5 Tips – Choosing a 4K TV

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Overview

Generally speaking, the most important specs when buying a TV are resolution, size, and cost. Outside of special requirements, these are the general things you should look for.

You can get a nice 4K TV on a budget and get most of the features below.

To the Point:

5 Tips – choosing a 4K TV

  1. 3+ HDMI 2.0a ports and HDCP 2.2 ready
  2. OLED or IPS
  3. Avoid Curves
  4. Vesa wall mounts
  5. HDCP ready and HDR enabled

Top 5 – OLED Smart TV’s: (Ordered by price)

  1. LG 65-Inch 4K OLED Smart TV (OLED65G6P)
  2. LG 65-Inch 4K OLED Smart TV (OLED65E6P)
  3. LG 65-Inch 4K OLED Smart TV (OLED65B6P)
  4. LG 55-Inch 4K OLED Smart TV (OLED55B6P)

Top 5 – LCD/LED TV’s (Ordered by price)

High end:

  1. LG 75-Inch 4K Smart LED TV ( 75UH8500)
  2. Samsung 65-Inch 4K Smart LED TV (UN65JU6500)
  3. Samsung 65-Inch 4K LED Smart/3D TV (UN65JU7100)
  4. LG 65-Inch 4K Smart LED TV (65UH8500)
  5. Samsung 65-Inch 4K Smart/3D LED TV (UN65HU8550)

Medium end:

  1. VIZIO M70-C3 70-Inch 4K Smart LED TV (M70-C3)
  2. Sony 65-Inch 4K Smart TV (XBR65X850D)
  3. VIZIO M65-C1 65-Inch 4K Smart LED TV (M65-C1)
  4. Samsung 55-Inch 4K Smart LED TV (UN55HU6950)
  5. Samsung 50-Inch 4K Smart LED TV (UN50KU6300)

Budget:

  1. Sony 55-Inch 4K Smart TV (XBR55X850D)
  2. Samsung  50-Inch 4K Smart LED TV (UN50HU6950)
  3. LG 49-Inch 4K LED Smart TV (49UH6500)
  4. VIZIO 55-Inch 4K LED TV (M55-C2)
  5. Seiki SE55UE 55-Inch 4K LED TV (SE55UE)

Top 3 – Mounts

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4K TV ECHOGEAR (EGLF1-BK) Mount

  1. ECHOGEAR for 37-70 inch TV’s (EGLF1-BK)
    1. Full motion arm
    2. 16″ Extension
    3. VESA Mount (max 600 x 400)
    4. 37″-70″
    5. Up to 135 LB’s
  2. VideoSecu for 32″- 55″ TV’s (MW365B2)
    1. Full motion arm
    2. 16″ Extension
    3. VESA Mount (600 x 400)
    4. 32″-55″
    5. Up to 135 LB’s
  3. VideoSecu for 22″-55″ (ML531BE)
    1. Full motion arm
    2. 20″ Extension
    3. VESA Mount (max 400×400)
    4. 22″-55″
    5. HDMI Cable
    6. Bubble Level
    7. Up to 88 LB’s
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5 Tips – choosing a 4K TV

Details

  • Seek the ideal inputs:

    • At least 3 HDMI 2.0A inputs.
    • At least 1 HDMI input that is HDCP 2.2 ready.
    • HDMI 2.0a = Support for 4K 3840 x 2161 resolution, HDR, Wide Color Gamut, ADD more, all up to 60 Frames Per Second (FPS.)
    • HDCP = High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection– This technology should be enabled on the input to playback copyright protected content.
    • HDR support – What is HDR? – High Dynamic Range for a broader range of colors.
    • Look for WCG (Wide Color Gamut.)
    • 10-bit color
    • Dolby Vision HDR
    • Maximum DCI-P3 and Rec.2020 color gamut coverage.
  • Panel and backlight technology types:

    • OLED – Organic Light-Emitting Diode – This does not require a backlight, this technology is the panel and backlight combined. Which gives you a thin TV with the best lighting and colors.
    • LCD (Panel/Color) + LED (Backlight/Light)
  • Panel and Backlight

    • Panel – This will produce the screen colors for the pixels.
    • Backlight – What lights up the pixels.
  • Avoid the curves

    • Curved Televisions have poor viewing angles.
    • With more than 2 people you will have issues with quality.
    • Curved monitors for PC’s are normally acceptable outside of issues with people getting headaches. More on this in a future post.
  • Wall Mount

    • VESA wall mounts
  • LED backlight technology types:

    • Full Array and Local Dimming – LED covering the entire panel and dimming for better black and contrast ratios.
    • Full Array – LED covering the entire panel.
    • Edge-lit display – Lighting comes from the edge.
  • LCD Types in order by quality:

    • IPS/PLS – These are very similar. They provide fairly good color reproduction and wider viewing angles.
    • These panels have better viewing angles but lack the ability to emphasize blacks.
    • Super-IPS – This technology came out to improve response times and the emphasis on blacks in the picture.
    • VA, MVA, and PVA (Vertical Alignment) – This panel came in 2nd with decent viewing angles, blacks, and contrast better than IPS or TN.
    • Response times lack performance when tested and there has been substantial evidence of issues with ghosting.
    • TN (Twisted Nematic) – Decent response times and is currently the most common type on the market. They are cheap to manufacture, have decent responsiveness and TN is currently the oldest on the market.

As of Q4 2016, LG is dominating the market with OLED TV’s.

5 Tips – Choosing a 4K TV

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