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By on October 12, 2018 with 1,667 Comments  

One thing that always attracts us when we enter any electronics store is the sight of flashing TVs. TVs with eclectic mix of size and brand are positioned inside a showroom to grab eyeballs of the passerby. More advanced the technology, more is the crowd around a particular model. Upon doing our thorough research on best TV in India, we discovered what consumer look for while buying a TV. Size, technology and price are three most important thing that the consumer vet before making a buying decision.

In this article we will apprise you with the best LED TV in India in 2018 among the caboodle of the latest SMART and non SMART TVs based on two important aforementioned parameters–size and price. These models are based on our thorough research and are handpicked after careful examination and evaluation. We will also talk about top TV brands that are available in India. We will also give you valuable tips and tricks that would help you to make a smarter TV buying decision. For the Buying Guide, click: here.

Best LED TV in India in 2018

Some handpicked models:

1) Panasonic TH-49EX600D (Best Overall LED TV in India)

When we think of the best LED TV in India, it has to have everything latest that technology can offer, should be from a good brand with good reputation and still not very expensive. The one TV that fits all of that is Panasonic TH-49EX600D. Panasonic is one of the premium brands that offer everything latest in terms of technology. This TV has HDR and Hexa Chroma Drive for Wide Color Gamut. It is a 49-inch 4K TV with high refresh rate, and all this provides it great picture quality. And all of this does not cost a bomb, which makes it the best overall TV in our analysis.

Pros: Great Picture Quality with HDR, Hexa Chroma Drive and Fast Refresh Rate, 49-inch 4K TV.

Cons: Although it is a SMART TV, Panasonic is not known to have the best SMART TV OS. Also, the sound output is just average.

Key Specs: Speaker Output: 20 W (10 W x 2), HDMI Ports (HDMI*8): 3, HDMI (4K 60/50 p with HDCP2.2): 1, Arc Support, USB port: 2 (USB 2.0, USB 3.0)

2) Sony KLV-32W672E (Best 32-inch Full HD SMART LED TV)

32 inch is a starting size for Full HDs and the difference between Full HD and HD Ready is quite minimal in this size. But still some extra pixels do give an edge. Sony is the first brand to introduce HDR in this size and the best TV that we could find was Sony KLV-32W672E. The TV has HDR which is one of the technologies that makes good enough difference in picture quality. The TV also has sound system with a subwoofer which eliminates the need of an external soundbar. And the TV is a SMART TV too, which makes it an attractive buy.

Pros: Full HD with HDR give it great picture quality, Subwoofer provides it great sound as well.

Cons: Refresh rate is basic (so not so great for gaming and fast action sports .. but it will still be ok), in built Opera OS is not the best one out there.

Key Specs: Speaker Output: 8W+8W+14W, HDMI Ports: 2, Arc Support, USB Ports: 2

3) Vu 32D6475 (Best Budget 32-inch SMART LED TV)

When we talk about budget TVs in India, the one brand that instantly comes to our mind is Vu. Over the years they have established their hold over this segment. It is also one brand, that actually tries to come close to the premium brands in terms of providing good technology. This 32-inch HD Ready TV from Vu has good refresh rate, which makes it good for fast moving action scenes and sports. VU uses A+ grade achromatic panel which give it good color representation. It is also a SMART TV (with a quad core processor) and is available at a very attractive price. The sound output is ok but presence of DTS Truesound and Dolby Sound makes it an attractive TV to buy.

Pros: Good refresh rate, A+ grade panel, Dolby DTS Sound, Quad Core Processor

Cons: HD Ready, Non-Android OS (limited Apps), no HDR

4) Sony KLV-40W672E (Best 40-42-inch Full HD LED TV)

This TV is from the same range as the 32-inch TV mentioned above. Sony is the first brand to introduce HDR in this size and the best TV that we could find was Sony KLV-40W672E. The TV has HDR which is one of the technologies that makes good enough difference in picture quality. The TV also has sound system with a subwoofer which eliminates the need of an external soundbar. And the TV is a SMART TV too, which makes it an attractive buy.

Pros: Full HD with HDR give it great picture quality, Subwoofer provides it great sound as well.

Cons: Refresh rate is basic (so not so great for gaming and fast action sports .. but it will still be ok), in built Opera OS is not the best one out there.

Key Specs: Speaker Output: 8W+8W+14W, HDMI Ports: 2, Arc Support, USB Ports: 2

5) Thomson 40M4099 (Best Budget 40-42 inch LED TV)

If you are looking for a budget TV in 40-42 inch size range then you should certainly give a look at this new French Brand that has recently entered the Indian market. Technicolor SA or Thomson SARL as it was previously known has been making and selling electrical products globally for more than 100 years now. However, they have entered the Indian market just recently. They have entered the most competitive Budget TV segment in India and their products are currently only available on Flipkart. But they have got some good specifications for their TVs. This particular TV comes with Samsung’s VA Panel, has Full HD resolution and wide viewing angle. The sound output of this TV is also quite good with RMS 20 Watts output. And it is a SMART TV which makes it a great option. All of this comes at very low price which makes it a great TV to buy if you are looking for a budget option.

Pros: Samsung Panel, SMART TV with Android OS.

Cons: New Brand in India (so there can be some uncertainty with service), no HDR.

Key Specs: Speaker Output: 10 W + 10 W, HDMI Port: 3, USB Port: 2

6) Sony KLV-49W772E (Best 50-inch LED TV)

49/50 is the size range where the dynamics change with the introduction of 4K or Ultra HD. A UHD does make a difference at this size, but not as much as the other technologies like HDR and technology for Wide Color Gamut. This Full HD TV from Sony has HDR and also has Triluminous Display which is Sony’s technology for Wide Color Gamut. The best thing about this TV is that it also has a subwoofer, so the TV is good in both picture quality as well as sound quality. This TV is a SMART TV too and a good buy.

Pros: HDR and Triluminous Display will give it good contrast along with good colors, Subwoofer provides it great sound as well.

Cons: Refresh rate is basic (so not so great for gaming and fast action sports .. but it will still be ok), in built Opera OS is not the best one out there

Key Specs: Speaker Output: 8W+8W+14W, HDMI Ports: 2, Arc Support, USB Ports: 2

7) Sanyo XT-49S8100FS (Best Budget 50 inch LED TV)

Panasonic a premium brand in TVs wanted to enter Indian market with budget offering. And when they did that, they came in with a brand name that Indian knew and the one that they had purchased a few years back: Sanyo. When you are buying a Sanyo, you know that you are purchasing a product from Panasonic. If you are on a budget and you want to buy a good 50 inch TV then Sanyo XT-49S8100FS is a great choice. This TV comes with an IPS Panel which is what most Panasonic TVs have. Most of the technologies that you find in this TV are mostly those that you find in Panasonic TVs. Additionally, this TV is a SMART TV with QUAD CORE processor and LINUX OS. The standard apps like Netflix, Youtube, etc come out of the box and it also has an App store to get more. The sound output of RMS 16 Watt (8W x 2) is a bit low, but it has dolby digital to make the experience better. So, if you are looking for a budget 50 inch TV, this one is a great buy.

Pros: 50 inch Full HD SMART TV at a great price, Good Brand, Dolby Audio.

Cons: Low sound output, basic refresh rate, no HDR, no ARC Support.

Key Specs: Speaker Output: 8W+8W, HDMI Ports: 3, USB Ports: 2

8) LG 55UJ632T (Best 55-inch LED TV)

If you are looking for a 55-inch UHD TV from a premium brand which has almost everything but is still not exorbitantly expensive then LG 55UJ632T is the best model for you. LG is a great value for money brand which has latest technologies. The TV has HDR, the color master engine provides it good color and the refresh rate is also good. The Web OS in LG is one of the most intuitive and user-friendly OS in the market. In general, the user interface in LG TVs are quite good and this TV is no less. The magic remote provides a good user interface for navigation. On the whole a great 55-inch TV.

Pros: HDR with Color Master Engine gives it a good picture quality, Web OS is the best TV OS out there in the market, User Interface is great, 4K TV.

Cons: Sound output of this TV is normal, does not have advanced wide color gamut technology from LG

Key Specs: Sound Output: 20 W RMS, HDMI Ports: 3, USB Ports: 2

9) LG 49SJ800T (Best Value for Money 4k LED TV)

One of the latest models from LG, 49SJ800T is one fantastic model with great specs. It is a 4K TV with Active HDR and Dolby Vision which is supported by Ultra Luminance technology. It supports HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision formats. The wide color gamut technology Nano Cell Display in this TV supports Billion Rich Colors. The IPS 4K display provides a wider viewing angle. The audio system in this TV is by Harman Kardon and has good surround sound. Also, as mentioned earlier, LG’s WebOS is the best OS in the market. The User Interface in this TV also works on Voice Recognition. All in all, it is a fantastic 4K TV which gives great cinematic experience.

Pros: Great picture quality with HDR and WCG, Great sound with Harman Kardon speakers, Multiple HDR format support

Cons: Cannot call them cons but it lacks HDR10 Pro support, also an OLED will have better luminance as compared to ultra-luminance technology in this TV.

Key Specs: Sound Output: 20 W RMS, HDMI Ports: 4, USB Ports: 3

10) Mi TV 4 (Best Budget 4K 55 inch LED TV)

Brands from China are known to bring in good quality products at very low prices and Xiaomi (or Mi in short) is one of the leading brands to do so in India. Mi has disrupted and dominated Mobile Phone market and. They are doing the same for TVs. Although there are a few more Chinese brands trying to do so in TVs but being a well-established one in India puts Mi ahead of others. Mi Launched its 4K variant Mi TV 4 in 2018 and it has taken the market by storm. This ultra-thin TV from Mi boasts of some really good latest technology. Firstly, it has HDR to give you great picture quality. The viewing angle in this TV is also good, so it will look equally good from all angles. The speakers are Dolby Audio with DTS-HD and sound output is 2 x 8W (which is slightly on the lower side but decent for a medium sized room). The Patchwall OS is specifically designed with your interest in mind and it gives easy access to the content you like. The display is frameless which give it a great cinematic experience. The performance is also really good with 64-bit quad core processor. On the whole a great TV for the price you pay for it.

Pros: HDR 4K TV for a great price, Dolby Audio and DTS-HD, Frameless display for great cinematic experience, Quad core processor with 2 GB RAM and 8 GB Storage.

Cons: Sound output on a lower side, Patchwall OS still needs some time to mature, Lacks an extra WCG (wide color gamut) technology.

Key Specs: Sound Output: 2 x 8 W RMS, HDMI Ports: 3, USB Ports: 2, Arc Support

11) Samsung 65Q8C (Best LED TV in India if you have no budget constraint)

We all wish that we had all the money in this world to buy everything that we want. If you do have that money and you want to buy a great TV then Samsung 65Q8C is the model for you. QLED or Quantum Dot Light Emitting Diode is the next level technology from Samsung which can provide absolutely stunning picture quality. Quantum Dots are small tiny particles (about 10 nanometers in size) that have the ability – when couple with other materials – to give different colors that are brighter and more vibrant. Along with HDR this technology can get you the best picture quality that money can buy. The TV can have stunning black, gorgeous whites and wide variety of different colors. The refresh rate in this TV is high, the TV is curved, and it gives the best cinematic experience. The Smart Hub from Samsung is also among the best TV OSes in the market with great content and apps available. The TV also boasts of Q HDR Elite, Bezel Less Design, Good viewing angle, etc. Certainly, the best if you have the money.

Pros: A QLED 4K TV with Q HDR Elite (stunning picture quality), Bluetooth 2 Way Audio for wireless connectivity to sound systems, Quad Core Processor, Smart Hub, Voice Controlled Remote, Auto Device Detection, Cable free connection to the TV and no gap wall mount.

Cons: If it had any, it would not have been the best TV with no budget constraint .

Key Specs: Sound Output : 60 Watts (Dolby, DTS Premium) with woofer, HDMI Ports: 4, USB Ports: 3

Based on our data collection (from websites of various brands) and understanding of brand value and technology, we have also put together a list of best LED TV in India based on size and budget. If you have any question about any model or brand, feel free to put in your question in the comments section.

Top Ten 40 inch LED TV in India

  • Vu H40D321

    Key Specs:
    • 39 inch
    • Full HD
    • 7 + 7 Watt Audio Audio
  • Vu 40D6535

    Key Specs:
    • 40 inch
    • Full HD
    • Audio
  • Micromax Canvas Led Tv 40 inch

    Key Specs:
    • 40 inch
    • Full HD
    • Audio
    • SMART TV
  • Thomson 40M4099

    Key Specs:
    • 40 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 W (10 W x 2) Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
  • iFFalcon 40F2

    Key Specs:
    • 40 inch
    • Full HD
    • 16W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
  • Panasonic TH-40E400D

    Key Specs:
    • 40 inch
    • Full HD
    • 10 W (5 W x 2) Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 200 Hz BMR
  • Samsung 40J5100

    Key Specs:
    • 40 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 W (L: 10 W, R: 10 W) Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 100
  • Samsung 40K5000

    Key Specs:
    • 40 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 watts (L: 10 watts, R: 10 watts) Audio
  • Sony KLV-40R252F

    Key Specs:
    • 40 inch
    • Full HD
    • 10 W + 10 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: -
  • Panasonic TH-39E200DX

    Key Specs:
    • 39 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 16 W (8 W x2) Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 100 Hz BMR


Top Ten 42 inch LED TV in India

  • Vu 43S6575

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Full HD
    • Audio
  • Vu 43D6575

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Full HD
    • 7 + 7 Watt Audio Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Smooth Motion Rate
  • Sanyo XT-43S7200F

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Full HD
    • (RMS) 20 W Audio
  • Thomson 43TH6000

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 20 W (10 W x 2) Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
  • Micromax 43E9999uhd

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 10W*2 Audio
    • SMART TV
  • Vu 43SU128

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 10+10 Watt Box Speaker Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Smooth Motion Control
  • LG 43LJ554T

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 1000
    • Color Master Engine
    • Star Rating: 2, Annual Electricity: 135 Units
  • Panasonic TH-43ES480DX

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 W (10 W x 2) Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 100 Hz BMR
  • Vu 43BU113

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 10 + 10 Watt Audio Audio
    • SMART TV
  • Philips 43PUT7791/V7

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 20W Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 240Hz Perfect Motion Rate (PMR)


Top Ten 32 inch LED TV in India

  • MI LED Smart TV 4A 32

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • Full HD
    • 10W x 2 Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Vu LED-32K160M

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • Full HD
    • 10 + 10 Watt Audio Audio
  • Samsung 32J4003

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 10W(5W+5W) Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 100
  • Vu 32D6545

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • Full HD
    • 8 + 8 Watt Audio Audio
  • Vu 32D6475

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 6 + 6 Watt Audio Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Smooth Motion Rate
  • Vu 32D7545

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 8 + 8 Watt Audio Audio
  • LG 32LH576D

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 20W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Star Rating: 5, Annual Electricity: 54 Units
  • LG 32LJ523D

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 20 W Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 300
    • Color Master Engine
    • Star Rating: 3, Annual Electricity: 68 Units
  • LG 32LJ573D

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 20 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 900
    • Color Master Engine
    • Star Rating: 2, Annual Electricity: 76 Units
  • LG 32LJ522D

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 20 W Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 300
    • Color Master Engine
    • Star Rating: 3, Annual Electricity: 68 Units


Top Ten 49 inch LED TV in India

  • Vu 49D6575

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Full HD
    • Audio
  • Vu 49S6575

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Full HD
    • 8 + 8 Watt Audio Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Smooth Motion Rate 120Hz
  • Sanyo XT-49S7200F

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Full HD
    • (RMS) 20 W Audio
  • Vu 49SU131

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 10+10 Watt Box Speaker Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Smooth Motion Control
  • Samsung 49M6300

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 900
    • PurColour
  • LG 49LJ554T

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 1000
    • Color Master Engine
    • Star Rating: 3, Annual Electricity: 152 Units
  • Sanyo XT-49S8100FS

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Full HD
    • (RMS) 8W x 2 Audio
    • SMART TV
  • LG 49LJ617T

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 1000
    • Color Master Engine
    • Star Rating: 3, Annual Electricity: 157 Units
  • Sony KLV-49W772E

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Full HD
    • 8W+8W+14W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Motionflow™ XR 200 (Native 50 Hz)
    • HDR, Triluminos Display
  • LG 49UJ632T

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 20 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 1600
    • HDR, Color Master Engine


Top Ten 24 inch LED TV in India

  • Samsung 24K4100

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 10 W Audio
  • Sony KLV-24P413D

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 10 W + 10 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: -(native 50 Hz)
  • Samsung 24H4003

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 3W x 2 Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 100
  • LG 24LH454A

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 10W Audio
    • Star Rating: 2, Annual Electricity: 44 Units
  • Panasonic TH-24D400D

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 2*3w Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 100 Hz
  • LG 24LJ470A

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 10W Audio
    • Star Rating: 2, Annual Electricity: 44 Units
  • Micromax 24B600hd

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 10wx2 Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 60
  • Thomson 24TM2490

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 20 W (10 W x 2) Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
  • Samsung 24J4100

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 10 watts Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 100


Top Ten 55 inch LED TV in India

  • Vu 55SU134

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 10+10 Watt Box Speaker Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Smooth Motion Control
  • LG 55UJ632T

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 20 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 1600
    • HDR, Color Master Engine
  • Sanyo XT-55S8200U

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • (RMS) 10W x 2 Audio
    • SMART TV
  • Micromax 55T1155fhd

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Full HD
    • Audio
  • LG 55UK6360PTE

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 20W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • HDR
  • Panasonic TH-55ES500D

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 W (10 W x 2) Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 800 Hz BMR
    • Hexa Chroma Drive
  • LG 55LJ550T

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 1000
    • Color Master Engine
    • Star Rating: 2, Annual Electricity: 211 Units
  • Sony KD-55X8500F

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 10 W+10 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Motionflow™ XR 800 (Native 100 Hz)
    • HDR, Triluminos Display
  • TCL L55P2MUS

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 8 W + 8 W Harman Kardon Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
    • HDR Pro
  • Sony KD-55X9000E

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 10 W+10 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Motionflow™ XR 800 (Native 100 Hz)
    • HDR, Triluminos Display


Top Ten 65 inch LED TV in India

  • TCL L65C2US

    Key Specs:
    • 65 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 8 W + 8 W Harman Kardon Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
    • HDR, Wcg
  • Sony KD-65X7002E

    Key Specs:
    • 65 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 10 W+10 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Motionflow™ XR 200 (Native 50 Hz)
    • HDR, Triluminos Display
  • Panasonic TH-65EX480DX

    Key Specs:
    • 65 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 20 W (10 W x 2) Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 100 Hz BMR
    • HDR
  • Sony KD-65X9300E

    Key Specs:
    • 65 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 10W+10W+10W+10W+10W+10W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Motionflow™ XR 800 (Native 100 Hz)
    • HDR, Triluminos Display
  • LG OLED65B7T

    Key Specs:
    • 65 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 40W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • HDR, OLED
  • LG 65SJ850T

    Key Specs:
    • 65 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 40W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 3200
    • HDR, Billion Rich Color


If you are looking for best LED TV in India that fits in your budget, then you can look at these pages on our website

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Best Television / TV Brands in India in 2018

These are considered as premium brands in India. These brands have latest and greatest technology available in the market. Japanese brand Toshiba or Dutch brand Philips are also good, but if you are looking for decent value for money brands then you may look at the new and upcoming brands like Mi LED TV, Vu LED TV, Sanyo LED TV, Thomson LED TV and TCL LED TV (or iFFalcon LED TV its subsidiary) . The new Chinese brands like Mi, TCL, etc are completely disrupting the TV market by bringing in latest technology at quite value for money price. Technology wise the premium brands are far superior but they are expensive. In general most brands in India do not offer warranty of more than 1 year on TVs, and bad power quality does damage TVs in several places, thus lot of people prefer to go for the value for money brands. To check on our analysis of various brand you can check our link: Best LED TV brand in India.

If you are looking for reviews of various brands, you can check our brand review section over here: Link. Or you can click on the specific brand name mentioned above.

Things to look for while buying a TV

Size of the TV

This is probably the most important factor which significantly drives the buying behaviour of customers who are looking to buy a new TV. The sheer size of a TV is capable of altering a customer’s decision. Many people have an emotional/psychological connect with the size of the TV. A bigger size TV is considered a sign of social status by many. And due to this many people choose to buy an over-sized TV.

To illustrate the effect the size of TV has on the viewing experience, let us look at an example. If you buy a large sized TV (above 40 inches) then there is a certain distance at which you have to sit from the TV to have a comfortable view. Otherwise the objects on the screen will look too large and the viewing experience will be poor.

So it is important to buy such a TV which is best suited to your room. Given below is a table which illustrates the minimum distance at which you should sit from the TV in order to have a nice viewing experience.

TV Size576 resolution720p1080p
32-inch8′ feet6′4′
37-inch10′7′4.5′
40-inch10.5′8′5′
42-inch11′8′5.5′
46-inch12′9′6′
50-inch13′10′6.5′
55-inch15′11.5′7.5′
65-inch17′13′8.5′

Table Source

For those who do not want even to take the pain of confirming right TV size based on the distance from watching the TV, we have simple advice for you. You can opt for 32-43′ TV for your bedroom and go for 55′ or more for your hall/living room. If your hall room size is humongously large, 75’ or even 100’ TV will do wonders.

Resolution

When we are talking about the screen resolution, or in other words, the clarity of the TV, then the number of pixels matter a lot. More the number of pixels, more is the graphical information captured and displayed to the viewer and consequently, more is the clarity of the TV. In India, three types of screen resolutions in TVs are available. These are:

a) HD Ready (1280 x 720 or 720p)

b) Full HD (1920 x 1080 or 1080p, available only in 32 Inches and above TV models)

c) Ultra High Definition (3840 × 2160, 4K, UltraHD, available only in 42 Inches and above TV models)

Though often used interchangeably, there is a slight difference between a true 4K and 4K UHD. UHD has the resolution of 3840 x 2160 which is precisely twice that of Full HD and thrice that of simply HD. On the other hand, the true 4K has the resolution of 4096 x 2160. So, rather being simply 4x of Full HD, 4K derives its name from measuring 4000+ pixels on its longest side. But most of the TV with 3840 x 2160 resolution are marketed as 4K or 4K UHD TV.

As you go from HD Ready to Ultra High Definition, the number of pixels in the screen increase, which means that the display-clarity increases. But one should keep in mind that beyond a certain distance from the TV, all the various versions of HD TVs appear to be same (or there is little noticeable difference from a HD ready TV to a 4K variant). The difference between these variants starts becoming noticeable as one starts moving closer to the screen. The size is also an important factor while choosing resolution. A 32 inch is the entry level size for Full HD TVs, but at that size, there difference between a HD Ready and Full HD is not much. Similarly 42-43 inch is the entry level size for UHDs and thus at this size, the difference will not be much between a Full HD and 4K.

Display Panel

Most significant differentiating factor between a premium and non-premium TV lies in the display panel. We have already moved from bulky CRT TVs to slim LED TVs. In LED, manufacturers have found a big scope for improvement. Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display panels are borne out of that vision. OLED is the best display panel you can get in a TV but you’ll need to shell out a couple of lakh to buy a giant TV with OLED technology. OLEDs are Organic Light Emitting Diode panel TVs which uses an organic material that glows when electricity is passed through them. On the contrary conventional LED TV displays comprise of LCD screen that needs LED backlight to make the colors visible. Now when we say LCD screen, it should not be confused with old LCD TVs which used much older technology which uses a fluorescent backlight and not the LED. The most prominent difference between LED and OLED is that the OLED lights up individual pixels while the standard LED (non-OLED) displays light up the complete screen. This difference helps to get the real contrast because it’s possible to reproduce true blacks as they can be completely turned off. Also, it has the massive lead over conventional LEDs in terms of response time, because OLEDs are touted to be 1,000 times faster, implying there would be no discernible blur with fast-moving images. LG is presently a leader in OLED technology, and it also happens to OLED panel supplier to other big TV manufacturers.

LG and Samsung are arch rivals. So if LG is taking the world by storm with OLED, Samsung too has come with a panel technology which would attract elite TV buyers. To take on OLED Samsung has its own QLED technology which sounds quite similar to the former. QLEDs are Quantum-dot LEDs which are nothing but microscopic molecules (nano-sized semiconductor crystals) when hit by the incident light would emit their own differently colored light. They possess good light absorbing and emitting capacity which makes it a great choice for vibrant pictures and is also energy efficient. Though QLED TVs are definitely better than ordinary LED, but OLED still rules the roost. These displays are best suited for individuals who not only want a great display but also care for the environment (as they are highly energy efficient)

HDR (High Dynamic Range) and WCG (Wide Color Gamut)

A few years back when 4K was new, all the limelight was on the resolution. Marketers and salesperson would talk about the grandiosity of a bigger 4K TV, how it compares to Full HD or HD or the rudimentary SD definition. However, as the economy of scale has started to picture in, the prices of 4K TV plunged significantly. TV marketers are slowly shifting their technical catchphrase from 4K to HDR and WCG. Wide color gamut (WCG) is often bundled with HDR. Though mostly concurrent they aren’t precisely intrinsically interlinked. Where HDR increases the dynamic range of the picture (with brighter brights and darker darks), WCG improves on the color reproduction–redder reds, bluer blues, greener greens, etc. In short, HDR improves picture clarity quantitatively while WCG does so qualitatively.

The single biggest change that has happened in recent times in TV Picture technology is the introduction of HDR or High Dynamic Range in TV. It relates to something called as “contrast”. Contrast ratio is a term which one might hear when looking at several models of TVs. Contrast ratio is a measure of the luminance of the TV screen. It is the ratio of the brightness of the brightest colour (ie white) to the darkness of the darkest colour (ie black) on the screen. It is an indicator of the vibrance (or brilliance) of the screen. So a high contrast ratio is usually preferred. For a deeper understanding of HDR read our article here.

WCG on the other hand, lets TV display more colors. Not just more colors but more real life-like colors which we see with our naked eye. So, if you are getting a TV with HDR and WCG you can be rest assured of amazing picture quality. We have a dedicated article explaining WCG here.

HDR is pretty much on the path of becoming standard especially in the 4K TVs, there is also a start of virtual HDR format war. The TV manufacturers are toiling hard to bring their own HDR. Presently there at least four different HDR formats with more to come in near future. Below is the key characteristic of each HDR format:

  1. HDR10: This is most commonly used HDR format and supports upto 10 bit of display panel. This implies it can display maximum of 1 billion colors. Also meta data processing is static. Companies often tag their HDR10 format as HDR Pro or HDR Premium. They are nothing but HDR10
  2. Dolby Vision: This is arguably the best HDR format. It supports 12 bit display panel implying it can display mind-boggling 68 billion colors. Also meta dat processing in this HDR is dynamic. For simplicity, dynamic is better than static. For more info on the difference between the two, check link.
  3. HDR10+: This is recently released HDR format which is upgrade over HDR10. It supports dynamic meta data processing but support 10 bit display panel and not 12 bit like Dolby Vision.
  4. HLG: Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) format HDR is specifically meant for broadcasting live channels in HDR. Presently in India no channel brings out live channel with HDR support.

HDR and WCG is another step towards improving the aesthetics of watching content on a big screen. But bear in mind that HDR is an end-to-end technology. Every step from creation to reproduction on the TV screen in your home needs to be HDR-compatible. With all that in place WCG and HDR will surely enhance TV viewing experience.

Refresh rate

The video playing on a TV is actually a series of images which are displayed at a very high rate so that they appear to move and give our eyes a sensation of moving objects. So refresh rate determines how quickly the images are updated in one second (or are refreshed in one second) on the screen. If a TV has a high refresh rate, then it means that the moving of the images on the screen will be fast and smooth. In simple words, the video quality will be enhanced. (Please note that refresh rate is different from frame rate).

So if you primarily intend to watch high-action, fast moving objects on your TV (like racing, or high graphics games) then you should go for a TV with a high refresh rate as the images would not get blurred. But if you want to watch regular stuff (like TV soaps, movies) then the standard refresh rate of 50 Hz would be sufficient for you.

Different manufacturers use different terminologies (in terms of mentioning the refresh rate) to promote their TVs. Some examples are LG Motion Clarity index, Samsung Clear Motion rate, Toshiba ClearScan, Sony Motion Flow and so on. In these patented technologies, the refresh rate that is mentioned, is sometimes bloated. So a manufacturer can label their TV as having a refresh rate as high as 1000 Hz, but effectively the refresh rate is no more than 200 Hz.

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It is important to have a knowledge of the aspect of “fake refresh rate” because some people get misguided by the high value of the refresh rate for a particular brand, which when normalised, is effectively lesser than the value that is mentioned in the specifications of the TV.

Remote

Modern remote bundles with smart TVs are minimalistic. They usually have a few channel control buttons with volume adjustment and voice control if it comes with Google Voice assistant. We would recommend going for a Bluetooth remote instead of an ordinary one because with Bluetooth remote you can control TV from any part of the room. In infrared, you would specifically need to point towards the TV. We have observed many cheap smart TVs don’t come with a mute button. Be watchful of that too. Remotes it high-end TV also come with zooming button which lets you zoom any part of the screen. Ardent sports lover would truly admire this feature. If you prefer to use your TV late nights with lights off, try to go for a TV model with LED backlit as that would make it convenient to operate TV in the dark. Additionally, you can buy a complete functionality keyboard-like Bluetooth remote if your smart TV comes with Bluetooth connectivity.

Sound (RMS Output)

Another important aspect now-a-days is the sound quality of TVs. If you look at some models, you shall find that a RMS power rating is given to TVs. For example. A TV with 5W + 5W RMS would mean that the power output of both the speakers is 5W individually. Higher RMS rating generally translates to louder volume. However, it does not mean that a higher RMS rated TV will be “better-sounding” more than a TV having a lower RMS rating.

Many premium TVs these days come with dedicated sound bar with enhanced sound technology like Dolby or DTS. Harman Kardon is one of the best inbuilt speaker set bundled with the TV. Typical arrangement of Harman Kardon speaker is that it four separate speakers with dual amplifiers. This helps in taking the entertainment quotient higher. The front design of these speakers is such that they deliver sound with minimum losses.

Similarly, on a software front, it is best to go with the Dolby Digital sound system. The strength of Dolby Digital lies in compressing the size of multichannel audio files without disturbing the sound quality. What Dolby Digital does is, it takes cues from how human ear processes sound and implements it in its functioning. It provides five bandwidth channels: front right, front left, center, surround right, and surround left for amazingly true sound feel. Thus, it expands right and left conventional stereo channels to give listeners enveloping 360 degrees of sound; alternately the “surround sound”. If all-round sound (3D sound) takes you to another world go for a TV with Dolby.

Some TVs these days also have a subwoofer or sound bar integrated into them. In case you are looking for better sound output, do look for subwoofer or soundbar integration.

IPS vs VA panel

You must have observed that when viewed from different angles, the colours in the LED TV change. That is because of the screen-panel. There are two main types of panels available in market: IPS panels and VA panels.

IPS panels are found to be better in terms of viewing angle i.e you can watch TV sitting at different angles with the TV whereas VA panels are not found to be that good in terms of viewing angle. It means that a TV with a VA panel does not give you much freedom in terms of the viewing angle. So if you have a bigger room, then IPS panel would offer a better angle. Also IPS panels are tougher than VA panels and are found to be more durable. However, in terms of color reproduction, VA panels are better and that is why brands like Sony and Samsung still use VA panels.

Picture Engine

To deal with the ever-increasing pixel count and deliver crisp & clear picture companies provide with different picture engines. This should be essential criteria for the users who are intending to do gaming or watch action-packed movies on their TV. X Reality Pro engine on Sony 4K TV upscales every pixel to provide better clarity. It improves picture clarity by adding the missing colors, luster, vibrancy, texture, and details to the given picture. LG, on the other hand, provides with Triple XD engine which works on three important parameters—contrast, color, and noise. Triple XD engine enhances picture quality by increasing black levels and brightness, altering color tones and provides analog & MPEG noise reduction algorithms. Though the premium range of TVs offers a stunning 4K resolution, most of the sources, especially in India don’t provide with native 4K content. This means there is the need to upscale them when aired on the TV, but then they are on the risk of appearing blurry or grainy. To cope up with this, make sure the picture engine of the TV comes with the capability of upscaling low-resolution content.

Smart TV

If you decide to buy a smart TV, you will come across a plethora of operating systems (OS) just like you find them in your laptops and smartphones.

Android is the most popular operating system for Smart TVs just like the smartphone with nearly half of the market share. The best part of Android TV OS (Android 6.0 and above) is that they come with Google Voice assistant. This means your TV can easily search any content you say as Google Voice is the best in recognizing different accents accurately. Moreover, if you are the Android user, you would already know that there are thousands of apps on Play Store. However, there is a slight catch with Android TV OS. Though many smart TV says Android OS, they are not officially certified. It means that Play Store might be absent altogether. So if you want official Play Store to go for Android certified TV. In case you are a tech geek, you can do without an Android certified TV by sideloading APK apps on Smart TV.

LG’s webOS is the second most popular TV OS. This OS is built around the taskbar which runs at the bottom of the screen. First introduced in 2014, UI hasn’t changed much, but there have been some gradual improvements over the years matching the need of the hour. The main advantage of webOS is that it’s exceptionally user-friendly, stable, fast, least prone to slowdowns. However, on the downside, it lacks broader ecosystem apps which Google can offer. 2018 onwards LG have added ThinQ AI in its premium Smart TVs which allows for smart search, multiple windows, and magnification on live screen functionalities.

Just like LG, Samsung hosts its operating system, Tizen in its Smart TVs. Samsung calls it SmartHub and its UI draws a lot of inspiration from webOS especially in the way it uses overlaid menu comprising of big colorful icons.

There is another popular TV OS, but off late it’s development on a decline. It is Firefox OS and presently shipped with selected Panasonic appliances. Though it’s one of the clean, fresh and easy TV systems around, opting for it is little dicey since Mozilla foundation has confirmed its withdrawal from this segment. This means future support and development in the TVs powered by Firefox OS is apparently in jeopardy.

Now if you are really on a tight budget and cannot afford a smart TV but still crave for one, we have a solution. If your TV comes with HDMI port, you can convert your idiot box into smart TV using plug-and-play devices like Google Chromecast, Amazon Firestick, and Apple Smart TV. They come with a lot of OTT apps and provides you with a full dose of entertainment like a usual smart TV.

Conclusion

In this slightly longish post, we have tried to explain you different things that you need to look at while buying a new television. We have also tried to list down some new technologies that are there in the market. In case you still have questions, please feel free to post them in the discussion section below and we will be happy to help you.

About the Author:
Abhishek Jain is an Alumnus of IIT Bombay with almost 10 years of experience in corporate before starting Bijli Bachao in 2012. His passion for solving problems moved him towards Energy Sector and he is keen to learn about customer behavior towards Energy and find ways to influence the same towards Sustainability. .

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