We are always given to understand that big is always better, a bigger speaker is better than a smaller one, a bigger camera better than a smaller one similarly a bigger screen is always better. Also a bigger screen will also let a much bigger crowd of people enjoy the content, with this in mind we jumped to the next segment of televisions that is 43 inches.
So to help you find the best TV for your needs we got in touch with Audisee an AV company with four international certifications to help us test and pick the absolute best-in-class 43 inch TV.
We spent over two days to test three televisions to see their display performance, features and service.
Best 43 inch LED TV
Mi TV 4A
After being elected the victor in our 32 inch TV comparison, the Mi TV 43 inch is our pick for the 43 inch market too. Xiaomi’s amazing blend of features, visuals and audio at an amazing price point made it very hard for us to find competition for it. And it's not just the specifications that are good but we found the real world usage amazing with a technically correct display, good audio and a smooth smart TV experience. If it's a good TV you need, look no further.
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Why Trust us?
To find the best 43 inch LED TV we put in a whole day carefully testing, recording and calibrating the displays to find out the best performing one. To achieve this we collaborated with Audisee an AV company which has THX, HAA, and ISF certifications.
At Audisee we used industry standard equipment like a colorimeter, a media generator, and a spectrometer to measure the display parameters objectively. To give each TV a level playing field we first tested using the default settings and then calibrated the TV to find their best settings and then redid the test. But objective testing isn't everything, right? So we sat back and played a Bluray of The Dark Knight to subjectively analyze how the displays perform. Watching the movie also gave us the opportunity to really listen to the audio quality.
How we Selected?
To sort out the best TV we started with a huge list comprising of all the established TV brands as well as the newly add TVs in the market. Our initial list had hundreds of TV's that we quickly narrowed down by picking the ones that were most reviewed and highly rated.
With the shorter list of TVs, we set a few criteria to help us choose better.
- Max cost of Rs.25,000
- At least FHD resolution
- Minimum 3x HDMI ports
- Display Resolution > Smart TV
We used display resolution as a shortlisting parameter as anything below Full HD will be a waste of money on a 43 inch screen, while Full HD will definitely give you better sharpness. Using your TV with multi devices like a Computer or Gaming device is always a possibility and more HDMI ports will enable you to connect more devices. More ports also mean you can seamlessly switch between devices and you don't have to physically plug and unplug them. Our belief of choosing display resolution over smart features is because you can always add an Amazon fire stick or Chromecast to your TV to make it smart, but you can never increase a TV’s resolution.
Using these parameters on our list of shortlisted TV’s left us with the following three products.
- Mi TV 4A 43 inch
- Sanyo 43 inch Full HD TV
- Cloudwalker 43 inch SMart TV
How we tested?
Televisions in a showroom are always configured to impress you over a short period of time. They have the brightness and contrast turned to 11 to make all the videos of flowers and animals looks very impressive to you. Bring home that TV with that settings and you’ll probably get a headache with those settings,
To test for real life performance we tested every parameter that mattered like color accuracy, color temperature, gamma etc.
Our tests we conducted at Audisee’s facility in Bengaluru. We had Audisee’s technical head Mr.Mohammed Vasif to help us test each panel. Each panel was put through the following tests to see which one emerges victorious.
A Full HD TV should always display in Full HD and the same is true for HD TVs but this is not the case always. Manufacturers often do not enable the highest resolution out of the box, so you end up watching at a much lower resolution than the TV is capable of.
You have to manually change a setting to make use of the higher resolution. All TVs we tested came with a lower set resolution except the Mi TV. While you can change the settings to get a higher resolution we could not do the same on the Cloudwalker TV. So stay clear from the Cloudwalker TV.
To check this we had a test image that we display and changed the TV settings according to see if the max resolution is being used or not.
The below image shows the test image on the TV panel before setting. Now look at the rightmost pattern having black and white lines, now this rectangle should be smooth if the panel is a Full HD one. Before changing the settings the panel was showing black and white lines, while after the putting the correct option the lines have a smooth texture which means that Full HD resolution is being used.
We conducted a series of tests to objectively analyze the gamma, color reproduction, brightness, color temperature and other parameters of the display, using industry equipment.
The displays are not properly calibrated out of the box hence perform poorly, we had to calibrate them to utilise their true potential.
We used a colorimeter to measure different parameters using the standard factory settings. Next we calibrated the display to its most optimum settings and re-ran the tests. The results before and after calibrations show a huge variation and this goes to prove how much calibrating a display can help.
Numbers and charts on a paper don't tell the whole story hence, we have to actually watch something on the TV to see if it really is as good as the numbers say. We start subjective testing by plugging in a Blu-ray player with a Full-HD version of The Dark Knight playing. The movie makes great sense as there are some low light scenes, brightly lit room scenes, a lot of sweeping shots of skyscrapers and a lot of dialogue and background score.
While having a look at the movie we can even see the noise levels on the screen, the jittering (if any), the clarity of the vocals as well as the ability of the speakers to produce bass.
Reading the TV display report
Above is the report of the Mi TV 43 inch which was the best performing TV in our test. Here is how you can read and interpret the graphs and curves to know if a panel is good or not.
- RGB Balance: All the three Red, Green and Blue should be close to each other around the horizontal 100 mark. If the lines are far from each other the display is not calibrated properly
- .Delta-E 1976: The delta e values have to all be as low as possible or the gray bars have to be below the green line. Doing this will give you truer colors.
- Delta-E 1994: This value also should be as low as possible to get more accurate colors.
- Gamma Curve: The Yellow curve that we see is the standard (Having a value of 2.2), the gamma curve of the TV should be same as that which if you look at the image is almost as same as it which is very good.
- Color Temperature: Color temperature will show if the screen will display as warm tint or a cool tint. The value should be close to 6500K. Higher values will give a cooler tint, while values less than 6500K will give a warm tint to the display.
- Color Accuracy: Look at the square having the color spectrum, in the spectrum is a triangle which shows the range of colors the TV can display. The shape of the triangle will change for HDR TV’s as they are capable of displaying more colors. Now the triangle has seven white square these are the accurate color point that the TV must display. The colored circles are what the TV displays so if a red circle is inside a square the TV displays red as red if it’s not it shows a slightly different color.
Best Pick in Detail
The most value for money TV in the current market with a high resolution panel, good audio experience and an amazing new way of watching your content due to Patchwall.
- Technically brilliant display
- Good audio considering the size & price
- Smooth smart TV experience
- The most value-for-money TV in the market
- Difficult to buy during flash sales, Mi Home stores too few
- Installation niggles due to slow service
- Box pack doesn't include wall mounting kit (Costs Rs.300-400)
- IR blaster kit doesn't work with local cable networks
- Youtube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video apps are not available
- USB 3.0 ports would have been great
Build & Features: Well built with a lot of features
The Mi TV 43 inch and 32 inch are almost identical except for the screen size. The larger one merely looks like a scaled version of the 32inch one, so we shall keep the explanation short. For a detailed write-up about the features and build click here.
The Mi TV 43 inch carries forwards the same plastic build but still feels solid. It still has all the connectivity options in the convenient side mounted position. The TV, however, adds an extra USB 2.0 port and an S/PDIF port over the existing ports of the Mi TV 32 inch. This means three HDMI ports and three USB 2.0 ports. USB 3.0 ports however would have been better. More ports means you can now plug in a lot more devices as well as hard disks
The remote also remains the same with the ability to be integrated with your set-top box via an IR blaster adapter. You can also use the Mi Remote Controller app to use your phone as a remote control.
Display and Audio: The best display in our test, good audio quality
The Mi TV 43 inch was by a mile the best TV panel we had in this test, it had the most accurate colors, exhibited good brightness, had great viewing angles and was backed by good audio too.
Looking at the first report, the performance wasn't great but the aspect ratio and resolution were perfectly set out of the box. A look at the chart below shows just about every parameter was way off from gamma to delta e, from color temperature to color accuracy. With the report in hand, we set to calibrate the display to see how much it can be improved.
We started by tinkering with the basic parameters of brightness, contrast, and saturation, these gave us a tremendous improvement. Next we started digging into the menu for other settings and stumbled upon color gain settings for individual Red, Green and Blue colors. This level of control was not available in any other TV apart from the Mi TV’s. So the following were the settings we finalized on
- Aspect Ratio: Original Ratio
- Sharpness: 50
- Hue: 50
- Color Range: Part
- Red Gain:1185
- Blue Gain:1024
- Green Gain:906
With all the settings in place, the final report showed amazing improvements, the gamma was almost spot on, the delta e values were at their lowest, the color accuracy saw a big improvement, while the color temperature was very close to the standard. The results impressed our expert who said such results are seen in products far more expensive than the Mi TV. Good job there Mi!
With the display now calibrated, we next decided to see how a movie would look on it and we were very satisfied with the results. The movie looked crisp with great colors, had very little noise and gave a smooth playback, the viewing angles were also very good. The audio was also very capable giving loud and clear tones. Our expert loved the audio especially because there was at least some amount of low end when compared to the Sanyo or Cloudwalker.
Installation & Service: Difficult to buy, with average service
We had a slightly better service experience with the Mi TV 43 inch than the 32 inch.
Buying the TV was difficult with two Mi Home’s not having the TV in stock, but we managed to finally find one with the TV and it was delivered in two days (Rs.300 is charged for transportation). The installation procedure was also hassle-free once the installation request was raised by us.
The installation person was from Servmobi, a company which does installations and service for Xiaomi. The person was well versed in the product and knew how to control the software and use the features also very well. In short, it was a good experience.
Coming to repairs and parts, the TV has two main parts the display panel and the PCB/ motherboard. Almost 80% of the cost of the TV is the Display Panel while the remaining is what the PCB costs. So the replacement panel for the Mi TV can cost around Rs.18000-19000. The Service of Mi TV is handled by Jeeves as well as Servmobi (A company that looks after service of Mi TV). The product being new there are no complaints or issues regarding any parts.
Where Mi can improve
- Sales, delivery, and service
- A better catalog of apps and games for the Patchwall Software
- A dedicated Play store to download apps
To put it simply, the Mi TV has one of the best displays in its category and that itself should be the reason why you should buy it. But you also get good sound and cool smart features making it a deal most won't be able to refuse, especially at the price of Rs.23000.
Also Read: Best 32 inch LED TV in India under Rs 15000 (2018 )
TV’s that didn't make it
Cloudwalker 43 inch Smart TV
The minute you turn on the Cloudwalker TV it asks you to connect to a wi-fi and there is no getting around it as there is no skip button. Now that’s not the biggest worry, No sir, The extremely poor remote has the response of a sloth bear. You click and nothing happens, so you click some more and then maybe, just maybe something happens. This ruins the whole experience, especially when you consider that the TV runs a full version of Android with even a dedicated button for Netflix. You also have a lot of apps present but the slow nature of the slothware - oops - software mars the whole experience.
But wait, software is not the biggest worry, No no, the biggest worry is the fact that it's not really utilizing its Full HD resolution. When we projected the test patterns that show if the screen is using its complete resolution or not, the Cloudwalker doesn't, in fact, you cannot even change the aspect ratio settings to make it use the full resolution.
Apart from the resolution the display panel also wasn't any good especially when you compare it with the far more superior Mi TV which incidentally even costs about Rs.2000 less than the Cloudwalker. The audio too is bad with it lacking vocal clarity as well as lots of reverb in the vocals, this gives the speaker's voice an echo like effect which we didn't find desirable at all.
Sanyo 43 inch FHD TV
The 43 inch Sanyo TV also wasn't very good in the display and audio department. Objectively it did not perform very well. Also, the audio was quite soft and tinny with a clear lack in the bass.
There are also no other redeeming features about the product, but the service, however, was very good. The installation person was very well versed in the product and the company is very keen to know the status and your satisfaction with the service.