Are You Team LED or OLED TV?

Matthew Cuyugan
When the OLED televisions were first introduced in 2013, they were praised for their perfect black levels and excellent color quality, but were a bit detrimental due to the brightness that could not compete with LED TVs. However, during the past few years, OLED televisions are much brighter than before, and prices have fallen, but LED televisions still have some distinct advantages. Let's take a look at the differences between these two TV technologies and decide for yourself which strengths and weaknesses of the two technologies are important to you.

Are You Team LED or OLED TV?
Are You Team LED or OLED TV?

First, LED stands for light-emitting diode. These are small solid-state devices that generate light due to the movement of electrons through a semiconductor. LEDs are the preferred choice as a backlight for LCD displays, they can be created as compact fluorescent lamps and incandescent lamps in much smaller dimensions and are also extremely bright. On the other hand, OLED stands for organic light emitting diode. In simple terms, OLEDs are made up of organic compounds that light up when power is supplied. This does not seem to make much of a difference compared to LEDs, but unlike LEDs, OLEDs can be extremely thin, flexible and remarkably small.

Now is the time to play both technologies against each other and see how they compare:

The ability of a display to produce deep, dark black is probably the most important factor in achieving excellent image quality. Lower blacks allow, among other things, a higher contrast and richer colors and thus a more realistic and brighter picture. When it comes to black levels, OLED is the undisputed champion.

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LED televisions rely on LED backlights to light up behind an LCD panel. Even with advanced dimming technology that selectively dims LEDs that are not in full swing, LED TVs have historically struggled to produce dark blacks. Lighter areas of the screen may illuminate adjacent darker areas unintentionally. Even with the most advanced LED models, these are unavoidable problems.

OLED TVs do not suffer from any of these problems. When an OLED pixel does not receive electricity, it does not generate light and is therefore completely black.

When it comes to brightness, LED televisions have a significant advantage. LEDs have been good at getting extremely bright, but adding Quantum Dots can make them even brighter. OLED TVs can also be quite bright, and thanks to the great black levels contrast is not a problem.

Nevertheless, one must be aware that when OLED pixels are brought to maximum brightness over a longer period of time, on the one hand their lifetime is reduced and on the other hand it can take a while until the pixel is completely black again. Both technologies can therefore generate enough brightness. You should just think in advance where the TV will be used. In a dark room, an OLED TV will work best while LED televisions will outshine it, which makes them best for brightly lit environments.

With the latest Sony 4K Ultra HD TV, you can choose a wide variety of OLED and LED TVs, however, it really depends on your preference. And finally, as Sony partners with Google Assistant, Android TV opens up a whole universe full of movies, music, photos, games, apps and more. The voice control makes it possible to ask questions, find content and operate the TV. Built-in Chromecast makes it easy to transfer content from your smartphone or tablet to your TV, and access to Google Play allows users to enjoy their favorite movies, broadcasts and games on TV.

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