Nowadays, a house is never complete without a television set. So, in one way or another, we all need to buy one. Now, it may sound too easy, but buying a TV is simply not as easy as doing your groceries. It is an investment that requires a significant amount of money and more time to be thought about. To prove that, you may think that those ads in the paper could give you the best price. However, are you sure you’re making the best deal? Here are other tips to consider before buying that new TV.
Don’t go out without measuring your TV space
Don’t be that customer who purchases a set and returns it back right away since it don’t just fit your entertainment center or the space you thought it would fit. While you’re at it, measure that space beforehand. A helpful tip is that you should leave a 1 to 2-inch additional space on all sides including several inches at the back of the set. This is so you are assured that the installation wouldn’t be a pain in the neck later on. Plus, your TV set would need the ventilation, too.
The size of the viewing room matters
With the advancements that are constantly going on with television sets, one might be tempted to purchase one with a bigger screen. However, you must consider the space of the room you will be putting it in. This is to ensure you are getting the proper distance between you and the TV. For example, a 26-inch LCD should require about 3 to 4 feet distance from the viewer. A 32-inch LCD would need about 4 to 5 feet, and it goes farther with the much bigger screens. This requirement should be followed, unless you want to have problems with your viewing experience or your eyesight. If possible, you can ask the help of an expert home theater installer to save you the hassle of installing it yourself.
Of course, the quality of the picture
Since you will be watching on your TV, it is but reasonable that you have to take note of its picture quality. There are a lot of factors you should look out for when choosing one that produces good pictures. One is the darkness of its screen surface. The darker the screen is when turned off, the higher its picture will produce contrast. Another is the flatness of the screen. A flat screen will give you less glare when viewing under a lamp or beside a window. Also, the objects displayed on the TV will less likely become distorted. It will also be useful if you buy one that has a comb filter. This will prevent a “dot crawl”, which comes along the edges of the objects shown on the screen that can be quite distracting and unattractive in TV sets 27 inches and larger.
These are only few of the important things you would have to take note of before purchasing a set right away. There are also the audio capability, the AV inputs and outputs, its ease of use, and even a 3D capability. The thing is, nothing’s really a good deal without prior research.