Ultra HD 4K Looks Fantastic Even on Enormous Screens: So go for the biggest you can
by Stephan Jukic – August 6th, 2014
While Ultra HD 4K TVs have the highest resolution of any commercially available TV to date (Yes, 8K does exist already but you’re not going to see it on sale to the public for a while yet). Yet despite their awesome resolution, a lot of the buying public doesn’t yet know what they’re really about or simply doesn’t believe the hype.
However, in this case at least, the hype is completely true; 4K is so fine grained in its pixilation that it looks truly spectacular on pretty much any screen size you’re likely to find anywhere.
With 4K resolution, what you’re buying is a screen display whose minimum definition is 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, and some higher end 4K screens offer even more pixels than that. Even the minimum number of pixels for 4K still means a screen resolution that’s nearly 5 times more detailed than that offered by Full HD 1080p High-def content, which up until a couple years ago was the finest consumer grade resolution available on the market.
Of course, factors such as brightness, contrast, color and color accuracy still have a massive influence on the quality of even 4K content, but assuming your TV has these specs at their optimum and the content you’re viewing has been filmed or remastered well, then 4K offers what no TV has ever offered before, a visual clarity functionally equivalent to that of original chemical film.
Nonetheless, given that 4K is still fairly new and growing in a market well filled by lower end manufacturers of budget 4K displays, it’s still common to find a name brand 1080p HD TV that gives better overall visuals than a lower end 4K set that costs more and gives out more pixels.
What this means is that if you’re going to invest in 4K, then you might as well invest in a well rated, high end model from a brand known for the quality of its UHD. Sony, LG and Samsung are the best currently on the market.
However, if you do decide to go for a high quality 4K TV, bigger really is better in this case. As the size of a screen grows bigger, the more the vast amount of pixels offered by 4K really shine in the larger space. Where 1080p HD is no longer enough pixilation for maximal clarity on some larger screens, 4K easily keeps sharpness maximal. It has to since it’s dishing out almost 5 times as much resolution, just over 8 million pixels worth in total.
This difference is especially notable at viewing distances closer than 10 feet, where the finer details (or lack of them) become much more visible on large screens.
Thus, if you want a really big TV and have the money to spend on it, 4K offers you the perfect excuse for doing so. It literally makes a pixel filled image stay smooth and natural looking at much closer distance than are possible with any HD or high-def TV.
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