Long gone are the days when there were only a few manufacturers of televisions. Now, many companies produce televisions and many have separate companies manufacture the product and then the first company puts their name on it.
So, looking for a new TV and going by brand can be problematic. All of this is due, in no small part, to the reduction of older TV manufacturers that are still in the market. Over time, the television market became saturated and thus many left or switched tactics, allowing new brands to emerge. Of course, the bodes well for the consumer as there are now more choices.
The Small Screen
There are four major brands of TV manufacturers. Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic are the ones with the largest market share while the rest of the market, approximately 40 percent is made up of other manufacturers like Vizio. This only applies to the North American market.
To complicate things even more, is the variety of different models. Some are LED, OLED, LCD, 4K, 3D, and of course what is called the “smart tv”. The days of the ordinary TV are gone. So, how to navigate this sea of complexity? Plasma TVs were the first ones of the high definition televisions but they have been surpassed by better technologies.
LED and OLED technology TV’s are the best all around style but LCDs tend to be cheaper but they are also on their way out. 3D is televisions that offer 3D technology but this only applies to shows that broadcast or DVD’s that will play in 3D. 4K is the newest technology and has the highest resolution and are considered ultra high definition televisions.
Smart Televisions can fit in any category and refer to the fact they also function as a set top box for streaming such a Netflix and Hulu. Below are five televisions that represent some quality brands and types.
Five Great Representative Televisions
Best LED TV to Buy
This TV is a 2015 model from LG, who makes great televisions and monitors. The LG Electronics Model #42LF5800 Television is 1080P LED with a back light and it is a smart TV which means it can hook up to your wireless network and access the internet and other content.
It is a 42 inch TV making it larger than the majority of TV’s sold. (The majority are 40 inches as of 2014). It comes with the remote and it weights in at 20 pounds so it is easily wall mounted. Users have remarked about the crisp picture, this model offers.
Top Smart LED TV on the Market
Sony has been producing televisions for a good deal of time and they are among the top ranked in quality. The Sony Model #KDL48W600B Television is the 2014 model and is a 48 inch, measure television with 1080P and 60 Hrz. This gives it excellent 1920 x 1080 resolution. It has back light LED technology and it comes with a remote.
It is a fully capable smart television and it has two USB ports and 4 HDMI ports for plenty of expansion and content. Users remark about the excellent quality of the picture and the sound quality of the onboard speakers.
Best 1080p Smart LED TV for the Price
The Samsung Model #UN55J6300 Television one is a 55 inch, smart TV from Samsung and it has the 120 Hrz refresh rate, making this a very clear and capable television. It has surround sound built in to the onboard speakers and the television is back light LED technology with full 1080p resolution.
The software applications on the TV include a built in browser and plenty of apps for getting your TV just right. People who purchased this TV remark positively on the quality of picture and sound and easy set up.
Top Rated LED HDTV
A 50 inch TV from a relative newcomer but has built a reputation of producing quality products, this TV – VIZIO Model #E50-C1 Television is fully equipped with smart technology, including built in Wi Fi. It has 3 HDMI ports and 1 USB port. The remote is designed for one touch access and the TV is easy to set up and get going.
It is full 1080P with a 120 refresh rate. Users love how easy this is to set up and connect and they remark about the wonderful quality picture with its sharp features.
Best 4K Ultra HD TV
The Sony Model #XBR65X850C Television is a full featured, fully capable smart television. Measuring 65 inches, plenty of viewing space, this TV is 3D and is 4K, meaning it has extreme resolution for the sharpest pictures and colors. It comes with a remote and a whole suite of software to make connecting it to your service easy and fast.
The refresh rate is native 120 but effectively 940 with Sony technology. It is a back lit LED with 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB for content. Users love the contrasts and sharpness of the picture and the features galore. This is a top of the line TV for any home.
New technology can be daunting when first encountered, however, read and follow the operator’s instructions included in the manual and your TV will set up quickly. When working with large televisions on stands, make sure they are balanced correctly and are not prone to tipping due to accidental contact.