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Information to Know Before Buying a TV | Conn's HomePlus

Mar 11th 2023

  • Types
  • Screen Sizes
  • TV Resolution
  • Refresh Rate
  • Advanced TVs
  • TV Accessories
  • TV Financing
  • FAQs
  • Finding the best TV for your needs can be challenging and confusing with the constant technological changes. At Conn’s HomePlus, we want you to make the most informed buying decision and get the technology you want at the price you deserve.

    There’s never been a better time to buy a TV. The market is ripe with top-of-the-line TV brands offering an ideal contrast ratio, acoustic surface audio, wide viewing angle, and a range of new and improved features to give you the best viewing experience.

    Our in-depth TV buying guide to help you decide the best type, size, and resolution from the best TV manufactures like Samsung, LG, and Sony to fit your space and your needs — we have something for everyone, whether online or in your  nearest Conn’s HomePlus store.

    Choosing the Right TV, What You Need to Know

    As you start your TV buying journey, here are some considerations to keep in mind:

    • How will the placement of your TV influence size?
    • How far will viewers be from the TV while watching?
    • Do you need a specific resolution for watching sports?
    • What is the lighting in the room like where you watch your TV?
    • Do you want to browse the internet on your TV?

    All of these questions will help you to make the best choice for your lifestyle and your budget, and if you still aren’t sure  which TV is best for you, our in-store team is standing by, ready to help you with your decision!

    Multiple Types of TVs to Choose From

    OLED TVs

    OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TVs offer a completely different technology than LED. Millions of independently controlled pixels that emit their own light provide higher contrast, perfect black, improved viewing angles, and greater color accuracy. OLED TVs are thinner and use less power than traditional backlit LED TVs. OLED TVs are perfect in darker rooms while watching fast moving action movies and sports. OLED technology is also great for gaming capable of 4K 120hz.


    Mini-Led is an evolution of LCD TV technology by using smaller (1/40th the size) LED’s to illuminate the screen that provide finer control that improves aspects such as contrast (difference between dark and bright parts of an image), black levels and blooming. Mini-LED TVs can reach a higher peak brightness than an OLED TV.

    Quantum Dot/QLED TVs

    The Quantum Dot LED technology uses phosphorescent crystals for better backlighting conditions on LCD TVs. QLED displays offer rich colors in an affordable range. Higher range QLEDs are unaffected by burn-in and afterglows. QLED TV’s add a layer of red and green nanocrystals and generates a backlight that is brighter.

    LED TVs

    Light Emitting Diode TVs offer outstanding picture quality and work well in virtually any lighting condition, even in very bright rooms. With extremely thin profiles, LED TVs can fit into almost any space without taking over your room’s décor. If you are planning to host outside, an LED television may be the way to go for outdoor activities.

    LCD TVs

    Liquid Crystal Display TVs are excellent for most viewing needs, especially in brighter rooms. LCD TVs are known for their vivid colors and superior HD performance. They have a slim profile and are generally quite affordable.

    What is the Best TV Screen Size

    There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing a screen size. It depends on room size, viewing distance, budget and TV watching habits. And with all the different TV technologies available, resolution can vary dramatically. So sitting five feet away might be fine with one TV, but way too close with another.

    These general guidelines, combined with your personal preferences, room size and TV quality, can help narrow down your choices.

    Screen Size Minimum Viewing
    Distance (feet)
    Maximum Viewing
    Distance (feet)
    43" 3.5' 5'
    50" 4' 6.5'
    55" 4.5' 7'
    65" 5.5' 8'
    70" 6' 9'
    75" 6.5' 9.5'
    85" 7' 10.5'

    One of the most important things to do before you go TV shopping is to measure the width and height of the space where you’ll be putting the TV. It might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do this!

    When you’re staring at that giant wall of TVs in the store, it can be tough to tell what size you need. Keep in mind that with TVs, bigger is usually better. Almost nobody wishes they’d gotten a smaller TV!

    TV Types Based on Screen Sizes

    Small TVs | 55” and smaller

    Small to mid-sized models are great for the bedroom, smaller living rooms, or anywhere you don’t want the TV to overpower the room. Samsung’s 43” UHD 4K Smart TV or 50” 4K UHD TV are great contenders in this category. From 32” to 55” Conn’s offers a solution at affordable price points up to premium technology to maximize the use of a smaller living space.

    Large TVs | 65” – 75”

    We want to get lost in the picture when we go to the movies. Large TVs can create that movie experience at home, drawing you into the action. Choose between Samsung’s 55” 4K UHD TV and LG’s 55” OLED C1 Series 4K HDR TV for a better bargain.

    Ultra Large TVs | 85” and larger

    When you want to get completely immersed in a movie or the game, these are the TVs for you. If you’ve got the space, a big screen TV gives you an unsurpassed viewing experience. Top-line TV manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Sony, and others have dominated the market with flagships in the 65”, 75”, and 85” screen sizes. Conn’s has an extensive assortment of ultra large TV’s to suit everyone’s needs .

    Deciding on Your TV Resolution

    Screen resolution is a measure of the number of pixels on the screen. From 720p to 8K these numbers denote the number of horizontal lines of pixels the TV features. More pixels in a display equals more details, which equates to a better picture quality.

    TV Resolutions:

    • 8K - 7680 x 4320
    • 4K - 3840 x 2160
    • 1080p - 1920 x 1080
    • 720p - 1280 x 720

    The first number in a resolution refers to the number pixels horizontally, while the second number refers yo the number of pixels vertically.

    8K TV

    Though the technology is still evolving, 8K TVs currently boast the best picture resolution on any TV display, at 7,680 X 4,320 pixels. Four times the resolution of 4K TVs, these TVs use the best image processors, highest HDR standards, and more. Try out Samsung’s promising Neo QLED model in 8K resolution.

    4K TV

    Delivering up to four times the resolution of 1080p TVs,  4K TVs provide truly breathtaking picture quality. Also known as Ultra High Definition or Ultra HD TVs, these state-of-the-art TVs offer a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. If you’re concerned that you won’t have enough ultra HD content to watch on your 4K TV, keep in mind that more and more content is being created in 4K. Additionally, these TVs are programmed to recognize the format of your watching (live TV, streaming content, or a DVD or Blu-ray) and upscale the signal to fit the available pixels properly.

    HDR TV

    HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and gives you a more “dynamic” picture, which is where the name comes from. HDR TVs display a broader and richer range of colors, much brighter whites and deeper, darker blacks. The extensive coverage allows for more natural, true-to-life colors closer to how we see them in real life.

    Full HD TV

    Full HD TVs are the standard for most TVs manufactured today. A full HD TV gives you crisp resolution and brilliant colors, allowing you to view virtually all content (movies, TV shows, sporting events, etc.) at its intended level of detail.

    HD TV (720p)

    Generally found in smaller TVs, 720p resolution translates to 1280 pixels in width by 720 pixels in height. You get a quality picture at an affordable price.

    Best TVs Listed by Screen Size & Resolution

    Brand Model Screen Size Resolution
    Samsung 85" QN90B Neo QLED 4K 85" 4K
    LG Electronics 65" C2 Series OLED EVO 4K 65" 4K
    Samsung 75" QN800B Neo QLED 8K TV 75" 8K
    Tech Data (Sony) 4K HDR OLED TV 65" 4K
    Samsung 85" QN85B Neo QLED 4K 85" 4K
    LG Electronics 55" OLED C1 Series 4K HDR 55" 4K
    LG Electronics 65" OLED C1 Series 4K HDR 65" 4K
    LG Electronics 77" OLED 4K UHD 77" 4K

    Everything You Need to Know about Refresh Rates

    What is a refresh rate, anyway? The refresh rate is how often the picture rebuilds itself or is “refreshed.” The more often it’s refreshed, the smoother and less blurry the image will be. Refresh rates are measured in hertz (Hz). So if a TV offers a 240Hz refresh rate, it will rebuild the picture 240 times per second. That’s a smooth picture!

    • A 60Hz TV rebuilds the picture 60 times per second and provides good clarity for most programming.
    • A 120Hz TV picture gets rebuilt 120 times per second, so the resolution is quite crisp.
    • A 240Hz TV rebuilds the picture 240 times per second, providing the smoothest picture.

    The higher the refresh rate, the better the TV is for watching sports and action movies and playing games.

    Advanced TVs

    Smart TVs

    A smart TV is a TV/computer hybrid that gives you the ultimate interactive viewing experience. With int  smart TVs can connect directly to your home network, allowing you to stream movies, shows, videos, and music. Many of these TVs also let you surf the web right from your TV, and you can share content with your tablet or smartphone to watch whenever and wherever you want. Some televisions even give you recommendations for movies and TV shows. You can choose between Samsung’s smaller 43” 4K UHD Smart TV and the larger 65” 4K UHD Smart TV.

    Curved TVs

    Want to get completely caught up in a show? Then you want a TV that wraps the show around you! Curved TVs are just what they sound like: the screens are curved to provide the most immersive home viewing experience possible from multiple angles. The action takes place both in front of you and in your peripheral vision, so you get a wider field of view, your sense of depth is enhanced and everything feels more dimensional.

    Don't Forget the TV Accessories

    Home Theater

    Essentially, if you’ve got a TV, you’ve got a home theater. But your TV is just the starting point of a theater experience.  Home theaters usually require a few add-ons to be genuinely “cinematic.” You’ll want an excellent audio receiver and a sound bar or speakers for incredible sound. You may even wanta Blu-ray or DVD player. The right cables are going to be vital to hooking it all together. Finally, you’ll want to house it all in an entertainment center worthy of your home theater masterpiece.

    Sound Bars

    Once you’ve invested in a high-definition TV with all the bells and whistles, why settle for so-so sound coming from the built-in speakers? A sound bar delivers high-quality, stereo sound from one thin, sleek bar that can be mounted or placed under your TV.

    Blu-ray Players

    Blu-ray discs might look like DVDs, but they’re pretty different. Blu-ray technology was designed for high-definition TVs and delivered five times the information carried by DVDs, along with a superior picture and sound quality. You’ll need an HD TV with a Blu-ray player, ideally with at least 1080p resolution.

    Streaming Media Players

    It’s never been easier to get entertainment on demand. Dedicated streaming media players connect directly to your HD TV and provide access to thousands of TV episodes, movies, and more, allowing you to connect to a world of entertainment through apps like Amazon Video, Netflix, and Hulu.

    TV Wall Mounts

    Of course, you can place your TV on a cabinet or TV stand. But with today’s slim profile TVs,  TV wall mounts are often a safer, sleeker, and more space-efficient solution. Wall mounts vary from fixed to flexible, so you can tilt them up or down and swivel them around.

    HDMI Cables

    Cables carry the audio and video information to your TV, so investing in quality cables is a good idea.  HDMI cables carry both picture and sound and are the best connection for HDMI-ready TVs, Blu-ray players, A/V receivers, gaming consoles, and more. Be sure to choose a high-speed cable for the best quality.

    Accessory Kits

    Maximize the performance and protect your TV purchase with an accessory kit from Conn’s. All in one box we offer an HDMI cable , surge protection and clean and protect solution. Surge protectors provide advanced protection from frequent performance-degrading micro-spikes & catestrophic surges.

    How to Get Financing for Your TV

    Our mission at Conn’s HomePlus is to make it possible for everyone to purchase quality, long-lasting products for their home. Spending a lot of time with family and friends in the living room enjoying your favorite movies, shows, concerts, and sporting events are worth investing in a great TV.

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    TV Buying Guide FAQs

    Our TV buying guide also lists prominent questions by potential buyers globally.

    What qualities to look for when buying a TV?

    The seven most prominent features you should look for in a TV are:

    1. Connection ports: Your TV should have HDMI and other ports compatible with your existing devices.
    2. Screen Size: Choose 65” or larger screen sizes for better picture quality.
    3. Screen Resolution: Do not go lower than 4K resolution.
    4. HDR Compatibility: Your OLED, QLED, or LED TV should be HDR compatible for those high-resolution Netflix shows or gaming experiences.
    5. Refresh Rate: For a better cinematic experience, go for a 120 or 240 Hz refresh rate.
    6. Hybrid TV: Check whether your TV can switch between “Smart” and “Manual” modes.
    7. Wi-Fi Compatible: Your TV should be Wi-Fi enabled and streaming functions in-built. 

    Which is better – 4K, QLED, or OLED?

    OLED TVs tend to be better in picture quality and eye comfort than LED-backlit QLED screens or LCD screens. LCD and QLED screens produce blue light. 4K screen resolution can be an added advantage for both types of screens.

    Is QLED or OLED better for bright rooms?

    QLED TVs work best in bright rooms or outdoors as they generate the highest peak of brightness up to 2,000 nits. OLED screens can’t create more than 500-600 nits. OLED TVs are best for low lighting conditions.

    What is the advantage of QLED over LED TV?

    Due to the added layer of particles in front of the LED panel, the QLED display emits more light. This ability allows it to create richer colors, greater depth, dynamic contrast ratio, and peak brightness. QLED TVs even work better in outdoor conditions.

    Which is better – Smart TV or Digital TV?

    Digital TVs leverage a regular TV’s features to operate “smart” functions. On the other hand, a Smart TV is much more than an accumulation of apps. Better video processing capacity, more HDMI ports, better picture quality, and many other features make it a better option for TV buyers.