Choosing a TV can be overwhelming nowadays. With so many different types and sizes of TVs available it can often be difficult to know exactly where to begin. In order to choose the right TV for your home, you first need to understand exactly what you want from your new panel, as well as how much space you have to work with. For this reason, it’s also best to know ahead of time which room you’re most likely to put your new TV in.
Selecting the right TV for your living room is a very important decision. In addition to providing you and your family with a reliable source of entertainment, your TV is typically the focal point of any living room layout. Whether it’s mounted on the wall or sitting on top of a TV unit in the corner of the room, your TV is typically what the rest of the furniture in your room will be orientated towards. Choosing the right TV will not only give you hours of entertainment, but it may also help to complete the overall look and feel of your living room too!
Let’s take a look at just a few things you need to consider when you are buying a new TV for your home.
The Room You Are Buying For
One of the major things that will help you to decide on the right TV for your home is knowing exactly where it is going to be positioned. In the vast majority of homes, the biggest TV that you own will be located in the living room. However, many homeowners may also opt to have a TV in their bedroom or in their kitchen too.
Knowing which room you are buying your TV for will help you to make the right decision when it comes to the size, price, and features of your new unit.
Consider The Screen Size And Refresh Rate
TVs are available in a staggering amount of different sizes nowadays, ranging from 14 inches to even more than 100 inches. Assuming you are buying a TV for your living room, the most common size is typically 55-inch, however, 65-inch screens are becoming just as popular, whilst 32 and 40 inch TVs are a great choice for bedrooms and smaller spaces.
Alongside the size of your screen, you should also consider the resolution and refresh rate (measured in hertz) of your panel. The maximum refresh rate possible for a panel is 100 Hz, though some TVs can have rates of up to 240 Hz thanks to their advanced processors. If you’re looking to play games online or watch live sporting events, you’ll want your TV to be a minimum of 100 Hz. Any TV with a rate below 100 Hz may not be able to keep up with the rapid changes that accompany online gaming and live TV coverage.
Distance From TV
One of the best tips to follow when buying a new TV is simply to make sure you consider the size of your room so that you can assess just how far away from the TV you will be sitting.
Getting a 65-inch screen for a tiny room where you will be sitting less than a metre away could harm your eyes and certainly will not allow you to get the maximum viewing benefits your new TV may have to offer.
As a general guide, with modern HD TVs, you should sit approximately:
- 1.5 to 2.5 metres away from a 40 inch TV,
- 2.2 to 3.87 metres away from a 60 inch TV, and
- 3 to 5 metres away from an 80 inch TV.
These measurements should help you to determine the right size TV for your space and help you make the right choice when browsing the latest TVs on display at your local tech store.
Choose The Right TV For Your Home
Finally, it’s worth keeping in mind that there are a wealth of questions you may want to ask yourself well before you visit your local tech store. A TV is a costly purchase, so it’s best not to rush through your decision, and conduct your own thorough independent research on any models that catch your eye.
Alongside researching your shortlisted models, be sure to also measure out the room you are buying for, paying close attention to the distance from your couch to where you will place the TV. With these details and a good idea of how you will use your TV, (i.e. for gaming, movies, sports, or general day-to-day viewing), you can be sure that you will be able to find the perfect unit for your needs.
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