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Four Key Facts About 4K TVs

What you need to know before buying the newest, ultra-high definition TVs on the market

Most of us have spent a decade or so enjoying High Definition or HDTV, but finally 4K has arrived in a big way, ushering in a new era of home entertainment. If you are a homeowner who enjoys movies, sports, concerts, TV shows and the news, then chances are you are now on the hunt for the right 4K TV. There are scores on the market and choosing the right one for your entertainment space at home can seem challenging.

“But don’t sweat it,” says Clinton Howell, the founder and owner of H2 Systems Inc. and Director of Custom Residential Sales and Marketing with Design Electronics. “Do your research and take your time to select the right TV to suit your entertainment needs.”

What is 4K?

Simply put, a 4K TV (also called 4K Ultra HD) has approximately four times the resolution of a standard 1080p HD TV, which means it displays 8.25 million pixels.

“This TV provides a sharper and more finite picture. You will notice a huge difference once you upgrade to 4K,” says Howell. “When you own this style of TV, your entertainment experience will be enhanced in so many ways.”

Make sure you buy one with the right features, including High Dynamic Range (HDR), which enhances picture quality, and Wide Colour Gamut (WCG), that offers a bundle of rich colour options. If you are looking for the best in backlight, where colours like blacks and blues are more purely defined, the more premium sets offering dynamic back-lighting and the OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) models are the best bet.

From Affordable to Premium

“The good news too is that 4K TVs are very affordable, so, if you are on a tight budget, you can purchase one for $700 to $2,000. For those with deeper pockets, the sky is the limit—from $4,000 and up. You definitely get what you pay for when it comes to TVs,” explains Howell. There are scores of companies offering a variety of 4K TVs, including Samsung, LG, Sony, Sharp, Insignia and Toshiba. “The list of choices for 4K TVs seems endless,” he says. “For lower priced TVs, you won’t get the same experience as premium ones. However, no matter what you purchase, you will notice a difference in quality in picture compared to HD, and this includes 3D viewing.”

What can you watch on 4K TV?

Cable providers across Canada and the U.S. are now starting to offer 4K quality; and within a couple of years, 4K will be the norm.

“The good news is that there are plenty of ways to enjoy the 4K experience, and the TVs themselves will upscale all of your incoming signals to 4K, which is awesome” he says. “Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video, to name a few, offer Ultra HD streaming, and Ultra HD Blu-Ray disks are quickly entering the market. 4K TVs are also great for gaming, like PlayStation 4, and provide a real-life experience that will take your next adventure up a few more notches.”

Flat screen or curved?

If you are out looking for a 4K TV, then you will notice there are two distinct styles: flat screen and curved. Which one do you go with?

“Go with what works with your space,” says Howell. “Flat screens are great anywhere and they are perfect for mounting. Curved, on the other hand, are more for larger open spaces. Keep in mind, this style of 4K TV is expensive, but they will eventually come down in price.”

Happy Shopping!

When selecting your next TV, Howell also recommends getting advice from the experts. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help when choosing the right TV for your entertainment needs and space,” he says. “And keep in mind, getting one now, rather than later, is a wise investment: Soon 1080 HD TVs will be a thing of the past and the in-thing will be 4K.”