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LCD, LED or Plasma?
LCD
LCD
LCD (liquid-crystal display) TVs offer quality HD performance, often at very affordable prices. LCD TVs produce bright colors and perform best in well-lit rooms. While not as thin as most LED models, LCD TVs still offer very slim profiles. Almost all LCD TVs are backlit by CCFLs (cold cathode fluorescent lamps).
LCD
LED
LED (light-emitting diode) TVs are the most popular TV type on the market, delivering excellent overall picture quality. LED TVs are a great choice for all lighting conditions, especially well-lit rooms. They often have extremely thin profiles, allowing for easy placement in any viewing space. LED TVs are actually part of the LCD TV family, with the LEDs providing advanced edge-lighting or backlighting.

Back lit LED
Back lit LED TVs use LEDs behind the LCD screen to light it up. The picture quality of these TVs are better than Edge lit LEDs. These LEDs behind the screen can vary in power individually, which means you can get really deep blacks and bright whites on display at the same time. It comes up with the feature called local dimming throught which the diode in the screen receives less power if the image should be dark. This not only saves power, but it also significantly boosts the contrast of the TV.

Edge lit LED
On the other hand Edge lit LED hoard their LEDs on the sides of the screen. Their light is then diffused into the screen, still resulting in great colour. These TVs are much slimmer than the Back lit LEDs, and available at a better price.

Which is better?
Both types of LED TV tech have some major selling points. If you are looking for a thin LED and are more concerned about budget, then Edge lit LEDs are what you are looking for. On the one hand, if you simply want to get the best out of a Blu-ray and don’t care about how the TV looks may prefer the backlit approach.
LCD
PLASMA TV
Plasma display panels (PDPs) deliver superb picture quality with rich, vibrant colors and deep blacks. Plasmas are exceptional at displaying fast-moving action with minimal blurring. They perform best in dark or low-lit rooms and offer wider viewing angles than most LED or LCD TVs.
LCD
OLED TV
OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TVs offer an extremely high degree of color accuracy, great contrast, wide viewing angles and a picture that is virtually blur-free. Each one of the millions of pixels is individually illuminated, producing true blacks and a brilliant range of colors. OLED technology also allows for extraordinarily thin screens.
LCD
CURVED TV
Some manufacturers are now making TVs that have slightly curved screens. The idea is that this makes every pixel equidistant from your eyes, delivering a more satisfying picture. However, there are drawbacks for this type of screen - the main one being that if you sit far enough to one side – more than 40 degrees or so – the curve clearly starts to affect the image's geometry, foreshortening content near to you and compressing the image's centre.
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What screen size would be the best?
Calculate sitting distance
Here are some quick calculations that can give you a general recommendation:

Minimum viewing distance
Multiply the size of your screen by 1.5. So for a 32 inches TV, that distance minimum distance should be 48 inches or 4 feet.

Maximum viewing distance
Simply double the minimum viewing distance. So for a 32 inches TV with a 4 feet minimum distance, the maximum would be 8 feet.
For all sizes, please refer below Distance Chart

TV Size

Viewing Distance
(Min to Max)

Best For

<26 inches

3-6 feet

Dorms, Kitchens, CCTV, Small Bedrooms

32 inches

4-8 feet

Bedrooms, Casual Viewing Areas

39-42 inches

5-10 feet

Master Bedrooms, Average Sized Living Rooms, Office Receptions

43- 54 inches

6-12 feet

Big Living Rooms

>54 inches

7-14 feet

Media Rooms

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What is your budget?

Size

Affordable Brands

Premium Brands

24 inches

Rs 10000 – Rs 16000

Rs 12,000 – Rs 25,000

28-32 inches

Rs 15000 – Rs 28000

Rs 20,000  - Rs 49,000

39-42 inches

Rs 29000 – Rs 52000

Rs 40,000 – Rs 99,000

43-54 inches

Rs 50,000 – Rs 1,20,000

Rs 33,000 – Rs 39,000 (Plasma)  Rs 55,000 – Rs 4,00,000 (LED)

Above 54 inches

Rs 60,000 – Rs 2,20,000

Rs 1,10,000 – Rs 13,00,000

AFFORDABLE BRANDS:
AOC FUNAI HAIER HITACHI INTEX LLOYD MICROMAX MITASHI
ONIDA PHILIPS SHARP SANSUI TOSHIBA VIDEOCON VU
PREMIUM BRANDS:
SONY SAMSUNG LG PANASONIC

Why is there a price difference between Affordable & Premium brands?
  • Picture Quality
    • Viewing angle is better in premium brands as they use the latest generation tech panels.
    • Higher refresh rate which increases the ability to see fast-moving video at its highest intended resolution.
  • Sound Quality
    • Speakers used in premium brands deliver high-quality bass, smooth tone with great detail and clarity
    • Premium brands offer various sound mode options like Dynamic, Standard, Clear Voice, Custom and Surround Sound etc.
  • Connectivity
    • Builtin WiFi
    • NFC
    • DLNA
    • MHL
  • Smart TV
    • You can use Smart Remote Control, Hand Motion, Voice Recognition, a Mobile Device or a Keyboard to control you TV
    • Internet browsing, Movies & Music streaming, Apps like Youtube & Skype
  • Generic
    • Better service network
    • Higher resale value

Conclusion
If you are on a budget, not brand conscious and seek greater value from your LED you can pick up affordable brands and for vice versa you can pick up premium brands.
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What all TV Resolutions are available?
Resolution
SD
480 Pixels – 480p is referred as Standard Definition TV, It is similar to the same resolution of standard broadcast TV. It provides a decent picture quality on smaller TVs (16”to 24”)
HD READY
720 Pixels - Provides a quality HD picture for TV shows and DVD movies, and often at very affordable prices. Generally used for 24” to 32” TVs
WXGA
768 Pixels – Provides a wider screen aspect ratio than HD Ready. However, the total picture quality experience is similar to a HD Ready TV.
FULL HD
1080 Pixels - 1080p is by far the most common HDTV resolution available. You can enjoy your favourite movies & tv programs in Full HD through HD Set top boxes like Tata Sky, Dish TV, Airtel & Videocon D2H. Blu-ray Players are able to hold 1080p HD content, and most movies released on Blu-ray Disc produce a full 1080p HD picture. You can also play the HD content through HD Smartphones, Gaming Consoles & Internet Content. It’s mostly available in 24”to 55”TVs.
ULTRA HD & 4K
2160 Pixels - Also commonly known as 4K TVs, Ultra HD TVs offer the newest and best resolution available. They deliver up to four times the resolution of 1080p TVs and produce stunningly clear, detailed images. This level of resolution lets you sit quite close to the screen for a fully immersive experience. They also have the ability to upscale current high-definition content to make what you watch look even sharper.

Display Name

Source Resolution Name

Resolution in pixels

Networks/Sources

Common TV Sizes

Full HD

1080p

1,920x1,080

Tata Sky HD/Dish TV HD etc, Blu-ray, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4

37" to 60"

HD Ready

720p

1,280x720

Tata Sky HD/Dish TV HD etc, Blu-ray, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4

26" to 32"

SD

480p

852x480

Analog Cable TV, SD Tata Sky/Dish TV etc/DVD

16" to 24"

CONCLUSION
There are two things which influence the Resolution
  1. Screen Size - As the screen size increases you should opt for higher resolution to get better picture quality.
  2. Distance - More distance means , you need a better resolution else picture will look blur.
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What is REFRESH RATE?
Refresh Rate
The refresh rate, expressed in Hertz (Hz), describes how many times per second a picture is refreshed on the screen. This reduces ghosting effects often seen when watching fast-moving images, such as sports and action movies.
A typical rate for HD TVs today is 120 Hz (120 refreshes per second). However, higher (or faster) refresh rates, such as 240 Hz, are better for displaying 3D content.
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What is 3D TV?
3D TV
These TVs are same as HDTVs that let you watch all of your regular content as you currently do, plus they offer the flexibility of viewing special 3D content at home, including 3D Blu-ray movies, 3D TV programming. It also allows you to play 3D video games.

What do you need to watch 3D TV?

Apart from a 3D Television, you’ll need more components to complete your experience.
  • 3D Glasses for each viewer
  • 3D Content – Now with some TVs, 2D content can be converted in to 3D but it would not be as good as true 3D content. So you might want to go for 3D content for the best experience.
  • 3D Player - 3D Blu Ray Player, 3D Home Theatre System, HD Set top boxes like Tata Sky & Airtel, Gaming Consoles like PS3,PS4 & Xbox 360
Active 3D vs Passive 3D

Active 3D TVs use either a built-in or add-on emitter to convert images to 3D, and provide full HD 1080p resolution in both eyes.

On the other hand, Passive 3D glasses are less bulky, and do not require batteries or need to be recharged. Passive 3D operates by separating images for each eye and then converging them to deliver the 3D images without depending on any electronics in the glasses.

Note: 3D glasses are included with many TVs, but check the product details to be sure. To complete your 3D experience, we recommend you to also purchase a 3D Blu-ray player, high-speed HDMI cable.
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What is SMART TV?
  • Enables playing of local/other devices (mobile/laptop) content.
  • Enables internet connectivity on the TV.
  • Enables newer form of communication with the TV
 
INTEGRATED WITH SOCIAL
It’s never been easier to stay connected. Instantly check Facebook and Twitter to see what your friends are up to. Also, use Skype to communicate using built-in or external webcam.
 
ACCESS APPS
With Smart TV, you get instant access to apps like Youtube, Skype, Facebook & Twitter etc. You can also access apps ranging from sports to movies to games and more. All built specifically for your Smart TV.
 
BROWSE INTERNET
Get access to the internet and browse whatever you need. Stream your favourite music and videos from sites other than the pre-stored apps.
 
NFC
NFC stands for Near Field Communication. It allows you to connect to a compatible device to establish an instant wireless connection to TV.
 
MIRACAST
You can enjoy content like apps, games and more from mobile device on a bigger screen. Just open the notification panel on your mobile device, select the screen mirroring icon and select the TV.
 
MHL
MHL stands for Mobile High-Definition Link. If your mobile device is MHL enabled, it can be connected to a TV via MHL cable. You can enjoy your phone’s stored media and apps on the big screen. MHL cable needs to be bought separately.
 
VOICE CONTROL
Use your voice to access a wide range of TV functions including selecting channel, adjusting volume level or switch it off. Voice control requires Smart Remote Control, which is called as Motion Remote in Samsung and Magic Remote in LG.
 
MOTION CONTROL
With motion control function, you can use hand movements or range of finger gestures to control your TV. You can select channel, volume level, load apps or scroll webpages.
 
RECORD & REPLAY SHOWS
With the recording function, you can record instantly or schedule recording for your favourite programs on TV’s built in memory card and play them anytime you want.
FEATURE BRAND SERIES
MHL Sony X Series (4K TV), TRILUMINOS SERIES, W800B SERIES, W700B SERIES, W600B SERIES, R SERIES, P422B SERIES
Samsung HU9000, HU8500, HU7000, H8000, H5140, H4240, H4140, F8000
LG LA9800, LA6910, LA6200, LA6620, LN5400, LN5650, LN541B, UB980T, EA9800, EA9700, LA9700, LA8610, LA9650, UB950T, UB850T, LA8600, LB750T, LB6500, LB6700, LA6130, LA6620, LB6200, LB5820
MIRACAST Sony X Series (4K TV), TRILUMINOS SERIES, W800B SERIES, W700B SERIES, W600B SERIES, R482B SERIES, R422B SERIES
Samsung HU9000, HU8500, HU7000, H8000, H6400, H5500, H4500, F8000, F7500, F6400, F6800, F5500
LG LA9800, LA6910, LA6200, LA6620, LN5710, LN571B, UB980T, EA9800, EA9700, LA9700, LA8610, LA9650, UB950T, UB850T, LA8600, LB750T, LB6500, LB6700, LA6620, LB5820
NFC Sony X Series (4K TV), TRILUMINOS SERIES, W800B SERIES, W700B SERIES
Samsung HU9000
LG LA9800, LN5710, LN571B, UB980T, EA9800, EA9700, LA9700, LA8610, LA9650, UB950T, UB850T, LA8600, LA6910, LA6200, LB750T, LB6500, LB6700, LA6620, LB5820
Browse Internet Sony X Series (4K TV), TRILUMINOS SERIES, W800B SERIES, W700B SERIES
Samsung ES9000, F8000, F7500, F6400, F6800, F5500
LG LA9800, UB980T, EA9800, EA9700, LA9700, LA8610, LA9650, UB950T, UB850T, LA8600, LA6910, LA6200, LB750T, LB6500, LB6700, LA6620, LB5820
Access Apps Sony X Series (4K TV), TRILUMINOS SERIES, W800B SERIES, W700B SERIES, W600B SERIES
Samsung ES9000, H8000, F8000, F7500, H6400, F6400, F6800, H5500, F5500
LG LA9800, EA9800, EA9700, LA9700, LA8610, LA9650, UB950T, UB850T, LA8600, LA6910, LA6200, LB750T, LB6500, LB6700, LA6620, LB5820
Integrated
With Social
Sony X Series (4K TV), TRILUMINOS SERIES
Samsung ES9000, H8000, F8000, F7500, H6400, F6400, F6800, H5500, F5500
LG EA9800, EA9700, LA9700, LA8610, LA9650, LA8600, LA6910, LA6200, LA6620
Voice Control Samsung H7000, H6400, F8000, F7500, F6400, F6800
LG LA9800, UB980T, EA9800, EA9700, LA9700, LA8610, LA9650, UB950T, UB850T, LA8600, LA6910, LA6200, LB750T, LB6500, LB6700, LA6620, LB5820
Motion Control Samsung HU8500, HU7000, H7000, H6400, H5500, H4500, F8000, F7500, F6400, F6800, F5500
LG LA9800, UB980T, EA9800, EA9700, LA9700, LA8610, LA9650, UB950T, UB850T, LB750T, LB6500, LB6700, LB5820
Record & Replay Show LG LA9800, UB980T, EA9800, EA9700, LA9700, LA8610, LA9650, UB950T, UB850T, LA8600, LA6910, LA6200, LB750T, LB6500, LB6700, LA6620, LB5820
For HD TVs which aren’t Smart
Use Blu Ray Players, Media Players, Media Streamers to stream content. Each of them offer a unique collection of apps and content. At present, Smart TVs are only manufactured by Sasmung, LG & Sony. All of these brands have their unique Smart functionalities. Here is how we have categorized them.
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What PORT should your TV have?
HMDI
HDMI
HDMI is an all-digital cable and the finest connection available for HDMI-ready TVs, Blu-ray players, A/V receivers, gaming consoles and more. HDMI carries both the picture and sound over one convenient cable, which means your home theater setup can be much simpler and cleaner.
You should be looking for a minimum of 2 to 3 HDMI Inputs if you are looking to attach multiple devices.
LCD
LAN/ETHERNET
An Ethernet port connection is maintained by hooking a Smart TV up to an Internet router through an Ethernet cable.
There are both benefits and drawbacks to using an Ethernet port connection. An Ethernet port connection provides more reliable connectivity than a wireless connection, but also limits where an Internet router can be placed in relation to a TV.
Once connected to the network, you can stream movies and music. You can also browse data stored on other devices on the network.
LCD
BUILT-IN WIFI
Many Smart TVs come equipped with built-in wifi. Wireless helps you to connect to the home network, without any wires. Once connected to the WIFI network, you can browse content on a shared device and stream music and movies.
If you buy a Smart TV that does not feature wireless connections, an external TV wireless adapter can be added to the TV to support wireless connectivity.
LCD
VGA
VGA inputs are useful for hooking up your older desktop or laptop to your TV as a photo album, or home theater system. Most modern computers use HDMI inputs to connect to your TV, so while this input is useful for older devices, it’s not really needed if you are up to date on your computer equipment.
LCD
USB
Please be sure to check the formats supported by TVs. USB ports can be used for connecting digital cameras or camcorders for quick playback, or for connecting hard drives full music, movies, and photos to play and watch. They can also be used to connect a wireless adapter, or dongle, to a TV with internet capabilities for a Wi-Fi connection. Usually one or two USB ports are considered alright while buying a TV.
LCD
DLNA
DLNA stands for 'Digital Living Network Alliance'. It’s s set of standards which allows you to enjoy movies, music and photos on your TV from PC.
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