Lets talk about TVs and clarify all of the new technology so you know what you need as well what the best value is for your budget.
Two technologies are revolutionizing the display panel of TVs. They are OLEDs and QLEDs. To be frank, OLED is fundamentally new TV display technology whereas QLED is an upgrade to existing LED display
QLED technology uses an LED backlight to hit a screen of quantum dot particles that then supercharges the TV? s pixels for brightness and color beyond the standard quality seen in other LCD TVs. UHD TVs are simply higher-resolution versions of the standard LCD TV. Both OLED and QLED TVs usually offer UHD resolution!
All new televisions on the market are promoting themselves as either 4K, Ultra HD or both to signal an upgrade from the traditional high definition you likely have in your home right now. Though technically there’s some differences in the exact amount of pixels, 4K and Ultra High Definition (UHD) are typically used interchangeably. They offer four times the pixels of a standard 1080p (high definition) display. While the change in image sharpness is not overwhelming, one of the primary benefits of 4K is that you can sit closer to the screen without noticing any pixilation.
4K may get a lot of attention, what you want to focus on is high dynamic range (HDR). HDR is all about creating better color contrast, resulting in brighter whites and deeper blacks. It’ll create a noticeable change in your image quality compared to just upgrading to a 4K television.
OLED stands for organic light emitting diode. It’s the evolution of the traditional LED TVs which use light-emitting diodes to light up your display. OLED TVs have the ability to turn each pixel on and off resulting in really deep blacks. Though this comes at the expense of overall brightness, many people prefer this option since it offers color contrast without developing the unnatural brightness found in other models.
The most important things to consider before you buy a television are don’t buy a TV with less than 4K resolution. Avoid full HD or 1080p sets. You can skip 8K TVs (for now). 8K TVs are very expensive, and 8K movies and shows aren't available yet.
Expect to pay about $500 for a good budget 55-inch 4K TV. And at least $900 for a 65-inch model. Models with better picture, speakers and features will cost more. Look for 60 Hz or 120 Hz refresh rate: When it comes to refresh rates, 60 Hz is good, but 120 Hz is better. A higher refresh rate provides smoother motion for everything from movies and shows to live sports and gaming.
Look for an HDR-compatible set: This offers more realistic colors and better contrast. OLED TVs look much better than most LCD sets: But QLED TVs from are affordable middle ground.
Look for at least four HDMI ports. And opt for the newer HDMI 2.1 format if you can.
TV speakers are worse nowadays because the screens are thinner.
Avoid extended warranties. Your credit card company may already provide purchase protection
The biggest factor in your decision will probably be screen size. Consider how many people in your family typically watch at once and where you're going to put your new set. Then pick the largest screen size that will fit comfortably into that space and your budget. The sweet spot today, considering price, performance and the typical living room, is between 55 and 65 inches.
Screen size also depends on how close you sit to the TV. Basically, if you can see the individual pixels of the screen, you're too close. A good rule of thumb is that you should sit at a distance from the TV that is three times more than the height of the screen for HD and just 1.5 times the screen height for 4K Ultra HD. In other words, you can sit twice as close to a 4K UHD TV.
The biggest benefit of 4K TVs is that small objects on the screen have more detail, including sharper text. Overall, images appear richer and more life-like than on an HDTV, but the benefits can be subtle. The sharper picture also has the added benefit of letting you comfortably view the screen from a shorter distance, making larger TVs more comfortable to view in a regular sized home.
Ultra HD video looks great, and it's getting easier to find. Several streaming services, like Netflix, Amazon Video and even YouTube have started offering 4K content, making smart TVs and streaming sticks your best bet for easily finding 4K movies and shows. While ultra HD Blu-ray discs are becoming more common, they're still less common than standard 1080p. Live TV hasn't fully embraced 4K yet, you can upscale existing HD content, the results can be mixed and do not look as sharp as original 4K programming. You might start getting 4K TV over the air. The new ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard (also called NextGen TV) began rolling out to several cities across the United States in 2020, bringing the potential for better signal, better picture, and smarter features with Internet connectivity. This new standard will expand in 2021, but TVs with ATSC 3.0 tuners are still few and far between.
There are finally somewhat affordable 8K TVs on the market now. These displays quadruple the resolution seen on 4K sets, offering a giant leap forward in picture quality, but finding content to take
full advantage of that higher resolution are very limited.