Budgets for Electronic Goods
With all the new technology that’s available these days, it’s hard to decide on a budget for TVs and audio devices. The most important place to start is deciding which features you need and whether you’ll get enough use out of them. Make sure you always check out the specifications and reviews so you’re not just going by the low prices.
The screen size plays a large part in the price of TVs.
If you’re looking for a cheaper model, then a screen size under 32” will guarantee a price below £300. A 40-43” screen will cost you anything from £350, and if you go even bigger, a screen size over 50” will mean you could end up spending more than £800.
Another important price factor is the screen resolution. You can choose from basic HD-Ready, Full HD and top of the range UHD. It may be tempting to go for the highest resolution, but this isn’t always the best option – it all depends on the distance of sofa to screen. For example, if you buy a 43-inch UHD TV, you need to be sat just 2.5 feet from the screen for you to reap the full benefit of the high resolution. Whereas, if you buy a 43-inch Full HD TV, you can sit up to 5 feet away and still get the full benefit of the HD resolution. So if you have a room that is only big enough for a 43-inch TV, you might want to think twice before purchasing the more expensive, higher resolution television.
Features such as the backlight technology, 3D, High Dynamic Range and more will also impact a TV’s price.
Nearly all televisions come with a built-in Freeview tuner, taking away the need for a separate box. If you like to record a lot of television, you’ll need a box; however, some cheaper TVs are available with USB playback. This lets you record and watch programmes through a USB plugged into a port. You might need to buy a USB, but the cost of this will be lower than a digital box.
Blu-ray players are available at a great price.
An average cost is around £60-£130, depending on the brand. Or, if you want to bag yourself a bargain, you can buy one for as little as £30. The brand of Blu-ray player will have a significant impact on the price.
It may be tempting to go for the highest resolution, but this isn’t always the best option for your room size.
Soundbars and speakers make a great addition to your home cinema system, but they do come at a price.
It’s possible to pick up a basic model for under £100, but an average price is around £130-£200.
If you’re looking for a soundbar which is packed full of innovative features, you can expect to pay up to £500.
Sales and Deals
You can get amazing deals on expensive models if you’re prepared to wait for the seasonal sales.
Boxing Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the best events of the year.
Soundbars and speakers make a great addition to your home cinema system.