What do 8-track and cassette players have in common? They all had technology built in that couldn’t be changed. So when CD players and then digital MP3 players came along, there wasn’t any way these earlier music players could compete with the enhanced quality of the “new kids” now being sold. Or the portable audio players they could be hooked up to. This lesson can be applied to TVs — tube based TVs couldn’t compete with flat panels that offered a better experience through enhanced definition and a cooler looking chassis and so disappeared from the store shelves.
The two areas of a TV that affect viewing are the features and the hardware. Here’s what you need to know that will let you go ahead and get a new TV right now without any worries.
Smart TV4K Ultra HD TV. These “Smart TV” features also include the ability to play games, listen to music and do many other things. And while each manufacturer has their own way of doing things (for example, Samsung’s Smart Hub), the basic principle is the same. But what if your new TV isn’t “Smart” or you’re a fan of SEN but the TV is made by someone else? There is a solution and it’s a simple one. Just get a Blu-ray player (example: Sony’s BDPS5200) and you’ll have SEN because, once hooked up, the player’s “Smart TV” features can be used instead of those that came with the TV. The same goes for other BD players and even some audio amplifiers and sound bars. A side benefit is that the device is now a worthwhile addition to your home theater, adding an additional benefit besides supplying the “Smart TV.”
Hardwarethe 60” UN60F8000) can be upgraded much like a PC, but with less trouble. The Evo kit is a chipset that ups the multitasking and processing power of the TV, so it can deal with what’s needed to provide a highly detailed and vibrantly colored picture, as well as take care of online issues requiring greater speed (like for playing “Cloud” based games). Additionally, new software can be added to enhance the viewing experience — integrating it into the menu as if it was there from the very beginning (example: S recommendation=TV shows and movie suggestions based on your viewing habits and preferences). The whole thing plugs into the back with minimal effort too.
So the only thing holding one back from getting a new TV from Sony or LG or Samsung or Sharp is that there are so many good choices. Would that all problems were so good.