OLED or LED-LCD TV: Which Is Best for Your Home Theater?

Here’s a Look into the Key Differences and What We Recommend

Remember the good ol’ plasma TV? While it was only 2014 when news broke that plasmas would be gone for good, six years feels like 60 years in the technology world. A lot has changed since the plasma TV, and now TV buyers must consider whether they should choose between an LED-LCD or OLED TV.

When considering the differences, the short version is this: OLED excels in dark environments while LED-LCD pulls ahead in bright environments. So, if you’re considering a TV display to complete your home theater design, OLED might be the one to choose. But it’s not always that simple.

Read below to learn the key differences between OLED and LED-LCD to get a better idea of when to choose which for your home theater in Syracuse, UT.

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When to Choose OLED

First, let’s talk about OLED TVs. OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode. Every pixel in an OLED display is made of an organic compound material that glows when hit with electricity. More electrical current equals more light emitted. No electrical current? No light. This means OLED TVs can present perfect black levels and nearly infinite degrees of contrast when compared to LED-LCDs, which don’t have the luxury of per-pixel dimming control that OLEDs have.

Because OLEDs can produce absolute blacks, they win in best contrast ratio when compared to LED-LCDs. Those inky black images are ideal for darker environments and high-contrast HDR content, making OLED TVs a great choice for your dedicated home theater. You can find impressive OLED 4K TVs in a variety of sizes from leading manufacturers like LG and Sony—two brands that AVWORX proudly offers.

When to Choose LED-LCD

If you care only about picture quality with no regard for price or size of screen, then OLED is your winner. But LED-LCD TVs aren’t necessarily second best to OLED as they offer great benefits for different needs. Sure, they can’t produce quite the same contrast ratio, but they perform well in bright environments and are a great option for daytime viewing in rooms with lots of ambient light.

An LED-LCD (or simply LED) TV is a type of liquid-crystal display that uses LEDs for its backlight. This backlight produces the light needed for the LCD to create an image. One of the key features that enables the best LED-LCD sets to compete with OLED is local dimming, which is the ability to independently dim the backlight in different zones of the panel to achieve the desired black levels.  While the best local dimming arrays come very close, OLED still has an advantage with its incredible single-pixel control technology.

Because of their powerful LED backlights, LED-LCD TVs often win the brightness showdown when compared to OLEDs (though only slightly) and are a great option for home theaters designed for daytime viewing. Watching an afternoon ballgame or enjoying a movie with all the lights on? LED-LCD is a solid option for you.

Visit Our Showroom for a Closer Look

The truth is that you can’t really lose no matter which one you choose. The differences are narrow, but we know they can matter to homeowners who want the absolute best picture for their unique home theater. For a closer look, visit our local showroom!

As a proud Sony partner for over 25 years, we own the only showroom in Utah that houses some of Sony’s most premium products, including 4K OLED TVs and 4K and 8K LED-LCD TVs. Because we specialize in Sony electronics, we’re experts in the distinguishing differences between all of Sony’s premium TVs and can help you choose the TV display that would work best for your home theater design, use, and budget.

Stop by our showroom today or contact us here to book a free consultation to learn more about our TV offerings. You can also send us a live chat below to speak to a team member now. We’re excited to hear from you!