Can you imagine having a 55-inch TV at home? Of course you can! After all, this is the desire of most Brazilians. But as there are many models, brands and configurations, it is not always easy to choose the ideal television.
To help you in this buying process, we will show you which are the main technologies that you will find in a big TV like a 55-inch TV and which are the features that cannot be missing in this device.
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- The 55-inch TV is ideal for those looking for a home cinema experience, with high-quality images and audio.
- This type of TV usually comes with modern technology and features, which allow for greater interactivity with programmes and streaming services.
- But a large TV is not suitable to be installed in any room. You need to consider the distance from the device to the sofa.
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Buying Guide: everything you need to know about a 55" TV
Why choose a 55-inch TV?
This is because, unlike smaller sets, most 55-inch TVs have 4K resolution and can come with various imaging technologies such as OLED, QLED and NanoCell.
Furthermore, TVs of this size also usually have a high quality audio system, and some TVs even have additional features such as Dolby Audio and Dolby Atmos, which ensure immersive sounds like those of movie theatres.
It is also worth highlighting that a 55-inch TV is around 20% bigger than a 50-inch TV.
How tall is a 55-inch TV?
But, generally speaking, a 55" TV measures 70 cm high by 1.23 m wide. As for the depth, it varies depending on the design.
You will find ultra-thin TVs, up to 5 cm deep, and thicker models, which can be up to 10 cm deep.
LED, OLED, QLED or NanoCell: Which is the best 55" TV technology?
- LED: The 55 LED TV is the most basic and common. It is composed of an LCD screen, with LED lamp illumination behind it;
- QLED: The 55-inch QLED TV offers more vibrant colours and protection against screen burn-in;
- NanoCell: This technology, also available in 55-inch TVs, ensures true-to-life colours, brightness and contrast, plus a wide viewing angle. In other words, you will have a good view even if you are not facing the TV screen;
- OLED: The 55-inch TV with OLED screen offers images with higher contrast and even more vivid colours, besides being thinner and also having a wide viewing angle.
What is the best distance between a 55" TV and the sofa?
Depending on the size of the television, there will be a more appropriate distance to ensure your comfort when watching your favorite programs and movies. Check the table below for the measurements for large televisions:
|Screen size||Distance between TV and sofa|
|TV 50 inches||between 2.10 and 2.30 meters|
|TV 55 inches||between 2.30 and 2.40 meters|
|TV 58 inches||between 2.4 and 2.65 meters|
|TV 65 inches||between 2.65 and 3 meters|
|TV 75 inches||more than 3 meters|
Purchase criteria: What to observe when comparing 55" TV models
So far you've seen that when it comes to buying a 55-inch TV, you'll need to choose the picture technology you like best. In addition, there are other settings that you need to take into account. Check them out:
Take into account that the vast majority of 55" TVs are Smart TVs. Therefore, you will need to choose the best operating system for the device. In general, it differs according to the manufacturer brand.
However, the most common TV operating systems are: Tizen, webOS, Android TV, Linux and SAPHI.
WebOs and Tizen have an interface that takes up less screen space. But, just like Linux and SAPHI, they offer less app options.
Android is an operating system that allows you to download apps from the Play Store, besides the ones already included in the TV interface.
HDR is a technology that further improves the image quality and has several formats. One of them is Dolby Vision, which offers more contrast and colour depth.
But you'll also find the 55-inch TV with HDR10+, which is able to automatically correct the contrast when scene.
If you want to use your 55-inch TV to play video games, it's worth taking into account the refresh rate of the device. Measured in Hertz, the higher the value, the more natural - and with a greater degree of sharpness - will be the transition from one scene to another.
When the refresh rate is low, the faster scenes end up looking blurry, because they exhibit less detail. According to experts, the ideal to avoid this kind of problem is that your TV has a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
If you want an immersive movie experience, in addition to seeking the best quality in the image, you also need to check the audio.
In the various models of 55-inch TVs you will find different sound powers, but the best ones vary between 20 W and 40 W.
Some options also have technologies such as Dolby Audio, which further improves the quality of the dialogues, and the Dolby Atmos feature that reproduces the sound as if it were coming from several directions.
In the 55" TVs you can also find several extra features. So, stay tuned to choose the best ones. An interesting feature is the one that allows you to mirror your smartphone screen on TV.
You can also find the multiscreen function, with which you can split the TV screen to watch two programs at the same time. And not to mention the recording and pause feature, which helps you to watch your favourite programmes whenever you want.
See below for other features you will find in the 55-inch TV
- Ambient mode;
- Voice control.
Be sure to also check what types and how many inputs are present on your 55-inch TV. The HDMI and USB ports are the most important ones because they are used to make connections between the most varied types of devices with your television.
The HDMI input, for example, is necessary to connect your 55-inch TV to video game consoles and laptops.
The USB port is ideal so that you can, for example, connect a pen drive or external HD to save recordings. In this aspect, you will find 55" TVs with up to 4 HDMI and 3 USB ports. The more, the better.
A 55-inch TV is perfect for creating the feeling of home cinema. Because of its size, this television has cutting edge technology and features that improve the image, audio and interaction possibilities.
Therefore, when it comes to choosing the best 55" TV model, check the technical configurations and the operating system thoroughly. If possible, prefer the models with higher refresh rate and more connection inputs.
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