Bedroom TV - Anti glare

techville

Member
Hi,

I am thinking of replacing an aging Samsung 43 inch plasma in the bedroom tv. Sources are Sky Q and Amazon Prime & Netflix from a Firestick. Dont really care for 4k, looking for a budget TV

The two main considerations are reasonable motion handling for football (Inherit benfit of plasma tv ?) and avoiding glare (inherit downside of plasma tvs?)

The tv is on the wall opposite the bed, so viewing angles don't matter, it will only ever be viewed straight on. There is a large window on the side and the glare is really quite bad. I don't want to sit in darkened room as often is the case.

Not sure on what type of panel I am looking for, even after reading the guide.



Any suggestions on panel type/tv s?

Thanks
 

EndlessWaves

Distinguished Member
Panel type is irrelevant.

Visibility in a situation where lots of light is falling on the screen is determined by three factors:

1. How bright the TV is, which determines how much contrast it can produce compared to the light being reflected by the dark areas on screen.

2. How much light the TV reflects.

3. Whether the TV's anti-glare coating fuzzes the light or not.

#1 at the moment tends to be a case of spending more money.

#2 is determined by a variety of factors. Since many of the layers of the TV are concerned with manipulating light it's a hard one to predict. High end TVs tend to be pretty good, but sometimes the basic models can be too.

#3 determines whether reflections are mirror-like or blurred. Coatings that blur reflections (matte) make them less noticable, but reflect more light overall while coatings that don't (glossy) preserve more contrast and are better when you've not got a light source directly reflected in the screen.


Plasmas were generally very dim so it's likely anything you buy will be an improvement, but it's not an area where there are extensive tests or information available so it can be hard to determine which is the best model at a given price range - particularly the smaller and cheaper models.

Also beware that peak brightness quotes for HDR won't necessarily translate into normal TV brightness.
 

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