10 Best 4k Televisions | April 2017

10 Best 4k Televisions | April 2017
Best Mid-Range
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Best High-End
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Best Inexpensive
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We spent 19 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Want the full movie experience at home? Bring theater quality viewing into the heart of your living room with one of these stunning 4K televisions. Thanks to the fast-moving nature of technology, even if you fall in love with one of the more expensive of these TVs, you no longer need to take out a second mortgage. Skip to the best 4k television on Amazon.
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If you are aware that the Sceptre U508CV-UMK requires a separate 4K device to provide its best image, and that it will not upscale resolution on its own, then go ahead and give it a try. This TV's price tag is hard to beat, but it has limited features.
  • ultra high contrast ratio
  • poor built-in sound quality
  • flimsy frame construction
Brand Sceptre
Model U508CV-UMK 2016
Weight 36.2 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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The Samsung UN43KU7500 is the best way to get a curved 4K option at a low price. For just a few hundred dollars more than the cheapest entry-level TVs, you can have a beautiful Samsung panel that ships with better than average sound and an easy to use remote.
  • can be used as a computer monitor
  • built-in wifi with upscaling and hdr
  • noticeably clouded backlighting
Brand Samsung
Model UN43KU7500FXZA
Weight 36 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
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Entry-level HDR 4K starts with the outstanding Sony XBR55X700D, an option that matches spectacular imagery with mid-range sound quality. The 10-bit color driven IPS panel provides great quality colors, but it does not compare to today's high-end options.
  • supports netflix 4k hdr
  • affordable without a drop in quality
  • fast-moving images can blur
Brand Sony
Model XBR55X700D
Weight 54 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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Without paying for a brand's good name, you can still get a beautiful model at a low price, and for that we recommend the Hisense 55H8C that supports Netflix, Amazon, and more out of the box. It also supports 60 fps over HDMI, making it an attractive option for gamers.
  • supports hdr10 images
  • 4 year warranty and us based support
  • requires some calibration
Brand Hisense
Model 55H8C
Weight 46.8 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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We have a new champion in the value arena with the Sharp LC-55N7000U, which exceeds the picture quality of many more expensive options. It is one of the most affordable HDR options available, but does not skimp on features, like blur prevention and an ultra-thin bezel.
  • beautiful native 4k upscaling
  • preloaded with most smart tv apps
  • rich room-filling sound
Brand SHARP
Model LC-55N7000U
Weight 60 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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If you are willing to spend some time calibrating it, there is no better price to performance option than the LG 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
  • 120 hz for clear fast movements
  • highly customizable for gamers
Brand LG Electronics
Model 60UH6150
Weight 63 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0
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The best mid-range option is the Sony XBR55X850D which comes in under $1,000, and provides similar quality to the high-end options while only coming up short in color quality. The edge-lit LED panel provides beautiful imagery without bleeding, and the sound is exceptional.
  • ships with androidtv for apps
  • built-in google cast for streaming
  • voice activated smart search
Brand Sony
Model XBR55X850D
Weight 58 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0
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The incredibly inexpensive Samsung UN40KU6300 offers an easy upgrade path for anyone looking to enter the world of UHD resolution. This model offers everything from built in WiFi to easy smart features and a brilliantly simple remote.
  • streams to your mobile device
  • uhd dimming for optimal contrast
  • better than average upscaling
Brand Samsung
Model UN40KU6300FXZA
Weight 23.4 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0
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If you want an OLED 4K option, check out the LG OLED65B6P, which goes beyond brilliant clear images to provide crisp and deep sound powered by Harman Kardon speakers. It further includes Ethernet and WebOS 3.0 for a superior smart TV experience.
  • deepest possible darks and contrast
  • dolby vision certified hdr
  • thin and designed for wall-mounts
Brand LG Electronics
Model OLED65B6P
Weight 74 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0
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Astonishing Quantum Dot technology provides viewers of the Samsung UN65KS8500 with the ultimate resolution and color quality. The curved display with extremely thin bezel truly immerses viewers and beckons them with ease to escape reality.
  • rich true blacks and shades thereof
  • high dynamic range lighting
  • absolutely stunning image quality
Brand Samsung
Model UN65KS8500FXZA
Weight 72.8 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

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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