Bring the cinema home: Now there are TV bargains in it

Hannover. Now is the time to buy a new television. And not just because Christmas is just around the corner. Because in anticipation of the major sporting events, the Olympics and European Football Championships, the manufacturers had produced a lot in advance. But after they have failed, the warehouses should be well filled and there will be some price hits by the end of the year, it reports Trade magazine “c’t” (Issue 25/20).

Planning carefully is the motto for everyone who wants to take the opportunity and is about to buy a new television. Because the choice is overwhelming. Anyone who knows what he or she needs to set up his new home theater will get there faster.

LCD TVs for bright rooms

First of all: LCD TVs are recommended for very bright rooms because, thanks to their higher maximum luminance, they deliver images with sufficient contrast. OLED TVs usually have an even higher contrast, an excellent black level and good colors. However, their maximum brightness is lower – and their often highly reflective display surfaces tend to be reflective. Two properties that can be problematic in a bright environment.

This rule of thumb applies to size

And what about the tiresome question of size? The experts have a rule of thumb at hand for calculating the optimal screen diagonal: the distance between the seats should be around two and a half times the screen diagonal. An example: At three meters, a 50-inch diagonal (1.27 meters) would be appropriate.

You don’t necessarily have to resort to a top television with 8K resolution (33 million pixels): Although the streaming services will deliver this resolution at some point, you will have little or no advantages until then – rather disadvantages such as the higher purchase price and energy consumption. The vast majority of devices on the market offer 4K resolution.

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Twin gymnasts: watching TV and recording in parallel

In terms of types of reception, interested parties should know how to distinguish between two terms: First, the triple tuner. If it is plugged into the television, it can receive TV channels from satellite (DVB-S) and from cable (DVB-C) as well as via antenna (DVB-T).

The other name that is often found in the descriptions is the so-called twin tuner. This means that the above-mentioned receiving modules are each designed twice. This allows you to watch a station while the program of another station is being recorded on a connected data carrier.

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