Curved vs. Flat TVs
Learn the differences between curved and flat screen TVs
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What's the difference between curved and flat TVs?
We get this question all the time: will I be better off with a curved TV, or a flat one? To help you make this important decision, we set up a side-by-side comparison and asked our Advisors to stop by and see for themselves. In this short video, our lab manager Jordan lets you know what you can expect from curved screen and flat screen TVs.
Curved and flat screen TVs | Video Transcript
We get lots of questions on curved and flat TVs. So Jordan, manager of our Crutchfield Labs, set up two similar 65" Samsung TVs for our advisors to check out and compare.
So we unboxed the two TVs, got everything connected in terms of power, and then we basically hooked up an Oppo 105 Blu-ray player, which has two HDMI outputs, fed one to each set, and started playing a movie. Aside from the curvature on the televisions, they were identical from a performance standpoint.
I would say the biggest thing that we noticed when we were looking at the TVs is that when you're sitting directly in front of the curved screen, your eyes get drawn to the middle of the set. And I found that that actually was pretty nice when we were watching a movie. I mean, it was just more relaxing. I thought it was a little bit more like actually being in a movie theater.
On the flat screen set, it was just what I'm used to seeing. It's more like looking through a window pane. However, when you get off-axis, if you got to the three or four feet to either side of the TV, I thought that I actually preferred the flat-screen set because I didn't notice the corners as much.
It would depend on where you were sitting, but generally speaking the curved screen TV did a much better job handling reflections.
The one thing that was funny is that people were like, well there's no difference in picture quality. Well, yeah, there isn't because the TVs really are virtually the same from a processing standpoint. I think I would really say well let's focus on the features that you need on the TV. Let's focus on connectivity. Let's focus on Smart TV features. Let's focus on picture quality, you know, differences in these sets and as you go with certain brands into their upper echelon flagship models, they're only making curved TVs. So at some point, you know it's not really a decision between curved and flat, it's really just a decision between what level of performance you want to pay for.
If you want help deciding which TV is right for your room just give us a call.