If you’re looking to buy a new television this year, and you aren’t really a tech-savvy geek, then you might be confused by all the jargon and strange technical terms that are shoved right in your face, with no way of making sense of them.
These jargons might even be used by your salesman to get you to purchase an incredibly expensive high-powered smart television, which you don’t really need.
So here at Stuff, we’re going to provide you with a cheat sheet of sorts to help you understand all you need to know to find your ideal television.
It's all about the sharpest image
The next thing in relation to screen size, would be resolution. You often here the terms UHD, FHD and HD being thrown around, but what do they really mean?
Essentially, resolution determines how “clear” and detailed your TV is. So a UHD television will give you sharper images than a HD one.
Terms (Larger = Sharper):
- High-Definition (HD): 1280 x 720
- Full High-Definition (FHD): 1920 x 1080
- Ultra High-Definition (UHD): 3840 x 2160
The most common resolution you find in the marketplace is full HD (Never buy a HD television, it’s not full HD and it’s resolution won’t be as good).
If you want to see the details in your images, we recommend getting a 4K television.
You might not think you need to splurge for one yet, as not all movies or dramas have transistioned to 4k. You'll be pleased to know all LG OLED 4K TVs are equipped with a 4K upscaler - so contents will be upscaled to a better picture clarity that is 4K-like. With Netflix getting more popular, one will now be able to stream 4K content to make your purchase of the latest LG OLED 4K TV worth your money.
If you have ever watched a blockbuster in 4K, then watched it again in full HD, you will never go back to the latter again.
It is worth noting that 4K UHD TVs, although incredibly detailed, are still produced in LED and not OLED (which will be discussed later), and the usage of LED instead of OLED doesn’t allow for as good a contrast, viewing experience, or ability to deliver deep blacks. So even with a more powerful resolution, the overall video quality may still be sub-optimal compared to LG OLED TVs.
The showdown: OLED vs LED/LCD
Now we delve into the more complicated terms - so what's the difference between OLED, LED and LCD?
Traditionally, televisions utilise LED/LCD technology. They apply backlit technology, requiring backlight and colour filters to project the image onto the screen.
As such, images are brighter, but details in dark scenes would not be seen as clearly due to the presence of backlight. Furthermore, there will be some kind of halo effect, which would not exist in LG OLED TVs since they are not backlit at all.
However, as traditional televisions evolved from the old CRT to what it is today, the most advanced LG OLED TVs no longer have the same limitations (like halo effects) because they use self-lighting pixels onscreen that switches on/off independently.
By removing the backlight and colour filters, the TV structure is significantly thinned down. As several layers have been removed, TVs such as the LG Signature OLED TV W measures only 2.57mm thick. That’s close to a slice of bread in thinness.
Using an LG OLED TV offers some pretty good advantages, such as true black levels, colour contrast, enhanced viewing angle, and faster response times.
OLED is the new black
The most common ones you will find in the market is the cheaper LED or LCD technology that uses light-emitting diodes to light up super-thin UHD 4K televisions.
What they do is light the entire screen up, but do it dynamically so that it lights up specific portions of the screen and dim the rest to better represent a mix of lighter and darker areas in a scene.
Within the LCD family, you have Quantum Dots as well, which adds another layer of nanocrystals in your screen to give you better colour contrast. This works well with HDR technology – it’s more expensive but they sure are good.
However, even with advanced dimming technologies, these LED TVs still suffer from what we call “light bleed,” where lighter sections of the screen are unable to be darkened enough. This creates a sort of haze over the surrounding darker areas.
LG OLED TVs on the other hand, differ as OLED pixels are self-lighting. Each individual pixel can switch on and off independently, achieving true blacks and absolute darkness to make images really come to live. The result - best picture quality and colour reproduction.
Loads of natural colours
Somewhat related to contrast, you might notice that UHD TVs utilising LED tend to use colour-enhancing techniques such as Quantum Dot technology. This results in overly rich colours some might feel to be unnatural.
LG OLED TVs on the other hand, due to their innate infinite contrast are capable of more natural colours.
Furthermore, utilising colour-enhancing techniques also results in increased brightness on an LED screen, which is very strenuous on your eyes. Especially when considering that most apartments have relatively dim lighting conditions as opposed to stores where you see your display sets in full view.
LG OLED TVs incorporate billion rich colours 64x more than conventional LEDs, which results in a finer and more vibrant colour without the necessary eye strain. So you can binge for hours on Netflix, but don’t say we told you so.
No more motion blur
The traditional LED LCD TVs do not light up individual diodes, but clusters of them. They sit behind an LCD panel and this method of lighting up diodes often has a small lag as they switch from “On” and “Off”.
The more powerful OLED models you find with LG uses self-lighting emitting diodes, so small that they act as individual pixels so controlling and manipulating these diodes are much easier and much faster, reducing response times and input lags. Therefore, LG OLED TVs might be a better choice for gaming enthusiasts.
LG’s Clear Motion technology for instance, allows its OLED pixels to respond immediately to image signals, reproducing clear images up to 1,000 times faster than conventional LED TVs. This reduces motion blur and allows for more accurate viewing experiences with fast-paced shows. Just plug in that PlayStation or Xbox and watch it go.
Beautiful from any angle
The ideal viewing angle for a typical LED LCD is when you’re seated right in front of the TV. As you sit to the sides, you tend to lose some colour and contrast. In fact, you might even feel as if the colours look washed out. It’s not going to look so good with guests over.
In fact, based on the Japan Ergonomics Society research survey in 2012, majority of consumers (95%) watch television from a 40-degree angle.
LG’s OLED technology, however, doesn’t have that issue. Compared to traditional LED TVs, images on LG OLED TVs are the same when viewed from any angle without any washed out effect.
Curves are just a fad
There seems to be a fascination with curved screens these days. But for televisions with such a huge display, curved screens are often unnecessary and more of a marketing tactic than anything else. They don’t really do anything to enhance image quality, or give a 3D feel in reality. It’s built with the intention of benefitting an individual seated directly in the middle.
A flat LG OLED TV on the other hand, with a better viewing angle no matter where anyone’s seated would be ideal for the entire family to watch together. Plan a weekly family movie night, perhaps?
Here's the best TV for a binge-watch weekend
The terms above are the most important things you need to know when you’re purchasing a television. To sum up, the best TV for your home should be roughly 40in, with UHD 4K resolution, OLED technology and high response time for best quality images no matter the genre. And forget curved screens - a normal display is perfect for family movie nights or parties with friends, because the TV something that everyone should enjoy together.
Be sure to hook your TV up with a powerful sound system to give you a complete home theatre experience. Or grab a pre-built one like the LG OLED TV that’s ultra-thin and fulfils all the criteria above, with infinite contrast, perfect viewing angles, a complete sound system packed with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos technology for the ultimate entertainment experience.
Visit http://www.lg.com/sg/oled-tvs to find out more about LG’s OLED TVs.