In the modern world, technology advances so quickly that a luxury purchase may not last a decade before it is rendered completely inert. Televisions, in particular, are vulnerable to this kind of depreciation due to the ever-changing features such as high definition and 3D performance. What is the solution to all of this confusion? This article will take a look at some of the most important things to remember when buying a television.
Things to watch out for
Televisions are expensive purchases, the show-piece to any room and delicate to boot. If you are looking to buy a new set, be aware of the following conditions. Seeing a 40" screen on a computer monitor and actually having it in your hands is a completely different experience. Although you may think that the larger the better, this is not always the case. For one, the television you buy may not comfortably fit in the location that you want to put it and if you sit too close to a large screen, your viewing experience will be dampened. A 32" television requires approximately 4-5 feet in distance to garner the best viewing experience. 40" televisions require 5-7 feet and 50+ televisions can need anything over 10 feet. Bigger isn't better if you're going to sit close. Picture quality One thing you will want to watch out for when buying a new television is the contrast ratio. Screens that haver a higher contrast ratio are capable of simulating black colours much better, improving the picture quality much more than the size. You may also want to check how flat the screen is - a flatter screen is better at reducing glare from lamps and other lights and reflections.
It's easy to forget that the sound of a television is equally as important as the visuals. More and more, people are creating their own home cinema systems by hooking up surround sound systems to their TV and you don't want to limit yourself by buying a monitor that has limited sockets for audio output. You may also want to connect your TV direct to other sources, such as laptop computers, digital cameras or gaming consoles, so you need to make sure that you have enough ports and sockets to connect the cables you need. Insurance When all is said and done, whether you are looking at cheap TVs or a top of the range cinema system, the chances are that you have spent a lot of your hard earned cash. You don't want to see this wasted through poor manufacturing quality or accidental damage. Check the warranty and consider purchasing extended plans to put your mind at ease.