Looking for today’s best TV? 4K TV is this generation’s new TV new technology.
And like all next generation technology, 4K TV initially arrived affordability that was out of this world for most of us. For example, at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show last January, manufacturers were not even putting price tags some of their classic sized 4K TVs. In other cases, prices that were revealed related to theater-sized 84-inch sets: upwards of $20,000. Yikes, not really a best buy TV.
However, today things have changed as more standard sized models reveal pricing that no longer takes our breath away, such as Sony’s 55-inch UltraHD LED TV for around $5,000. While these prices are still not cheap, leaving many people with a scowl on their face, at least we’re not totally laughing off the idea of 4K. In particular, if you’re looking at new TV right now from a future oriented perspective, Sony can make 4K look far, far more feasible than it once did.
Sony is also planning 4K media player, the FMP-X1, available in the summer for $699. It will come preloaded with ten movies, all in native 4K resolution. Further, this web-connected box will hook up with Sony’s new 4K movie download service when it launches in the fall.
And if the idea of 3,840 x 2,160 resolution (four times that of 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD) doesn’t make a lot of TV sense to you, think gaming. Gaming and other interactive activities are indeed the raison d’être for 4K. The more interactive the pursuit, the more likely it is that users will go face-to-face with that TV set. And when that happens, regular 1080p HD content on a huge screen stops delivering the kind of pixelation-free experience that we’re accustomed to on modern devices. 4K, meanwhile, is a best LED TV, which can deliver pixel-free viewing from as close as four feet even on a 65-inch panel — and it’ll look plain gorgeous.
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