• S. Berger

What to Consider When Choosing a New TV

Not all TV's are created equal, and shopping for one requires a lot more information to make an informed decision than you might realize.

Do you remember when:

  • Theodore Cleaver showed us the first toilet on TV? (1957)

  • Chet Huntley and David Brinkley said “good night” for the last time? (1970)

  • Cher created a scandal when she revealed TV’s first belly button? (1975)

If you do, then you also remember when Dad used to tell us to go adjust the contrast button before the golden age of the remote control. Back when Virginia Slims was inspiring women with “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby” (1968), we were able to control the color, contrast, brightness, sharpness, and tint, change the volume, or go see what’s on one of the other two channels, and that was about it. Digital TV technology has also come a long way, baby! There is more to choosing a “television set” now. A LOT more. But don't worry; we'll guide you through it.

In 2022, you need to consider:

  • Image processing and scaling

  • Display type

  • Local dimming

  • Gamma correction

  • Calibration capability

Besides the TV itself, you must also take the environment into account:

  • What space is available for the screen? This will determine the depth and width of the viewing area, the best screen location, and the optimal screen size.

  • How much natural light is present in the room? This determines which screen technology will work best.

  • What kinds of media will you consume here? Will you be watching the news, listening to music, taking in movies, or some combination of these?

  • ​How good do you need the picture to be? How good do you WANT it to be? ​

  • ​With what other equipment will this TV be used?

  • ​Are streaming or other Smart TV features important?

  • ​Does sound matter or will there be a separate sound system?

  • ​What is your budget?

Not all TVs are created equal. By evaluating all these factors, we will help you choose the best TV for your application and budget, and we will calibrate it so you get the best picture possible.

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