Why Upgrade to LED TV?
LED TVs are all the rage these days. Walk into any consumer electronics store and you’ll be greeted by all kinds of offers promoting them. Is this just another passing fad, or are there some real good reasons to go in for one?
Sure, your current TV works fine, and it’s likely that it is already an LCD TV. LED TVs are in fact a superior type of LCD TV, but few know that they fall into the same category, technically, as LCD TVs. What an LED TV offers, however, are several improvements and features that older LCD TVs don’t have, including local dimming, vibrant colors and incredible slimness in design. If you’re looking to future-proof your home entertainment experience, this new generation of TVs is definitely the way to go.
Better Contrast Ratio, Deeper Blacks
For starters, take the contrast ratio. Older LCD TVs use CCFLs – cold cathode fluorescent lamps – that cannot selectively be turned off. That means that during dark scenes, there is still always a bit of light on the screen. LED TVs use a different technology in which individual pixels light bulbs can be turned on or off selectively, resulting in rich, dark images and deep blacks that give a much more extravagant viewing experience.
Slimmer Than Ever Before
Earlier, LCD TVs were considered an immense improvement in slimness over the clunky CRT (cathode-ray tube) TVs of yesteryears. These days, a TV that’s more than 4 inches thick is considered old-fashioned and outdated. Enter LED TVs – slimmer than ever before, some of them are thinner than an inch, thanks to LED technology – and can even be hung on your wall to look like a futuristic photo frame.
LED TVs like the Vizio XVT553SV, LG INFINIA 55LX9500 or the Samsung UN55C8000 offer a feature that’s called “local dimming”, resulting in a more vibrant display and superior contrast ratios. Most everything on these TVs appears better than on your older LCD TV because of the high-intensity LED lamps that produce the image. Whether it’s action movies, chick flicks, sports or computer/video games, these new TVs present you with detail and clarity that you never thought possible.
Refresh Rates & Response Times
Regular televisions have a refresh rate of 60 Hz; the best LED TVs offer lightning-fast refresh rates of 240 Hz and above. Also look out for quick response times – you’ll want it to be 3 ms or faster. A quick response time is particularly useful when watching fast-action content like sports, action movies and video games, making those high-speed movements less blurry and more enjoyable. The LED backlighting technology also allows for contrast ratios of up to 10,000,000:1, far beyond what any LCD TV can offer.
These are designed for to maximize your multimedia options. The higher-end models typically offer at least four HDMI inputs plus an Ethernet port, PC input and other standard component video inputs. Increasingly, many offer Wi-Fi and have USB ports so you can view and share photos, music and home videos.