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4k tv's is it worth it now - ie who does what content?

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Is it worth me getting a 4k tv now? I bought 3D (ha ha ha) and wondering whether this next one should be a 4k or not. I don't game myself so it is purely is there access to enough 4k content to justif… Read More
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3m, 1w agoPosted 3 months, 1 week ago
Is it worth me getting a 4k tv now? I bought 3D (ha ha ha) and wondering whether this next one should be a 4k or not. I don't game myself so it is purely is there access to enough 4k content to justify it.

Looking at a 49" LG in particular but open to suggestion sub £500. Thanks.
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3m, 1w agoPosted 3 months, 1 week ago
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#1
No, your eyes adjust to most resolutions in the end. The most important thing is the quality of the screen and it's configuration. I don't recall watching a great or rubbish film and saying wow the picture is great and if I was doing that it would spoil the experience wouldn't it.
#2
At that size and price i'd probably just stick with your current 1080p set for a while if it's decent, unless you can get an amazing deal on something like a 49KS7000.

As for content it depends if you've already watched Netflix's own shows such as Daredevil, House of Cards or Amazons The Grand Tour. If you've already watched them as most people have it really doesn't leave a whole lot of 4K content out there.
#3
Mine is a bit in the dark ages in the fact it is 3D but not smart. So shall i pay what seems not much more for an LG or Samsung 4k over their HD versions.
#4
Thanks btw.
#5
Was looking at them today but couldnt justify droppin £750 on a tv i dnt need. Stickin wi my 7 year old toshiba lol
#6
Hi what is the tv you have at the moment?
Are you likely to change your tv say every 3 years or 7 years?
Are there smart features needed or will you be using an attached set too box/device for those?

When I was looking to buy a tv 3 years ago there were some 1080p TVs where those who knew their stuff said were absolutely brilliant picture quality, both with TV broadcasts (SD and HD) and watching blu-rays. Those great 1080p TVs won't stop being fantastic image quality just because there are TVs today capable of displaying 4k content - if you have access to it.
I'd be buying a 4k tv today, but a HDR that's the latest tech and it does seem to make a noticeable difference, with enough socketry to cover all bases. Then see if there are any in my price range and what people here say are the best ones. Pleased like avforums might be the best place to start/ask
#7
On a small TV like that 4K isn't of any particular interest unless you're using it at desktop distances.

HDR and OLED are both dropping in price from their current ~£1500 and they're technologies that benefit everyone, unlike 4K, so those are the ones I'd wait for.

Edited By: EndlessWaves on Feb 13, 2017 19:58
#8
Nerak80
Mine is a bit in the dark ages in the fact it is 3D but not smart. So shall i pay what seems not much more for an LG or Samsung 4k over their HD versions.

Hey Nerak. The way I see it is that their are a lot of naysayers and hipsters that like to say 'err umm input lag' and 'there isn't much difference from 4k unless you get a massive 84inch etc' without providing proper context. Whilst size and perception does indeed matter I would say (from personal experience) that 55 inch is good enough to notice the difference and 4K is indeed worth it.

Content wise? Terrestrial broadcasts and most other channels are still lagging behind in 4K broadcasts with very limited tests being done with certain sporting events only (World Cup, Tennis etc). Ultra HD Bly Rays are slowly starting to pick up pace but it will take a while. Prices are still ridiculous!

Netflix and Amazon Prime are the way to go (but mostly the former) as the company announced they are injecting billions into its 4K original programming schedule. So the gist really is get a good solid fibre optic connection and look for a decent display from one of the 4 main heavyhitters (LG, Sony, Panasonic or Samsung) as they each bring their own unique benefits and feature sets to the table.

I know you said you aren't a gamer but consider yourself future proofed if you can get a fairly decent one with HDR. Hope this helps :)
#9
If you are sticking to the sub £500 range then the most bang for buck will probably be a Hisense 50M5500 unless a mega bargain pops up somewhere.
#10
androidavis

Are there smart features needed or will you be using an attached set too box/device for those?

I think this is the way to go. I bought a Samsung Smart TV a few years back but in hindsight, the best thing to do is buy the best display panel you can afford, the best audio solution you can afford (no reason these can't last for quite a few years) and use an extra box (in my case Amazon Fire TV) for the "Smart" features.

This has several advantages. If you want to upgrade your smart capabilities, you just buy a fairly cheap box. Not only that but apps for e.g Fire TV or Android boxes are updated much more often than Smart TV apps. Also quite a few TV's have pretty bad sound, even if they are great in other aspects. An external amplifier solves that. Each unit (display, sound, smart box) does what it is best at and should you need to upgrade any one of them, you don't have to replace a whole potentially very expensive TV.
#11
I actually really like 3d, and am somewhat disappointed that it has been dumped. Been looking at the sets on Panasonic's ebay refurb site....some good deals to be had if refurb is up your street......
#12
Franzkill
Nerak80
Mine is a bit in the dark ages in the fact it is 3D but not smart. So shall i pay what seems not much more for an LG or Samsung 4k over their HD versions.
Hey Nerak. The way I see it is that their are a lot of naysayers and hipsters that like to say 'err umm input lag' and 'there isn't much difference from 4k unless you get a massive 84inch etc' without providing proper context. Whilst size and perception does indeed matter I would say (from personal experience) that 55 inch is good enough to notice the difference and 4K is indeed worth it.
Content wise? Terrestrial broadcasts and most other channels are still lagging behind in 4K broadcasts with very limited tests being done with certain sporting events only (World Cup, Tennis etc). Ultra HD Bly Rays are slowly starting to pick up pace but it will take a while. Prices are still ridiculous!
Netflix and Amazon Prime are the way to go (but mostly the former) as the company announced they are injecting billions into its 4K original programming schedule. So the gist really is get a good solid fibre optic connection and look for a decent display from one of the 4 main heavyhitters (LG, Sony, Panasonic or Samsung) as they each bring their own unique benefits and feature sets to the table.
I know you said you aren't a gamer but consider yourself future proofed if you can get a fairly decent one with HDR. Hope this helps :)
And I'll throw Ultra HD Premium into the mix as well just to further confuse matters! Buying a TV is a pain in the proverbial nowadays. Going through it myself at the moment.
#13
I got a Samsung 4k tv not long ago and I'll admit it's amazing watching Netflix and Amazon in ultra HD at first but like others have said your eyes adjust to it.

Only thing is it makes standard definition TV look horrible due to every single Standard definition pixel now having 24 pixels representing it on the 4K tv.
#14
BT youview do BT sport in 4k on one channel if you get the top package.
#15
hdr and oled make a massive improvement to picture quality, 4k is pointless for videos on anything under 60" imo but it just so happens oled only seems to come in 4k anyway. At £500 you are unlikely to get an improvement in picture quality from what you have already. I have a 50" plasma and wont be upgrading until oled hdr is affordable, any lcd will give me a drop in picture quality no matter its resolution

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