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Old 07-19-2016, 03:07 PM
 
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That article was from 4 years ago, here's what the same guy said last year: Why 4K TVs aren
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Old 07-19-2016, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Unless you are absolutely strapped for cash, I see no reason to buy a 1080p set, all things equal.

I got a Visio 50" 4k M series for I think $549 back in March. This is with a very nice remote, built in Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime in 4K (audio is an optical out into my 5.1 system), five HDMI and other inputs, etc. A 1080P set of similar quality would have only been nominally cheaper ($100-$150).

True, there is little in the way of 4K content out there, and IMO, Netflix 4K is still worse quality than most BluRays. With that said, I took the TV and hooked it into my computer. There is absolutely no comparison between 1080p at traditional monitor viewing distance. 4K is so much sharper, textures seem sharper, there is little need for antialiasing, etc. I have a three year old I7 3770K at 4.5 GHz and a GTX 960 and played WoW at 4K flawlessly, as well as the new Doom semi-well (25 fps or so). That's not even counting the beautiful Youtube content in 4K (a lot of nature/tech demo type stuff), which is far better than what you get streaming, or the 4K BluRays from this year's releases that will start making their mark once the Xbox One S comes out. Deadpool, Batman vs. Superman, Warcraft, and other blockbusters are available in 4K UHD Bluray.

Of course, there are additional costs. If you have a 1080P receiver, you'll need to upgrade it to a 4K capable one or just run audio out from the 4K device and use the receiver for audio only and plug the HDMI into your TV. You may need upgrades in your internet bandwidth, in house network, etc. I have a 100 mbps internet connection with an AC1200 router and have no problem streaming with 4K with no buffering.

There is a massive lack of 4K content but the same can be said about cable broadcasting - virtually all cable broadcasts remain in 720P. My fat PS3 from a decade ago with the initial Bluray releases provided far better image quality than what is available now on general television - there's your real bottleneck.
At the same time, if you are in the market for a TV that is, at a minimum, 70 inches, then 4K is still quite expensive. And if you're sitting any further than 12 feet away from the TV, buying a 50 inch 4K TV isn't going to make a lot of sense. You could get away with buying a 720P 50 inch TV and seeing no difference in picture quality from that distance.
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Old 07-19-2016, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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That article was from 4 years ago, here's what the same guy said last year: Why 4K TVs aren

And I think the article hits on one very important aspect. It isn't the pixels, it's the added features that are only present in the new 4K TVs that will make them worth the purchase.
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