and USB ports are very crucial, with HDMI port you can connect your Laptop, tablet and watch the multimedia files of these device on wider screen in High Definition. It is suggested that TV should have at least 2-3 HDMI ports, and 2 USB ports with audio, video playback support.

Other ports include: RGB Inputs (Component inputs) , RF Coaxial , S-Video or SCART , VGA Monitor , Analog Stereo Audio Inputs (Composite inputs)

Display Resolution and Clarity

Display Resolution

Television (HDTV) display resolutions is a mandate to check before ordering the unit; display resolution is the number of distinct horizontal and vertical pixels. More the pixels in per square inch, better the resolution. User have the choice of display resolutions like 576p (720 × 576 pixels), 720p (1280 × 720 pixels), 1080i (1920 × 1080), 1080p (1920 × 1080). Technically, the difference between all these are as follows. The 576p can be used on analog PAL or SECAM systems, 720p is a progressive HDTV signal with 720 horizontal lines. Difference between 1080i & 1080p is that in 1080i splits 1080 in two interlaced fields of 540 lines, odd fields displayed first and even field displayed second. In 1080p both odd and even fields displayed together.

LCD, LED or Plasma?

LCD, LED or Plasma

Boxy, bulky CRT TV’s are on the edge of discontinuation. These days, there are three types of HDTVs available in the market, first one is LCD (also known as traditional CCFL-backlit LCD), LED (also known as LED-backlit LCD or LED-LCD, or just LED screens) and the last one is Plasma HDTVs.

  • Traditional LCD HDTVs use cold cathode fluorescent lights (CCFLs) to illuminate the screen. These are budget or pocket friendly HDTVs.
  • LED screens, like their name implies, use light emitting diodes (LEDs) to illuminate the display. 
  • Whereas in plasma HDTVs, the phosphors that create the image on the screen light up themselves, and don’t require backlighting.

The main attributes in choosing one HDTV is based on the following parameters: Display screen thickness, Contrast ratio, Response Time, Brightness, Darkness, Energy compliant, and last but not the least Price.

LED TVs have light weight, slimmer design and very less power consuming as compared to the regular LCDs. You will get high quality images with both Plasma and LCD TVs. LCD and LED generates better pictures when sitting in front of the TV. But if you want to view the TV from either side then Plasma is best. Plasma TV comes only in 40 inch to 100 inch and LCD/LED TV comes in 15 inch to 55 inches.

Budget & Space

Budget & Space

Before deciding to buy any TV either CRT or HDTV, remember your budget, EMI options (with or without processing fees from leading banks on verious merchandisers) and space in your home for the unit. There are different types of TV available in the market from cheaper to elite costly. Their features and sizes varies in accordance to the price. Now TV’s are coming with lots of features, so realize your nedd/requirement and correlate the viability as per your budget.

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