Updated: May 9, 2015
4K Ultra TV Reviews:The new 4K ultra TV's are starting to become more popular but are they really worth the huge premium in prices? Let's start with what the 4K Ultra stands for. Most 1080p televisions are able to show screen resolution (pixels) at 1920x1080. The 4K Ultra sets have the capability to display images at 3840x2160 (4 times the number of pixels). Should that impress you? Well, with all the reports we have seen so far, the Ultra HD TV's do deliver higher quality picture detail. The bigger issue is this - where do you get that 4K content from? Much like when the HD TV's burst onto the scene - the HD content available at the time was minimal. Cable companies and TV providers caught up quickly and that helped push the HD TV market. The question is - will 4K content become readily available so that there is a demand for 4K TV's? Yes, we certainly think so. Just how fast that all happens is another question, but one you should ask yourself before shoveling out a premium for an Ultra 4K TV. Pricing continues to drop, but not at a fast enough rate and consumers have been hesistant to join the 4K TV market. We will go into some of the features of these TV's down below and give you feedback from head to head comparisons between HD TV's and the new 4K Ultra TV's. The findings may surprise you.
One of the leading sources of independent reviews and testing has always been Consumer Reports. They did a wonderful article on Ultra HD TV's (written by Claudio Ciacci - see it HERE) comparing them to the leading HD 1080p sets. CNET is another favorite of ours - they do expert guides to the Ultra HD 4K TV. With providers like Netflix offering House of Cards in 4K Ultra TV, more and more shows will appear in this high quality format. Movie studios are converting older films to the 4K resolution and newer films will be in 4K. We feel that until cable providers offer more 4K Ultra content, the added benefit of a 4K Ultra television set may not make sense for the money. You are essentially buying based on future offerings. We will say this, the odds are very high that within a year or 2 most of the programming available through your television will be offered in 4K Ultra. That's where the TV manufacturers are headed and the content providers will follow. Future resolutions like 7,680x 4,320 (8K) are already being discussed, so we know the technology is there. What are the current benefits of Ultra HD programs/content? What we found is that the Ultra 4K image detail is noticeable, but really only when you are close up to the TV. If you sit back, say at normal distance, it's hard to decipher any improvement over regular HD programming. That being said, the 4K films (offered by Sony) show just how incredible the Ultra HD performance can be. CNET, CR Magazine, and other leading electronics testers agree with us that the time is coming where 4K TV's will be the norm, so hopping on the train right now may not be a bad thing if you can afford the technology. Prices - The Samsung 65 inch models are roughly $3500 and the 55 inch Ultra 4K TV's are $2500. Sony and LG are slightly cheaper, but not by much. We would assume that most pricing will be very competitive come holiday season when you start seeing a huge push for this technology upgrade on TV, online, and in stores like Best Buy. Don't let the advertising fool you, do your homework and purchase wisely. We have chosen the leading models down below for pricing and spec references. You can browse the best selling 4K Ultra TV's here.