Buying a TV
Televisions 101: How to buy the right TV
Types of TVs
TV Buying Tips
- Plasma TVs work well in dark rooms, offer superb picture quality, come in larger sizes and can be more affordable
- LCD TVs work well in bright rooms, offer excellent picture quality, come in a range of sizes and are a great choice for bedrooms
- LED TVs work well in bright rooms, offer great picture quality, use less power, and are ideal for gaming and connecting with computers
- Seating distance should be approximately 1.5 times the diagonal viewing size of a TV, for example 75" or 6.25 ft away from a 50" television
- 720p resolution is great for smaller TVs, 1080p resolution is better for larger TVs
- Refresh rates of 120Hz and higher are often recommended for televisions that will be used for gaming, computer use, and for watching sports and other fast moving motion
Resolution refers to the number of rows and columns of pixels, which represents the level of detail an image holds. Larger screens usually have a higher resolution, which makes them great for watching action movies, sports and nature programs.
Refresh Rate +
The refresh rate refers to how often the display of pixels per second is changed on a TV, which can be important in reducing motion blur.
Contrast Ratio +
The contrast ratio is the difference between the brightest white and the darkest black that can be produced on a TV.
Colour Saturation +
Colour saturation refers to the purity or strength of colour.
HDMI inputs +
High-Definition Media Interface (HDMI) is the current standard for digital connectors. HDMI is faster and smaller than previous connectors, and it connects your TV to other devices and hardware like DVD players and newer computers and laptops.
S-Video inputs +
S-Video inputs are an input technology that works with devices like old DVD players, game consoles, and VCRs. While newer devices do not utilize these inputs, it may be handy to have at least one if you have an older video camera or family VHS tapes you want to watch through the TV.
RGB Inputs +
Red, green, blue inputs are also a type of older-style connector which works with older gamming consoles or DVD players.
VGA Monitor Inputs +
VGA inputs are used to hook up older desktops and computers.
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TV Maintenance Tips
- Never leave a plasma screen television on while it is not in use
- Don't use ordinary household cleaners to clean a TV
- Use a dry, soft cloth and very gently wipe the TV display screen
- Place TVs in a clean, cool, and dry space away from heat and humidity
- Use a surge protector to keep your TV safe from power surges
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