Regarding televisions, the top OLED models are in a league of their own. This is because, in contrast to conventional TVs, their displays are not backlit; instead, each pixel produces light on its own and automatically shuts off when none is needed. This deviation from the conventional condition is significant because it ensures that the black displayed is truly black, without any lingering grey cast from the backlight. As such, the best way to enjoy HDR is on a 4K OLED TV.
There is a caveat, though, in that not all OLED TVs are made equally. Also, it’s very uncommon for there to be significant variations across sizes, even within the same range of models. And what you need to know before purchasing one is detailed below.
The Importance of Brilliance
HDR relies heavily on brightness, which is quantified in nits. It’s crucial to check the specifications closely because OLEDs aren’t as bright as other competing display technologies. And while any OLED will perform admirably in a completely black room, some have trouble holding their own in brighter settings, meaning that if you want to host friends over to watch the football, for example, some sets will be less spectacular than others.
Spend Enough Money on Audio
It’s easy to become distracted by the screen’s technical specs, the number of HDMI connections, and the mighty-sounding name of the picture processor and to neglect to ask the most critical question: how does it sound? The same holds for LED and QLED televisions; manufacturers tend to put more emphasis on picture quality than audio. Even if they don’t, there’s only so much volume a super-thin TV’s speakers can provide. So, suppose you don’t already have one of the finest soundbars or top AV receivers. In that case, it’s strongly advised to allocate some funds to purchasing one so that you may enjoy your media in the greatest possible environment. Dolby Atmos systems have more impact than even the most potent televisions.
Mini-LED Is Packed Closely
Mini-LEDs are packed considerably more closely than regular LEDs. They can be adjusted with much more accuracy, allowing for black levels that aren’t entirely on par with an OLED but are still quite impressive. Meanwhile, finding a decent bargain on a mini-LED might be challenging due to the market’s limited selection, but it’s worth considering if you need HDR capability and high brightness.
Observe the Plugs and Wires
The optical, Ethernet and one of the HDMI ports of a recently purchased OLED TV face out from the back of the TV rather than to the side, which the buyer of the TV finds inconvenient when mounting it on the wall. Another thing you probably won’t give much thought to while perusing the specs is the placement of the various sockets. However, this isn’t always the case, but you should ensure that the sockets of wall-mounted pieces should be on the side.
Check Whether the Promised Features Are Present
A TV’s capability to do an action does not guarantee that it does so. Sony advertised some 2021 TVs as compatible with PS5 VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) gaming. However, neither the TVs nor the system received VRR until late 2022. Similarly, catch-up TV applications for the United Kingdom were advertised but not included with the device or made accessible in the App Store until the very end of the same year. So, make sure a feature isn’t on the company’s to-do list and is included in the TV if it’s important for you.
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