The TV is where all the action happens in most living rooms, from watching movies and shows to immersing in a great gaming experience.
Price and screen size considerations aside, you should be aware of the features of any great TV set before making the ultimate buying decision.
There are all kinds of TVs in the market, all of them with interesting technology and build. There are major features that set one TV box apart from the other. All great TV sets are defined by:
The screen size.
Television sets come in different sizes, and could range from a modest 24 inch to 50 inches and in between or even a 98-inch beast. Of course the bigger the screen size, the bigger and real life-like the image projection.
The size of your TV screen should be determined by the size of your living room.
It is generally agreed that smaller living rooms are better served by smaller TV screens.
At some six feet away from your sofa, a 60 inch or more screen would be perfectly suited to the eyes and the viewing experience. A room with a sofa closer to the TV would be better served by a lesser inch set, especially the 32-inch type.
The TV Resolution.
How many distinct pixels can be displayed in each dimensions of the TV?
Once upon a time the choice was between a 1080 pixels and a 720-pixel television resolution. Nowadays, the 1080-pixel TV has become a lot cheaper, thus blurring the need for the 720p to even be in the buying decision.
The main comparison now is whether to go all the way for a 4k Ultra High definition or even the 8k UHD TV as these have become an increasingly affordable technology.
The 4k UHD can display up to 8 million pixels. The 8k UHD is more powerful and is rightly termed Super Hi-vision.
The HDR – High Dynamic Range-technology is a bit different from the UHD and has also become increasingly affordable. It produces a greater range of color but the resolution is almost at the same rate with that of the UHD.
The HDR technology rides on the LCD and OLED technology to produce greater light from the pixels. The more the pixels display, the better the viewing experience.
Should I buy the Plasma, LCD, LED or OLED?
The plasma technology has since been jettisoned. Oh well, I still have my 2008 LG Plasma TV which emits a lot of heat, but still with great picture quality.
I guess the heat emission means more energy consumption, which effectively means more electricity bill.
Thin, lighter television sets are lighted by LED at the edges of the panels as opposed to thicker television sets whose LED is located behind the TV panels. The thinner and brighter the lighting and display, the better the viewing experience.
Organic Light Emitting Diode-OLED– is a newer, more expensive technology.
Closer to the Plasma technology, it generates both great colors and light from the pixels, and allows for smaller and thinner screens. A good example of this kind of television set is the LG OLED TV
Apps World and The Internet.
Your new TV should allow for a wide range of apps. Wi-Fi enabled sets give you access to YouTube and Netflix or Amazon streaming services, and even video calls via Skype and Facebook.
Of course, Internet connectivity opens the gate to a world of streaming online premium content and for your gaming pleasures.
And You Love 3D?
For special effects, your TV may also come with Three Dimensional-3D- capabilities which is great for movies with loads of action, stunts, high octane effects and of course, for serious video immersion.
Nowadays, flat screen TVs come with High Definition Multimedia Interface- HDMI- for transmitting video and audio. This is for your cable TV, camcorders, game consoles, tablets, etc. The latest ones fully support the 4k UHD technology.
So which television set should you buy?
Well, Review Mansion did some research on your behalf and these are our findings. These are not the most expensive or least expensive out there but are good TVs that offer good value for the money spent on them.
Here they are, our top 7 affordable Television sets for your living room experience.
Sony products need no special introduction.
This 50-inch beast will immerse you in 3D and totally blow you away with its full HD display and amazing sound.
It is a state of the art gadget that comes with Bluetooth technology and smartphone and tablet controls.
This Sony TV has Motion Flow XR 960 Technology and one touch mirroring with your smartphone.
With an out of this world display, all the smart features of an android phone get an extended version on this machine. A gadget with completely wireless capabilities, it can connect wirelessly to a wireless keyboard or a premium game such as the Xbox 360.
And there is photography too! A camera can be mounted to capture great moments in still or video format.
This machine’s other features include:
- Google cast and Miracast mirroring.
- Social and streaming apps.
- 4 HDMI, 2 USB ports.
- 20w speaker system.
- Full HD 1920 by 1080 led panel.
This is a premium quality equipment well worth it’s price, and will totally transform your living room viewing experience.
This 42-inch set is a strong quality SMART inter@ctive TV packed with all the features of a high end, energy efficient premium television set.
Encased in an elegant aluminum design, it has SRS Studio Sound HD technology that billows 60 watts of power.
The other high end features in this TV include:
- Native 4k UHD resolution 3840 by 2160 pixels., full HD 1920 by 1080
- 30 watts Integrated woofer system.
- HDMI and USB ports.
The images on this set look alive and the woofer and SRS sound pack in the complete cinema effect, giving you a strong wow effect.
The WebSO 2.0 gives you a complete and interactive access to your favorite apps and streaming content.
With a Pilot Magic remote control, it follows in the footstep of other great LG TVs- top of the range and exceptional.
The exceptional panels deliver clearer and beautifully sturdy screens. The Advanced Triple XD engine delivers amazing and jaw dropping color contrast and clarity
This gadget also features:
- Smart Share.
- LED Smart panel full HD 1920 by 1080.
This is an ultra-thin television set with energy saving resolutions and crystal clear, near life picture quality.
This neatly designed gadget is good for gaming enthusiasts and has:
- PC audio input.
- HDMI and VGA.
- Full HD 1920 by 1080 pixels.
- Antenna input.
An Eco friendly HD TV set. This set comes with HDMI and USB for video streaming content via smartphones.
The picture quality is amazing, and makes for a good gaming experience.
This equipment is sleek and has in-built digital video broadcasting which allows access to satellite, cable and terrestrial programming.
The Multiple HDMI ensures you enjoy the ultimate home theater experience.
This TV set comes packed with:
- 2 HDMI and USB.
- Automatic volume leveler that manages sudden change in volumes when switching between channels.
- Child lock.
A great addition to any living room, this sleek, energy efficient equipment displays crystal clear pictures. The premium build will without doubt make your living room look chic and lively whether you are playing games or watching great movies.
The state of the art technologies include:
- USB plug and play.
- Protective scratch proof glass.
- Energy efficient full HD.
- Premium Sound Output.
- Surge protector.
- Smart TV capabilities, with total access to Wi-Fi and great apps.
Sharp television sets have been around for ages. Like all TV manufactures, they have evolved with the latest techs found in any new generation TV set.
The sharp 32 inch HD is in the class of well-built sets with maximum entertainment in mind. It comes with full HD capabilities, and the color range and light effects is up there with its peers.
The contrast is particularly high with screen resolution of 1366 by 768.
With the XGen panel, the sharp delivers vibrant red colors at low power consumption rate.
This equipment has 2 HDMI for connectivity and 1 USB port.
A 3.5mm headphone jack.
Optical picture control to adjust to ambient room brightness.
Video mirroring and,
Analogue audio out.
There you have it, our non techie focused list of great TVs for your living room experience.
I understand that most buyers struggle to fully comprehend all the jargon written about a TV set. They are just looking to buy a good television set worth it’s price.
We have cut through the fluff and gone straight to the point to present you with a list that will make your buying decision a lot easier. Any one of the TVs on this list will be a great addition to your living room décor and offer premium value for the money spent.
Please let us know what you think.