The 10 Best 4k Televisions

Updated April 20, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

10 Best 4k Televisions
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10. TCL 49S405

The TCL 49S405 may not come from a brand you are familiar with, but you aren't paying name brand prices for it either. It offers the clean and simple Roku interface with its quick search functionality, so you don't have to waste any time looking for your favorite shows.
  • can use your phone as the remote
  • color display is lackluster
  • can't turn off interpolation
Brand TCL
Model 49S405
Weight 34.5 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

9. Sony XBR55X800E

The Sony XBR55X800E matches a 60Hz native refresh rate with MotionFlow XR technology to give you a smooth picture no matter how much the on-screen figures are moving. It also uses a dynamic contrast enhancer to produce deep blacks.
  • uses the android os
  • compatible with amazon alexa
  • supports google cast
Brand Sony
Model XBR55X800E
Weight 52 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

8. Sony KD55X720E

The Sony KD55X720E offers better sound than most other models, so if you aren't planning on buying a soundbar or other audio system, it is probably a smart choice. It has dedicated YouTube and Netflix buttons on the remote for fast access.
  • smart interface is easy to navigate
  • finds and connects to wi-fi quickly
  • doesn't have a web browser
Brand Sony
Model KD55X720E
Weight 50.5 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. LG Electronics 60UH6150

If you are willing to spend some time calibrating it, there is no better price to performance option than the LG Electronics 60UH6150. Its advanced setup pairs with its exceptional feature set to provide users with what may be the best UHD viewing experience available.
  • pure black panel with anti-glare
  • highly customizable for gamers
  • user interface is clunky
Brand LG
Model 60UH6150
Weight 63 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

6. Samsung UN50MU6300

The inexpensive Samsung UN50MU6300 offers an easy upgrade path for anyone looking to enter the world of UHD resolution. This model offers everything from built in Wi-Fi to easy smart features and a brilliantly simple remote.
  • responsive and efficient menu
  • 120hz motion rate
  • better than average upscaling
Brand Samsung
Model UN50MU6300FXZA
Weight 39.9 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

5. LG Electronics 43UJ6300

The LG Electronics 43UJ6300 may not have the most beautiful bezel, but it makes up for that with an incredibly budget-friendly price. It has a direct-lit LED picture without any dark spots, three HDMI ports, two USB ports, and a variety of other connection options.
  • optimizes content scene by scene
  • wide viewing angle
  • lightweight at less than 20 pounds
Brand LG
Model 43UJ6300
Weight 23.4 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. Samsung UN65MU8500

The Samsung UN65MU8500 is a curved model that has crisp action in fast-moving scenes without any picture blurring, so it will really suck you into the moment. Its sleek silver legs offer a wide stance, making it extremely stable, and they also give it a modern look.
  • automatic depth enhancement
  • triple black technology
  • integrated cable organizer
Brand Samsung
Model UN65MU8500FXZA
Weight 74 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Sony XBR55X900E

The Sony XBR55X900E features high dynamic range imaging to produce an incredibly lifelike picture and has a modern slim bezel that doesn't detract from the screen. It displays skin tones with beautiful gradation and uses 4K X-Reality Pro to upscale lower definition videos.
  • perfectly balanced light output
  • sharp details onscreen
  • lots of adjustment settings
Brand Sony
Model XBR55X900E
Weight 58 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. TCL 55C807

The TCL 55C807 allows you to access over 4,000 streaming channels, which contain more than 450,000 movies and TV shows, so you'll have near endless entertainment. It provides dynamic image contrast so every scene looks vibrant enough to leap off the screen.
  • headphone jack in the remote
  • voice search capability
  • dual band wi-fi
Brand TCL
Model 55P607
Weight 50.2 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. LG Electronics OLED65B7A

If you want an OLED 4K option, check out the LG Electronics OLED65B7A, which goes beyond brilliant clear images to provide crisp and deep sound powered by a two channel speaker system. It further includes Ethernet and WebOS 3.5 for a superior smart TV experience.
  • deepest possible darks and contrast
  • dolby vision certified hdr
  • thin and designed for wall mounting
Brand LG
Model OLED65B7A
Weight 71.7 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

Four Times As Relevant

On a recent move, I found myself staring into boxes filled to the brim with DVDs. There were classic films, foreign dramas, relics of the early days of cinema, and a potentially embarrassing amount of anime. Regardless of what the discs contained, however, they all shared one thing in common. They had all become rather useless.

I still have a DVD drive, but I can't remember the last time I used it. The plain fact is that the resolution I can get out of these old discs is laughable at best and unwatchable at worst. If you think your HDTV and its corresponding collection of Blu-Ray discs aren't susceptible to the tide of change–and, specifically to the tide of 4K–you are sadly mistaken.

The good news is that producers of film and television content keep putting out more and more 4K material. Streaming will soon catch up, and the prices of 4K televisions continue to drop. Of course, that doesn't mean you should hold out too much longer. I waited a dog's age to get my hands on an HDTV, and now it's verging on obsolescence.

The difference between 4K and HDTV is simple, in the end. It's all about the resolution. The "1080" you see associated with HDTVs is an accounting of vertical and horizontal columns of pixels. HDTVs have 1,920 columns of pixels when counted left-to-right, and 1,080 columns (rows, if we're being mathematically accurate) of pixels when counted top to bottom. The designation 4K comes from a doubling of the 1,920 pixels counted across your screen. That's 3,840 pixels for the kids in the back of the classroom, and 2,160 top-to-bottom for the kids in the front.

Viewing The Distance

If you did a little research before buying your HDTV, you might have heard a little something about viewing distance and how it relates to an ideal screen size. Simply put, for every ten inches of diagonal screen length, you should be one foot away from the screen for the best experience. So, if your couch is five feet from where you want your TV to go, you should get a 50" HDTV.

That rule only applies to an HD resolution of 1920X1080, however. 4K is a different beast altogether, necessitating that you actually move closer for the best picture. If you go in the opposite direction, and look at lower resolutions, you find that you can sit farther away and get a better viewing resolution, though the overall image will be much smaller.

The best thing to compare this to is George Seurat's famous painting in the pointilism technique, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte. The particular branch of Impressionism to which Seurat's masterpiece belongs employs small dots that appear as little more than small dots when viewed up close. Taken in from a greater distance, however, the dots form an image, much in the same way that pixels on a television form an image.

A 60" HDTV crams 2,073,600 dots into its space. By the viewing distance guide above, you'd have to sit closer than six feet away from the screen to begin to see the actual pixels and, therefore, to perceive a loss in picture quality. A 60" 4K TV has four times as many pixels, 8,294,400 to be exact. That means the pixels themselves have to be much smaller to fit into the same space, so your ideal viewing distance is closer than six feet.

On a 60" television, you can sit about three feet away and get the optimal viewing experience, which translates to a much deeper immersion into the picture, since you get to be right on top of it.

It's wild to think that, just a few decades ago, it was considered bad form to sit too close to the TV. Now, we can scarcely get close enough. It's an important factor to consider as you evaluate the TVs on our list with an eye for size. You've got to go much bigger than you went with your HDTV if you want to maintain your current distance set up and still justify the upgrade, or you'll have to rethink your layout to compliment your purchase.

An Industry Ahead Of Itself

There's only one place you need to look if you want to know what's coming in your viewing experience, and that's the film industry. Years before 4K meant anything to the public, 4K cameras made a name for themselves in the hands of cinematographers.

Between 2003, when the first 4K cameras debuted in the movie industry, and 2013, when House of Cards became a mega-hit shot and (as of 2014) streamed in 4K, the majority of the industry moved over to the format.

In filmmaking, it helps to have a lot of room to zoom in on a picture without losing resolution. It allows editors to create zoom and stabilization effects, or to cut out things from the edges of the frame that might ruin a shot (like the microphone dipping into the top of the image, for example). For that reason, the industry strives to stay one or two steps of resolution ahead of the consumer market.

As we speak, just as the prices on 4K TVs begin to level out to a consumer-friendly point, the cameras systems used on shows like House Of Cards and others are already shooting at 8K, and sometimes 16K. It's only a matter of time before we're on to the next resolution, but now is the best moment to invest in 4K, as it looks to hold the fort down for at least a decade.

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Last updated on April 20, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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