The 8 Best 4K TVs Under $1000

Updated August 14, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

8 Best 4K TVs Under $1000
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If you're looking for an ultra HD viewing experience, but you aren't exactly in the Scrooge McDuck income bracket, check out our selection of 4K TVs for under $1,000. They deliver stunning picture quality and easy internet connectivity, as well as intuitive Smart TV features, without requiring a second mortgage on your home. You can finally invite your wealthier friends over to watch the big game. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best 4k tv under $1000 on Amazon.

8. Hisense 50H8C

The Hisense 50H8C only has a native refresh rate of 60Hz, but it makes up for it with a powerful enough motion engine that you shouldn't notice any difference compared to the competition outside of live sports broadcasts or fast-moving films.
  • can be wall-mounted
  • has an ethernet connection
  • confusing smart features
Brand Hisense
Model 50H8C
Weight 36.2 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Sony XBR-43X800E

With an effective Motionflow XR refresh rate of 60Hz and the company's patented Triluminos display, the Sony XBR-43X800E creates one of the smoother, better-defined images available. It also features an incredibly slim bezel for a more window-like appearance.
  • great selection of apps and games
  • integrates with home automation
  • viewing angle isn't wide enough
Brand Sony
Model XBR43X800D
Weight 34.9 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. VIZIO D50u-D1

While still sitting on the low-end of our price range, the VIZIO D50u-D1 has the darkest black tones and the whitest bright tones and will deliver highly watchable picture quality whether placed in a dark room or one with unavoidable sunlight.
  • four hdmi inputs
  • convenient pre-set modes
  • some blur in action movies
Brand VIZIO D50u-D1
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. LG Electronics 55UJ7700

The LG Electronics 55UJ7700 utilizes a display with Dolby Vision high dynamic range enhancement, which provides a greater scope of colors, as well as a more dramatic contrast ratio similar to what you would experience in a movie theater.
  • remote responds to voice commands
  • generous array of inputs
  • poorly-written instructions
Brand LG Electronics
Model 55UH7700
Weight 33.4 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. TCL 49S405

Music fanatics will love that the TCL 49S405 not only connects to all your favorite streaming networks like YouTube and Netflix, but it also plays Spotify. If you want a simple setup with minimal cables and an intuitive interface, this is the TV for you.
  • speakers produce great bass
  • favorite of gamers
  • excellent frame rate
Brand TCL 49S405
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

3. Samsung UN40KU6290

The image clarity of the Samsung UN40KU6290 comes from a combination of its full-array backlighting and its 120Hz motion refresh rate, two features that are exceedingly rare at this price point. It has a full web browser within its smart software package.
  • three hdmi inputs
  • built-in wi-fi connection
  • makes a great pc monitor
Brand Samsung
Model UN40KU6290
Weight 24 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Vizio D40u-D1

The Vizio D40u-D1 has a spatial scaling engine that can transform any 1080p signal into a picture that greatly resembles 4K, ensuring that all your old Blu-rays don't have to end up at Goodwill with your outgoing set. It's an impressive TV for its humble price.
  • works with vizio internet apps plus
  • fast and smooth operation
  • the stand is very stable
Brand VIZIO
Model D40u-D1
Weight 26.1 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. Samsung UN49KU7500

The curved screen of the Samsung UN49KU7500 helps to create a more immersive experience, provided you sit close enough to the set for it to be effective. Its active crystal color provides incredibly nuanced gradients across the frame.
  • dimming offers improved contrast
  • easy-to-use smart remote
  • good option for the vision-impaired
Brand Samsung
Model UN49KU7500FXZA
Weight 45.6 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

What Exactly Is 4K?

Whether you're watching vlogs on YouTube, streaming TV shows on Netflix, enjoying your Blu-ray collection, or recording home videos with a camcorder, 1080p has been the go-to standard for high definition among videophiles worldwide for the better part of a decade. Now, thanks to a veritable quantum leap from 1080p to video four times the resolution, high definition (HD) is stepping aside to make room for ultra high definition (UHD) and its slightly more sophisticated counterpart, 4K.

Although the two terms, UHD and 4K, have become synonymous over the years, UHD remains the highest resolution currently available for household use. With a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160, UHD displays do not, in fact, exceed the 4,000 horizontal pixels that 4K displays do with a resolution of 4,096 x 2,160. Despite being four times the resolution of a 1080p display, and despite being marketed as 4K, UHD falls just shy of true 4K.

Rather than constantly remind people that UHD and 4K are separated by 256 horizontal pixels for each of the 2,160 vertical pixels (a difference of a mere 552,960 pixels in total), manufacturers decided it's easier to market their products as "4K UHD", instead. Which begs the question: If you're going to lump the two terms together, why not manufacture the display with the higher resolution? One word: broadcasting.

So long as the standard aspect ratio for television broadcasting worldwide remains 16:9, or 1.78:1, manufacturers will continue to meet that standard, even if it means sacrificing over half a million pixels in the process. This is because most consumers, even avid movie buffs, watch more television programming on average than they do feature films. Not only that, but due to director and studio preferences, the aspect ratios of feature films are ever-changing, from 1.89:1 to 2.76:1. As a result, the black bars we see at the top and the bottom of the screen are unavoidable regardless of whether or not its aspect ratio meets U.S. broadcasting standards or Quentin Tarantino's standards.

At the end of the day, most people watch more TV than anything else, and there's no sense suffering with the blacks bars at the top and bottom more often than not when Hollywood, much less the entire global film industry, continues to set no universal standard aspect ratio that manufacturers can meet.

How Do I Upscale My Movie Collection?

Imagine you have a single slice of bread and you want to make a triple-decker sandwich. You'd have to cut that single slice in four and what you'd get would be a very small but very tall half-sandwich. Now imagine you have a device that can clone your slice of bread three times. One slice becomes four and now you have enough to make a genuine triple-decker.

This is what HD upscaling does.

Rather than try to force one pixel to do what four pixels can, 4K UHD TVs have built-in HD upscaling engines that produce additional pixels based on the pixels that surround them. One gray pixel flanked by black and white pixels becomes four gray pixels, each one darker or lighter than the next depending on its proximity to the black or white surrounding the original.

Not only that, but HD upscaling also sharpens the edges where light and shadow meet in order to maintain, or in some cases enhance, the depth of the original image.

However, a 1080p image upscaled to 4K UHD is still the same 1080p image. It's just bigger. HD upscaling does not add or reveal any new or previously unseen content. It simply allows you to view HD content on a 4K UHD screen without having to stare at a thick, black frame the whole time and without the image looking grainy as if each pixel is four times bigger than it should be.

Where Can I Find 4K Content?

While being able to enhance HD TV on the fly is most certainly a welcome bonus, the real reason behind owning a massive 50" 4K TV is so you can watch original 4K content in all its eye-popping glory.

Unfortunately, as with most new media technology, 4K TVs are still in a state of limbo, a kind of tech-gadget catch-22: because there's limited content, there's limited demand, and because there's limited demand, there's limited content. And round and round we go until manufacturers phase out older models and force everyone to buy 4K, or certain media moguls produce content despite having a limited audience.

However, thanks to media alternatives, by which I mean alternative to Hollywood and MSNBC, there is actually quite a bit more 4K content than one might expect.

Showing no signs of ever slowing down and with full intent to remain in the lead, both Netflix and Amazon are not only streaming, but producing original series in 4K resolution. And both companies' current libraries of 4K feature-length films are only going to get larger by the month.

For those not interested in big-budget TV shows, YouTube allows for 4K streaming. And with 4K becoming a growing trending in both the photography and cinematography communities, you can create and upload your own 4K content, assuming you have all the right equipment, of course.

Lastly, 4K gaming is quickly becoming reasonably affordable. While the number of games designed to support 4K resolution is limited, you can definitely expect to see more and more as the prices of leading graphics cards drop.



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Last updated on August 14, 2017 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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