Even if you could access the few 4K programs available, it’s an open question whether you’ll be able to see the difference between UHD (4K) and HDTV (2K).In the HDTV world, it’s impossible to detect the difference between 1080p and 720p resolution on HTDVs smaller than 50 inches watched from a normal viewing distance.Check out this image of “Sunday in the Park” by pointillist painter George Seurat. Viewed up close, you can see the points. Shrink the picture and move further back, and the points fade to create a solid image.The only way to detect the dot detail improvement from HDTV to UHD is to either get closer or get a much larger screen — or both.Canada Goose ontario Only gamers who sit super close to their UHDs will be able to detect 4K’s detail superiority, assuming the game is in 4K. But for those of us watching House of Cards on 60-65-inch sets sitting 6-8 feet away? It’ll be really hard to tell the difference between 4K and 2K, certainly not a difference worth the UHD price premium.
You can buy a really good 60-inch HDTV for less than $1,000.Only slightly larger UHDs are priced anywhere from four to nine times higher.For instance, LG’s 65-inch Prime UF9500 LCD UHD, which uses a color-boosting technology called Wide Color Gamut (WGC), is priced at $4,500.Canada Goose ontario Samsung’s new flagship 65-inch JS9500 quantum dot UHD set is priced at $6,000. And LG’s droolable 65-inch EG9600 OLED UHD will sell for an instantly mouth-drying $9,000.As with all electronics, prices on UHDs will begin to drop as other suckers…er, I mean customers (slight error) buy current UHD models.Remember item No. 2 on this list about how hard it is to tell the difference between big-screen HDTVs and UHDs? The same problem exists at your local Best Buy. Why would you buy an expensive UHD if you can’t tell the difference between it and the HDTV next to it?
In order to differentiate UHDs from HDTVs in stores, UHD makers have curved their sets so you can tell the difference. There is no other reason why UHDs are curved — pure marketing gimmickry.Oh, the UHD makers and your pimply sales person will wax poetically about how the curvature helps envelope you in the on-screen action and blah blah blah…Bull hockey. It’s the whole perception-is-reality thing. The curvature looks different, you want something new and shiny, so you believe the curvature is an improvement.It isn’t. In fact, the curvature, especially on an LCD UHD, cuts down an LCD’s already limited viewing angle and increases the reflective glare from ambient lighting sources.Plus,Canada Goose ontario there’s a bit of weird irony to the whole curved TV bit. For years, TV makers have been striving to make their TVs as flat as possible; OLED TVs are an astounding 4mm thin. But curving just makes them fat again. WTF?I’m hoping LG (since I want an OLED set) will offer flat models next year.