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Every time we get a`personal recommendation' or`what is the best' or`if I were you' type of the questions, can we remind members of the saying: `one man's meat is another's poison'. We need to construct a profile of your taste for pros, TV use and more importantly your intolerance for specific cons for you to make the right choice. can take the plunge and find out later.

Please answer the following questions:

What's your budget and size requirements?
It's recommended not to dip lower than 48" and £800 for a modern TV.

Which external devices do you plan to connect to the TV?
  • A soundbar
    • If so, which model?
  • Apple TV 4k?
  • Nvidia Shield 4k?
  • Amazon Fire Stick 4k?
  • Roku streaming stick plus?
  • Chromecast 4k?
  • UHD Blu-Ray Player?
  • HD Blu-Ray Player?
  • Games console
    • If so, which one(s)?
  • A computer
    • If so, what graphics card?
What content will you watch on the TV?
  • What streaming services do you plan to use?
    • If available, which plan? for example: Netflix premium?
  • Catch up TV apps,
    • If so, which apps?
  • Broadcast TV
    • If so, channel resolutions?
  • DVDs?
  • FHD Blu-Rays?
  • UHD Blu-Rays?
  • Gaming?
    • If so, HD, UHD/HDR gaming?
  • What proportion of your total viewing will be content in SD, HD or UHD?
  • What proportion of your viewing will be broadcast TV shows, broadcast sport, broadcast movies, streaming TV/movies, DVDs, FHD Blu-Rays, UHD Blu-Rays or games?
Broadcast TV shows10%
Broadcast Sport20%
Broadcast Movies0%
Streaming TV shows or Movies30%
HD Blu-Rays10%
UHD Blu-Rays20%

Will you use internal or external apps or tuners for the following? If external, via which device?
  • Broadcast TV
  • Streaming services
  • Catch up apps
Situational questions:
  • What TV are you currently using and what are expecting to see upgrading to a new TV?
  • Are you a tweaker or set and forget kind of person?
  • What is your viewing distance?
  • If you place yourself in the position of your TV facing towards where you watch, at what angle from the centre is each integral seating position? (Tip, use a protractor to measure angles).
  • When will you use the TV and what kind of lighting will be in your room? Some examples:
    • Bright conditions during the day.
    • Dark conditions during the day.
    • Dark movie nights in the evening.
    • Always use a lamp or light in the room, even in the evening.
  • Would your usage of an OLED TV put you at risk of permanent burn in? Please read: OLED Burn In Risk
  • Do you need any legacy connections like composite or component?
  • If using planning to use an internal tuner will you use satellite or free to air?

Please rearrange the following, in descending importance:
  1. Blacks
  2. Shadow detail
  3. SDR Picture quality
  4. HDR Picture quality. See: What is HDR?
  5. Picture accuracy out of the box (without pro calibration)
  6. Cost
  7. Value
  8. Smart TV ease of use
  9. Smart TV app selection
  10. Sound
  11. Viewing angles
Now for bugs, tell us your possible pet hates related to TVs, in descending order:
  1. Motion blur
  2. Motion judder with 24hz movies/TV shows. See: Judder-Free 24p on TVs
  3. Motion stutter
  4. Bad screen uniformity, Dirty Screen Effect, Clouding, Light Bleed, Blooming, Vignetting, Haloing
  5. Loss of detail in dark areas or crushed blacks.
  6. Raised blacks
  7. Reflective screens
  8. Colour banding. See: Gradients on TVs: Color bit depth (warning this is not the same as vertical banding, for vertical banding see bad screen uniformity).
  9. Slow smart TV
Any extra notes you'd like to add/questions not covered here?
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