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There are a variety of television technologies on the market - LED/LCD, plasma, 3D, 4K - but which one is right for you? Buying a TV might seem like it isn’t as easy as it used to be, but with a little bit of a help, you will be on the right track to buying the perfect fit for your entertainment needs. We sell TVs from leading genuine Australian suppliers: Sony, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, TCL and Palsonic, so no matter what TV you’re interested in buying, or want to know more about, Videopro have you covered.

LED/LCD TVs

What is an LCD TV?

At the most basic level, LCD stands for "Liquid Crystal Display". LCD TVs are backlit, i.e. they don’t produce their own light. To produce an image on the display, the pixels are backlit by a separate lighting source – typically CCFL technology. LCD panels are made of a glass-like, polarised material and usually have a matte finish that prevents glare, however this does restrict some viewing angles.

What is an LED TV?

An LED (Light Emitting Diode) TV is quite similar to an LCD TV because it uses essentially the same technology, though instead of being constantly backlit by fluorescent tubes, it uses LED lights. These lights are brighter, more energy efficient, and control colour and contrast better than LCD TVs. LED technology also achieves deeper blacks. Often, LED TVs are advertised as LED/LCD TVs because of their similarities to LCD TVs, however if a TV is sold as only LCD, then it does not have the LED technology. Additionally, LEDs are usually slimmer and have better viewing angles than LCD TVs.

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4K TV Explained

4K is the latest in TV and projector technology, providing a level of detail never before seen in the consumer television set. 4K, or Ultra High-Definition, is four times the resolution of current Full HD panels, so it is excellent for larger TV screens or projector setups where sharpness can be lost.

What is the image like?

You don’t know what you’ve been missing until you see the new 4K revolution with your own eyes; the detail is incredible. You will witness details in the picture that you could never notice with your old TV.

A secondary advantage of the extra detail this technology provides is that you can either sit closer to the screen, or purchase a larger screen for your room and still see a clear picture.

What is the difference between 4K and my Full HD screen?

While Full HD is not a superseded technology, 4K is definitely superior in comparison. Full HD is displayed at a resolution of 1920x1080 (about 2 million pixels), while 4K is 4 times this number at 3840x2160 (about 8 million pixels). Because of the extra resolution, these TVs feature updated picture processors to handle the higher detail levels. One such example of these processors is Sony’s X-Reality Pro 4K, featured in their X9004 series of TVs.

What sizes of TVs are available in 4K?

At the moment, 55” and 65” TVs are readily available, with some brands offering larger sizes up to 85”.

In the projector world, Sony offers one model at the moment, which can product up to a 200” image whilst maintaining amazing detail.

Can I view non Ultra-HD content on a 4K Screen?

Absolutely! These screens will automatically adjust the image to fit the screen. Up-scaling technology is also available in a variety of audio/visual equipment including blu-ray players and amplifiers, and some TVs also have inbuilt up-scaling chips. Up-scaling works with non-4K content, and tries to fill in the gaps to better suit the incredible resolution of the TV. As some internal scalers built into 4K TVs can be quite basic, external up-scaling capabilities are preferable, so having another component – such as a player or amp – in your set-up will increase the 4K up-scaling quality as.

What new content is available in Ultra HD?

At the moment there are over 100 movies catalogued in 4K waiting for release. However, as there is an incredible amount of detail and information in 4K, it exceeds the capacity of current Blu-Ray discs. Some content can be downloaded in 4K, and we are starting to see 4K video cameras in the consumer market.

GoPro’s HERO3 Black edition action camera offers 4K video recording which can be viewed on 4K TVs. Similarly, some newer, powerful computers can output 4K to your TV as well.

Although 4K TVs are most effective with Ultra HD content, they will display Full HD content fantastically. A 4K TV purchase is future-proofing your home set-up so that when 4K content is readily available, you will be able to enjoy unrivalled picture quality and brilliance.

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Smart TV Features

Smart phones might be old news, but you may have heard that the latest TVs are now coming with similar capabilities. These smart functions have changed the face of TV viewing as we know it: now, your TV can also be an everyday smart device.

What does Smart TV mean?

A Smart TV is very similar to a smart phone – you can browse and download apps, stream media, surf the internet, play games and keep up to date with social media. You can also use IPTV, which allows you to watch continuous live channels from around the world. Smart TVs have a computer built-in so they can still function like a regular TV, but can also provide so much more entertainment and possibility.

Why do I need a Smart TV?

If you spend a fair amount of time at home, then a Smart TV will be a useful addition to your home set-up. With DLNA, you can share media from your computer or phone straight to your TV without messy cords or difficult instructions. You might not be able to use email or word processing, but it’s a welcome relief from the daily grind, as you can relax with all the features a Smart TV has to offer. You can watch video on demand or catch-up TV from ABC iView, SBS and Plus 7 (to name a few). Or, you could use the exercise apps that come standard across most Smart TV brands. Better yet, Smart TVs sometimes come with a built-in camera (this may be sold separately) so you can enjoy Skype calls with your friends and family anywhere in the world.

How do I connect my TV to the internet and how fast will it be?

So you’ve got your first Smart TV, but now you’re wondering how you can access all of its exciting features – you’ll need to connect it to the internet. While there’s an Ethernet cable input at the back of Smart TVs, you can also connect wirelessly just like you would on your computer. Simply set up a home network and your TV should pick up the signal and connect. Some TVs don’t come with the wireless connectivity built-in and will need an adapter, so make sure you check this before you try to connect to the internet for the first time.

Usually, Smart TV internet services perform well with a 3Mbps+ connection speed – if you aren’t sure how fast your service is, usually you will be able to gauge its speed by how quickly you are usually able to view a YouTube video. Living in metropolitan areas will also increase your speed and connectivity. Traffic congestion within your home network could affect the quality of video streaming and could freeze something you are streaming, so while you’re using video-on-demand services, try to minimise the amount of downloads outside of the TV connection.

Additionally, just like if you were to download or stream media on your computer or phone, your TV’s Smart features will also cut into your data usage if you use these services. Opening of apps and other features should only use a limited amount of data.

Do different brands have different features?

Most Smart TVs from the major brands will have similar Smart content capabilities such as:

Personalised apps on a home screen 7-day channel guide (EPG) Browse and watch movies and TV from streaming services (ABC iView, YouTube, SBS On Demand etc. Facebook and Twitter Skype calls Apps – sports, movies, games, weather etc. plus in-built branded apps DLNA – wirelessly connect to any other device in home network i.e. watch a show from your PC’s hard drive on your TV

The Smart TVs on the market also differ brand to brand, and these are each of their defining features:

Samsung

The latest Smart TVs from Samsung are very impressive, especially with their voice control remote, which allows you to ask your Smart TV questions such as “What is on Channel X tonight?” or “What comedy film should I watch?”. Like other Smart TVs, Samsung’s range also has a home screen: Smart Hub. You can easily navigate through your movies, social networks, apps or stream movies and watch live TV, all in one place. The inclusion of the AllShare app gives you the freedom to share your content across Samsung devices such as your Galaxy phone or tablet, straight to your TV.

Panasonic

Universal remotes have been around for years, but they can be fiddly and hard to use. Panasonic combats this struggle with their VIERA remote which operates your entire home entertainment system. The easy-to-use on-screen menus let you easily access your media and operate three systems – your TV, blu-ray player and home theatre. It requires no additional set-up; just point the VIERA remote and you’re interconnected immediately.

Another exciting feature of Panasonic’s Smart TVs is the new Swipe and Share function. You can swipe your smart phone or tablet to transfer music, movies and photos to your TV, wirelessly. Swipe and Share also gives you the ability to use either your Android or Apple device as a second television screen, or a voice controller.

Panasonic have also used computers and special graphics tablet technology to create their Smart TVs’ electronic touch pen. You can draw or write on photos, use your TV like a whiteboard, or play with TouchPen game and puzzle apps.

Sony

Sony’s Smart TVs focus heavily on home entertainment and the latest concept in wireless sharing: NFC. With this new technology, you can use One-touch mirroring to place your compatible products on the One-touch remote, which lets you transfer your smart phone’s screen content to your TV effortlessly.

TV SideView is also another clever idea from Sony – it allows you to control your TV or browse the channel guide with your smart phone, Xperia™ Tablet or other tablet device (Android or iOS). You won’t interrupt the family’s viewing as you scroll on the side.

Sony is famously known for the PlayStation consoles and have integrated similar production into their Game Mode function in their Smart TVs. You can play high-speed games with incredibly low lag times and enjoy clarity in fast-moving images.

LG

LG’s Magic Remote has been around for a number of years, and is a simple conductor of your home entertainment: simply point and click, scroll through channels with the wheel, or just use the voice command. Like other brands, LG also has a smart phone app that acts like a remote.

LG’s home screen allows you to watch video on demand through specialised apps, as well as access a huge variety of games in the Game World App. The LG Magic Remote operates like a game controller, meaning your Smart TV can transform into gaming console in no time. There is also a Cloud app where you can save all your personal files and access them anywhere in the world via your smart phone, tablet, PC or Smart TV. Additionally, you can access data on your compatible computer via WiDi – no wireless network required.

Another cool feature of LG’s innovative Smart TVs is the ability to watch TV anywhere in your home via your smart phone or tablet. You just have to be in the wireless range, it’s that easy.

If I have a Smart Home Theatre system, can I access Smart features through my TV?

Yes – when the Home Theatre system is linked to a compatible TV, you will be able to access similar, if not, identical Smart capabilities to a Smart TV, depending on the brand and its features. You can access premium content such as video on demand and YouTube, share files from other devices and use apps via a Wi-Fi connection as most Home Theatre systems have Wi-Fi built-in (or may require an adapter).

Can I stream music to my Smart home theatre system?

Yes, you can use DLNA* or AirPlay* to wirelessly stream music stored on your compatible computer or Android smart phone so you won’t need to use any cables or wires. Some systems may also allow you to stream (depending on brand and apps available) from internet radio or Spotify as well.
*compatible systems only

Can I control my home theatre system using an app?

Yes, most manufacturers offer a remote app which can be downloaded in the Google Play or App stores. Using your smart phone or tablet, you can have full control of all functions of the components of your home theatre system, such as the blu-ray player or receiver.

Can my home theatre system receive updates online?

You can update your system through the manufacturer’s support section of their website. Once you find the update for your model number, load this file onto a USB drive (it may need to be uncompressed if in .zip format) and simply plug it into your system’s USB input. If it doesn’t immediately begin to update, the user manual should have further instructions.

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TV Brackets

If you’ve just purchase a new flat panel TV for your home, you’ll notice it comes with a factory stand so it can be placed on an entertainment unit with ease. But what if you don’t have or need a TV cabinet, or you’re already using the space for your home theatre system? You can consider a TV wall mount to affix your TV to the wall. You might be overwhelmed by the different types of products available, so this guide will take you through the different varieties of wall mounts and give you some handy hints on how to get the best product for your needs.

Types

There are a number of TV mounts available today and each is designed for individual viewing requirements. Before you buy, you should consider where you are going to place your mount, as well as how you will be using your TV, either at home or in the workplace.

The most popular types of wall mounts are below:

Flat Mount

This is the most basic and cheap type of mount available. You can place your TV very close to the wall, however you cannot adjust the angle – the TV will sit flush, just like a picture frame. If you have a very large TV or plasma, this mount is great as these panels will have wide viewing angles so no manipulation is required.

Model Number Screen Size Max. Supported Weight VESA Compatibilty
1230B 37" 40kg 200 x 300
LCD550PB 25-40" 40kg Up to 200 x 400
944AB 32-55" 60kg Up to 600 x 400
ZL4600 25-42" 45kg 75 x 75 to 400 x 400
9460B 60-80" 70kg Up to 800 x 600
ZL8600 40-65" 68kg 75 x 75 to 400 x 400
9390B 60-80" 100kg Up to 800 x 600

Tilt mount

You can make up for fewer viewing angles with a tilt mount as your affixed screen can be moved down or up. The TV will sit a little further back from the wall than a flat mount, but it is able to be placed virtually anywhere in your room, high or low, thanks to the up and down angle adjustment.

Model Number Screen Size Max. Supported Weight VESA Compatibilty
943AB 32-55" 60kg Up to 600 x 400
ZL4601 25-42" 45kg 75 x 75 to 400 x 400
US70T 37-70" 55kg 75 x 75 to 600 x 400
9450B 60-80" 70kg Up to 800 x 600

Articulating mount

This type of mount is very versatile and provides the greatest amount of flexibility. You can fold the arms back so your TV can be close to the wall when turned off, or manipulate it in any direction when on as some have a tilt function. Additionally, an articulating mount is useful to view the TV in multiple rooms.

Model Number Screen Size Max. Supported Weight VESA Compatibilty
NXL604PB 12-40" 45kg Up to 400 x 200
178PB 12-37" 25kg Up to 200 x 200
ZL4654 25-55" 45kg 75 x 75 to 400 x 400
ZL8555 40-65" 60kg 75 x 75 to 400 x 400

Other options:

Floor Stand/Trolley

This type of stand is great for presentations or when the TV will not be in one spot, such as the workplace. Like a regular flat mount, the TV is affixed to the bracket and can only be manipulate by movement of the floor stand itself and not the panel.

Model Number Screen Size Max. Supported Weight VESA Compatibilty
862BB Up to 60" 50kg Up to 800 x 400
868AB 27-60" 50kg Up to 800 x 400
895AB (Dual) 37-55" 50kg Up to 800 x 600

Ceiling Mount

If you have a workplace or home that requires a TV to be affixed to the roof, a ceiling mount provides a handy solution. These mounts typically come with swivel and tilt functions and an adjustable drop so you can lower the TV.

Model Number Screen Size Max. Supported Weight VESA Compatibilty
8720B 12-37" 35kg 350 x 600
8700B 32-60" 50kg 450 x 800

VESA

Once you know which type of mount you would like, you will have to make sure that it is the right fit for your size TV. Standard flat panel TVs come with a VESA standard and this information should be available in your user’s manual. A VESA standard is the dimensions of a TV’s 4-hole attachment and the screws needed to fit in these holes. VESA standards were developed for the manufacturing of flat screen televisions and the majority of TVs have the 4-hole pattern on the back of their displays for mounting purposes. A typical VESA hole pattern for flat panel displays can be one of the following sizes:

  • 75 mm x 75 mm
  • 100 mm x 100 mm
  • 200 mm x 200 mm
  • 400 mm x 400 mm
  • 600 mm x 400mm
  • 800mm x 600mm

Weight Considerations

Make sure you check the weight limit on the bracket you are buying so that you do not overload the mount with more weight that it can safely support. If this is not checked before purchase, you could damage your walls or TV, which will not be covered under the warranty of the TV or bracket.

How to install a wall mount on plasterboard

If you have not installed a mount before, or do not feel confident to secure one safely, Videopro can help you with your TV mount installation on appointment basis if you are in the Brisbane area. To arrange this service or obtain a quote, simply call 1300 VIDEOPRO, send us an EMAIL or jump onto our LIVE CHAT and speak to one of our support staff. If you are outside of Brisbane, contact us with your location and we will provide recommendations for local installers.

Otherwise, if you have done a number of home DIY projects and know your way around a toolbox, you can follow our handy guide.

Before you start, you need to make sure that you’re using the right fasteners for the type of wall you are fixing the mount to.

Step 1 - Preparing the back of your TV

  • On the reverse side of your TV you will see 4 holes with protective screws in them, however if you can’t locate these, check the manual.
  • Remove these screws and secure the mounting bars to the back of the TV with the screws from your kit using a screwdriver.

Step 2 - Mounting the wall brackets

  • Using a stud finder, locate the studs and mark the wall where you would like the TV.
  • Centre the mount in position, check that it is level, mark your drill holes with a pencil and then drill the hole with the correct drill bit for your bolts.
  • Put your mount back up and thread all your bolts in. Tighten until they’re all done.

Step 3 – Power connections

  • You may want to hide your cabling and the best way to do this is to make holes behind the TV and also at floor level so you can feed the TV cables down or up through the holes and along the floor to the power point.
  • Drilling or cutting into a wall can be dangerous so always remember to check for power cables or plumbing before you begin, and turn off all electricity to the area to avoid electrocution. If you do not wish to damage your wall any further, you can purchase cable covers/conduits which are long plastic strips that run along the surface of the wall. You can paint these to suit any room as well.

Step 4 - Placing the TV into position

  • TVs weigh a lot more than they appear so it’s advised to have someone assist you in placing the TV into position. Depending on the mount, you will be able to slide or lock the TV into position on the mount so that it is secure. Make sure you follow all instructions in the user’s manual to ensure you have installed the bracket correctly.

How to install a wall mount on other wall coverings

If you do not have plasterboard walls in your home or office, there is a way of installing a TV mount on any surface thanks to the AVF Unimax Any Wall Flat to Wall TV Mount. With this mount you can choose the exact position for your TV. Because Unimax mounts are super-strong even on plaster board alone, you are no longer restricted to using the wall stud locations. It is easy to install and can position a TV as close as 11.5mm off the wall. This mount also features post install levelling and has a secure lock and release mechanism for extra security. The product comes with fixings for all wall types and has a lifetime guarantee.

Model Number Screen Size Max. Supported Weight Description
ZML2500 12-32" 45kg Any Wall Flat to Wall Mount, (Plasterboard, Masonary, Brick, Metal Stud, Timber Stud)
ZML8500 28-80" 80kg Any Wall Flat to Wall Mount, (Plasterboard, Masonary, Brick, Metal Stud, Timber Stud)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Full HD?

HD standards for High Definition. There is almost double the amount of pixels in a Full HD TV as there are in HD televisions. To put it simply, the more pixels there are, the more detail and clarity in the picture. A Full HD TV has 1920 x 1080 pixels (2,073,600) on the screen, whereas HD TVs generally have 1366 x 768 (1,049,088) pixels.

To enjoy the maximum quality of a Blu-ray disc, it is suggested to have a Full HD TV, however both types of high definition televisions will produce high quality images.

What is 4K or Ultra HD?

The 4K technology is the latest innovative concept in the new generation of TV screens. Today’s Full HD TVs have a 1920 x 1080 resolution, whereas 4K (or Ultra HD) televisions have a resolution of 4 times this amount: 3840 x 2160 pixels. This means the resolution of 4K is quadruple that of a Full HD TV, and thus is excellent for larger TV screens or projectors – it was designed so you can sit closer to the screen than with regular HD or Full HD. Ultra HD is not a replacement of the current Full HD technology - it is just a new addition to the range. 4Ks are high-end products and will come with a price tag to match, but this means you have more of a choice when shopping for a new TV.

How big does my TV need to be?

You’ve probably heard your friends say that bigger is better when it comes to the size of your new TV. However, you don’t want your latest purchase to take over the whole room, or even worse, give you motion sickness!

Here are a few pointers:

  • A general rule is to sit 2.5 times the diagonal length away from the screen. i.e. 60inch, sit 150 inches away (3.5-4 metres). If possible, try to get into a store and stand the approximate distance away that you will be sitting from the display. You can then weigh up whether it suits your individual needs.
  • Take in the image – if you don’t feel nauseous or overwhelmed, you could be onto something.
  • Also take into consideration how the size of the panel will fit in with the aesthetics on the room – will it dominate a smaller room? Do you mind?

What is 3D TV?

3D TV offers a new dimension in home entertainment. Films, sports, games and TV shows come to life on the screen, and make for an extraordinary experience as the images on screen provide the illusion of 3D by giving depth where once there was only height and width. The 3D imagery can only be seen by using either passive or active glasses, depending on the manufacturer’s suggestions. Without glasses, the picture will appear blurry and unwatchable, and may even make you feel disoriented.

The other great thing about 3D TVs is that they can be used in 2D mode, whilst retaining the Full HD picture quality. This means all TV programs and non-3D movies can still be viewed on a 3D TV with the click of a button. A lot of manufacturers are now including 3D capabilities as standard across their ranges, making it available on both LED/LCD and plasma panels.

What does Smart TV mean?

Smart TVs are astoundingly hi-tech. Think of a Smart TV as being like a smart phone: they have a computer built-in; internet access, including access to apps such as Facebook, YouTube, Skype (if the TV has a camera); basic web browsing; games; and a range of other incredible functions. You can access content from around the globe right from your living room if you have a Smart TV. Probably the most important part of a Smart TV is its IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) ability. This basically means you can stream videos via the internet to your TV from a multitude of “live” channels.

These TVs have an Ethernet port at the back, and most can also accept wireless connections. Some TVs, however, may not have wireless capabilities built-in, and will need adapters to fully access all of the Smart TV’s functions.

Refresh rate

Essentially, a refresh rate refers to how often the image on the screen changes, and is measured in Hertz. A refresh rate of 50Hz is the same frequency of mains power in Australia, so doubling this rate helps with clarity, adds additional frames in fast action scenes and has a noticeable reduction in flickering.

Connections

Your new TV should have adequate connections for your other home entertainment devices, so it is recommended to purchase a unit that has at least 1 or more HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) inputs. This new cable type replaces the old red, white, and yellow composite leads, and combines digital video and audio in one cable. To use your HD Blu-ray or DVD players, PVRs (Personal Video Recorders) and home theatre systems, they will need to be connected via HDMI.

Apart from HDMI, your TV should have the all the necessary connections: composite, component, s-video, audio outputs, USB, and a VGA monitor input for connecting to a computer.

If you are regularly using a video camera, or playing games, you should also look for inputs on the side of the TV, as you will need easy access to plug in your devices.

DLNA

DLNA has changed the face of device compatibility. In the past, sending movies, music, photos and other data from one brand of device to another was almost impossible, but now with DLNA technology, this is a distant memory.

The main goal of DLNA is to streamline networking across devices and manufacturers. When DLNA devices are connected successfully over an existing wireless or wired home network, they will be visible over this connection and will be able for immediate use. For example, if your computer and TV are both DLNA certified, you can access the content on your PC right from your couch. This new technology provides endless opportunities for streaming content wirelessly and is a fast and effective way of connecting devices from different manufactures.

I live outside of Australia, will I be able to use any of the TVs you sell?

Unfortunately, as the TVs that Videopro sells are from the genuine Australian suppliers, they are not recommended to be used in other countries. This is due to the voltages being specifically designed to work in Australia. Additionally, any warranties or guarantees on the TV will be void outside of domestic bounds.

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