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What is the best size?

The size of the TV depends on the size of the space you are going to use it in. Many apartments and living rooms just don’t comfortably accommodate the super large screens as the distance between you and the screen is not great enough. When the input is not high-definition quality can be lost on larger screens and this will be more apparent if you are too close to the screen.

Portable (Less than 28″) 2m – 2.5m
Small (28″ – 36″) 2.5 – 3m
Medium (36″ – 42″) 3m – 3.5m
Large (More than 42″ ) 3.5m +

High-Definition Explained (HD)

1080i and 720p are the two most common format, while 1080p is used by Blu-ray. The numbers refer to the number of lines that make up the picture and the ‘p’ stands for progressive and the ‘i’ for interlaced. You do not need to worry too much about these but do look for TVs that support the 1080 formats. Generally all new medium and large televisions will; and some of the smaller ones.

Controls

All televisions come with remote controls these days, but don’t forget the manual controls for the times when you cannot locate the remote.

You need to think about where the TV is located.  If it is mounted on the wall and the controls are on the top it may cause some difficulty.  The same will apply if  the controls are on the side of the television that is going to be next to the wall.

Finally, how easy is it to use the menu system on the television and importantly how easy is it to switch between the different inputs.

What connections do you need?

HDMI

Most new audio-visual equipment uses HDMI cables and even smaller devices such as video cameras and digital cameras have these.  If you want to future proof your television then make sure that there are at least four HDMI connections and one of them should be on the side for the camera.

  1. Blue-Ray Player
  2. Playstation 3 or XBox 360
  3. HD Freesat or Sky+ HD
  4. Digital camera

SCART, Component (Y/Pb/Pr) and Composite (AV)

These are still common place and used by older DVD players and satellite and Freeview receivers, so you need to think carefully about how many you will need.  The same applies to composite and less frequently used component connections.

Audio Connections

HDMI also support audio, but if you want to connect your television to an older surround sound  or  stereo system then you will need to look for connections that work with your setup.  The minimum will be the standard analogue stereo output (audio out L-R) and perhaps an optical digital output.

Computer Connections

If you want to use the new TV with your computer make sure the television has a VGA socket, although some newer computers provide HDMI connectivity.  It is also worth checking which resolutions the TV supports in VGA mode and whether your laptop or PC supports these and you may want to check that the TV has a PC audio input too.

Energy Efficiency

If you want the most control over the energy your TV is using some of the new LED TVs have a energy saving mode you can select to further decrease the energy your TV is consuming.

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