As the winter months draw closer, and the daylight savings time ticks down, it’s a good time to take a look and make sure your home is ready for the longer nights to come. One of the things on my list this year is to replace a very old, very heavy, entertainment center and television set that doesn’t appreciate all the new technologies we try to hook into it.
Since we tend to keep our televisions for a couple of decades (seriously, we have one downstairs that allows you to pick 13 channels), I want to make sure we make a wise investment, so the first place I went was Consumer Reports and PC News.
My head is spinning. I had no idea how much the TV market has changed in the past few years. Apparently there are new kinds of screens with organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) panels. Ultra-high definition (UHD or 4K) resolutions are also making waves. And that 50-inch TV that used to cost thousands of dollars is now less than $500. Experts say: time to get a 4K TV!
LED or OLED?
Plasma TVs were the only flat-panel models available when they were first introduced more than a decade ago. They’re now a dead category, so guess my choices are either LED-TVs or the more expensive OLED ones.
LED TVs are either edge-lit or backlit. OLED displays are drastically different from LED-backlit televisions. They can be much smaller and thinner than LED-lit panels, and produce some of the best black levels possible. Currently, LG is the only television manufacturer that offers OLED models and they are pretty pricey.
So now that I have a better idea of what technology I should look for in my new TV, I want to make sure that the grandchildren don’t experiment with the buttons
(on the remotes or anywhere near the TV). I’m looking at a new to make this TV last as long (or longer) than the other TVs in my home. I’m looking forward to many winter evenings enjoying my new television to add a little ambiance to our den. What do you think?