HD media like Blu-ray movies, video games and the big game will look amazing on a high definition big screen. Whether you're entertaining guests or catching the evening news, an LED TV will deliver incredibly clear picture that makes you grin every time you turn it on. And if you’re looking for a sleek device with a low-profile, most big screen LED TVs blend in naturally with a thin design and modern appeal.
Some of the best LED TVs – like the Sony W Series, Samsung F8000 series and Sony R Series – have vibrant displays as well as features that offer an immersive viewing experience. For more information, check out our articles on LED TVs.
Most large screen LEDs display full 1080p resolution, so you have to look deeper than screen resolution to narrow down your selection. Refresh rate, contrast ratio and black levels are all important specs to know, though actually seeing the picture is paramount. As for features, because so many HDTVs come Wi-Fi ready and stacked with web apps and other online perks, you should find a TV that has the features you want. When it comes time to make your decision, you also want a TV that fits naturally with your home décor. Consider the following elements before you make your final choice:
Display & Design
The quality of a TV’s display comes down to a variety of different factors. The two most important visual elements to look for are color accuracy and black levels. Color accuracy is obviously what it sounds like. How accurately does the TV display colors? Black levels measure how dark the screen can become. The deeper the black, the more pronounced the contrast and the better your picture will look.
Other specs to take into consideration are ones like the refresh rate. A good refresh rate is needed to minimize motion blurring. That is when the action on screen is moving too fast and objects become blurry and out of focus. The standard low end for refresh rate is 60Hz, while 120Hz is what most high definition video requires. However, 240Hz is even better for live sports because of the fast moving action. Many Blu-Ray movies now can be displayed at this high rate, and many video games run a little smoother at a 240Hz refresh rate. A good contrast ratio is important as well as it measures a TV's ability to display the brightest whites and the darkest blacks. Although, it’s hard to trust the contrast ratio spec because there is not an industry-standard testing method. This results in one manufacturer touting a 20,000,000:1 contrast ratio while another lists 10,000,000:1 for a nearly identical display. We take that measurement with a grain of salt and recommend trusting your eyes. Local dimming helps your screen get darker and brings out the brighter part of your picture.
The physical design of a TV is also important. Many LED TVs have slim bezels – the outer frame of the TV – and the slimmer the bezel, the less intrusive the TV will look mounted on your wall or resting on a TV stand. Some TVs are so slim they almost look like a picture frame on your wall.
Moving beyond aesthetics, you want a TV that comes with lots of fun and useful features. Most new LED TVs can connect to the internet, either through an Ethernet port or more likely with built-in Wi-Fi. This allows you to not only search the web using your TV, but also to use smart TV features, including internet apps for video streaming services like Netflix or Hulu, as well as other popular apps like Facebook.
An LED TV is an empty picture frame if you can't hook up additional devices to it. Devices like a cable or satellite box, video game system and Blu-ray player can be connected to your TV with an HDMI cable to receive a high definition signal. What’s the use of having an amazing high-resolution display if the content you’re receiving is not high definition? The more HDMI ports there are, the more HD devices you can have connected to your TV. Composite and component connections are a little bit older, but your LED TV should still include them.
Help & Support
An LED TV is a big purchase, so you should buy from a company that backs up its products. Going with a trusted name will give you peace of mind, but some smaller companies support their products just as well. Most companies offer a one-year standard warranty on parts and labor. And many companies will have a phone number, email and live chat support options, as well as FAQs and even online manuals in case you lose the one that comes with your TV. Customer support should respond quickly, and the person helping you should know the answers to your questions.
A big screen LED TV is a big-ticket purchase, but it can provide hours of high definition entertainment in the form of TV shows, movies and video games. Functions like voice control and video streaming apps like Netflix or YouTube take your home entertainment equipment to a whole different level. Upgrade your media experience with an LED TV that has all the features you want at the right price.