before we Go
Think outside The box
Don’t get lost in the jargon
LCD? super uhd? ultra hd Premium? what does it all mean? A lot of effort has been put into promoting 4k but if you’re going premium, go for an oled set. it makes blacks look properly black (hard to pull off on a screen) and gives a wider range of colours and contrast. That said, a lot depends on what you’re watching. “Customers often complain different programmes look different. That’s because they do,” says Jan-nel ungerer, from harrod’s TV department. “They’re recorded differently. Planet Earth II set the benchmark. stuff from the ’80s and the ’90s looks terrible.”
Bigger isn’t always better
Think about how far away you’ll be sitting from your set. “For a 55in, we recommend no closer than 2m,” explains Ungerer. “For a 65in, no closer than 2.5m. and for a 77in, no closer than 3.5m.”
Get a sound bar
some Tvs—like the 65in Loewe bild 9, pictured—come with a sound bar neatly built-in. otherwise, the pay-off with Tvs getting thinner is inferior speakers (as they literally can’t fit decent ones in). be aware, though, that no single sound bar can provide surround sound. you’ll need a 5.1 system for that.
Curved TVS are this year’s 3D TVS
“it’s a gimmick,” Ungerer says. “LG and samsung still make them but everyone else has stopped. i don’t think you’ll see them next year.”
Count your HDMI ports
Most sets come with two or three ports, but if you’re a hardcore gamer with sky/ virgin, a blu-ray/dvd player and an apple/ amazon Fire set-top box, you might want to look for a couple more.
Don’t worry about extending
the warranty The standard three years is plenty. “Technology moves so fast,” says Ungerer. “That said, real innovation only comes around every 10 years.”