TV & Soundbar Appliance Jargon Explained


LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. An LED TV has hundreds of these diodes within the screen, allowing through varying levels of light to create the image that you see.


LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. These ‘liquid crystal’ pixels are charged with electrical currents to reveal a specific colour. With a backlight through the crystals, a picture will be revealed.

4K (UHD)

4K has a pixel dimension of 3840 by 2160, with over 8 million pixels total making up the screen. This makes it four times as detailed as 1080p, giving you incredible picture quality.


8K has a pixel dimension of 7680 by 4320, with over 33 million pixels total making up the screen. This makes it four times the quality of 4K, and sixteen times the quality of 1080p.


Resolution is the metric used to measure digital images and screens. It’s used to describe the sharpness and quality of the image.  


The processor is the brain of the TV. It’s how your TV knows what content to display, at what brightness, and at what loudness. The better the processor, the more responsive and sharper the image.

Smart TV

A smart TV combines all your favourite apps, TV channels and technology capabilities into one TV unit. Perfect for a family with lots of different interests.

Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is a technology that ensures your content is delivered as accurately as possible. It optimises your content scene-by-scene to match the capabilities of your TV.

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos is object based audio which allows specific sounds to be pinpointed across the room and create an audio experience with more depth. Dolby Atmos in TVs differ from that in cinemas.


TV contrast is the ratio between the lightest and darkest pixels. Pixels often bleed between each other, not allowing for crisp contrast.

Refresh Rate (Hz Rate)

The Hz rate, or refresh rate, is how many times the display fully refreshes every second. The higher the Hz rate, the better quality of moving images. Higher Hz rate is ideal for gaming.

High Dynamic Range

HDR capable displays deliver more image detail: improved contrast and colour range. HDR improves on older technologies by providing more image data for clearer details in between the extremes.

Wall Mounting

Wall mounting is the process of placing your TV on the wall for a more convenient display. And with TVs getting bigger, wall mounting is a great way to save space in your living room.

Surround Sound

This audio technique is used to surround the person in a home, or cinema with high quality sound. It is used to create more depth and exciting audio matching up to the video.


A long speaker that plugs directly into the TV, designed to improve your home audio without the need for a more complex speaker set up. A soundbar will imitate the effect of surround sound for a richer experience.


A subwoofer is a type of speaker that delivers lower frequencies, between 20 – 200Hz for regular store bought subwoofers. A subwoofer speaker will enrich your sound experience.

Center Speaker (Center Channel)

This speaker does most of the audio work, giving life to action, dialogue and music. It sits at the front of your speaker system, and delivers clear and dynamic sound from a range of frequencies.

Tweeter Speaker

These smaller speakers deliver the higher frequency sounds in an audio set up, such as female voices and chimes in music. The tweeters gives a surround sound system finer, crisper audio details.

What is a television?

A television is a much loved household appliance, one most of us couldn’t live without! But what actually is a television? Roughly translated from Greek and Latin meaning ‘far sight’, a television receives broadcasting signals and changes them into pictures and sound. Televisions have certainly come a long way since the original bulky black and white boxes of the late 1920’s. With 4K and 8K ultra HD options available, picture resolution has never been better. Most households have at least one television if not more, and with screen sizes ranging from 32″ to over 80″ we supply something to suit every home. Browse smart TV’s, projectors and more online, or speak to our sales team about the best options available.

What is a soundbar?

A soundbar is an all-in-one speaker system which provides high quality sound to accompany your television. You can use a soundbar with any TV as they are equipped with the technology to connect via a HDMI cable, Wi-Fi or bluetooth connection. Soundbars provide you with the home cinema experience without the expensive set up and complicated equipment. Designed to sit directly below your television screen, their long slim design is discrete and stylish without taking up lots of valuable space. A soundbar will enhance your viewing experience, making you feel immersed in the action of your favourite film or able to truly enjoy music in your own home like never before.

At Appliance City we supply soundbars from trusted brands like LG and Samsung and Sony. If you’re looking for the perfect television and soundbar combination then please do not hesitate to get in touch with our sales team who can find you the best products paired with a fantastic multi buy price!