On the 4th day of an AV Christmas…I looked at a 4K Ultra HD TV
Your TV choices just got a little more complicated for this year as 4K Ultra HD TVs are starting to make some headway into the market. The 4K in 4K Ultra HD TV stands for the approximate number of pixels that are displayed across the screen, which is 3840×2160. This translates to a display resolution of 2160p, which is four times the resolution of today’s 1080p HDTVs, hence the addition of the term Ultra HD. To make it easy for consumers, these TVs are referred to as 4K Ultra HD TVs.
Currently, all 4K Ultra HD TVs utilize LED/LCD TV technology. Also, most (not all), of these new high resolution TVs incorporate Smart TV and/or 3D viewing options as well.
However, keep in mind that there aren’t that many 4K signal sources yet that can take full advantage of the extra detail these sets can display, but they are all equipped with built-in upscalers that can make today’s current 1080p content look better than they do on a 1080p TV. This means you can connect your current Blu-ray Disc player, cable/satellite box, network media player/media streamer, etc… to a 4K Ultra HD TV the same you you connect them to any current 720p or 1080p HDTV.
Also, if you buy a Sony 4K Ultra HD TV, they offer a companion media server and movie download service that can provide you with 4K content. However, the Sony media server cannot be used with other brands of 4K Ultra HD TVs as it is coded only to recognized by a Sony 4K Ultra HD TV.
Let’s face it, you won’t see bargain Holiday pricing on Sony, Samsung, LG, or other main brands, but you may see some pricing as low at $999 for some not-so-well-known brands – but be cautious, other than 4K resolution capability, those low-priced sets are not going to offer things like Internet Streaming, 3D, or exceptional 1080p-to-4K upscaling.