be­fore we Go

Think out­side The box

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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.”

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