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Guide To Selecting The Ideal TV For Your Media Room

With 100's of TVs available online to 10's of TVs on display in stores,
choosing a TV is a non-
trivial task. And promotion of features you don't need, such as 8K TVs, adds more confusion & additional time needed to decide.

Leveraging decades of expertise, we have narrowed those 100's of TVs down to (3) 4K TVs for you to choose from:

  • Best Quality   - best  picture quality rating at a great price

  • Best Value     - great picture quality rating at a good price

  • Best Budget   - good picture quality rating at a low price

 

Step 1:  Choose TV Size To Gain Your Ideal Cinematic Viewing Experience

Why is TV size so important?  Because you want the screen to occupy your view, giving you a cinematic experience while watching TV daily. Your viewing distance from the TV determines TV size.  The right size makes an ongoing difference.

 

Thus choosing TV size is your 1st AND most important decision in your buying process.

Step 2:  Choose  Picture Quality  To Gain Accurate Colors and Contrast

Overall picture quality is the difference between the brightest a TV can be and the darkest it can be.

The picture quality rating is on a scale of 10 (H).  With 8+ in picture quality rating 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 and from a distance

Now Pick Out Your Ideal 4K TV First Using Size  and Then On Picture Quality / Price Tradeoff

 

Determining the 4K TV size you need is easy: 

    1) Measure the distance in inches from your eye to the TV screen

    2) Use the chart below to select your cinematic TV set size

After clicking on your TV set size, you will see the following: 

  • Your (3) Ideal 4K TV Sets - Best Budget, Best Value and Best Quality

There is info to help you decide between these 3 ideal choices, be its picture quality rating, its price and/or key aspects indicated for each set

  • All Selected TVs Ordered by Picture Quality - from high to low
       Scan down the picture quality order to find a TV set near your price point; there are also filter to narrow down TV set to choose from

  • (6) Models x 3 Brands - entry, mainstream & top-of-the-line for this year & last year (usually at a lower price w/similar capabilities)

Use these selected TVs by brand in case voice assistance capability or the TVos is a factor in your choosing a TV set

Key Insight:   buy in your price range from your viewing distance size rather than a similar price set in a lower size                                        because size is more important than a similar priced lower size TV set with additional capabilities

 

Behind The Scenes Details

 

Jargon You Must Know & Understand

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

 

EnjoyMyTV's Detailed TV Set Selection Process

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

 
 

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

The 10 'Must Have' Attributes Every EnjoyMyTV Selected TV Set Has (which you might NOT know your need):
 

  • 4K TV w/HDR - 4X the pixels of HDTV. Some 4K TVs lack HDR; a 4K w/HDR gives you noticeable video quality over HDTV  

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

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

  • 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.

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

This enables HDMI inputs as well as streaming apps​ on the TV to send their sound signal to your 5.1 sound system.  eARC - supports Dolby Digital Plus & other multi-channel audio formats.

  • Smart TV - access to all the streaming media apps you need, thus saving you from needing a media 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.​

  • Casting content on mobile device to TV set - the TV supports casting from iPhones & Android phones, either from an app on

the phone or from the phone's casting app.  Samsung TVs also supports mirroring from an Android phone as well as the TV mirrored to an Android phone.

  • @120Hz Refresh Rate / HDMI 2.1 for Gamers - the optimum rate to avoid motion blur on your gaming console:

    • 1K (1920x1080p) @120Hz on all selected TVs except Sony X800G, X850G, X800H

    • 2K (2560x1440p) @120Hz on all LG TVs, all Samsung TVs & Sony A8G

    • 4K (3840x2160p) @120Hz on LG CX, GX, Nano90 & Samsung Q90R (inc. the HDMI 2.1 capability 4K@120Hz needs)

  • HDCP 2.2  (High Definition Copy Protection) - without this capability, some content would not be viewable on your TV.  The

HDCP standard ensures the source device is NOT a video recorder and thus the content is being copied.  2.2 is the latest version of the standard.  All EnjoyMyTV selected TV sets have HDCP 2.2 capability on every HDMI input. 

  • 4+ HDMI Inputs - for connecting content devices and having some spare inputs for future devices:

    • Cable Box / DVR               - TiVo, Comcast, AT&T/DirecTV, Charter, et al

    • Gaming Console                - Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo

    • HTPC (Home Theater PC)   - PC/Mac for viewing family photos & videos

    • 4K Blu-ray Disk Player       - LG, Samsung, Sony

    • Casting Device                  - Chromecast

    • Streaming/Casting Device  - Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast with Google TV

 

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!

 

 

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? >

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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

  • HDMI 2.1 supports 120Hz video for gamers; a subset of selected TVs have 1-to-2 HDMI inputs, rest on all 4 HDMI inputs

  • Digital Optical Output used to send digital audio to receivers, et al - has limited capability.  Use HDMI-ARC instead

  • 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

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

  • Dolby Vision, HDR10+ are premium video formats. Both formats are waiting for TVs to actually show a viewing difference

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

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

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

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

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

 

Choose TV Size To Gain Your Ideal Cinematic Viewing Experience

Given (2) TV sizes -

which choice gives you that
cinematic viewing experience

in your Media Room?

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.

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

Back to Step 1

 

Choose  Picture Quality  To Gain Accurate Colors and Contrast

 

4K TVs come in 2 'screen types': LED or OLED.   Samsung's QLED is a variant of LED.  We use LED to refer to both QLED & LED. 

The 2 major viewing variances between LED & OLED is in their picture quality range & in their side angle viewing range.

Picture Quality - the difference between the brightest a TV can be and the darkest it can be.​ Ratings scale is 0-to-10 (H).

A key element of picture quality is its contrast ratio.  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 and from a distance

Side Angle Viewing - viewing from the side.  if you often have 5 or more folks watching TV, check out side angle viewing.  

Bottom line:  OLED TVs have the highest picture quality / contrast ratio and best side angle viewing than LED TV sets.

Back to Step 2

Choose From Our 3 Recommended Sets:  Best Quality, Best Value, Best Budget

 

Last year's 2019 TV sets, like their smartphone counterparts, are usually at a lower price than 2020 sets with similar capabilities!

 

Buying via ecommerce sites like EnjoyMyTV gains you access to lower priced 2019 sets whereas retail stores only stock 2020 models.  Thus you can truly get the right sized set and at a higher quality via buying the 2019 model.

Therefore go with 1 of the 3 EnjoyMYTV recommendations !!!

Bottom Line:   buy in your price range from your viewing distance size rather than a similar price set in a lower size                                         because size is more important than a similar priced lower size TV set with additional capabilities

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