Just when you thought you had the sharpest picture possible on your high-definition television … manufacturers are promoting
ultra high-definition, also called ultra H-D, U-H-D or 4-K.
It takes picture detail to the next level. Should you buy an ultra high-def TV? Consumer Reports just tested some of the latest sets.
You can’t miss the ultra high-definition televisions on display at this store.
But you might wonder what sets them apart from other
Consumer Reports has tested several 50 to 60-inch U-H-D sets from big names like Samsung, Sony and Panasonic. Television expert Jim Willcox says ultra high-definition TV has a lot to offer.
“Ultra HD TVs have four times the number of pixels as regular high-definition sets, so they’re capable of razor sharp detail, especially if you stand up close.” Jim Willcox of Consumer Reports.
But here’s the rub — from farther away, say, the distance you might be sitting in your living room, the difference between ultra
high-def and high-def can be difficult to detect.
Another issue: what to watch.
Willcox says, “Right now there’s not a lot of 4K content to watch, so that means you’ll be watching a lot of regular HD content on your ultra HD TV.”
How does that look? Actually … quite good testers say, because the ultra high-def sets can “upconvert” regular HD programs to the higher resolution, making details look smoother.
“How well a TV performs this upconversion process is one of the things that differentiates sets.” said Willcox.
So, should you buy an ultra high-definition TV?
“If your TV breaks, you might want to consider an ultra HD TV. But for most people, a regular high performing, 1080p high-definition TV is still a great option.” said Willcox.
Those ultra high-definition sets Consumer Reports tested cost between 2-thousand and 8-thousand dollars.
A great 60-inch 1080p high-definition TV costs far less. Three to look for — the Sharp Aquos LC-60EQ10U for 13-hundred dollars, the Samsung UN60H6350 for 14-hundred dollars, and the LG 60PB6600, a plasma TV, for 850 dollars.
All three are Consumer Reports Best Buys.