If you are looking to buy a new LED TV set, you must have now become accustomed to the word ‘screen resolution’. Previously, the only type of TV avail
If you are looking to buy a new LED TV set, you must have now become accustomed to the word ‘screen resolution’. Previously, the only type of TV available in the market was SD TV. In the past decade, HD TVs have become widely popular among Indian consumers. However, in the past few years, we have seen the rise in popularity of 4K TV sets. Now, chances are high that 8K TVs will also be introduced in the market soon. So, what is the difference between them? You will know about their differences in this article and which one of them is the ideal one to buy.
What is resolution?
While watching any picture or any video on a TV, if you notice minutely, you will find tiny dots of color. These tiny dots are called pixels and the images that you see on your TV are constituted of millions of pixels. Greater number of pixels ensures better quality of image. Therefore, resolution can be said as the total number of pixels that collectively constitute the images on the TV screen.
The resolution has become one of the most significant features to attract buyers while selling an LED TV, but it is not the only factor to get the best viewing experience. To enjoy the best quality picture, you must buy a TV set with superior high dynamic range (HDR) performance, greater contrast ratio, better brightness, and wider color gamut.
Different types of screen resolution
Standard Definition (SD)
Do you remember those old-style CRT televisions? Those were the standard definition TV models. They had a resolution of 480p or 480i, that is the number of pixels is 640 x 480. Since the number of pixels is so less, the images are also not so refined or clear. You can see the individual pixels separately if you look at the TV screen from a closer distance. The images are pixelated.
High Definition (HD)
High-definition LED TVs include resolutions of 720p, 1080i, and 1080p. In 720p, the number of pixels is 1280 x 720. This is also known as “HD Ready”. The picture quality is not as good as in 1080i or 1080p. 720p is a lower-quality HD. In 1080i and 1080p, the number of pixels is 1920 x 1080. Since the number of pixels is more, the image quality is also superior. Most of the HD TVs come with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. Though 1080i and 1080p offer the same resolution, 1080p is more common in modern TV sets.
4K or Ultra HD
In today’s market, 4K or Ultra HD TV sets have become the most appealing feature. It is currently the best type of screen resolution available in the market. In 4K, the total number of pixels is 3840 x 2160. However, 4K gets its name from the horizontal resolution of 4,096 pixels. This is the resolution that we see in the movie theatres. The number of pixels in a picture produced by a projector in a theatre is 4096 x 2160. Therefore, while buying TVs, you will hear the term Ultra HD 4K, because it is different from that seen in the cinema halls. The number of pixels in an Ultra HD 4K LED TV set is nearly four times greater than that of a full HD LED TV.
There is a hearsay that 8K TVs will soon come to the market. However, we have to wait a few more years till 8K TVs become a reality. In 8K TV, the number of pixels is 7,680 x 4,320. It is double the number of pixels present in a 4K quality picture.
Which one to buy?
The first important factor while selecting the screen resolution is your budget. It is obvious that LED TVs with higher screen resolution will cost more. SD TVs are generally not available in the market any more so you have to go for either an HD TV or an Ultra HD 4K TV. The average cost of a 43-inch 4K LG Smart TV is between INR 30,000 and INR 40,000. The average cost of a 32-inch HD LG Smart TV is around INR 20,000.
The second factor is the quality of the content you are watching. Though HD content has become common and available, if you are watching SD content on your HD TV, then you cannot enjoy the picture quality of an HD set. Similarly, to enjoy the best picture quality in a 4K TV set, you have to watch 4K content on it. Depending on the quality of the content you are mostly watching, you must choose the screen resolution.
Lastly, the sitting distance from your TV set plays an important role in choosing the screen resolution. Greater screen resolution allows you to sit closer to your LED TV. In the case of an SD TV, you must sit at a distance three times the height of your TV screen. In the case of an HD TV, you can sit at a distance two times the height of the screen. A 4K television allows you to sit at a distance of 1.5 times the height of the screen.
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