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TV Buying Guide Series – What should you consider before you a buy TV for a certain usage?

by on January 25, 2019
 


There is no perfect TV. A TV may have some superiority in certain aspects but in other aspects, its performance may be not so good. To get the best according to your needs and budget, you must be smart in choosing.  A TV may have excellent performance, but it is not necessarily suitable for your needs. As example, most TVs with VA panel may have excellent contrast ratio that makes its performance in a dark room is excellent, but if you want to buy a TV for a wide room where there is wide seating the viewers sit on, this TV may not for you due it has poor side viewing angle. Otherwise, if you have a hobby to watch movies in a dark room, choosing a TV with IPS panel technology may be not a right choice.  So, knowing first the aspects for each of usage before you buy a TV will better.

Choosing a TV for Watching Movies

High vs Low Contrast

If you have a hobby to watch movies, you should also choose a TV that has great performance when used for watching movies. The major factor you should consider is their native contrast ratio. To bring an atmosphere like in cinema, usually, most people prefer watch movies in a dark room. For this case, choosing a TV with strong native contrast ratio is better. This means, the stronger native contrast ratio of a TV, the darker black level that produced and the better its performance in a dark room. Nevertheless, of course, it is not only native contrast ratio that should be considered. Black uniformity and local dimming performance are also becoming important aspects that should be considered. This has to do with the clarity of dark scene that produced. Additionally, there are also other aspects like color performance, gray uniformity, quality of input particularly at 1080p or 4K resolution, and others. But even so, all of them are not as important as native contrast ratio, black uniformity, and local dimming performance. There may be not manufacturer that lists performance of their TV. But fortunately, there are a lot of review sites that reviews a lot of TVs, allow you to know a lot about performance each TV that exist in the market. As the suggestion, OLED TV usually have infinite native contrast ratio and perfect black level that makes its performance in a dark room is excellent. If you feel OLED TV is too expensive, LED TVs with VA panel usually also have high native contrast ratio and can produce deep black.

Choosing TVs for watching sports

pixel response time

If the most frequency of you in looking at the TV is watching sports, criteria that should be considered are different to when used for watching movies. For watching sports, black level produced by a TV is not so important any more. This is due the tendency of people when watching sports is in a bright room. Since most people watch sports in a bright room, reflection handling and peak brightness should be the main consideration. The higher peak brightness and the better reflection handling of a TV, its performance in a bright room is better. Additionally, to support each of their favorite team when they are watching their favorite sport like football, baseball, basket ball, and others together, usually, most people prefer to watch sports with a group of their friend or family and they usually sit on the wide seating together. So in order to each of you can get the best viewing, choose a TV with wide viewing angle coverage will be better.  And for this case, you will find LED TV with IPS panel or OLED TV that have wide viewing angle coverage. Not only that, since most sports have a lot of fast moving scene, in order to the motion that produced looks smooth, you should choose a TV that has good motion handling. And for this case, pixel response time of a TV should be considered. The lower or faster pixel response time of a TV, its motion handling is better. In addition to reflection handling, peak brightness, viewing angle coverage and pixel response time, there are also some factors you should consider like gray uniformity, quality of inputs and others. But even so, four factors above that become the most important aspects you should consider.

Choosing TV for playing games

When you want to buy a TV for playing games, most aspects that should be considered are different.  Like sports, since most games has a lot of fast scenes particularly fast moving games like racing games, football game, and others, you also should a TV with a good reflection handling that means it must have good pixel response time. Fortunately, most of TVs which available in the market has good pixel response time, so you will not be hard to find it. Additionally, the mother major aspect that should be considered is about their input lags in game mode. This has to do with the responsibility. The lower input lags of a TV, the TV will be more responsive and the impact will be more pronounced when you play a fast paced games that need fast reflexes. Meanwhile, other factors like reflection handling, viewing angle coverage, peak brightness and other are depend on your habit in playing games. If you often play games with a group of your family or friend, choose a TV with wide viewing angle. As the addition, a TV that supports FreeSync Variable refresh rate will make your gaming experience better. But unfortunately, there are not many TVs that support Free Sync. You can find a TV that support FreeSync them on Samsung TVs.

Choosing TVs for watching TV Shows

Like when watching sports, most people prefer watch TV shows in a bright room with a group of their family. And for this case, a TV that has good reflection handling, bright peak brightness, and good viewing angle will be a good choice.  Additionally, the quality of the inputs should also be considered, particularly in 1080p or 720p resolution. This is due most broadcasters still use HDR or full HD resolution. Nevertheless, since this is a common use of a TV, most TVs which available in the market has good performance when used for watching TV shows.

Choosing TV for HDR Experience

As we have known, one of the main purposes of HDR technology is for delivering more details of images in dark scene and bright scene.  So, to show HDR images fully like the intended, a HDR TV must have display specs that recommended. At this now, most of 4K TVs which released in 2018 may have supported HDR technology, but not many of them that can give a benefit offered by HDR over SDR. This means, most of them can only play HDR content but the quality is not much different to SDR.

HDR vs SDR

To get a TV that can show HDR images excellently, you should choose a TV that has strong native contrast ratio. This is needed in order to it can produce deep black. The deeper black produced, details of images in dark scene will be revealed more and shadow details of HDR images will looks more excellent.  The second aspect that should be considered is about their color performance. If you want to watch HDR image with full vibrant color, you should choose a TV that already support wide color gamut. This means, at least, its color gamut can cover more than 90% of DCI P3 color space.  Additionally, you should choose a TV that has good color volume. This means, no matter they show dark scene or bright scene, they can show their color gamut at their entire brightness range.  Not only that, you should choose a TV that support 10 bit depth of colors. This means a HDR TV must be able to produce more than 1 billion shades of colors. In addition black level and color gamut, peak brightness is also becoming the major aspects that should be considered. Since HDR contents is mastered in 1000 – 4000 nits of brightness range, to show bright scene and highlight of HDR images like the intended, a HDR TV should have peak brightness brighter than 1000 nits. So, if you want a TV that can show highlight of HDR images like the creator intended, you should choose a TV that has peak brightness brighter than 1000 nits or at least, its peak brightness is close to 1000 nits. But unfortunately, there are not many TVs that have peak brightness brighter than 1000 nits, even there is no OLED TVS that have peak brightness brighter than 1000 nits.

By knowing the aspect that should be considered in buying TV for certain usage, we expect you can find the best TV according to your budget and needs. But even so, if you don’t have any specific purpose, you should choose a TV that has good performance for mixed usage.  Fortunately, most TVS which available in the market have good performance for mixed usage. This means, its performance in some aspects may be not the best, but at least, on other aspects their performance is not so bad. For this case, OLED TV is the best TV for mixed usage. Almost all aspects of picture quality produced are excellent.  But unfortunately, their price tends to be more expensive than LED TVs.  Additionally, they also have a risk for permanent burn-in.

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