Picking a television can be overwhelming when you’re unclear of the differences between the myriad types of TVs on the market. There are certain words that just can’t be avoided: LCD, LED, OLED, 4K, 3D, HDTV, and the list goes on. Original television sets operated off of a cathode-ray tube (CRT). While these TVs provided a great contrast ratio, they are now considered obsolete as high definition sets have become the norm. Now, consumers primarily choose between the following types of TVs:
LED-LCD have become the most popular options for TVs lately. Many people think LED-LCD TVs offer a new form of technology but in reality, these TVs are the same as before except they now rely on bright energy-efficient LED lights to backlight the liquid crystal display.
Pros: Models with advanced local dimming backlights can rival plasmas in contrast, thin, lightweight, energy-efficient.
Cons: Picture may appear more flat, loss of contrast and color when viewed off-axis.
OLED-TV OLED-TVs are not just next-generation LED-TVs; they’re actually an all-new technology that results in all new specs when analyzing performance, design, and energy consumption. While LED-TVs are very similar to LCD-TVs (the difference being the type of light used) OLEDs change the way the screen is lit. In effect, the advantages of OLED technology are replacing Plasma TVs which is why they are beginning to disappear off shelves. Most major TV manufacturers are exiting the plasma marketand heading towards OLED TVs.
Pros: Generally more power efficient, thinner, sharper image quality, capable of only lighting up parts of the screen to enable truer blacks and more vibrant colors.
Cons: Uses more energy than LEDs when displaying whites, more expensive than other options.
3D-TV A more recent option that has become fairly popular is the 3D-TV. With both “active” or “passive” 3D glasses available, it is possible for 3D functionality to appear on both LED-LCD displays and plasmas. Active glasses establish a connection with the TV and rapidly communicate with the TV’s image in such a way that creates a three-dimensional effect. Passive glasses, on the other hand, are very similar to the one’s you’d receive at a movie theater. A special lens creates the effect. Active glasses are believed to be better but keep in mind the fact that they’re more expensive, require batteries, and may feel heavier when worn.
Pros: Fun, resembles real-life, more interactive viewing experience.
Cons: Everyone watching needs glasses, some people suffer from headaches and dizziness, people with certain vision problems (amblyopia, loss of vision in one eye, etc.) will have a hard time enjoying the 3-dimensional effects.
Curved Display The newest craze are television sets with curved displays making their way onto the market. Samsung has produced a few displays that curve enough to give viewers a more engrossing effect without having to worry about distortion. Unfortunately, these displays can cost up to three times as much as flatscreen TVs of equal size.
Pros: Unique look, something different, improved immersion, wider field of view.
Cons: Expensive, exaggerated reflections, limited viewing angles, awkward when mounted on a wall.
4K A high definition LCD TV with a 1080p resolution is made up of 2 million pixels. A 4K TV has over 8 million pixels. Therefore, 4K has about four times more resolution than a 1080p TV and produces a clearer picture.
Pros: Large screen, excellent for cinema-like experience
Cons: Expensive, too large for small rooms.
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