Detailed TV Buying Guide

EnjoyMyTV makes choosing a TV an easy 2 step process AND here are ALL the details behind making those 2 steps easy.

Only 2 Factors Needed In Choosing The Right 4K TV For Me:  Size & Picture Quality vs. Price

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1: Size:  I round my viewing distance from my eyes to my TV screen to choose size and match that distance to TV size above.

2: Picture Quality vs. Price: Given the right TV size for me, I then find my TV using EnjoyMyTV's PQ/Price groups & ratings.

Behind The Scenes Details

 

TV Attributes - from 'Must Haves' to Promoted 'Who Cares' Attributes

 

The 10 'Must Have' Attributes Every EnjoyMyTV Selected TV Set Has (which I might not know I need)

 

​100's of TVs have some, but not all 10 'Must Have' attributes.  EnjoyMyTV's selection process confirms every selected TV has all 10 'Must Have' attributes thus saving me from having to ensure my chosen set has every 10 'Must Haves', such as HDCP 2.2.  ​

  • 4K TV enables a THX cinematic viewing experience because I can sit at the right viewing distance even when viewing HD content.  HDTVs has 1/4 the resolution of a 4K TV, thus requiring me to sit further away so I don't see HDTVs pixels.

  • Picture Quality is the measure of several attributes that effect a TVs overall viewing quality.  There are 3 ranges of picture quality: Good/Budget range: 6.7 to 7.0; Great/Value range: 7.8 to 8.4; Best/Premium range: 8.6 to 8.8.  <6.5 is a no go.​

  • Upscaling HD Content increases perceived video quality of HD content, which is the content I actually watch the most.

  • HDR10 (High Dynamic Range) 64X the color palette of HDTV & enables a high contrast ratio (whiter whites, darker blacks).

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  • HDCP 2.2  (High Definition Copy Protection) when viewing 4K content, each device & cable the content passes thru must

support the TV industry content protection standard HDCP 2.2. If not, the 4K content is then viewed as HD content.

  • ARC (Audio Return Channel) sends stereo & 5.1 Dolby Digital to the 5.1 sound system from the TV via a HDMI cable. This

enables the other HDMI inputs and streaming apps​ on the TV to pass their sound signal to my 5.1 sound system.

  • CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) enables TV remote to mute, adjust volume & power cycle the 5.1 sound system as

well as send play/pause, select/ok & up/down/left/right controls to attached devices via a HDMI cable.

  • Casting content on a mobile device is cast to the TV set.  Samsung TVs supports mirroring from and to an Android phone.

  • @120Hz With HDMI 2.1   4K @120Hz refresh rate supports watching 4K videos from my Xbox or PS5 console.

4K @120Hz with HDMI 2.1 is supported on all selected TVs except the Sony X800H, X950H & LG A1 models.

Note: the connecting HDMI cable must also support the higher bandwidth HDMI 2.1 standard.

  • Smart TV supports the major streaming media apps.  This is a backup capability in case I don't want a streaming device.

The Smart TVos is different for each brand, yet in and of itself, a TVos is not a determinant in which TV set to choose.​

  • 4+ HDMI Inputs for connecting content devices such as a streamer, a cable/sat STB/DVR, a gaming console, a 4K Blu-ray.

Promoted Capabilities / Distractions That Have Little To No Bearing On TV Set Selection:
 

  • 3D TV - promoted between 2010 & 2017.  Having to wear special glasses & competing 3D glass standards doomed 3D TV

  • 8K TV - 4X the resolution of 4K TVs, yet there isn't any 8K video content available & 8K gaming is not worth anyone's time

  • ATSC 3.0 - next-gen broadcast over the air (OTA) TV with 4K/HDR. Not coming soon.  Full ATSC 3.0 Explainer

  • Curved TV - promoted between 2013-2018.  Its poor viewing angle lead to low sales and withdrawal from the market

  • Digital Optical Output sends 5.1 digital audio to receivers, et al - use HDMI-ARC instead. Note: all selected sets have it

  • Digital Coaxial Input are on receivers, et al.  No 4K TV has digital coaxial output 

  • Dolby Digital Plus, DTS are more channels of sound, less compression of audio signal, use case is home theaters

  • Dolby Atmos adds 3rd dimension of sound via 4 ceiling speakers. Not worth it: only 10% of Netflix 4K content has Atmos

  • Dolby Vision, HDR10+ are deluxe HDR formats. Both formats aren't really in use Note: all selected sets have 1 or the other

  • eARC (enhanced ARC) supports higher bandwidth audio formats Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, DTS.X & DTS Master

  • Longevity - all of the selected TV sets will last between 5 and 7 years in normal use

  • TV Screen Burn In - since selected TV sets use 4K screen tech, low chance of any screen burn in, even from network logos

  • Warranty - all of the selected TV sets come with a 1 year warranty for repair & parts

Additional TV Aspects - All part of TV jargon

TV Media / Content Formats:

  • Resolution - with 1K being the format you watch the most

    • 0K /   SD  -  720 x   480 pixels

    • 1K /   HD - 1280 x   720 pixels

    • 1K /   HD - 1920 x 1080 pixels

    • 2K / QHD - 2560 x 1440 pixels

    • 4K / UHD - 3820 x 2160 pixels​

note:  8K is not included​ because there is no 8K content available - and none coming soon

  • Frame Rate (of content) & Refresh Rate (of your TV) - how often per second consecutive images / frames are displayed 

    •   30Hz - was the standard in the early days of TV

    •   60Hz​

    • 120Hz

  • Interlaced vs. Progressive Scanning

    • Interlaced:​

    • Progressive:

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  • Audio Formats​ - stereo & 5.1 channels are the two formats you use

    • Stereo - 2 channels of sound - left & right

    • Dolby Digital - 5.1 channels of sound - left, center, right, left rear, right rear & subwoofer

    • Dolby​ Digital Plus - 7.1 channels of sound - left, center, right, left side, right side, left rear, right rear & subwoofer

    • Dolby Atmos - 7.1.4 - adds (4) ceiling speakers to 7.1 channels of sound

  • Aspect Ratio is the proportional relationship between an image's width and height

    •   4:3​ - Full Screen - early days of TV content; this content on streaming sources displays with black bars on left/right

    • 16:9 - Widescreen - in the 2010's, TV content shifted to mostly widescreen content

    • 21:9 - Ultrawide - a few movies are in ultrawide on streaming sources and displays with black bars on top/bottom

  • HDR Formats:

    • HDR10

    • HDR10+​

    • Dolby Vision

Content Sources & their range of content formats:

  • Over The Air (OTA) aka via antenna:  0K & 1K

  • Cable: 0K & 1K

  • Satellite: 

  • Fiber: 

  • Streaming devices: all output HD, some output 4K; all support 5.1 Dolby Digital, some Dolby Plus/Atmos

 

For Cinematic Viewing, My Viewing Distance Chooses The Right Size TV For Me

By sitting at the right viewing distance from my TV, I gain a cinematic viewing experience immediately

Given (2) viewing distances -

which one gives me that
cinematic viewing experience

in my home cinema room?

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Average TV Viewer

 

 

 

 

 

9' Viewing Distance to 65" TV

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Home Cinema Setup Viewer

move 2' closer:

7' Viewing Distance to 65" TV

move 1' closer  &  go larger

8' Viewing Distance to 75" TV

                               or just go larger

9' Viewing Distance to 85" TV

Key to having a home cinema setup is matching my viewing distance from my eyes to the TV screen and my TV screen size.

Why is this important?  To truly be in the screen and immersed in the entertainment, having a cinematic viewing experience is essential.  Since I watch TV daily, this makes any improvement ongoing for me and my TV compatriots. 

Step 1: Measure My Actual Viewing Distance

 

I measure my viewing distance in inches from where my eyes are when I sit to the TV screen.

Step 2: I make sure my viewing distance matches my TV screen size

 

I measure my viewing distance in inches and compare that to my TV screen size's cinematic viewing range.

55-inch TV:   100"-112"       65-inch TV:   113"-124"     75-inch TV:   125"-136"     85-inch TV:   137"-148"

Step 3: I move where I sit to be within the range of my TV screen size;  If I can't, I should buy a larger TV

 

If I can move to that distance, great.  If not, then I should see if I can put a chair at that location and watch TV a few days from that chair to really feel as well as see the benefit of enjoying a truly cinematic TV experience.

After a couple of days, I can then figure out how to rearrange the room layout so I can move where I sit closer or I should seriously consider buying a larger TV that matches my actual viewing distance.

If I do in fact have to get a larger TV, then I can use EnjoyMyTV's Best TV Buying Guide to narrow my options down to 3 sets to choose from:  Best Price, Best Value & Best Quality.

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Choose Picture Quality To Gain Accurate Colors and Contrast

 

After choosing the right TV size for me, then my truly understanding the 2nd factor - Picture Quality - comes next.

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EnjoyMyTV pro rata's (7) attributes as measured by RTings to set a TV's picture quality rating. The PQ range is from 6.6 to 8.8.

     Attribute    EnjoyMyTV ProRata %

  • Contrast               27%

  • Local Dimming      18%

  • SDR Peak             16%

  • HDR Peak             16%

  • Black Uniformity   11%

  • Grey Uniformity     6%

  • Reflections            5%

                              100%​

Next, EnjoyMyTV groups the TVs into 3 quality groups using the TVs Picture Quality Rating: 7-Budget, 8-Value & 9-Premium. 

 

Lastly, EnjoyMyTV pro-rata's each TV's picture-quality divided by the TV's-price-on-Amazon to come up with each sets ranking.

FYI: notice that a TV's contrast ratio makes up 27% of the total rating.

 

Why is contrast so important?  With a higher contrast ratio, you gain these benefits:

  • TV feels more immersive

  • Colors stand out more and look brighter

  • You can differentiate between shades of black, even in darker rooms

  • You avoid eye strain and fatigue

  • Easier to read the screen, especially in a well-lit room

EnjoyMy TV Ratings:  Picture Quality Group combined with Picture Quality Divided by Price Rankings

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​The EnjoyMyTV Rating is then used to pick the Best Budget, Best Value & Best Premium TV for each Product Quality Group.

 

Viewing Angle

If I Watch From The Side From Time To Time, I Need To Understand A TV's Viewing Angle

 

Viewing Angle - the angle at which a TV's picture quality starts to degrade when watched from the side.

Most of the time you watch your TV sitting in front of it and therefore enjoy the best viewing quality your set delivers.

You might have yourself or even had someone else tweak your TV settings to deliver that viewing quality.  It's worth the 5-to-10 minutes it takes to change key settings on your TV because you get the benefit every day.

Yet you might not realize this, when you sit over on the side - depending our your TV screen type - you may not get the best video quality you TV set delivers.  That is because of the viewing quality degrades as you move from in front of your TV to the side of your TV.  And the further you move up the side, the more it degrades.

And the only times you might sit on the side is when you have 5+ folks watching your TV together.  And this is when you might notice you are seeing less quality than when you are sitting in front of your TV.

Wiewing angleis very important to me 

if I sometimes sit on the side while

watching sports or on movie nights

I need to see the same quality
regardless of where I sit

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The benefit of viewing angle is that 

I enjoy accurate colors & contrast

whether I am are sitting on the side or

straight on in my home cinema room

For others sitting on the side,

they aren't use to the high video quality

of my 4K TV and don't notice

what they are missing by not being in front

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Lets now dig into the details to truly understand which of 3 viewing angle alternatives is the right choice for me.

 

4K TV screens are marketed as LED, QLED (Samsung) and OLED.  QLED is actually a variant of LED and shares its attributes.

From a side angle viewing standpoint there are 3 screen types EnjoyMyTv labels as 25° LED, 40° LED and 60° OLED: 
 

  • 25° LED   - picture quality from the side noticeably degrades, yet is still watchable

  • 40° LED   - picture quality from the side slightly degrades

  • 60° OLED - picture quality from the side is the same as its front angle viewing

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If the viewing angle attribute is important to me, follow these steps:

  1. Go to All TVs

  2. Scroll down to the second section where all the "Selected TVs" are ordered by picture quality and can be filtered

  3. Select the "Viewing Angle" filter and choose "60° OLED" or both "60° OLED" & "40° LED" options

  4. Review, add filters and /or sort on price (low-to-high), price (high-to-low) & brand (A-to-Z)

Bottom line: if I need a wide viewing angle, I go w/a 60° OLED TV gaining both highest Picture Quality & highest Viewing Angle

Viewing Angle Details By Screen Type

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EnjoyMyTV's Detailed TV Set Selection Process

EnjoyMyTV Analysis Narrows 100's of TVs Down To The 3 Best For Me

 

Buying a TV set is never easy:  too many variables / options.

 

To greatly simplify my choosing the right TV, EnjoyMyTV has done for me an in-depth analysis of all aspects of TVs that narrows 100's of TVs down to just 18 selected sets in each TV size using the following criteria:

 

  • Each selected set is 4K and thus supports me having a THX Cinematic TV Viewing Experience every day

  • Each selected set has all 10 'Must Have' capabilities, several of which I don't know I need but I do

  • Each selected set comes from 1 of the 3 major TV brands to ensure high picture quality:  LG, Samsung, Sony

  • Each selected set comes in 1 of 3 models: Entry, Mainstream, Top of the Line for options in picture quality vs pricing

  • Each selected set is 1 of 2 years: a 2020 Model (cheaper) or a 2021 Model (newer) and all available from Amazon
     

From these 18 selected sets, EnjoyMyTV then recommends the 3 best TVs for me: Best Price, Best Value & Best Quality

EnjoyMyTV's In-depth Analytical Process Selected 18 TVs From Which To Advocate 3 Ideal 4K TVs For You

There are (4) key criteria in determining which TV to purchase to truly enjoy watching your TV:

  1. TV set size to get the best viewing pleasure from the content (& story telling) you are engaged with at the moment

  2. Video quality & accuracy, especially in regards to HDR - HDR adds color depth as the 3rd dimension in video quality

  3. (10) "must have" features - some of which you might not be aware of that you truly need in your overall TV system

  4. Pricing - has to fit into your overall budget as you upgrade & add to your Media Room experience

Using our extensive decades of know-how in assembling for family and friends Media Rooms and home theaters, and then re-configuring them as our viewing TV / listening-to-music habits evolve, we know what works & doesn't work for you over time.

Our vetting process filtered those 100's of TVs using these (4) filters down to 18 selected TV sets in each TV size:
 

  1. High video quality & accuracy - rich accurate colors, high-contrast images & deep blacks that render shadow detail

  2. (10) "must have" features, several which help the interplay between the TV, the 5.1 surround system & other devices

  3. (3) brands with (3) 2020 models & (3) 2019 models =18 sets in each size; 2019 models lower price, similar features

  4. (4) TV sizes: 85", 75", 65" & 55" 

From the 18 TV sets selected for each size, we used the following criteria to gain you 3 ideal TV sets to choose from:

  1. Best Quality   - based on best video quality

  2. Best Value     - based on great video quality & price

  3. Best Budget   - based on good video quality & low price

 

EnjoyMyTV Selected Brands are LG, Samsung & Sony - The 3 Major Brands in The US

There are (12) TV brands sold in the US: Element, Insignia, LG, Panasonic, Phillips, Samsung, Sceptre, Sharp/Hisense, Skyworth, Sony, TCL and Vizio. Combined, there are over (1,000) TV sets to choose from.

Interestingly, when we applied our (10) "must have" features filter, it quickly narrowed the brands down to (4).  When we included the requirement to have 85" TVs in their lineups, that reduce it down to the (3) best TV brands in the US!

 

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LG OLED TVs produce perfect black, intense color & infinite contrast so even in dark scenes, you get brilliant details.
 

Samsung legacy of game-changing innovations pushes the limit of what’s possible, delivering tomorrow's advancements to today's TVs.
 

Sony:  <I wasn't able to find any brief description of what is distinctive about Sony 4K TVs after spending a hour on the web - says it all>

 

<add table with deltas between the (3) brands including TVos, Type, Alexa/Bixby, Warranty? >

4K TV Screen Type Summary - OLED is the best in Side Angle Viewing, Overall Picture Quality & Contrast Ratio

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Sales Popularity  - out of 67 total selected TV sets, 30% of the top 10 in sales is OLED!

Only 3 Attributes Needed In Choosing Your Ideal 4K TV:  Size, Quality, Price

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Our TV Set Selections include the 10 Key Must Have Attributes you need, thus freeing you up from understanding & thinking about those items for now.  And this gives you comfort in knowing you have the key TV capabilities needed for years to come.

 

The major benefit of this expert winnowing is that you can now focus your time on just 3 attributes in choosing your ideal TV:

  1. TV Size          - the key decision to gain the ideal cinematic viewing experience for you

  2. Picture Quality - a TVs ability to display the content producer's intent, meaning great blacks & accurate colors

  3. Price             - within your means, stretch your $s first to ensure you have the right size, then on picture quality

Behind The Scenes Details

Using THX Cinema Angles To Calculate Viewing Distances

Given (2) TV sizes -

which choice gives you that
cinematic viewing experience

in your Media Room?

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To have a cinematic viewing experience, ThX suggests your viewing angle be between 26° to 40°. We suggest a 33° viewing angle at a minimum. 

 

Given your viewing distance - how far you sit from your TV - and a 33° viewing angle, we can calculate your cinematic TV size.

Our viewing distance chart above shows which TV size is for you.

 

Note: THX is a company known for optimizing audio and visual quality for a wide range of entertainment experiences and was started by George Lucas. 

Note: The 36 degree viewing angle used by movie theater designers 
is gained by sitting 1 foot closer or choosing the next size up TV set.

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Viewing Distance calculates the 4K TV size you need  OR  4K TV Size calculates viewing distance you need to set up:

Viewing distance in feet * 8.2       = 4K TV size              4K TV size / 8.2    = viewing distance in feet

Viewing distance in inches / 1.46  = 4K TV size              4K TV size * 1.46  = viewing distance in inches

Note: The formula is based on using viewing distance & 33° viewing angle to derive the screen width from which the diagonal TV size is calculated

         or the other way, from the diagonal TV size, we derive the screen width, and using 33°  viewing angle, we calculate the viewing distance.

Bottom Line: Go larger to enjoy daily a cinematic experience in your Media Room

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