TV BUYING GUIDE
Shopping for a new TV? Let us help you get up to speed on the latest technologies to optimise your viewing pleasure.
TV Screen Size
We’ve got screen sizes from 32” all the way to 100”, but when choosing which TV to buy, consider two things:
- Space available for the TV - It’s now easier to fit a large screen TV in your home today because TVs have become so much thinner, with the frame around the screen getting smaller.
- Sitting distance from TV - Ideally, your viewing distance should be 1.5-times the size of your screen.
|Room||Room Size||TV Size||Viewing Distance|
|HD TV||4K TV|
|Bedroom||4m X 3m||32” – 39”||1.5m – 2m|
|40” – 46”||2m – 2.5m||1.22m – 1.37m|
|Living Room||3.7m X 5.5m||50” – 65”||2.5m – 3m||1.38m – 1.55m|
|70” & above||3m & above||1.55m & above|
Screen size is measured diagonally from the bottom left corner to the top right.
TV Technologies Explained
Plasma was once the high-end screen technology, emitting ultraviolet light which then strikes up colour spots on the screen, building up tv pictures. However, big TV manufacturers have since stopped producing PLASMA TVs, in favour of the newer TV technology.
Conventional Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD) TVs require fluorescent CFL backlight to illuminate its pixels. This adds to the bulk and weight of LCD TVs and uses more power.
Light-Emitting Diode (LED) TV is a type of LCD TV that uses LED backlighting. While a LED TV costs more than LCD, it is more energy efficient, provides a brighter display and is thinner.
Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) is a LED display that works without a backlight, allowing the TV to be amazingly slim. The difference between OLED and LED is that OLED lights up individual pixels while LED lights up the entire screen. This allows OLED to create perfect shades of black, and produce pixel-perfect colours and images from any viewing angle.
Quantum Dot Light-Emitting Diode (QLED) uses quantum dot technology capable of reproducing all colours. It requires backlight and isn't able to manage individual pixels like OLED, but it does give a better dynamic colour range and can capture even subtle colour differences.
HD, Full HD, UHD, 4K, SUHD
As TV sizes get bigger, display resolutions get higher to reduce visible pixilation. High Definition (HD) resolution measures 1,280 x 720 pixels. Full HD measures 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Ultra HD has double the pixels of Full HD at 3,840 X 2,160 pixels, while 4K resolution measures 4,096 x 2,160 pixels, more than triple the picture clarity of HD. Stepping up next, would be SUHD – the acronym is used to designate premium displays using Nano Crystal Panel Technology that can deliver better colour enhancement than any standard UHD TV.
Look at Key TV features
Most modern 3D TVs use an active shutter 3D system or a polarised 3D system, and some are autostereoscopic without the need of glasses.
Curved TVs ‘wraps’ the picture around the viewer to enhance the visual perception of depth to achieve a seemingly 3D effect. However, full benefits of the curve are visible only on larger screens and when facing straight at the screen.
- Has built-in internet connectivity and allows you to surf the internet like you would on a PC.
- Ability to connect your smartphone or tablet to your SMART TV to mirror what you see on your phone, now on your screen.
- Includes content apps like Netflix.
- Similar to what your Android Mobile Phone can offer, an Android TV opens up access to Google Play Store.
- Thousands of Android apps in the Google Play Store
Delivers higher resolution picture that are sharper and clearer, wirelessly through free to air Mediacorp Channels
When buying a TV, think about what you’d plan to use along with it, such as Soundbar, Game Consoles etc. HDMI Cables is the standard connection for most devices. When you have selected a 4K TV, you definitely need a 4K HDMI cable to go along with to get the best out of your TV.
Choosing an energy-efficient TV
Energy consumption matters, to ensure you’re choosing a more energy efficient TV, look out for energy saving labels. If possible, always choose a TV with more ticks as a more energy efficient TV translates to a cheaper running cost for you!
Delivery & Installation
Your new TV will be delivered and the standard installation will be done by the COURTS Services Team. You have the choice of either setting up the TV on a table top or we could get an installation guru to get your TV wall mounted.