What to Look For When Upgrading Your TV

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If you buy a good TV set, ideally you will be able to keep using it for many years, before retiring it completely. You may want to upgrade or perhaps relegate it from primary service in the living room so that it can while away its twilight years somewhere else in the house.
What to Look For When Upgrading Your TV

The technology powering TVs has become increasingly complex recently, so there are a significant number of things that you need to look out for when upgrading. Here is an overview of just a few of the major considerations.

Panel Technology
There are two main types of modern TV to choose from when you reduce the decision down to the type of technology that turns the electrical signals into moving images.

The most common is LCD, which is affordable and scalable, allowing it to feature on TVs ranging in size from 15 inches to 40 inches or more.

Plasma TVs represent the second category and remain a more specialist type of home entertainment device, as they are bulkier than LCD screens but allegedly deliver better contrast ratios.

Most modern TVs should be capable of showcasing high definition (HD) content, although there are different standardised HD resolutions on offer that will impact the pixel count on show and thus determine the clarity of the image displayed.

Full HD 1080p is the current top of the tree in terms of TV resolution, although on screens of less than 32 inches you might find that 720p is an acceptable maximum.

In the near future we will start to see the first 4K TVs entering the consumer market and you should use the
resources to find out more about this so-called Ultra HD standard. But for the time being, 1080p remains the benchmark for resolution quality.

3D Capabilities 
Some contemporary TVs are capable of playing back 3D footage, either from a compatible Blu Ray player or a games console.

There are two types of 3D technology on offer, so you will have to pick between the more affordable passive 3D TVs and the costlier but higher quality active shutter 3D experience offered on certain sets.

Of course, some people will be happy with a TV that does not deal in 3D at all, as long as the 2D experience is up to scratch. There are many good 2D TVs on the market and sluggish sales of 3D TVs suggest that this state of affairs will not change soon.

One thing you cannot afford to ignore when upgrading your TV is connectivity because you need all the right inputs to make sure that it is appropriate for your home entertainment setup.

This not only includes things like HDMI ports, but also network connectivity so that you can access on-demand video streaming, social networking services and even full web browsing from the comfort of your sofa.

Check professional and user reviews of prospective TVs before upgrading to get an idea of what to expect. It's also worth comparing prices so that you do not pay more than is necessary.

Bradley Owens is a tech writer and prolific blogger who has worked with a number of outlets over the years to deliver news and opinion to a wide audience. He has harnessed the 
pages to discover information on industry developments.


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