The LCD TV Buying Guide
Updated October 6, 2023
The slim flat screen LCD TVs created quite a stir when they were first introduced in the market. With wall mounting and table mounting options, variety of screen sizes and a true to life picture, the LCD TVs stole the hearts of the consumers and the overwhelming response they got ensured that LCD TVs were definitely here to stay.
With a variety of LCD TVs available, it often becomes difficult for the consumers to choose the correct LCD TV for their homes. When buying a new LCD TV it is better to study and compare some technical specifications. The price of the TV and the size of the room are the other two important things to consider when buying an LCD TV.
Size of your LCD
While in case of LCD screens “the bigger the better” generally holds true but you have to be careful about the size as a very large screen will dominate the room. The ideal screen size for the living room is 40 inch for an average size room and a 55 inch screen for a fairly spacious room while a 32 inch LCD TV is best suited for a bedroom. The seating arrangement of the room should also be considered when buying an LCD TV.
The following technical specifications should be considered before buying an LCD TV.
Backlights and Pixel Count
First of all make sure that your LCD TV has LED backlights; the LED backlights offer better picture quality, deeper blacks and have low power consumption. Another thing you should notice is that the backlights are adjustable so that the brightness levels can be controlled.
The picture resolution which is measured in pixels is equally important when buying an LCD TV. A greater pixel count means a sharper and a more detailed picture; for this reason the most desirable pixel count for a 40 inch LCD TV is 1920×1080 pixels.
Response Time and Refresh Rate
Response time is an important aspect which affects the picture of an LCD TV. Measured in milliseconds the response time is the time taken by the LCD’s pixel to change from one color to the other. A good LCD TV should have a response time of 4 ms. The refresh rate or the rate at which the picture is redrawn is also important. When going through the technical specifications make sure that the refresh rate of at least 120 Hz is mentioned. LCD TVs also come with 60 Hz refresh rate but that causes motion blurring when watching sports or a fast paced movie. 240 Hz refresh rate is also being offered by the manufacturers but to be honest the naked eye cannot make out any significant difference between the two. Both refresh rate and response time are crucial as they make a big impact on the quality of the image especially in fast moving scenes. Gaming, action movies and sports can be enjoyed more on LCD TVs having slower response time and higher refresh rates as these qualities ensure smooth picture and minimize blurring.
Scaling is the matching of the incoming signals to the native pixel resolution of LCD TV. If the signals are too high then they are downscaled and if they are too high then they are up scaled. Poor scaling results in jagged images.
When buying an LCD TV, look out for HDMI inputs. An LCD TV with at least three inputs is highly recommended. The HDMI inputs let you connect devices like the game console, Blu-Ray player and the satellite box and the HD cable.
Last but not the least the place where the TV will be mounted is extremely important. If you intend to wall mount it then make sure that you do not mount it over a fire place as heat from the fire place can have damaging effects on the TV.
The above mentioned specifications will help you choose the correct LCD TV for your home. We spend most of our leisure time in front of the TV so it is only fair to buy an LCD TV after doing some homework.
Author Bio:- Akila Madusanka the writer of the above guest post is also the founder of Best LED LCD TV Reviews website. Akila has done a lot of research on LCD TV and loves to share his views and knowledge with others.