2019 4K UHD Buying Guide

May 21, 2019 4 min read

 

Smart TV. LED. OLED. 4K. HDR. The world of TVs is looking better every day, but also more confusing. Today, there's a ridiculously wide array of high-definition (HD) and 4K Ultra HD sets in stores, from bargain big screens to the high-end displays that distinguish the best TVs available.We’re here with our TV buying guide to help you decide.

 

TV BUYING Quick Tips -

If you’re in a hurry, here are the most important things to consider before you buy a television. There is some deeper reading below if your interested.

 

  • Don’t buy a TV with less than 4K resolution (i.e., avoid 1080p sets). If you want a future-proof set, you could look to 8K sets, but you can honestly skip 8K TVs for now. The next jump in resolution isn't a must-have yet, plus these 8K TVs are super expensive right now, and you can't even get any 8K movies yet.
  • If your looking for a bargain but still want a decent set, expect to pay about $500 for a solid 48-50" 4K TV, and around $900 for a 65-inch model.
  • If your looking for the latest in 4K technology in, such as HDR+, Dolby Vision, and other advance feature support, then expect to spend between $2000 and $3000 for 55-65"sets.
  • Look for an HDR-compatible sets, which offers more realistic colors and better contrast when connected to HDR ready sources, like Apple TV 4K or Roku UltraHD streaming devices.
  • OLED TVs look much better than a typical LED/LCD televisions, because the technology offer true black which aids in a very high-contrast image. But they are considerably more expensive than there older tech counterparts.
  • Contrast Ratio is important, a lot of cheaper bargain tv's are cheaper usually because they have very low contrast, or poor viewing angles which also make the picture quality suffer.
  • Look for at least four HDMI ports - Make sure 1 of them supports ARC, and at least 2 of them should all support a minimum of HDMI 2.0 / HDCP 2.2 compatibility. ARC (audio return channel) allows the TV's audio to be passed to other devices, and HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 are required for 4K and HDR to work.
  • Most TVs are “smart TVs” these days with easy access to Netflix and other online apps, but don't concern your self too much with this, since you will likely be adding other devices to your TV which will also have these features, like Apple TV or even your Cable box.
  • Plan to buy a soundbar - many TV speakers are worse nowadays because the screens are thinner. Consult with an authorized dealer if you want to get the most out of your TV/Soundbar combo and insure they are compatable.

 

Deeper Reading...

Screen Size

 

Whether you're looking for a basic or high-performance TV, the biggest factor in your decision will probably be screen size. Consider how many people in your family typically watch at once and where you're going to put your new set. Then pick the largest screen size that will fit comfortably into that space — and your budget. The sweet spot today, considering price, performance and the typical living room (12'x15'), is between 55 and 65 inches.
If your looking to place the display in a larger or smaller room, or your just not sure which size is right, we recommend contacting a Pro for a consultation.
If budget is not a concern, then thanks to these higher and finer resolutions of 4K we can now sit a lot closer to the TV than we could before. This allows for bigger displays to be placed rooms were you typically wouldn't. And there are now displays on the market now that exceed 90" in size! Of course your going to need help with installation and maybe a loan, but it's an option.

 

4K Upscaling

 

In addition to the rapidly growing amount of content already available in 4K resolution, 4K Ultra HD TVs make even your current movies and TV shows look fantastic. This is because of advanced video processing chips that upscale all of your content to near-4K Ultra HD quality. We are committed to carrying only 4K TVs that have demonstrated the finest upscaling. This is an impressive feature.

 

HDR & DOLBY VISION

 

While 4K Ultra HD TVs give you many more pixels than 1080p TVs, high dynamic range (HDR) is what makes those pixels look dramatically better, delivering real-life color, clarity and contrast.High dynamic range gives you a wider and richer range of colors, with brighter whites, and deeper, darker blacks. It also increases the range of your contrast, as HDR preserves details in the darkest and brightest areas of a picture (details that are usually lost in standard dynamic range TVs).
Not all 4K Ultra HD TVs that claim to be HDR or to be HDR compatible will offer the fullest benefit in picture quality. In some cases, it may simply mean the TVs will be able to play HDR content, but the picture quality won't actually improve.
You can be assured that we will help you understand the benefits of high dynamic range and which TV is right for you.Overall, high dynamic range is a feature to strongly consider, as 4K TVs with HDR deliver a wonderfully true-to-life, dynamic look and feel. And if your the kind that must have the best of the best, then consider a tv with Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision is an even further extension of standard HDR with even more range, great for future proofing the TV also.