Television Buying Guide 2019
It’s already 2019 but the TV market hasn’t changed a lot. In fact, buying a new TV has always been the same. 4K, HD, UHD, OLED – there is a vast ocean of options and some of them may be confusing. If you are looking for the best quality for a good bargain, you should first take some advices into consideration.
Whether you want to go for a UHD TV, 4K or the good old 720p and 1080p ones, waiting until the holidays is always a good idea when looking for best prices. A memorable example is Black Friday when usually prices are cut down by 20 to 40 percent, compared to pricing at the beginning of the year. What’s more, it won’t be very reasonable of you to make such a purchase in the first months of the year unless you want to buy an old 2018 TV. Waiting, as opposed to rushing things, is better than burning your money without double thinking.
As the TV market is piled up with newer and newer TV tech, it is completely normal to be dazzled by the amount of “ultra”, “super” and “extra” sets of terms. It’s a simple strategy of bombarding the customers with confusing terms and it may actually work for those who are unaware. In this case, most people might choose to get the best value by sorting a list of TVs by price along with the screen size they want and choose the cheapest one from a brand that they consider reliable.
Although it might work for some, you should be aware that picture quality is way more complex than just counting the pixels or reading the specification sheet. As a general rule, size really matters and the standard nowadays varies from 40 to 55 and 65 inches, whereas this might come out as the most valuable feature worth spending more money on. If you have the budget, throw out that old furniture to make space and go for a standard 55 inch 4K with HDR compatibility. The bottom line is that if you decide to buy a medium-sized or a larger TV, you’ll probably end up buying a 4K anyways and there is a high chance it will support HDR too. Remember to stay away from 720p and 1080p TVs as they are now quickly getting old and they are soon to disappear from the contemporary TV market.
Best performers in TV technology are definitely more expensive and the difference is pretty obvious. Leaders of this list are 8K TVs and the first models are already available. But they don’t provide a much bigger difference than their predecessors. On top of that, they are super expensive – over $15,000 is a whopping price for a TV which can’t be used to watch anything on yet. The OLED series are probably the best in quality-for-price value as they are arguably better than LCDs and they are not that much expensive – they go for around $1500 to $3000.
All in all, buying a TV might require finding the sweet spot between a larger screen and a lower price. LCD and OLED TVs are the preferable standard but you can always go for a 4K, UHD, Smart TVs and the equivalent abbreviations. Last but not least, don’t forget to get an extra sound bar, because all modern TVs lack sound quality and you don’t want to regret your purchase right from the start, right?