Are you considering getting a TV for your home media centre? Below is an essential guide that will get you where you need to be.
1. Check out USB specifications
A lot of people see USB playback written on the box of the TV set and think that they can watch movies on it. Later on, they are shocked to discover, that the USB function is only for software upgrades only or the format of the flash drive is unrecognizable. Therefore, it is important that when you are shopping for a TV for your home media centre, you know about the USB hardware on it. Be clear from the outset about what you want and go for it. With USBs, it is all about choice; you can opt to utilize it to play media from your flash drive or not.
2. The skin tones reflect picture quality
In the store when you are picking out TVs, it is vital that you pay attention to the skin tones on the screen. Take your time to examine the skin tones in the TV: view it from multiple angles so as to ascertain the quality. Remember: if you want value for money, you have to find out about it. Look at the skin tones from other TVs and check out how they compare before making a final decision.
3. Good T.Vs don’t judder
When CRT TVs were popular, there was a mesmeric effect when a subject on the screen was moving. It seem as though there was a streak of light following them. When the camera panned, a similar effect was observed. This is what is known as juddering. As mesmeric as it was, there always reached a point when the juddering became cumbersome. It upset the eyes and when advance TV, like HDTV and OLED TVs, emerged, picture clarity was enhanced. However, there are some models that exhibit this juddering effect and you should be on the lookout for blurs from moving objects. When you are shopping for a TV for your home media room, you should be on the look-out for this effect.
4. Labelling on the control panel of the TV should be visible
The labels on the control should be visible. Most people tend to overestimate the value of their remote and will not examine the content on the control panel; they thing that they won’t use it. However, the remote will eventually break down and you will be required to operate from the control panel from the time being. If the controls are illegible, you will have a very tough time trying to operate it.
One thing about machines with illegible labels on it is that chances are high that it is a fake TV set.
Therefore, you can avoid the drama of operating the TV and buying a fake product, by simply examining the labelling on the TV set.
5. Examine the faces on the TV
Most people, while shopping for a TV will just look at it once without examining the faces clearly. At home, after they unpack it and turn it, they are shocked at the abysmal quality of the faces shown there. Just as you examine the TV with other qualities, it is important that you have a critical examination of the quality of faces displayed on the TV. It is only then that you can rest easy knowing that you spent your money on something worthwhile. In examining faces, it is vital that you check out the contours of the face and texture. In regard to the latter, you cannot really feel the texture per se, but you can tell whether or not a face is smooth just by looking at it. Hence, when you look at the face, examine the details: are they visible and how do they compare with the real thing?
6. The black and grey
This is very important because the distinction of the two will impact the overall quality. There are some TVs where black is grey and others where it is vice versa. Such problems point to brightness and contrast problem. You should not knowingly purchase a TV set where there distinction between black and grey is blurry.
7. The sound quality should be examined
This should be non-negotiable and should be examined on the store to ascertain that you are getting value for your money.
8. The TV remote
Remotes with convoluted instructions be avoided. If it is must that these instructions be there, they must be easy to understand for the layman.