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Struggling to find the perfect TV? It's important to make sure that the television you decide on fits your home and entertainment needs, including screen size, type and resolution.
We've created this guide to explain the differences you can expect to find between televisions and some of the factors to consider when narrowing down your choice. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.View all TVs
CHOOSE THE PERFECT TV
The first decision to make is the size of your screen. A television's screen size is the measured distance from one corner of the screen to the opposite corner, excluding the surrounding bezel.
Depending on the layout and available space you have, the size of your TV screen will change your viewing experience dramatically. A larger screen will offer more immersion and will be most suited to a home cinema setup - the large profile can, however, overcrowd smaller rooms and make for uncomfortable viewing if too close.
Smaller screens are more convenient and can be comfortably viewed at closer distances, but will lack the impact that a larger screen has. As with any TV, the closer you can comfortably sit the better, as to capture more detail in scenes and make the most of high definition content, but below you'll find our guidelines on how far to sit in a standard setting.
Recomended TV Viewing Distances
4K Ultra HD TV
You might think you would want to sit further away from a UHD TV, but the opposite is in fact true. The increased pixel density means that at closer distances the picture remains crisp and detailed, allowing you to sit closer without reduced quality. We recommend to sit roughly equal to 1.5 times the size of your screen away for best viewing.
|Screen Size (Inches)||4K Ultra HD TV Viewing Distance|
|40" - 45"||1.5m - 1.7m|
|46" - 55"||1.8m - 2.1m|
|56" - 65"||2.2m - 2.5m|
|66" - 88"||2.6m - 3.3m|
WHAT IS 4K ULTRA HD?
A feature of most mid and high-range 4K Ultra HD televisions, an upscaling feature works to analyse and adjust any content being output below 4K resolutions, actively improving contrast, clarity and overall quality. Each manufacturer uses different methods to achieve this technique and the results can vary between brands. If you watch a lot of sub-4K content, ensure that your chosen TV has upscaling features to get the best quality possible.
HD Ready & Full HD
HD Ready is a near-high definition format that outputs content at 720p resolution, offering an improved picture quality over standard resolution. Full HD outputs at a 1080p resolution and is capable of displaying high definition content in full. Full HD is the current industry standard resolution, with many broadcasts and peripherals (such as Blu-ray or games consoles) delivering high definition content.
Full HD TVs are superb choices for anyone who is a big gamer (current-generation consoles output at 1080p) or doesn't seek to upgrade to 4K resolution just yet.
LED or OLED
OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TVs are mostly manufactured by LG at this point in time, though some other brands have put OLED televisions to market in the past. OLED differs in that each LED is self-emissive, meaning that it creates its own source of light - individual LEDs can be turned on and off as needed, resulting in black levels that are unattainable by competing screen technologies. OLED is a superior technology over LED, but the complex manufacturing process pushes costs to higher levels.Browse our range of OLED TVs
The viewing angle of a television is dictated by the type and quality of the display used, with a theoretical maximum viewing angle of 180° - no television can realistically meet that figure, but many TVs now utilise specific technologies to ensure that picture quality isn't compromised by watching from an off-centre location.
WHAT IS HDR TV?
Not all HDR television are equal, however, so the Ultra HD Premium rating has been created by the UHD Alliance to create an industry standard. If you're unsure whether a TV is truly capable of delivering HDR content, look for the Ultra HD Premium logo (as shown).
Ultra HD Premium
The Ultra HD Premium specification sets a standard of quality televisions must meet to be awarded the logo. There are a number of areas TVs must excel at to ensure they can display HDR content in full.
- 3840 x 2160 (or greater) resolution: Displays must output at a minimum resolution of 3840 x 2160, more commonly known as 4K Ultra HD.
- 10-bit colour depth: TVs must be capable of processing and displaying 10-bit colour signals, which equates to over 1 billion unique colours. In comparison, the current standard of 8-bit colour only shows around 16 million colours.
- BT.2020 colour representation: This signal input method alters from what is used on Full HD televisions, allowing for yet more colour variation and a wider gamut.
- 90% P3 colour representation: Ultra HD Premium TVs must be able to display 90% or more of the RGB colour space.
- Peak brightness and black levels: Displays must be able to reach either 1,000 nits brightness and 0.05 nits black or 540 nits brightness and 0.0005 nits black to meet criteria.
Once a television has been tested and shown to meet all the above specifications, it will be granted the Ultra HD Premium logo as a sign of true HDR capability.
DISCOVER SMART TV
Any television that is capable of connecting to the internet and providing additional functions can be considered a Smart TV. Realistically, however, a Smart TV in 2016 will be geared with a host of enriching features.
Typical features include access to on-demand content (through either content stores from the manufacturer or apps from various providers), social media functions (such as Facebook and Twitter), internet browsing, and instant messaging. Certain brands of televisions even come with additional features to give you more control - LG, for example, has a motion-controlled remote that makes navigation intuitive.
They have been designed to help you make the most out of your home entertainment - sleek interfaces (unique to each manufacturer) that are simple to use, a range of services to provide alternatives to traditional scheduled programming and an overall more robust user experience with your TV.See all Smart TV's
Total Control with Smart Remotes
While Smart TV is a superb addition to any home, there are some caveats to think about. Firstly, you will need a consistent internet connection to make use of the features; most TVs are equipped with built-in WiFi, but some may require connection via an Ethernet cable.
Furthermore, internet speed is a big factor to how successfully you can stream high definition or Ultra HD 4K content, so it's important to be sure you have a fast enough connection to support what you want from your Smart TV.
There is no set standard for how a Smart platform should look or operate, so you may find that you prefer certain manufacturers for their implementation of Smart TV. Additionally, certain apps, such as Netflix, require a subscription to function correctly - make sure you are comfortable footing the added cost of features you don't already have.
A sound base is designed to be placed on a flat surface, supporting the TV above it. They are perfect for an entertainment centre that is struggling for space - simply place it where you TV normally sits and place your television on top. Additionally, sound bases often have built-in subwoofers, giving you stronger bass response for a fully-formed sound.
The most direct upgrade for your TV is a quality sound bar. Positioned below your television itself, a sound bar will produce room-filling sound with more clarity, precision and tone than TV speakers will be able to. They look incredibly stylish and don't take up a great deal of room, so you won't have to drastically alter your configuration to install a sound bar. Sound bars can typically lack the power to drive really convincing bass tones, so a subwoofer can go a long way to rounding out the soundstage.
These are perfect for improving your experience without making any large changes.
Home Cinema System
A home cinema system offers game-changing audio, with multiple speakers and subwoofer combined in one large room-wide array. Speakers are typically situated throughout the room, providing you with true surround sound experiences that can't be matched in other audio technologies.
Home cinema systems are incredibly powerful and will deliver potent audio when it counts. The required installation and space can be a deterrent, so be sure you have locations to place all the speakers.
What TV is best for gaming?
It is best to pick a television that has a lower input lag rating for gaming use - the less input lag a TV has, the quicker inputs from your controller are shown on-screen, giving you more precision.
We test our televisions for their gaming performance using a Leo Bodnar Input Lag Tester. See our Gaming TV page for more information about choosing a TV for gaming, as well as our handpicked selection of the best models.