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Improve Viewing With LED-backlit LCD Televisions

An LED-backlit LCD television, also simply known as an LCD TV, refers to any display that combines together liquid-crystal technology with an LED backlight. Almost every major TV manufacturer, including Sharp, Samsung, LG, Vizio, and Sony, produces LCD televisions. These particular sets, which measure between 50 and 60 inches diagonally, offer a large panoramic experience as you watch shows or movies, play video games, or view your own personal multimedia content.

What are the important characteristics of an LCD set?

The most important characteristics of an LCD TV are:

  • Viewing angle: In most LCD TVs, the image quality will start to degrade beyond a certain viewing angle. A higher viewing angle simply means that the image quality will appear the same up until a specific point.
  • Refresh rate: This describes the rate at which the screen updates the image every second. Most sets have a 60 Hz or 120 Hz refresh rate.
  • LED arrangement: The most common types of LED arrangements are edge-lit and full array. Edge-lit LEDs are spaced around the edge of the screen, while full array LEDs are spaced evenly around the entire set. Some TVs can control LEDs individually to create a greater range of contrasts between the darker and lighter parts of the image.
  • Screen curvature: The set can be flat or curved, depending on your preference.
What is the typical resolution of an LCD set?

The resolution describes the number of pixels built into a display. A higher pixel count corresponds to more overall detail that the TV can display at once. The two most common resolutions are 720p and 1080p, both of which are classified as high-definition. Some TVs are also capable of 2160p, also known as ultra-high definition 4K resolution. 4K has four times the number of total pixels compared with 1080p, so the image will appear clearer and more detailed. The resolution also affects what's known as the optimal viewing distance, or the distance at which you need to sit from the TV set to get the most immersive viewing experience in terms of detail and clarity. The optimal viewing distance will vary based on any number of factors, but in general, as the resolution increases, the optimal viewing distance will shorten.

What is an HDR TV?

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. Essentially, HDR extends the range of brightness and luminosity of an image, thus creating a greater contrast between darker and lighter parts. Even if you own an HDR TV, however, the video content itself must be designed with HDR in mind.

What is a Smart TV?

Smart TV describes any set that features integrated internet and multimedia functionality. The TV will connect to the internet through an Ethernet port or wireless Wi-Fi, allowing you to access up-to-date viewing guides, browse the web, and stream content from ESPN, Netflix, Amazon Video, and other services. Certain sets may be equipped with USB ports as well, so you can connect a separate device to your set and play or view digital multimedia files.

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