"Big Screen TVs Are The New 4x4 Power-Guzzling SUVs Of Your Living Room”
“A Flat-Screen TV Uses More Power Than The Old, Big Fat CRT TVs”
“Televisions Consume Up To 15 Per Cent Of Household Electricity Across The World”
“The Amount Of Energy Consumed By A TV Increases As The Resolution Increases”
These are obviously frightening headlines. Fortunately, some of them are typical scare-tactics and most of what’s left is about to become old hat real soon. Here are the final facts: Yes, it’s true that flat-screen TVs use more power than CRTs, but only because the average size has moved from 20 inches to about 42. That’s double the screen real estate! Per-inch consumption is way lower. Plasma TVs are notorious for guzzling serious power and energy.
LCD and LED TVs are much better and consume about 70 per cent less power. And the all-new-king OLED will bring that down by another 70 per cent. Thus the big questions being asked by almost everyone nowadays (other than “which smartphone should I buy?”, for which I have no answers), include: Should I buy a really big TV? Will the power bill kill me? Should it be 4K, and which one should I buy? Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to pick your options from the line-up of really jumbo TVs in India.
Well, despite all that melodrama, the actual choices of what you should buy when you want to go really big are limited. Let me set some ground rules here. Fifty-five inches is not considered a really big TV anymore, so it has to be bigger, way bigger than that.
And anything that costs some ridiculous 10 to 20 lakh rupees is also out. This isn’t an exclusive buying guide for Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates or Carlos Slim. It’s for the rest of us who still want a big display and haven’t yet launched a social network or a software company or even a business empire that spans the world.
Picture (better than) perfect! From LG’s stable comes this 4K 65-inch model that promises stunning colours and a television experience not seen before.
Thus, the colours are stunning, the picture is brighter, shadow detailing is magical and the black level is near perfect. That becomes obvious as soon as you turn this one on. It’s also curved but very gently, and at sizes like this, the curved screen is a truly immersive experience. At this present moment, there isn’t a TV in the country that can give you a better picture.
What’s not so great is that the sound is average, the upscaling (taking a normal HD movie and turning it into near 4K) is okay, and it’s almost impossible to mount on a wall. It’s just been released and will set you back by Rs 5 lakhs.
From HT Brunch, August 30
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