When shopping for a new LED TV, it's important to know you are getting the full value for your money. As LED technology continues to develop, you will notice some models for the same size screen are much pricier than others. In some cases this may be due to extra features, like smart technology or 3D. In some cases, however, resolution and the way the LED screen is lit can account for the difference and will have a definite impact on your TV viewing experience.
LED itself comes in two varieties. Standard backlit TVs use a grid of LEDs behind the panel to light the display. Alternately, edge lighting allows the LEDs to be placed around the perimeter of the display instead of behind it. Edge-lit TVs are even thinner than backlit LED TVs and make mounting a breeze. Whether you’re watching sports, movies, or anything else, LED technology produces a stunning picture. You’ll notice that the excellent contrast ratio results in very deep blacks, vibrant whites, and spot-on accurate colors.
Find the Right Size
Unless you are limited by the space in your room or the money in your wallet, if you are trying to decide between a 55-inch and a 60-inch LED TV, you are more likely to be happier with the bigger screen. For calculating the right size for your room, try multiplying the distance between your couch and the wall by 0.84. For instance, if you sit six feet, or 72 inches, from the TV, the optimal size would be a 60-inch screen.
If you are looking at an LED TV 40 inches or larger, don't settle for anything under 1080p resolution, which is 1,920 wide by 1,080 pixels high. For smaller screens, you may not notice the difference between 1080p and 720p. Even with 1080p resolution, you shouldn't expect to see the full HD effect on your LED TV unless you are watching an HD broadcast, an HD movie on Blu-ray or playing a console video game. Standard TV broadcasts and DVD players won't give you 1080p HD.
The Smart Choice
Smart TVs today make it very easy to connect your home entertainment system to the Internet using your home network. If you plan to enjoy Netflix, YouTube or Hulu videos on your LED TV, the most convenient way to watch them is to use a Smart TV that has the apps built into the TV itself. Smart TV apps also give you the ability to show your favorite photos in HD and use your TV as a video phone with apps like Skype, provided you have a webcam and microphone attached.
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