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Curved TV Buying Guide
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- Curved TVs: The Advantages
- Curved TVs: The Possible Downsides
- Curved TVs vs Flat Screen TVs
- Top-Rated Curved TVs from Appliances Connection
The future of television is here and it's curved. You may have noticed these exciting curved screen televisions in stores, online, or in the home of a friend. You may be unsure whether or not buying a curved TV is the right choice for you. Take a look at our handy buying guide to find out more.
Curved TVs: The AdvantagesA more immersive experience
Modern television viewing is something special. A far cry from the novelty programming and escapist distraction of the early days of TV, today's directors, producers, writers, and other film creatives are producing works of art that are beamed right into our rooms. These are television programs which provoke debate, push the boundaries of what is considered possible, and really make us think.
Just like with any work of art, our point of access is important. A print of a Rembrandt on a postcard looks nice but the experience of viewing it is nothing compared to the one we get when we see the original in a gallery. Television is no different, and we need to be able to get the very best out of the programs we enjoy.
The shape of a curved TV automatically wraps the picture around our perception, which has the effect of drawing the viewer further into the action. This makes a curved screen the ideal medium for really engaging with your favorite shows.
Depth and richness
3D television programs and movies caused a stir when they were first made available several years ago. So much so that it became difficult for audiences to go back and engage with 2D after being tantalized by the wonders of the third dimension.
While curved televisions are still 2D televisions, there is an increased depth and richness to the picture they provide, which recalls the more detailed and dynamic display of 3D. This is because the distance from our eye to the different points on the screen is not uniform, nor is the angle at which the pictures reach our eyes.
The result of this is a much fuller and denser experience for the viewer. If you are a fan of the effect of 3D and want to recapture some of this magic in your standard TV viewing, a curved TV goes some way to achieving this.
Increased perception of width
The widescreen aspect of television viewing is nothing new. However, this does not mean that widescreen is not a highly sought after concept in TV. With a curved screen, the widescreen aspect of viewing is amplified, and the results are often nothing short of fantastic.
Why is this? Well, it's because of the screen. Because the curved screen is shaped in the way that it is, the extreme left and right edges of the screen are in fact closer to the eye than they would be on a flat screen. This gives the perception of additional width, leading to increased enjoyment of the program or movie you are watching, and more of the enhanced immersion discussed above.
On a fundamental level, television viewing is about the interplay of different hues and patterns and the ways in which our brains respond to these different aspects. These images then build upon one another to create the narratives all of us enjoy on a daily basis.
Our enjoyment of these images is rooted in contrast. This relates to the sharpness of the image and our ability to discern these colors and textures against one another. The higher the contrast, the sharper and more appealing these images look.
A curved TV improves the contrast of the images we see, in turn improving the way in which we take in their color and texture. When you look at the edges of the television screen, you will find this to be particularly true.?This can lead to a more rewarding viewing experience, especially when it comes to picking up the detail which is found in modern television programs and movies.
Better for our eyes
Watching television is often considered a relaxing experience and one which requires no work or effort on our part. However, our eyes still have work to do, which is why even a seemingly passive exercise such as watching a movie or catching up on a soap opera can get tiring after a while.
The shape of a curved television screen might actually make this viewing experience more restful and more relaxing, simply because our eyes do not need to work so hard to discern the image. In turn, this means we can spend longer with our favorite programs, without growing tired or weary.
A more enjoyable experience for all
We don't always watch television on our own, or even just with a partner. Perhaps you have invited friends over to enjoy a movie or the latest episode of a television series. Maybe you have a big family or you share your home with other people and all of you want to enjoy a great show together. Or it could be that you are watching a sports game and several of you want to share in the fun.
When this happens, the viewing angle is important. If there are several of you watching television, those on the edges of the group may feel that it's not so easy for them to see the picture because of the angle. With a curved TV, the potential viewing angle is expanded, making it easier for viewers to see the picture, even if they are sitting to the right or to the left of the group.
As a result, everyone gets a far more enjoyable viewing experience. This makes curved TVs perfect for viewing get-togethers, family movies, and more.
An ultra-cool look
While a curved TV is certainly a practical item, and, as we have seen, owning one of these pieces of technology can make us appreciate the movies and television programs we watch in a new and exciting way, they also offer aesthetic benefits. When mounted on a wall, a TV becomes part of our interior space. The way a TV looks, even when it is not turned on, is important.
Curved televisions are cutting edge devices. They are among the most modern, and the most highly developed pieces of viewing technology available. As a result, they look really, really cool. This is certainly important when we are deciding whether or not to purchase a curved TV.
Curved TVs: The Possible DownsidesThe picture may be difficult to see from extreme angles
While curved TVs certainly make it easier for larger groups to watch television together, there are limits to this.?If you are viewing the TV from an angle of more than 35 degrees to either side, the picture may become distorted due to the shape of the screen.
This will not usually be a problem, even when you are viewing a television program in a larger group. However, if you are watching in a really large group, or if the layout of your home furniture means that some viewers may be watching from these awkward angles, the likelihood of some of your viewing party experiencing problems increases.
The real sweet spot is small
We have discussed how buying a curved TV can really add to your viewing experience in a number of ways, including making it much easier to get the best out of the program or movie that you are watching, and immersing you more completely in the unfolding action.?
However, to get the full benefit of this, you need to be sitting in the right position - preferably, directly in front of the television, at an angle of 90 degrees from the screen. Those sitting to the left or to the right of this angle will still experience great viewing advantages, but they will not be treated to the very best that the curved TV has to offer. The sweet spot for enjoying these advantages is actually quite small.
There may be reflection issues
Most viewers of curved TV pictures will have a great experience and will not encounter any issues whatsoever. Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case. Those who find themselves viewing this kind of television from an angle may encounter problems with reflections.
As a television screen is made of glass, there is always a potential for reflection and glare. This is particularly true if a light is shone directly at the screen or if sunlight comes into contact with the picture. The shape of a curved TV screen makes this more likely so viewers will need to be more aware of this risk. Viewers who sit to the left or to the right of the screen may experience even more acute problems with reflections.
Curved TVs may have an awkward shape
Where will you put your curved TV in your front room? Which is the ideal spot for a curved television in your home? These are questions that you will need to answer before you make an investment in a new piece of television tech.
Due to their shape and to their larger size, it may not always be easy to find the ideal space for a curved TV. The curvature of the screen makes positioning more awkward than simply mounting a flat screen TV, and you don't want to find yourself struggling to find a position for your new purchase after you have already spent money on the device.
Curved TVs vs Flat Screen TVsThere are a few things that buyers need to bear in mind when they are trying to decide whether to opt for a curved TV or a flat-screen model. We've covered some of the key points below:
What sort of space are you working with?
The shape of a curved television is somewhat unusual. This means it will not necessarily fit or suit every interior configuration or home type, and some buyers may find themselves better suited to the more traditional set up of a flat screen television.
Get to know your space before you buy and make sure you know exactly where the curved TV will go in your home before you make the investment.
What are the viewing habits in your household?
How does your household usually watch TV? Do you watch individually or together in a group? How you watch television together and where you sit while watching will dictate the angle you sit at. This, in turn, will dictate the quality of the picture you are able to enjoy. Take time to get to know this before you decide to purchase a curved screen television.
What is important to you as a viewer?
We have already taken a look at the many possible benefits of purchasing a curved screen TV, including enhanced contrast and picture quality. However, these benefits do not come for free and you will notice that the price tag attached to a curved screen TV might be a little higher than the one you'd expect on a flat-screen device. With this in mind, decide what is really important to you as a viewer before you select a TV to buy and make sure the model you choose can provide this.
If you still have questions regarding purchasing a curved screen TV, don't hesitate to get in touch with our team. We are happy to give you the guidance you need.
Top-Rated Curved TVs from Appliances ConnectionLG 55EG9100
A great Energy Star rating, 1080p display, 55-inch screen, self-lighting pixels, pencil-thin design, and a sleek black color, make this one of our most popular curved TVs at Appliances Connection.
Users have responded well to features such as dynamic gamma, full array local dimming, and a high dynamic range, as well as the impressive 65-inch size, making the Sharp product an incredibly successful one in our range.
A 65-inch smart TV with a pleasing Energy Star rating, and one of Samsung's most popular curved televisions.