Flatscreen TVs are ideal for any size room. Slim designs mean they'll fit into the smallest spaces; you can even mount them on a wall! And in bigger rooms, the large screen sizes available can give you a cinematic experience at home; just add popcorn.
Flatscreen TVs have excellent 'viewing angles' - you don't have to sit right in front to get a great picture.
Smaller TV screens (15-23 inches) are ideal for the kitchen or bedroom, while larger TV screens will bring the action into your living room. For the ultimate cinema-style viewing experience, choose a 37-52 inch TV screen and enjoy Hollywood greats up close! If you want the best of both worlds, look at screens in the 26-32 inch range - they blend a compact size with a screen big enough for family viewing.
How much space do I need for the tv?
It's important to think about the space available in the room you want the TV in, and how far away from the screen you will be watching it from. Smaller screens (15 to 26 inches) are ideal for the kitchen or bedroom, while larger screens (32 inch plus) will look great in your living room. If you want to bring your movies to life look for TVs with a 37 to 52 inch screen for a true home cinema experience. Even the largest TV doesn't need to take up too much room. The slim design of modern televisions means they can be easily wall mounted, giving you even more space.
Most flatscreen TVs of over 19 inches are widescreen. That means the viewable area (width to height) is in the ratio 16:9 rather than the 4:3 of traditional television. Movies are filmed in widescreen format, so a widescreen TV displays a film as its director intended.
The widescreen 16:9 (left) format compared with standard 4:3 (right)
Great for bedrooms, kitchens and anywhere where you're short of room, wall-mounted brackets free up valuable shelf or floor space. Some even hold a video or DVD player too.
If you're not hanging your TV on a wall, look at furniture designed to support it.
Cables and connectors
From SCART to HDMI, make sure you have the right cables to connect your equipment together.
Home cinema systems
For a real cinematic experience, try adding extra speakers. A simple 2.1 two-speaker stereo setup gives great sound without trailing wires, while a more powerful 3.1 system improves sound quality even further. For the ultimate rush, a full 5.1 speaker surround sound layout will put you at the centre of the action!
The two main types of flatscreen TV are LCD and Plasma. Decide what your viewing style is before you make your choice.
|IF YOU WANT...||GO FOR...|
|The best display of fast-moving images like sports matches or action movies||A plasma TV screen. Plasma TVs are great for viewing fast action without ghosting or blurring. LCD TV technology was originally developed for the slower-moving images on computer monitors, so plasma TV screens have a slight edge here.|
|A TV screen that fits anywhere||A flatscreen LCD TV. LCD TVs are usually several cms slimmer than plasma TVs, and consequently lighter too.|
|A TV that hangs on the wall||Both LCD and plasma TVs are wall mountable, but flatscreen LCD TVs are usually lighter. This makes them easier to mount on walls.|
|A TV that will last a long time||Either LCD or Plasma TVs! Early plasma TVs suffered from fading over time, but today's flatscreen TVs have this solved.|
|The strongest, most intense colours||With high 'contrast' (the difference between the darkest black and the brightest white), plasma TV screens tend to give you deeper, richer colours than LCD TVs. They're ideal for watching the best of Hollywood.|
LED (Light Emitting Diode) is a new and exciting technology in the world of flatscreen TVs.
Sounds very technical; however the experience is very simple – beautiful, stunning pictures with colour and detail you will never have seen before.
Basically the fluorescent lamps found in LCD TVs have been replaced with tiny LEDs which can be independently controlled across the surface of the screen, making it possible to produce rich areas of bright colour along with very dark blacks in the same frame.
LCD sometimes suffers with ambient light from the lamps ‘bleeding’ into dark areas of a picture, resulting in a ‘washed out’ appearance. LED overcomes this, giving high contrast and significantly more detail to dark scenes. This is particularly noticeable when the TV has LEDs right across the screen – corner to corner. Some LED TVs use LEDs only around the edge of the picture frame, allowing the TV to have an even thinner profile than a normal LCD TV.
To enjoy the digital signal, you need the right connectors. Here's a list - all are available from Argos.
RF/aerial/coaxial cables connect the signal from your rooftop aerial to your equipment, either to your TV directly or through a set top box.
If you live in an area with poor reception, adding a signal booster between aerial and TV will make your picture much clearer.
A SCART socket, is the basic connection between a TV and other equipment including DVD recorders, digital recorders, and set top boxes.