Love it or loathe it, television is king. Whether you are an ardent reader or an avid gamer, you will want a quality television. The recent advances in technology mean that television viewing has changed dramatically. If you want the skinny on the best TVs to buy for 2014, you need not look any further.

As a result of the revolutionary changes to television, there are now a number of different television types available on the market:

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LCD TV: CCFL

Until very recently, all LCD TVs were backlit by cold cathode fluorescent lamps, or CCFL. This technology is virtually in the dark ages with the new advances in television and has recently been superseded by the LED method. However, if you are looking for a quality television that is inexpensive, then opt for an LCD model.

LED: TV: Direct LED

The TV display is illuminated by an array of LEDs that are hidden behind the screen. The screen power is incredible and the visibility is largely unrivalled. The brightness and dimming qualities are drastically improved in a LED TV. What is more, LED TVs are much more power efficient than their predecessors, which is perfect for those who are environmentally conscious.

LED TV: Edge LED

With the Edge LED style of television, the LED lights are mounted along the edge of the panel. This means that you get a slender TV unit which is deemed radical by their invention. If you want a super slimline TV, then the Edge LED is for you. However, the picture quality is significantly less than the Direct LED TV. The Edge LED set is typically cheaper than its Direct LED counterpart, which make it a great solution for those who want quality at a lower price. However, it may be wise to compare LED TVs before you purchase one.

Plasma

Plasma screen TVs are a marker of quality. The plasma display panel uses glass panels containing millions of tiny cells filled with inert gases. It is a must for any techno-nerd. While the plasma TV is undoubtedly superior to its LED counterparts, its size options are limited as plasma TV manufacturers are no longer making screens larger than 42″. This is because the quality of the images on screen are drastically decreased on a larger sized set. So, if size matters to you, then it may be wise to invest in a LCD TV.

Curved TV

If you want your TV to be a real talking point within the home, you may want to consider investing in a curved TV. The curved feature of the TV is truly innovative. The curve of the set is now inwards, as opposed to outwards. As a result, your eyes are drawn to the pixels that are equidistant from your eye line. While the design may be radical, it is not without its drawbacks; depending on where you position your TV will largely depend on the quality of the image. If you do not view your TV from the middle of the screen, the curved edges will hamper your viewing pleasure. That said, the image quality and resolution is largely unrivalled. Who knew that by changing the design from the traditional rectangle shape, you would maximise your viewing pleasure?