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Old 11-25-2020, 11:14 PM
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I have a 55” Sony HD TV that has a great picture. I am having problems with the sound going out and it’s getting worse. Figuring I am going to be in the market for a new one I was checking out the 4K TV’s @ Costco. Without a side by side picture of an old HD & a 4K it’s hard to judge the difference. My Sony has the best picture I have saw in an HD TV. We bought it at a high end electronics store. They calibrated the TV before we brought it home. If I will have to upgrade I am not sure my best choice of TV to buy. Pretty sure I am going up to a 65”.
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A lot depends on how far away you sit from the TV and the size of the TV. If you sit close to a giant screen you need 4K. If the screen isn't so big and you sit farther away 4K isn't as important. I have a customer with a bunch of 85" 4K Sonys and it's not really a game changer. Don't forget, there's still not a lot of 4K content available.
Old 11-26-2020, 04:13 AM
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I just paid $5k for a Sony 80" it is an awesome TV,, I do not regret it one bit. But don't expect to have the picture they have at the store as they have 4k video running. I have At&t and not impressed with their signal at all. The big thing with the Sony is the processors are great at cleaning up bad signals and color. The only real 4k stuff you can rent is stupid high like $26.99 to watch a movie.
Put some 4k in the bluray WOW!

Now they are moving toward 8k what I have read and studied is the human eye can't differentiate between 4k and 8k.
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I'd get a 4k OLED TV.

We got a LG 55" 4k OLED a couple of years ago. The picture is ridiculous with the right content. We watch a lot of Netflix and they have a good amount of 4k stuff.
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Hello, depends on what you want out of your home entertainment, if you play games on one of the new consoles that run at 4K, then go for it, if you have a 4K Blu Ray player, go for it, if you do not have the need for 4K, then really probably not so much, check if the TV might have upscaling for non 4K sources, as HDRYDER said, if you are close to the TV you might appreciate the difference. I was in you dilemma recently, at the moment going to go on hold until 4K becomes more the norm for streaming services. The one thing I have found with all the big screens is the speakers are never loud enough to fill a room large enough to appreciate the big screen, always needed a sound bar or Dolby system for the full experience. On a sidenote, my daughter has an IMac with 4K screen and that is seriously impressive, especially as she uses it for photo and video editing.
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If you are going to buy a new TV anyway, I would go ahead and buy 4K. I have two, a Sony 60” and LG 75”. They still upscale 1080P, and there is some 4K content, but the content depends on what TV provider you are using. The price difference to me is not enough to not go ahead with 4K

on a side note if you want to keep your current TV you can try getting a sound bar. A decent one will run about $200 this time of year. Sound will be better than TV speakers, and likely the output is not bad on your tv.
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OLED! Best technology out there (LG or Sony). The OLED panel is the game changer. Deep blacks and great with movies and sports. 4k only matters if you have access to 4k material. The best tvs on the market are built for 4k so if you go with a quality TV you will have it. Avoid Samsung at all costs
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Id spend the money on a sound bar and sub. Wait for what’s next.
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It's all content dependent
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We had a 10 year old Sony that was fine. Mrs B upgraded to an LG 4K this week.

I can tell the difference, but if it had been up to me, I wouldn’t have spent the money.
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Originally Posted by Boat Hound View Post
Id spend the money on a sound bar and sub. Wait for what’s next.
This. TV speakers suck.
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Don't forget that, if watching cable, you'll likely need to switch over to a 4K cable box as well. Was a simple (free) swap for me with Comcast/Xfinity.
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If the TV is otherwise good and has an optical output I'll add my vote for the soundbar. I use them with brand new TV's - much better quality. Get one with a wireless woofer. Boston Acoustics and Polk are very good. There are some that do an excellent job of enhancing dialog too: The 7 Best Soundbar for Dialogue Clarity | Reviews for 2021
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Originally Posted by acme54321 View Post
I'd get a 4k OLED TV.

We got a LG 55" 4k OLED a couple of years ago. The picture is ridiculous with the right content. We watch a lot of Netflix and they have a good amount of 4k stuff.
Absolutely agree. I bought an LG OLED 65" back in 2016, paid a premium price for it, and absolutely love the picture We watch a lot of Netflix and Amazon Prime on ours as well.
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every 2 year color tv upgrade since about 1966 has been breathtaking (according to the ads)
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Originally Posted by acme54321 View Post
I'd get a 4k OLED TV.

We got a LG 55" 4k OLED a couple of years ago. The picture is ridiculous with the right content. We watch a lot of Netflix and they have a good amount of 4k stuff.
I have the same tv and it is excellent.
This week I just hung up our old Sony 40”, that has been stored for 4-5 years, in a spare room for the kids to watch when they are here. That picture is still very good.
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4K/8K is not the game changer that HDR is

That said, I would not buy a set today that is not what they are labeling UHD
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We have a Samsung Q80 QLED (OLED) UHD HDR 4k. It's definitely worth it, and the OLED/QLED HDR is a huge upgrade from the "cheap" 4Ks. If you only watch network TV, yes there isn't much 4k content yet. But there is a lot available from the streaming services with more coming all the time.

We love ours, and I'm not a big TV guy. It's just that much better than the previous 1080p TVs.
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Originally Posted by tvguy243 View Post
4K/8K is not the game changer that HDR is

That said, I would not buy a set today that is not what they are labeling UHD
Seconded. HDR is awesome! I’d rather 1080 and HDR over 4K and no HDR.
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I have 20/15 vision, so I'm kinda picky about this. We just upgraded from a 1080 Plasma to a 4K LED backlit TV. Even sitting 10 feet away on the couch I can tell a massive difference in quality.

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