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How to choose a TV for the living room? What to consider when choosing?

The selection of various types of TVs on the market is now so large that it can make buyers dizzy. In addition, the terminology is so complicated, and the technology has changed so much in recent years that it is easy to get lost in the details of the technical specification and various abbreviations denoting subsequent properties of the selected model.

How to choose the size of the TV?

First of all, consider the place on the wall where the TV is to be placed or the width of the cabinet on which it will be placed. In the case of the cabinet, it is also worth checking the base on which the TV is placed so that the legs fit on it.

If we are not limited by space, because the wall is wide and we can hang practically any size of the TV there, we should consider how close to the screen we will sit. The values ​​are of course approximate. It is also worth considering whether we will mainly watch movies and series on the screen or whether we will play on the console. Often, players prefer to sit closer to the screen.

A 32 inch screen will be perfect for distances from 1.25 to 2.75 m. For nowadays, it is quite a small size. However, the maximum distance is considerable, because sometimes it is a budget choice, and we want to make sure that the user realizes that he can use this screen even in larger rooms.

Ideal distances for a 40 inch screen start at 1.60m. We shouldn’t be sitting any closer. Up to 2.30m, using this TV should still be comfortable.

A 43-inch TV set has a minimum distance of around 1.70m and a maximum distance of even 3.00m.

With a 49-inch screen, we should not sit closer than 1.95 cm and not further than 3.90 cm.

One of the most popular sizes in recent years is the 55 inch screen. Here we should not sit closer than 2.20 m. Using this TV should be relatively comfortable up to about 4.40m.

With a 65-inch screen, we should not sit closer than 2.60 m, and the screen will work even up to a distance of slightly more than 5 meters.

If we buy a 75-inch screen, the TV will work with a minimum distance of more than 3 meters.

Screen resolution

In the case of standard needs and most of the models currently available in stores, we will not have much choice here due to the popularity of the resolution of 3480 x 2160 px. This is Ultra HD resolution, more commonly referred to as 4K.

The TVs available in stores are quite good at processing the image in a lower resolution for your own needs. At the moment, 4K picture is not widely broadcast by most TV channels. We will fully use this resolution only with paid premium channels, some streaming services, blu-ray media or game consoles.

Image quality

LCD TVs – Liquid Crystal Display – A liquid crystal screen that uses a matrix of fluorescent lamps to illuminate it. However, these types of models are becoming less and less popular due to high energy consumption and nowadays low image quality.

LED TVs – A technology that still uses liquid crystal screens, but instead of fluorescent lamps to illuminate the matrix, energy-saving LEDs were used. This has significantly improved picture quality, contrast and color compared to conventional LCD TVs.

OLED TVs – The latest technology using organic light emitting diode (organic light emitting diode) that do not need additional lighting like LED diodes. Very good image quality, greater color reproduction and reduced response time are the main advantages of this type of screens.

Sound quality

Here we have to say that for classic needs a loudspeaker built into the TV is enough. Alternatively, a soundbar may be a good idea if someone has slightly higher requirements. However, if someone is a sound connoisseur, then a separate guide will definitely be needed for extensive sound systems.

Features for players

Here, the refresh rate of 100-120 Hz will count. Additionally, it is worth making sure that the HDMI connectors are of the highest quality.

Smart TV functions

Today it is practically a standard. Of course, it differs in software. We should be satisfied with Android TV, Google TV or Tizen on Samsung TVs and webOS on LG.