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The Ultimate Showdown: LED, OLED, and QLED TVs

November 03, 2023

If you're interested in upgrading your home to all smart home appliances, you're likely in search of the perfect TV. Look no further. We present the ultimate showdown between LED, OLED, and QLED TVs.

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In this article, we will explore the unique features of LED, OLED, and QLED TVs to help you make an informed decision. Get ready to dive into the world of stunning visuals and immersive experiences as we compare the top contenders in the TV market.

Smart TV Features

If you are interested in purchasing the perfect smart TV for your home, you are in luck. Wi-Fi-enabled TVs are available in LED, OLED, and QLED models. A smart TV will give you the option to easily pair with smart speakers, lighting, and other smart home appliances. These TVs are also voice-controllable through voice assistant devices.

LED TVs: A Classic Choice

LED (light-emitting diode) TVs have been around for a while and are the most common type of TV on the market. A LED TV uses an LCD (liquid crystal display) panel with LED backlighting to create an image. LED TVs are known for their bright, vibrant colors and are available in a variety of sizes and price points.

Pros of LED TVs

  • Affordable: LED TVs are generally more affordable than OLED and QLED TVs, making them a great option for those on a budget.
  • Variety of Sizes: LED TVs come in a wide range of sizes, from small to large, making it easy to find one that fits your space.

Cons of LED TVs

  • Limited Viewing Angles: LED TVs have limited viewing angles, meaning the picture quality may decrease if you are not sitting directly in front of the TV.
  • Not as Deep Blacks: LED TVs use backlighting, which can make it difficult to achieve true black levels, resulting in a less dynamic picture.

OLED TVs: A High-End Option

OLED TVs are a newer TV type that hit the market in 2013. OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode. These TVs use organic compounds to create light and color, eliminating the need for backlighting. This allows for a thinner, lighter TV with better picture quality.

Pros of OLED TVs

  • Picture Quality: OLED TVs have the best picture quality on the market, with deep blacks and vibrant colors.
  • Wide Viewing Angles: OLED TVs have wide viewing angles, meaning the picture quality remains consistent no matter where you are sitting.
  • Thin & Lightweight: Because OLED TVs do not require backlighting, they can be made thinner and lighter than LED TVs.

Cons of OLED TVs

  • Price: OLED TVs are more expensive than LED TVs, making them less accessible for those on a budget.
  • Risk of Burn-In: OLED TVs are susceptible to burn-in, which is when an image is permanently etched into the screen. This can happen if a static image is displayed for too long.

QLED TVs: The New Kid on the Block

QLED TVs are the newest type of TV on the market, and they are quickly gaining popularity. They use quantum dots to enhance the color and brightness of the TV, resulting in a more vibrant picture.

Pros of QLED TVs

  • Brightness: QLED TVs are known for their brightness, making them a great choice for well-lit rooms.
  • Wide Color Gamut: QLED TVs have a wider color gamut than LED and OLED TVs, resulting in more accurate and vibrant colors.
  • No Risk of Burn-In: Unlike OLED TVs, QLED TVs are not at risk for burn-in, making them a more durable option.

Cons of QLED TVs

  • Limited Viewing Angles: Like LED TVs, QLED TVs have limited viewing angles, meaning the picture quality may decrease if you are not sitting directly in front of the TV.
  • Price: QLED TVs are more expensive than LED TVs, but they are generally more affordable than OLED TVs.

The Showdown

So, which TV type wins in each category? Below we have detailed some of the key features you might be looking for in a TV and chosen the winner in each category.

  • Price: LED TVs are generally available at a lower price point than the other options.
  • Color Accuracy: QLED TVs offer sharper, more vivid colors than the color TV types.
  • Multiple Viewing Angles: If you have a large living room, it is important to accurately see colors from all angles. OLED TV pixels emit light in all directions offering a more accurate image from any angle.
  • Brightness: QLED TVs offer the brightest output.
  • Contrast: OLED TVs offer the purest contrast in colors. Since the pixels in OLED TVs, the black pixels can be turned off completely offering the darkest blacks.
  • Gaming: If you're a gamer, motion blurring and quick response time are concerns. OLED TVs offer the fastest response time.
  • Burn-In Risk: A common issue with OLED TVs is that if a static image is on the screen for too long, there is a risk of burn-in on the screen.
  • Motion Blurring: OLED TVs offer the least amount of motion blurring. OLED pixels individually change providing a faster response time.

Choosing Your TV & Shopping in Person

When it comes to choosing a TV, there are a lot of options to consider. Each TV type offers its unique features and benefits. Choosing the right one for you will depend on your budget and personal preferences. No matter what you choose, make sure to consider the size of your room and your viewing distance to find the perfect fit for your home. Reference our TV Buying Guide for more tips.

When you're ready to purchase, stop into a Howard's Appliance location near you. With 15 locations throughout Southern California, we are nearby and ready to help you choose the perfect TV for your home. Howard's Appliance has locations in Tustin, Covina, Long Beach, Agoura Hills, West Hollywood, Victorville, and the surrounding areas. Use our store locator to find the store nearest you today.

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