Author: Jeremy Perez

Best Televisions of 2018

2018 is off to a fantastic year for television. Those who are looking for a cinematic experience will find some great choices waiting to be unearthed, and with picture quality that is stunning, vibrant and rich in colour, the viewing options are boundless.

We thought it ideal to highlight a few of the best releases so far in 2018. This includes the best 4K T.V, the best picture quality and the best value. Read on and see what awaits.

Best 2018 4K TV:

The LG E7 OLED is the best 4k of the year as it offers the most lifelike cinematic experience. Coming in at 65 inches, this is one that should be at the top of your list. The TV has a fantastic picture quality due to its OLED 4K display.

One nice thing about the LG E7 is that it is compatible with all formats including HDR10, Ultra HD and Premium Dolby Vision. The sounds produced from this TV are exceptional, yet it goes well beyond its picture quality and sound symbol, it offers “picture-on-glass” and plenty of services and apps, making this not only the best 4K TV of the year but a smart one at that.

Best Quality: Sony Bravia OLED

The Sony Bravia OLED TV is truly a superior T.V thanks to its high-quality sounds and Android features. Coming in at 65 inches, it offers crystal clear pictures and multiple angles for your viewing pleasure. As with most other sets of today, the Bravia the usual HDR formats so that colours are more intense and the picture is brighter. As one would expect with Sony, the sounds emanating from this set are outstanding and certainly do not disappoint as it uses Sony’s advanced Acoustic Surface technology.

Best 4K TV For Your Money: TCL Roku TV

If you budget conscious but want the most for your money, then the TCL Roku TV is perfect for the budget conscious buyer as it provides excellent value for the money. Coming in at 55 inches, it has all that is needed for picture quality and high-def sounds, and obviously, includes ROKU TV.

Quick TV Buying tips

Buying a new television can be a bit stressful when you consider all the options today. We thought a few tips might be in order to help guide you in the polluted space on home entertainment so that the dollars you spend are spent wisely.

When selecting a new TV, make sure the set is 4K as you will see a superior quality in the picture, and as this is more common today, it is affordable.

Think carefully about the screen size as today you have loads of choices but buying one that is too large for the space you plan to put the TV is not ideal and will deter from the quality of your time spent watching television.

Lastly, consider the price and how often the television refreshes as the higher this number, the better your experience. Do not purchase any set that is less than 120 Hz rate.

Planning your Home Theater

Long gone are the days when if you wanted to watch a film in style, you had to haul yourself (and your family) off to the cinema. Today, most of us either have or have given thought to having a home cinema. If you haven’t set one up yet (or even if you have but the setup doesn’t work for you), there are a couple of things you should consider when planning your home theater to get the most out of your experience.

Planning your home theatre

The shape of the room which will play host to your home theatre is actually, rather important. There is no one-shape which you must have, but you need to plan everything around the shape of that room.

For starters, where are the windows and what kind of light comes in through them, and when? If the sunlight shines in through your windows at a time when you don’t watch television, it’s hardly a big deal. However, if the sun shines brightly and reflects onto your screen when you want to watch a film, that’s a problem. You could rectify this issue with thick curtains or blinds but situating your home theatre away from the windows’ glare is an alternative if you don’t want to fork out more cash.

Next up you need to look at your walls, particularly if you’re going to mount a television on a wall or use a projector. If you’re going to put your TV up on the wall, it needs to be a stable, strong wall. You’ll also want to make sure that if you use a projector, you have white walls.

If your home theatre room suddenly looks too dark, there are ways to fix that, too. LED lights are ideal, since they don’t give off much heat or glare, and are cheap as chips to run. Setting some up around the back of your television set is handy, especially for that cosy night in front of the box.

The finishing touches

Aside from the DVD/Blu-Ray player, you’re also going to want to think about internet capabilities. Many of us watch Netflix and other streaming services, so wherever you put your Smart TV, you’re going to need to be in the range of your router. Most modern routers cover wide areas, but you still want your theatre as close as possible to the action.

Similarly, the layout of the couches or sofas must also be in the right spot. You want as many directly in front of the television as possible but not too close or too far. The bigger the Smart TV, the further away you can be.

Don’t worry too much about sound. With a decent home theatre, being far away from the television isn’t a problem. Most of the best home theatres have four standing speakers. If they are “towers”, you can place them on the floor, or you can elect to put them up on the walls if they are smaller and mountable. Either way, you’re going to want them to surround your “home theatre area” not necessarily be pegged to the four corners of the room. This way, your audio experience is as immersive as possible.