Which TV is right for you?
August 18th, 2011
Televisions have long been at the heart of the home. But now-a-days, they seem increasingly to be organs that are positioned around the whole body of the building.
No longer just entertainment boxes for the family to gather around, TVs are smart, multifunctional, multipurpose, devices. The sound and vision pulse through the veins of a house to give a flickering of life to almost every room.
We recently posed a question on Big Brown Box’s Facebook page asking how many TVs our fans have in their household.
Almost 1000 people responded, and just 122 said they have only one TV in their home. More than a third (37.5 per cent) claimed to have more than three, with almost another 250 saying they had three.
So the topic of what TV is best for which purpose is becoming more pertinent.
The long held perception is that Plasma TVs ruled top perch in terms of rich colour and sharp picture quality, making them ideal for the central lounge position.
To some extent, it remains the case. The screen sizes measuring up to 65”, are still the largest available, and often make the best choice if you’re looking to create a home cinema environment. Their superior contrast levels provide greater all-round viewing angles.
The accuracy is also fantastic allowing you and your friends to catch every detail of the fast-moving sporting moments.
Issues still arise around reflections on the glass screen from natural or bright lights.
But if you want the biggest possible size to view movies in a darker environment, and for the lowest value, then Plasma TVs are a top option.
LCD TVs are quickly catching up in terms of quality with the addition of LED backlighting. They produce brighter image quality, and do not have the problem of reflective glass on the front.
The combination of LCD/LED technology has seen improvements in the presentation of true blacks in LCD TVs, making them increasingly desirable as home cinema options. And newer models can compete when it comes to capturing ever split second of a sports match.
LCDs can generally be easier to move around or mount on walls, due to their lightweight nature, meaning you have plenty of options of where to display it around the home.
Their top of the range prices still remain a stumbling block for some households, who may still prefer to opt for Plasma screens, which themselves are becoming more streamlined.
3D and smart technology is available in both formats, and best utilised as part of an entertainment centre in the main room of the house, where you can arrange the viewing distance from the screen.
Of the modern technology, it really leaves standard LCD TVs as the main solution to your other viewing demands.
They mainly come in the smaller sizes, making them perfect for bedrooms, kitchens or shed spaces. Image quality remains high, so you can enjoy watching TV or playing computer games in outstanding quality. And many come with built in features, such as DVD players and wireless receivers, again saving you space in those smaller rooms as you do not have to connect up separate devices.
Other factors clearly come into play when choosing your TV, such as environmental impact and energy efficiency, but be sure to assess how your set will ultimately be used when making your purchase.