Upgrading Your TV? Here’s What You Need to Know About 4K TV

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We like to take time to help our customers understand what they need to know when looking for new additions to their home theater or entertainment room. You remember a few years ago when we thought a huge clunky projection big screen was the coolest way to watch TV? How about having to move that 300lb tube television? Hope you had at least 3 guys with you to get a task like that done. Things are moving pretty quickly and it’s already been a few years since the changeover from standard definition to high definition. We also saw the 3D television come out, and here we have a new way to see in high def. 4K Ultra HD. It’s not easy keeping up on this stuff, so what is 4K?

What Does 4K TV Mean?

You’ve probably heard or seen the term 1080p (1920×1080) if you’ve watched any HDTV. 4K is a display that has at least 8 million active pixels. For televisions, the resolution has multiplied by 4, to a standard resolution of 3840×2160, and for 4K movie theaters, or digital cinema, the number is even greater at 4096×2160. In comparison of 1080p, for every space holding 1 pixel, a 4K space of the same size can hold 4 pixels. This creates a much sharper image.

Should I go 1080p or 4K?

If you truly want the best looking display available, 4K is the way to go. That being said, a few other factors come into play. Some people can’t tell the difference between 720p and 1080p, but the larger the television, the easier it is to see the difference. The size of the television, should reflect on the size of the room. You want enough room where you can be at a distance that is far enough away to be able to get the full effect. If you are thinking about going with a television that is 50” or more, you should probably just go ahead and go with the 4K, because it’s going to maximize your investment. As tech improves, 4K will become the standard for viewing content.

What Can I watch In 4K?

Though your options aren’t endless, more and more 4K content is coming everyday. Amazon and Netflix provide a good amount of of 4K content to stream, as long as you have solid internet connection. YouTube also supports 4K video. You can also find Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, but Ultra HD Blu-ray players are still rare and hard to find. It’s safe to say that streaming is the way it’s going to be from here on, so don’t waste your money on the Ultra HD Blu-rays. As VHS, CD’s, and DVD’s became obsolete, it’s safe to say stick to streaming.

This should get you started on the search for that new big screen. If you have any questions about what brands are best, what the first steps should be, what mount to use, just give us a call. We’d be happy to help you out, and you don’t want to go hanging up a brand new 54” 4K television without doing it right. We can mount a tv pretty much wherever you want it. We’ve seen people have them in their kitchen, garage, patio, etc. If you’re looking for information on mancaves and home theaters, Park Place has the answers!

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