With the largest sporting events coming up you may find yourself looking for a new TV. So what do the best TVs look like in 2020? Well, there are plenty of options out there from LED, QLED, and OLED. LEDs are available in the most sizes, are the most affordable and come with a wide range of features but if you are looking for more quality and performance, QLEDs and OLEDs are going to be your best bet. They may all sound about the same but their technology is very different and they all have their pros and cons. Here’s the breakdown:
An LED (standing for light-emitting diodes) TV refers to the backlight technology and is an LCD that has greater energy efficiency and provides a clearer picture. LEDs are known for their brightness and are a great value with their price point. When buying an LED TV, it is important to know where the television is being placed. LEDs do tend to lose contrast and color the further away from the screen making their viewing angle smaller than an OLED TV. They also have difficulties in producing dark black colors resulting in a haze of lighter areas within the black areas called a light bleed but they are still superior quality to any TV technology sold just five years ago.
An OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TV’s technology is different from the LED in that pixels omit their self-contained light. The advantage of this is that the lights can individually turn on and off which affects the black levels. When there is no light, the pixels are completely black. This is why the OLED is known for the deeper shadows and brighter highlights compared to other TVs.
Interestingly, all OLED panels are made by LG so the difference in the quality of the performance really comes from the TV’s processors. More sophisticated processors give the TV better posterization also known as banding, minimizes distortion and produces precise coloring.
Samsung, the maker of the QLED or Quantum dot LED offers 28 different models in various sizes and ranging from 4-8K. The microscopic quantum dot technology emits colored light that travels through layers within the TV including a liquid crystal (LCD) layer producing the ultimate visual and auditory experience. The downside is that they do tend to cost more because of the way the light is produced through the millions of individual subpixels. Despite Samsung’s QLED name, they are not the only television brand to use quantum dot technology however they are the only company to use the QLED name.
Overall OLED and QLED are the best TVs to buy with the OLED as the leader. The OLED is thinner, lighter, is known to have the best picture quality and better contrast with deep black levels. The QLED has its advantages too with its brighter picture display which would be a benefit in a room that has plenty of light whereas the OLED may be a better fit for a room that is dim or dark. Either way, when deciding which TV technology is best for your project, it all comes down to the price, features and where the TV is being installed.
If you are ready to work on your home theater project or looking for recommendations on a new television, give us a call at 704-287-3334 or find us at Audio Video Charlotte. We can set you up with the perfect TV for your space and you won’t even need to shop around. We will sell you the TV and provide all of the installation, hassle-free.