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Rich in Purcellville, VA and asked: “Dave, Taking questions via text is a very Into Tomorrow thing to do. I’m in the process of buying a new TV online and am wondering what specs to look for to make I get the best possible picture. There’s resolution, contrast, HDR, and many others so I’m not sure which matter most and what to look for.”
Rich, your budget matters most, if you can buy an 8K OLED screen, youre probably good to go, and Best Buy has some in stock for just $20,000!
If youre in the maybe cheaper than a brand new car camp like most of us, 4k will give you the best resolution that youre likely to access content in for a little bit, youll probably even forget you didnt buy 4K if you dont go below 1080p (the difference is not as stark as standard to HD). HDR will get you better contrast, so deeper blacks, brighter whites, that kind of thing.
Whatever you buy, leave some room in your budget for speaker or a soundbar if you dont already have any of those. Modern TVs are thin and that doesnt leave any room for decent speakers. Some TVs sound so bad that you may not even understand a movies dialogue.
In reality, if you care about picture quality, you probably want to look at the picture with your own eyes before you buy. Everyone uses the same buzzwords but the quality differs across sets.
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