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What is the difference between a cheap and expensive TV?

The prices of televisions can vary a lot. Sometimes, you can easily tell why the difference in price is needed, but you may also encounter an expensive television that's doesn't seem to have many pros. This article will show you the most important differences between expensive and affordable televisions.

Size and design

Hard specifications affordable

Cheap TVs: small size and plastic material

The most affordable televisions are often also the smallest ones. They are low in price simply because less materials are needed to make the TV. In the lowest price range, you'll only find TVs of 43 inches or smaller. You can recognize a cheap TV by the casing, which is made entirely of plastic. From the couch, the difference isn't very noticeable, but when viewed up close the TV looks less stylish. Don't expect luxury remotes or other useful accessories in the box.

Hard specifications expensive

Expensive TVs: large size and luxurious materials

The price of a television easily increases when you opt for a larger screen. The largest televisions are often the premium models of a brand, which means they also cost most. You can recognize an expensive television from its exterior, specifically its design and the materials used. Clearly, thought has gone into the design of the TV, and you can see materials such as glass and metal. You even have the choice of real lifestyle TVs that subtly blend into your interior.

Image quality

Image quality affordable

Cheap TVs: up to Full HD and 17 million colors

The most affordable televisions often have no or outdated image enhancing technologies. You'll notice that the image quality is not as good. These TVs have an SDR color range of up to 17 million colors. This sounds impressive, but an HDR TV shows more than a billion colors. In dark scenes, you might miss some details because the backlight over exposes the image. An affordable television doesn't display fast-moving images as well as an expensive television.

Length image quality

Expensive TVs: 4K and more than a billion colors

The most expensive TVs support at least the 4K resolution. This makes the image quality 4 times as sharp as Full HD TV. The smallest details are clearly visible on a large screen. As an additional advantage, most expensive TVs are equipped with HDR support, which means they can display more than a billion colors. In combination with the high brightness, every subtle color nuance is clearly visible. Also consider brand-specific imaging technologies such as OLED or QLED that provide the deepest black or the largest color gamut.

Smart TV functions

Smart TV functions affordable

Cheap TVs: no or limited smart functions

The more affordable TVs usually don't give you access to smart functions. If you do have access to smart functions, it's usually via an outdated platform. This doesn't work as well as the newer systems of more expensive TVs. This has to do with the computing power of the television. Affordable TVs aren't equipped with a strong processor, which means demanding apps such as YouTube and Netflix operate very slowly or don't operate at all. It's usually better to stream movies and series with an external media player, such as a Chromecast or Apple TV.

Smart TV functions expensive

Expensive TVs: extensive smart functions

The most expensive televisions often give you access to a large selection of the newest apps. Often, the devices are equipped with a user-friendly smart platform, such as WebOS, Firefox OS, or Tizen. Thanks to the powerful processor, you can quickly switch between the most demanding apps. This way, you can stream 4K videos from Netflix or use multiple applications at the same time without any problems. An expensive television often comes with a smart remote. Use this to quickly point at what you want to watch next, and find what you're looking for in no time.

Sound quality

Sound cheap TV

Cheap TVs: poor speakers

Both cheaper and more expensive TVs are getting flatter. The disadvantage of this is that the sound also sounds flatter. There is less space left for good speakers. Cheap TVs often have 2 stereo speakers and a maximum power of 20 watts. This is great when you use the TV to watch the news or another TV program. As soon as you put on an action movie, the high effects and deep bass are difficult to understand. Also, you can't turn up the volume too high, because the sound will sound sharp.

Sound expensive TV

More expensive TVs: better speakers or built-in soundbar

More expensive TVs often have more speakers and a higher volume. This makes the sound fuller, while voices and effects emerge more clearly. The most expensive TVs even have a built-in soundbar. These elongated speakers are usually developed by a specialized audio manufacturer and fit seamlessly with the design of the TV. This brings the effects of a film or series to life and the bass tones of an exciting scene make an extra impact.


If you're looking for the best of the best, you've found it in the most expensive televisions. Manufacturers make sure these device are equipped with the latest technologies. The image quality of these television is excellent, and you can use the most demanding apps without experiencing any problems. You can see you made a good investment from the exterior that's been designed with the most high-quality materials. The most affordable televisions are usually also the smallest ones. They have a high-quality screen, but miss out on the latest image enhancing technologies. The plastic casing makes it clear that cuts have been made with regard to the design.

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