Then there are the acronyms that go along with the process of choosing a new television. Acronyms such as “LED”, “LCD”, “4K” and more. All of which just adds to the confusion when most consumers just want a television with a great picture and quality sound. Most people just revert to buying specific brands cause that is what they know. However, even that can be complicated.
Many brands do not even produce their own televisions. For example, TCL Corporation of China produces the RCA televisions for the North American and European markets. Samsung, who does produce a majority of their own televisions, outsources their LCD television production to TCL Corporation. So, going by brand is not a qualifier for getting a quality television.
This is primarily due to the fact that many of the older manufacturers of televisions have left the manufacturing part of the market and now outsource their products. This came about as televisions became a saturated market and therefore the margins on the televisions shrank.
Now, there are only a handful of OEM companies that make televisions. The largest is Samsung, followed closely in market share by LG Electronics. TCL Corporation is third and smaller brands make up about 40 percent of the remaining market. How does one purchase a television now?
In an odd twist of fate, most sales are done by reading the reviews of televisions by people who purchased them. This usually gives a good accounting of how they perform in real world conditions. Overall, unless there are specific features desired, most televisions are around the same level of quality as others in the same price range. Of course, the consumer gets what they pay for so a cheap television is a cheap television.
Five Great Televisions By Brand
Best TV on the Market
Vizio is a U.S. based, manufacturer of televisions. This 24 inch – VIZIO Model #E24-C1 Television is representative of their lines, albeit on a small size. It is a smart television with easy access and built in Wi/Fi. It offers a full 1080p resolution and is fully back lit.
It is very thin and very lightweight and it would be perfect in place of a computer monitor. It has 1 HDMI port and 1 USB port for extra content. Overall, a great quality television for a dorm or apartment.
Best TV to Buy
For those that just want a television with no smart aspects, this 42 inch from LG – LG Model #42LF5600 Television fits the bill. Offering a full 1080p resolution at 60Hz, this television offers rich colors and hues. It has multiple HDMI ports so it is easy to add a game station or disk player.
It weighs in at 26 pounds so it can easily be wall mounted with a kit. This is just a quality, well made television with remote with great picture and sound.
Top LED TV for the Price
Sony is one of the few that still manufacture some of their own products. This Sony 48 inch, smart television – Sony Model #KDL48R510C Television offers full 1080p resolution with 60Hz of refresh rate. It comes with built in Wi/Fi for wireless streaming of content and multiple HDMI ports for expansion. It has robust colors and bright hues and has a crisp picture.
It has a full suite of applications built in and it is among the thinnest televisions on the market. It weighs 33 pounds, so it can easily be wall mounted with a kit. Overall, this is a great television as it has the smart features and great picture and that great Sony sound.
Best LED TV to Buy
Sharp still brands televisions and this one – Sharp Model #LC-50UB30U Television is one of the new Ultra models, meaning it is a smart television with full 4K capability. This is extreme resolution for extreme sharp and clear pictures. It has a 60Hz refresh rate giving excellent motion characteristics. It has multiple HDMI ports, USB ports and even an ethernet port for network capability.
Additionally, it has a built in Wi/Fi for streaming. This is a very capable television and considering it is a 50 inch television, more than enough room for everyone to watch.
Best 4K Ultra HD TV to Buy
A 50 inch offering from Samsung, the current leader in televisions. This television – Samsung Model #UN50JS7000 Television is a smart and capable set with a full software suite to get your streaming right away. It has a 120Hz refresh rate offering sharp and crisp images and no blurring during action. Four HDMI ports and three USB ports offer plenty of expansion to the television. It has built in Wi/Fi for streaming and it is a Ultra television offering 4K capability.
When purchasing a new television, always read the instruction manual included in the box for the best results and best picture quality. Each room is different and some televisions will require adjusting to get the best picture.
Also, if wall mounting be sure to have assistance as some larger televisions, while not heavy, are bulky. Additionally, make sure the television is properly placed and fully stable to prevent accidental tipping.