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Should I Buy a Premium 2016 4K HDR TV or Wait for the 2017 Models?

by on January 24, 2017
 

Stephan Jukic – January 24, 2017

In the aftermath of CES 2017 and all its stunning new premium HDR 4K television reveals, it’s really easy to start wondering whether you should bother with a 2016 HDR TV at all if you were on the verge of buying one, or if you should replace your older TV with one of the 2017 models (assuming you’ve got the spare cash ready). Well, to clear up the doubts on this issue let’s take a peek at what sorts of benefits and costs each decision carries and which is right under what circumstances.

Are the 2017 Models Better?

Without a doubt, the 2017 TVs are promising to at least match their 2016 counterparts in many crucial ways, particularly as far as picture quality is concerned. Furthermore, at least for some specs like peak brightness, viewing angles and smart functionality, the premium LCD HDR 4K TVs and even their OLED cousins will almost certainly outperform what we’ve seen in 2016. This however doesn’t have to mean that the 2016 models are anything less than superb for all but the most absolutely exacting consumers.

Furthermore, at least in some key respects, the 2017 TVs will likely perform no better than their 2016 cousins or deliver performance that’s only marginally and almost unnoticeably better. It’s also worth bearing in mind that new 4K TV models can sometimes actually perform WORSE than their older cousins in some ways. With Samsung’s 2016 KU-Series TVs, we noted this in a couple of key regards such as connectivity options and motion handling and with Sony’s 2016 XBR-D TV models, black level performance was at times inferior to that of Sony 2015 HDR TV models.

With that in mind, here’s our opinion of 2016 vs. 2017 broken down by TV type and at the end, consumer circumstances, where we cover some scenarios in which you should or should not buy a 2017 4K TV.

LCD TVs

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For the premium LCD TVs of 2017 and those from Sony and Samsung in particular, you can probably expect much of the same performance on motion handling, black levels and color spectrum coverage as was the case in the 2016 premium TVs from both brands. The same will almost certainly be the case with LG’s Super UHD 4K LCD TVs.

What we have noticed is that Samsung and LG are both implementing new color and viewing angle technology though quantum dots in their 2017 models and with the inclusion of this, the 2017 LG Super UHD TVs and Samsung’s new QLED successors to last year’s SUHD TVs will almost certainly offer marginally better color performance and notably better viewing angles. The difference in color performance will almost certainly be small enough that someone wouldn’t notice it without using color testing equipment. Most of Samsung’s 2017 QLED lineup will still come with edge-lit backlighting panels just as was the case with all but one of the 2016 SUHD TVs.

In Sony’s case, there will be one new OLED TV range whose performance will almost certainly outclass that of almost all of the company’s LCD TVs for this year or last year. This OLED TV, the A1E, which will come in three different sizes, should perform at least as well as LG’s 2016 OLED TVs. Sony’s LCD lineup for 2017, the XBR-E Series models, on the other hand is expected to offer superior backlight control technology for better local dimming and quite possibly also for superior levels of black depth. Other than this, The Sony LCD lineup will still mostly consist of edge-lit TVs.

A couple of areas in which we’re expecting major improvements among most of the name brand LCD TVs of 2017 and particularly the premium models from the major brands are peak brightness and HDR support.

Samsung and Sony have both worked towards giving their premium 2017 TVs levels of peak brightness which beat even those of the already superb 2016 models and Samsung’s QLED TVs in particular are slated to reach unprecedented brightness levels of 2000 nits, putting them a solid 500 nits above the best possible performance of their 2016 cousins. Sony’s XBR-E models likely won’t reach these same brightness levels but we do expect them to perform better than their 2016 cousins did. As for LG’s LCD SJ-Series Super UHD TVs for 2017, we’ll likely see moderately improved peak brightness even though all of the brand’s LCD models will be edge-lit.

Sony's new XBR-X940E model

Sony’s new XBR-X940E model

Finally, in terms of HDR performance, as a direct result of slight to major improvements in wide color gamut rendering, black levels, local dimming and peak brightness, all of the 2017 TVs will probably be slightly better HDR performers. Sony’s XBR-E TV models will see particularly high improvements in HDR compatibility due to the inclusion of Dolby Vision HDR in their specs. This is a major improvement in the 2017 Sony lineup.

The bottom line for the name brand premium LCD TVs of 2017 is that they’ll be better than they were in 2016 but not dramatically so for the most part. On the other hand, some of them will include new display features that are lacking in the 2016 models

OLED TVs

When it comes to OLED 4K TVs, the choice between a 2016 model you can go out and get right now for a surprisingly decent price and waiting for a 2017 TV that may or may not (but probably will) cost more while offering little extra benefit becomes a bit more clear-cut.

Let’s start this section off with a mention of LG’s 2016 B6 OLED TV. This model was the most affordable of 2016 and by the end of the year had become cheaper than any OLED 4K TV had ever been before. Not only did the B6 come with this benefit, it also delivered display specs that were more or less the same as those of 2016’s flagship LG OLED model, the G6, which cost almost three times as much. The B6 had a much more conventional design, yes, and it lacked the 3D technology that all the other LG OLED TVs of 2016 came with but nearly everything else about its picture performance was identical to the specs of its pricier cousins. Even more impressively, the one display spec on which it was significantly different from its OLED cousins, peak brightness, was actually superior in the B6 (at least according to our own review testing).

LG 2016 OLED B6 HDR TV

Thus, for 2016, unless you insisted on 3D in your OLED 4K HDR TV, the B6 was the best choice of the year and definitely the most affordable with a year-end price of just $1,800 for the 55 inch model ($2,800 for the giant 65 inch version).

Now, for 2017, While LG has definitely taken OLED TV design to new levels of showiness, in terms of improved performance, the company is mainly promising the following:

  • 25% higher peak brightness
  • 2% better DCI-P3 Wide Color Gamut coverage (claimed to reach 99%)
  • Support for the new HLG broadcast HDR standard (for which there is so far virtually no content anyhow)
  • A new “Active HDR” mode for upscaling of SDR video
  • Dolby Atmos Sound support.

Quite frankly, none of these are major enough improvements to justify replacing a 2016 OLED TV if you already own one and unless Dolby Atmos audio is something you absolutely insist on having, the other improvements will at best only be slightly noticeable for normal home entertainment. Basically, except for the Dolby Atmos sound, the 2017 OLEDs will perform almost the same as the cheapest 2016 OLED, the B6 and since it offered above-average brightness to begin with, even the 25% peak brightness improvement of the 2017 TVs may not make much of a difference.

LG's 2017 OLED B7 looks almost the same as the 2016 B6

LG’s 2017 OLED B7 looks almost the same as the 2016 B6

What’s more, the 2017 OLED TVs will almost certainly cost more than their 2016 cousins and the B6’s replacement, the B7, will probably be at least a few hundred dollars pricier (though we can’t yet be sure of this, it matches the pricing trends we saw when last year’s new OLED TVs replaced their 2015 cousins).

Other details for the 2017 OLED TVs which are worth bearing in mind include the fact that none of them will offer curved display and that none of them will come with 3D technology, which all of the 2016 OLEDs except for the B6 offered.

So what does this means for buying a 2017 OLED vs- buying a 2016 OLED? Quite simply that you’re almost certainly better off sticking with a 2016 model and replacing it only when the 2018 TVs go on sale and the 2017 models start selling for reduced prices, just as many of the 2016 OLEDs did at the end of last year. Quality-wise, the 2017 TVs will offer little to justify whatever extra money they cost and only their designs are to some extent markedly cooler and more innovative than those of the 2016 models were.

The Bottom Line

If you already own a 2015- 2016 HDR TV

It’s quite simple. If you already own a 2016 4K TV or even a 2015 HDR television model and literally like what you’re seeing, there is no practical reason for you to buy a 2017 model for the time being. You’ll gain little in the way of additional performance benefits even though you might end up having to spend a fair bit of extra money on the newer model. This applies particularly to choosing a 2016 OLED TV vs. a 2017 OLED model. Even if one of the newer 2017 LCD or OLED TVs happens to have some feature you particularly like, such as Dolby Vision HDR in the 2017 Sony TVs or the extra 500 nits of peak brightness in the 2017 Samsung QLED models, we’d argue that these extras aren’t enough to justify a new TV until the prices of the 2017 models go down by the end of 2017.

For the vast majority of normal home entertainment, the HDR and SDR content viewing specs of both 2016 and 2017 model premium 4K televisions will look similar enough for there to be no practical difference.

LG OLED W-Series Signature flagship TV

LG OLED W-Series Signature flagship TV with “wallpaper” design

If you don’t yet own a 2016 4K TV

If on the other hand you don’t yet own a 2016 4K TV and want to finally replace your older HDTV model or a much older 2013-2014 4K television that lacks cool features like HDR and 10-bit color, then the choice comes down to budget more than anything else. If you want to save a bit, go for your favorite 2016 model and enjoy the savings while getting some generally superb display performance and HDR specs which are more than good enough for the vast majority of high dynamic range and normal entertainment content you’re going to see emerge in 2017. If on the other hand you don’t mind waiting a bit and want the very best, then yes, wait for the 2017 models to come out in the next couple of months and check out our reviews of them as they emerge to pick your potential favorite.

The new premium HDR TVs aren’t revolutionary but they will generally be at least a bit better than their 2016 counterparts.

Story by 4k.com

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  • Dave Evans
    January 24, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I would wait… HDMI 2.1 was announced and if the 2017 models dont have it, I would hold tight…

    I have a 2014 4K model, No HDR but, 10-bit input with No DCHP 2.2 (Hdfury device to solve that)…so, not doin anything for 4-5 years, or I will be single….sigh…

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    • Alex
      January 24, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      What will HDMI 2.1 bring to the table ? Want to grab a 2017 LG Oled, but now I’m hearing I should wait for HDMI 2.1. I keep hearing about High Frame Rate, but doesn’t that speed up the frame rate to give you that dreaded Soap Opera Effect ? Besides HFR, what else will HDMI 2.1 do ? Because if that is it (HFR), then I will happily buy a 2017 model.

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      • canali
        April 16, 2017 at 8:09 am

        alex, i’d like to hear from others, too…what is the diff 2.1 will bring?
        i’m no gamer and also stream my movies/music….so have no interest in an oppo 203.

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    • Jake
      January 25, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Just became single so now is my time to make that purchase!

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  • Brady
    January 24, 2017 at 11:47 am

    If I have a 50″ 2014 1080p LED tv and was thinking about upgrading is it worth buying a premium 2016 model like the KS8000 or Vizio P50 series model? Do you expect the new 2017 models to be priced at the same levels as the 2016’s were when new or do you think they will be above that?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 30, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Hi there Brady. I would say that it depends entirely on your budget. You could go for either and almost certainly be happy. The KS8000 is one superb 4K HDR TV with some fantastic peak brightness and the Vizio P50is also a superb piece of display technology with specs nearly as good as those of the Samsung and even broader HDR compatibility. However, the 2017 Samsung QLED TVs are looking like they will indeed be unparalleled performers at 4K HDR LED display. So if you want even better performance in color quality, brightness and viewing angles in particular, go for one of those. However, yes, They will almost certainly cost a hefty chunk more than a model like the KS8000 or the very affordable P50 from Vizio.

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  • Ravi
    January 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    I am planning to buy a Samsung SUHD KS7000. I heard that Samsung is discontinuing it’s SUHD series in 2017. Should I proceed or wait for 2017 line up to launch?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 30, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      Hello Ravi. As this article explains in detail, it depends on your circumstances. To summarize briefly though. If you already own a 2016 or even 2015 HDR 4K TV and you’re happy with its performance, there’s no practical reason to spend money on a new model unless you absolutely want top-level performance. The KS7000 (Same as the U.S model KS8000) is one absolutely excellent 4K TV with superb brightness and other HDR specs. You’ll almost certainly be happy with it for at least a couple years and the picture performance of the model is mostly future-proofed. However the 2017 Samsung QLED TVs, which replace the SUHD lineup from 2016, will definitely perform better, so if you don’t mind spending the extra money (and they will cost a hefty bit more), then go ahead and buy a 2017 TV, though it would be cheaper to buy them by the end of 2017 instead of now.

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    • SirGeeky
      February 17, 2017 at 7:51 am

      I own a KS7000 and if I was you, I’d either wait for the 2017 models or at least go with something from last year. The edge lighting on this model is a mixed bag. Mine has light blooms in either corner. Also it doesn’t really have the lighting ability for decent HDR. It’s an alright TV, but I expected better from an SUHD. I personally won’t buy another edge lit display. It’s either going to be OLED or full-backlit array LED for me.

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  • M
    January 25, 2017 at 10:53 am

    “With Samsung’s 2017 KU-Series TVs, we noted this in a couple of key regards such as connectivity options and motion handling”

    Do you mean 2016?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 30, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      Hello M, yes, we meant 2016 models, the KU-Series came with only 3 HDMI ports instead of the four we saw in the 2015 JU-Series models. This slip of the finger has been corrected.

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  • John Parsons
    January 27, 2017 at 9:08 am

    So the 2017 TV’s are better than the 2016 TV’s? Thanks, who would have thought it.

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  • Michial
    January 28, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I just bought a KS8000 from Costco for $979. I’m quite happy.

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  • Randi
    January 28, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    On the fence if I should wait or not.. I have an 8 1/2 year old Samsung HD TV; the picture still looks great. I like Samsung’s 8000 series, with the exception of the viewing angles being panned in most professional reviews (I haven’t seen it in person yet). I’m willing to wait if this weakness is improved in new 2017 models. For those of us who don’t want to mount all of our TVs, I’d like to know why manufacturers seem to have all abandoned swivel pedestal stands which helps address the viewing angle issue.

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  • Justin C
    January 31, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Stephan, nice to see that you are actively answering questions here. I am ready to take the OLED plunge. I’m finally ready to replace my 60″ Pioneer pro-151fd. Honestly, I still haven’t seen a 1080p set to top it. I can’t compromise on black levels, so OLED is where I’m going. I’m most interested in Sony’s new offering. The reason I am upgrading is because of video game consoles now being able to provide HDR and up to 4K resolutions. I’m hoping that Sony has the edge there having their own PlayStation in mind and some highly regarded processing technology. What’s you opinion on jumping to their first true attemp? Any guesstimates on price or release date? Any other opinions are welcome. Thanks!

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      February 1, 2017 at 12:04 am

      Hey there Justin, As far as overall quality goes, Sony’s A1E OLED TV probably going to be a winner. Sony’s TVs have been traditionally great models for gaming (though not as good as Samsung’s 4K TVs) but on the other hand, LG will have fixed input lag issues for the 2017 OLED TVs without a doubt. In terms of display performance, you should bear in mind that the OLED panel of the A1E actually comes from LG itself, so this model’s picture performance will likely be almost identical to those of LG’s 2017 OLED TVs. What can however be slightly different is the quality of audio (we can confirm that it’s excellent in the A1E) and the picture processing for motion handling and upscaling (due to processing engine differences between brands). On both these counts, the A1E also performs exceptionally well. However, so do LG’s OLED TVs and the 2017 models in particular from what we’ve heard. The blacks will be equally excellent in the A1E and LG OLED TVs and peak brightness will probably be about the same in both companies models (we’re conservatively guessing between 700 and 800 nits with possible leaps to 900 in some cases).
      I can’t say what price the Sony OLED will retail for but i’m expecting its going to cost a bit more than it’s mid-range OLED counterparts for 2017, like the B7 and C7 models since this is Sony’s only OLED model and comes with the company’s special sound-in-display audio technology.

      Bottom line: the A1E will undoubtedly please you enormously but you’ll probably save a bit of money on the $2500 (for the 55 inch model) 2017 C7 or B7 LG OLED TVs while getting the same essential display performance.

      If you want to budget a bit more while still getting stunning picture quality on OLED, I’d highly recommend the 2016 B6 TV. It was the brightest OLED of last year (up to 740 nits peak brightness in our testing) and it’s selling for less than $2000 for the 55 incher.

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      • Justin C
        February 1, 2017 at 7:18 am

        Excellent response, and much appreciated. I hope you don’t mind two points that I forgot. You mentioned input lag, and that’s a very big deal. Besides overall picture, the biggest deal to me in fact. I know we won’t really know until they are out in the wild, but I’m assuming they won’t go backwards. I am very sensitive to motion on LCDs. Any of my non-primary LCD TVs always get their artificial frame technologies turned off first thing. Any hint of the soap opera effect disturbs me. That’s why I’m still sitting on my plasma. Input lag and motion being the two main things.
        For price, I’m hoping that the A1E drops in around 4,000 USD…does that seem unrealistic?
        And sound. I have full surround sound, so I don’t use my TV for sound…so it seems a shame to pay a lot extra for the Sony due to the sound. UNLESS it addresses the problem of always having to have a center speaker above or below the display. Since ideal center channel sound would be straight in front of you, do you think the Sony A1E could be set to be a center channel and accept input from a receiver? If so, that is a huge selling point for me. I should mention that price isn’t really the issue until we start getting to the 4-5 thousand range where I refuse to go due to the rate at which technology is advancing on displays. I must say though, the 151fd paid for itself and then some.
        Thanks again!!!

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        • Stephen
          Stephen
          February 1, 2017 at 4:29 pm

          Hello Justin, I am almost completely sure that the 55 inch model will cost well below $4000, assuming Sony wants to be competitive with LG’s main new OLEDs, which are going for about $2500 for the 55 inch models. The 65 inch A1E might however cost roughly around the $4000 mark.

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  • Bruce
    February 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    A bit off topic, but I am considering going from Plasma to OLED. Most of my existing media is 1080p or 720p, I run Mediaportal on a HTPC and have pretty much ripped everything down to NAS storage.

    My existing library is not going anywhere and I imagine for the next couple of years 8bit SDR Bluray 1080p material will still be the most common or at least readily available.

    So I am very curious to know how well the B6 (for example) handles up-scaling to 4K, and whether a TV with HDR actually offers any benefits for SDR encoded material? It goes without saying I love deep blacks and everything I’ve read indicates OLED is a big step up even from Plasma, but beyond that, am I going to notice a visual improvement on my existing library or is this all about future content? If the latter, in spite of my lust to dive into some 4K OLED goodness I feel it may be smarter to wait another 2 years at which time the tech will have been further refined and 4K will be closer to where 1080p is today in terms of market penetration.

    Thoughts?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      February 6, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      Hey there Bruce. To start off with your first question. Yes, the B6 will upscale content about as well as it’s possible to upscale content for any 2016 4K TV. The upscaling technology of LG’s 4K TVs is generally superb and it does a wonderful job for most well mastered non-4K contnt sources, even if they’re in native 720p resolution.

      As for HDR benefitting SDR content, it depends. Newer HDR premium 4K TVs do offer a sort of HDR “upscaling” feature for SDR content and it works with some variable results. In the premium 2016 TVs like the B6, and for higher quality SDR video sources, you might see some quality increases but they won’t compare to native HDR video displayed on an HDR display like that of the B6.

      So to summarize, getting the B6 is very likely to give you an excellent visual improvement for most of your content and particularly for SDR 4K video of any kind. (I can guarantee that native SDR 4K video sources look spectacular on a 4K OLED TV like the B6) and they will outdo what your older plasma can deliver. And in addition to this, you will have a 4K TV that is now future-proof for the growing body of fully HDR ultra HD video entertainment that’s coming out now and into the rest of 2017 and beyond. I’d say that the B6 or another reasonably affordable 2016 HDR TV is already a good idea (many of them cost well below $2000 by this point). And then you can also happily reassess for the possibility of a newer TV in about 2 to 3 years if you like.

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  • Kevin
    February 3, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Thanks for the informative read. I’m in the market for a large LCD TV as it’s time to upgrade my Samsung 46″ 1080p 8 1/2 year old TV. I will be watching the new TV’s launch and decide if 2016/17 is a better value or not.

    Is it true that Samsungs 2017 lineup has only one 75 inch model which is curved?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      February 3, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Hey there Kevin. To our knowledge, the Samsung 2017 Q8 will be curved in all of its sizes. The others (Q7 and Q9) will be flat.

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  • Kevin
    February 3, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I would like to get a 70 to 75 inch TV and noticed only a 75 inch Q8 which is curved and I don’t want a curve.

    Will have to wait and see.
    Thanks

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  • John E.
    February 10, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I am considering purchasing the ks8000 65″ or 55″ suhd tv. Since I am on a tight budget, do you know when Samsung will stop production of their 2016 KS series TV’s? I want to purchase but want to wait until they are at the end of their life and at a low price. Will resellers like Best Buy still be selling the 2016 versions on black Friday 2017? Or should I purchase now? No way in heck do I have enough money for the 2017 models lol.

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  • JP
    February 12, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Do you know if any of he brands for 2017 will be producing a good 85 inch tv this year. The current non curved 85 inch models don’t seem to be very good. The Sony gets crushed for contrast and poor black levels and Samsung is only offering the 2015 7100 model.

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  • Dominique
    February 20, 2017 at 3:25 am

    Hi I just bought a lg uhd 6090 4k tv its a 2016 but i realized it has no hdr is it that much of a difference in picture quality to upgrade?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 2, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Hello Dominique. It depends. the kind of weak HDR specs that cheaper so-called “HDR TVs” offer give only mildly better picture performance for sources of HDR content but if you buy a premium HDR 4K TV with full high dynamic range color, contrast and brightness, then use it to view sources of content with HDR mastering and 10-bit color, the difference will be very impressive.

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  • Chris
    February 21, 2017 at 11:37 am

    I am debating whether to buy a new tv. I currently have a 70 inch vizio that i want to replace. I need something good for gaming so the Samsung SUHD series is what I am looking at but the biggest it comes is 65 inches. Is there that much of a difference in 5 inches?

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  • kritikl
    March 12, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    4k is a disappointment. Resolutions are marginally higher and does not meet the theoratical claims. Besides the technology cant figure out how to incorporate 3D successfully. Either the 2018 models of 4k come up with a fix or we will have to wait for 8k when it is expected to first arrive late 2019.

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  • John Wicks
    March 17, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    If you can afford it, purchase a 2016 LG E6 65″ 4K 3D OLED tv. This set is truly awesome, the price is going down, and the 3D will blow your socks off! Go buy one before they’re history!

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 17, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion John and yes, the E6 is a superb choice among the 2016 models, but for users who still want 3D but don’t care about the superficial picture-on-glass design of the E6 and its attending extra price, the C6 is an even more affordable choice that delivers essentially identical picture quality in a more “conventional” TV body design. For consumers who don’t cre about 3D at all, the absolute best choice in our professional view would be the B6 OLED. Agian, identical picture performance to the E6 but with a much cheaper price due largely to its less exotic looking physical build.

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  • Bill
    March 25, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Looking for opinion. Buy a discounted high end 2016 or a middle grade 2017? I can be pretty sure I won’t talk her into a $5000+ TV set! (Maybe 😂😂)

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  • Raman
    April 10, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Hi
    I am planning to buy SAMSUNG UA55KU7350 55″ UHD LED CURVE TV . Is it a good buy ?
    If not can you please suggest if any other model of choice . I am currently in Middle East region.

    Regards
    Raman

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      April 13, 2017 at 6:00 am

      Hi there Raman, the KU7350 is curved or flat? If flat it’s the same as the KU7000 and if curved it’s the model number for the KU7500 for your region. Since both of these models are themselves essentially identical except for their curve, I can state that the TV you’re looking at is a fairly good mid-range 4K HDR TV. If you want full HDR capability, extremely high brightness and superb motion handling, I recommend the Samsung SUHD KS-Series TVs more but for normal 4K content viewing with HDR color and for a high quality console gaming 4K TV with good responsiveness, the KU7000/7500/7350 is a good choice.

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  • Tom
    April 13, 2017 at 2:40 am

    I know this (excellent) article is now a few months old, but I thought I’d chime in anyway. Every point made in the article is valid but for some of us, there’s one other factor in determining whether or not it’s time to buy.

    I’m in the market to replace an old 73″ Mitsubishi DLP (1080P) which is still going strong but is approaching the end of its time … perhaps a year or two more of life, if I’m really lucky. I have a rather large room, so I’m seeking a 75″ class set or greater. My tendency would be to wait until the 2018s are out (by which time the HDR support should be a bit more mature, and likely those sets will support HDMI 2.1 for future-proofing). However, I have a problem … I have a huge 3D Blu-ray collection and I remain one of the humble minority that still prefers 3D over 2D. So, whatever set I get must support 3D, which doesn’t give me very many options. There aren’t too many 75″ class 4K-HDR-3D-capable sets out there, and by 2018 there likely will be none at all. Technically, there doesn’t even seem to be any 2017 models that meet those specs … but the 2016 77″ LG OLED ($20K) and the late-2016 Sony 75″ Z9D ($9K) are still being sold (with the latter still being considered Sony’s ‘flagship’ throughout 2017). There are a few other 2016 sets that qualify, but performance-wise, they’re well behind the “2017 standards”.

    So for the few folks like me who still want 3D, it seems the pressure is on to buy now. I’d really hate to have to dump $9K on a TV, but unless the prices come down, I may have to.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      April 13, 2017 at 6:13 am

      Hi Tom. I wouldn’t entirely agree that your options are limited to a hugely expensive 77 inch OLED TV, at least as far as your 3D needs go. The 2017 LCD HDR 4K TV models from the major brands are indeed pricey and they do generally perform better than their 2016 cousins but Sony’s 2016 4K HDR TVs have plenty to offer and they do support 3D. They’re also likely to be perfectly good TVs for your needs and most content viewing for at least a few more years. One great choice would be the UH9500 86 inch LG Super UHD LCD HDR TV model, or the cheaper but still very decent 75 inch LG UH8500 with 3D support. Or if you want even better display performance, there’s the X940D Sony TV with 3D support, full-array LED backlighting and full HDR10 HDR support. All of these models deliver some very good 3D performance and all of them have enough future-proofing to be perfectly viable for your 3D Blu-ray collection for a few more years at least. Furthermore, while none of these TVs are as good as their 2017 replacements, they’re still very, very good display performers by most standards.

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