TELEVISION
BUYING GUIDE

EVERYTHING YOU
NEED TO KNOW

The golden age of televisions is now, with new and exciting technology delivering an incredible viewing experience. Mammoth 85” screens that used to be considered an unimaginable luxury are the new standard in Australian homes. Mini LEDs are bringing higher quality pictures to more lounge rooms, and HDMI 2.1 is bringing the magic of the latest generation of gaming consoles to life.

Which TV Is Right For You?

There are many different kinds of TV out there, and one of them is your perfect match. Whether you are keen to know your Mini LED from your OLED, or you just want to know what kind of TV you need without having to master a new language of acronyms, this TV guide is here to ensure you pick the perfect TV for your home, budget and favourite content.

Smart TVs

Most TVs available these days are considered smart TVs, which means they connect to the internet so you can watch your favourite streaming services like Netflix, Binge or Stan, without needing an external box. Some smart TVs can also respond to voice commands and control your smart home.

Lifestyle TVs

Lifestyle TVs are designed to fit in with, well, your lifestyle. They’re TVs that blend more seamlessly with your surroundings and display art or other static images when they’re not being used, so they’re not just a black mirror.

Outdoor TVs

As the name suggests, outdoor TVs are ones that can be installed and used outside so you can watch TV in the pool, or watch the game while having a barbecue.

Android TVs

Android TVs are a kind of smart TV that uses an Android operating system, like your smartphone. They sometimes integrate with your phone a little better, and, unlike some other kinds of TV operating systems, keep getting full operating system upgrades to keep them looking fresh for years. That said, almost all TVs will continue getting app updates for years, even if the user interface stays familiar, which might be better for some people.

"Lifestyle TVs are designed to fit in with, well, your lifestyle. They’re TVs that blend more seamlessly with your surroundings and display art or other static images when they’re not being used."

Choosing The Right
Size TV

We all know that bigger isn’t always better. But, when it comes to TVs, it usually is, which is why 85” TVs are considered the new normal in living rooms.

When we talk about TV sizes, they’re measured in one number in inches, which can seem a bit unintuitive. TVs are rectangles, so you would expect two numbers, and being in Australia, you’d think centimetres would be the order of the day. But the standard for screens is to measure the screen diagonally. So, a 75” TV is 166.1cm wide by 93.5cm tall, while an 85” TV is 188.2cm X 105.9cm.

To calculate the best size TV for your room, you need to know how far from the screen you plan on sitting and what definition the picture will be (more on that in the 8K and 4K sections below). You want to sit close enough to the TV so that you can make out all the little details, which is much better at higher definitions. For example, if you’re sitting 2m away from the screen, you could make the most of a 55” to 100” 4K TV or an 8K TV of 75” to 100” or bigger. Meanwhile that same distance would only work with a Full HD TV of between 40” to 50”.

“Another way to pick is to work out which size you think you’d be comfortable with now, and then go one size bigger than that,” says John Milonas, The Good Guys Buyer – Televisions and Accessories. “The latest advancements in technology have improved picture quality in TVs so much that it’s generally better to go one size bigger than you’d imagine.”

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Screen Technology:
What It All Means

There are so many different TV technologies that it can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but they’re all just ways of getting colour to pixels and then illuminating them. Some technologies are better suited to different conditions than others (like bright rooms, or watching dark content), while others are more affordable.

OLED

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode, and it’s one of the most respected technologies in TV. It’s considered to be the best possible technology for black tones because OLED pixels are able to turn themselves on and off independently and don’t use a backlight. That means no colour or light blooming from other parts of the scene, and clear definitions of contrast. Newer OLED panels are able to get brighter than previous generations, and are now better suited to reasonably bright rooms, as well as dark rooms.

Mini LED

Mini LED TVs get as close to OLED TVs as it’s possible for a backlit TV to be. Because the mini LED uses miniscule LEDs for backlighting, it’s able to have almost the same level of control over light as OLED, but it’s better at white and other bright tones and is able to get brighter than OLED (and thus is more suited to brighter rooms with a lot of windows).

LED/LCD

LED and LCD TVs are the standard, base technology. There’s a panel that deals with the light and picture, and then there’s a backlight that is either edge lit (most affordable) or direct array (better quality). These TVs still look very good, and are perfect for people with smaller budgets, or for secondary rooms like bedrooms and kids’ playrooms.

Picture Quality: What To
Look For

Don’t know your 8K from your 4K? No problem. Here’s what you need to know when choosing a resolution for your TV.

What is 8K?

8K is the highest definition currently available for consumer TVs with a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels, or four times the definition of Full HD. There isn’t a lot of native 8K content outside of some YouTube tech demos, though the new Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are notionally capable of 8K gaming and we’ll no doubt see games roll out at that resolution soon. What makes 8K TVs great is the upscaling, which means Full HD and 4K content look closer to 8K, levelling up everything you watch.

What is 4K?

4K is considered the standard TV resolution these days. All the latest movies, TV shows and video games are released in 4K on game consoles and streaming platforms. 4K is double the resolution of Full HD and has that cinema quality.

What is Full HD?

Full HD is what the HD free-to-air TV channels broadcast in. If you only watched free-to-air sports and maybe the news, this would be the budget definition TV you could go for.

Other Features To
Look For

Refresh rate

If you’re a gamer, you’ll want to keep an eye out for the motion rates of your new TV. Most TVs have either a 60Hz or 120Hz refresh rate, and the higher the number, the smoother the motion in your games will look, for a more immersive experience.

Picture modes

For cinephiles, look for a TV with cinema picture mode or auto-calibration so you can make sure the colours look the way the film director intended.

HDR types

Also, make sure you check what the HDR (high dynamic range, for realistic textures) technology is if you use game consoles or other peripherals that output to one kind of HDR. The two types of HDR are HDR10 and Dolby Vision. For example, the Xbox Series X and Apple TV 4K both use Dolby Vision, while the PlayStation 5 uses HDR10. TVs do convert, and Dolby Vision HDR games will still look great on HDR10 TVs. But if you prefer one technology over the other, make sure to get a TV that supports it.

Where To Put The
TV: Wall Mount Vs
Tabletop

This is a pretty personal decision and depends on your room, and how things are set up. Wall mounting is great because it saves floor space and keeps your accessories tucked away and tidy. Plus, you can better customise the angle the TV is at. However, some people prefer putting their TV on a tabletop because it’s easier to install and easier to access the ports on the back when you need to plug and unplug devices like Blu-Ray players and game consoles.

What You’ll Pay For
A New TV

There really is a TV for every budget. It just depends on what features are important to you and your family, given most people hold onto their TVs for almost a decade. Entry level prices will get you a 32” HD Smart TV for the bedroom; at the high end, you’ll get a 98” with OLED or Mini LED, 8K HDR TVs.

Installation Tips And
Tricks

The first and most important thing is to make sure your new TV gets home safely. Secondly, make sure your TV is installed safely and with good cable management to prolong the life of your TV and to ensure the area looks as neat as possible.

Installing a TV safely means not putting it above a fireplace (the heat will damage the panel, plus it’s just a bad angle for your neck), making sure it’s on a table that holds its weight, making sure it’s attached to a part of a wall that can hold its weight, and ensuring it’s at a comfortable viewing angle so you don’t strain yourself.

Need help installing your new TV? Or just want to make sure the cables are properly hidden, like in a wall? The Good Guys Home Services can organise a professional to do it all for you

When you’re ready to see how the latest TV technology can transform your home entertainment, come and see us at The Good Guys, either in store or online.

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