BUDGETS FOR TVs, BLU-RAY PLAYERS, AND AUDIO
With all the new technology that’s now available, 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 tempted by a low price.
The screen size plays a large part in the price of TVs.
If you’re looking for a cheaper model, then you shouldn’t have to pay above £300 for a screen size under 32”. A 32”-54” screen will cost anything from £250 up to £1,000, and if you go even bigger, a screen size over 55” could end up costing more than £10,000.
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 as it depends on the distance of your sofa to the screen.
For example, if you buy a 43 inch UHD TV, you need to be sat just 3.6 feet from the screen to enjoy the full benefit of the high resolution. But, if you buy a 43 inch Full HD TV, you can sit up to five 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 model.
Features such as the backlight technology, High Dynamic Range, smart features and more will also impact a TV’s price.
Nearly all televisions come with a built-in Freeview or Freesat tuner, taking away the need for a separate box. If you like to record a lot of television, you’ll still need a box; but, some cheaper TVs do feature 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.
You can find many Blu-ray players available at great prices.
The average cost is around £60-£130, depending on the brand. Or, if you want 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.
Soundbars and speakers make a great addition to your home cinema system, but they can 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 around £500 to £800.
Soundbars and speakers make a great addition.
SALES AND DEALS
You can get amazing deals on great high-spec models if you’re prepared to wait for the seasonal sales. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Boxing Day are often the events with the biggest discounts.
You should also keep an eye out for cashback and trade-in deals, as this can be a great way of disposing of your old appliance and getting money off your new model.