#1 - Size it up
- Seating 3’ and closer – 25”-29” Display
- Seating 4’-5’ - 30”-34” Display
- Seating 6’-7’ – 35”-39” Display
- Seating 8’-9’ – 40”-44” Display
- Seating 10’-11’ – 45”-49” Display
- Seating 12’ and further – 50” or larger Display
- Replacing a standard tube TV? You can fit a larger flat-panel into that same space. Measure twice, purchase once! (For example: 27” tube TV = 32” flat-panel HDTV, 32”-36” tube TV = 40” flat-panel.)
#2 - Screen Type
- PLASMA TVs: Plasmas are a great choice if you prefer to watch in dark or dimly lit rooms. Their refresh rates make them ideal for sports, gaming, and fast-moving action. Plasmas generally produce rich, bright colors and the deepest blacks. They also boast the widest viewing angle, so more people can watch the display from more angles without losing any of the picture quality. Unfortunately, however, plasma screens are the least energy-efficient choice, with thick, heavy panels.
- LED TVs: LED displays are a more versatile choice, performing great in all lighting conditions. They produce deep blacks and rich colors, like the plasmas. While they have a narrower viewing angle than the plasma screens, they still have a wider viewing angle than their LCD counterparts, so more people can watch without losing picture quality. For the eco-minded, LEDs are also usually the most energy-efficient choice.
- LCD TVs: LCD screens are available in the widest range of sizes and per square inch, more energy efficient than plasma TVs. They are one of the brightest displays, but tend to be cooler in color, with slightly lower black-level performance. LCD displays also resist glare, making them a great choice if you like to watch in well-lit spaces, such as multipurpose rooms or the kitchen.
- Smart TVs & 3DTVs: With all the advancements and ever-changing technology, you’ll likely find yourself staring down a super-store television wall, suddenly trying to decide if you need your TV to be “Smart” or 3D. Smart TVs can connect to your Internet signal and bring you instant entertainment such as streaming movies, music, and more. Keep in mind that HDTVs that aren’t “smart” can still be connected to the Internet via smart devices such as Blu-ray players, gaming systems, and set-top boxes. With the help of 3D accessories, 3DTVs let you experience 3D viewing at home. Remember that in order to take advantage of a 3D ready TV, you’ll need 3D accessories such as 3D glasses, A/V receivers, and 3D Blu-ray or DVD players and discs. That said, you can still enjoy any content you currently view in 2D, without the 3D accessories, and maintain excellent picture quality.
#3 - Accessories
- First up, the physical set up of your HDTV. If you plan to place it on existing furniture, take a moment to make sure your surface can handle both the weight and measurements of your new TV. If you’re considering wall-mounting, stores carry a variety of mounting equipment specified to the size of the display, but that process can be tricky, so we recommend calling the experts in flat panel installation at BCG to make sure your new HDTV is mounted cleanly and securely.
- High-definition cables. Often overlooked, the correct cables will be the key to taking full advantage of your new HDTV. If you decided on a SmartTV or 3DTV you’ll also need to make sure you have any additional cables needed to enjoy all its capabilities.