I need some expert advice guys. I was really keen to upgrade my Sony 42" HD TV (it's about 3 years old) to a Samsung HU7500 55" UHD TV in time for the world cup. I'd (almost) convinced the wife to spend £2k, so I went down to John Lewis in Cheadle to check it out.
My primary interest was in the upscaled pictures, on the basis that the vast majority of what I would be watching would be from non-4k sources. From posts on this forum I got the impression that it was going to be pretty amazing, and I was convinced I would end up buying the TV there and then.
Anyway I asked the sales guy to set up a comparison of a normal HD channel displayed on a 55" Samsung HD TV (not sure exactly which model) vrs the same channel upscaled to 4k on the HU7500. To be honest the picture was ok, but we all agreed (including a Samsung rep who was hanging around as well), that the picture on the Samsung 55" HD TV was better than the upscaled image on the HU7500. We deduced that there was no point in buying the TV since 95% of the content I'll end up watching (in the short term) was going to be HD or SD and if the picture was not quite as good as a HD TV, I may as well wait until there was more 4k content available.
The colours on the upscaled image was not as rich as the HD TV, and there was no perceived difference in detail - I was told that the best I could hope for is the upscaled picture being no worse than the HD picture on a normal HD TV. That's not much of an achievement if 95% of the content I am going to be watching is going to be (at best) no worse than my last TV is it!
Now I have to say I was truly disappointed that the test didn't provide the result I was expecting (or hoping to be honest), and based on all the reviews I had read, I just can't believe it was a true test - something must have been set up incorrectly, or am I missing something? The Samsung sales guy did highlight that the 8500 series had far more advanced colour technology (blacks etc), and I can only take his word for that. Perhaps I need to be thinking about getting a HU8500 rather than the HU7500?
Clearly no one can comment specifically on the test I observed in JL, but based on those that now own this TV, should I be expecting to be amazed by the upscaled HD pictures? Is an upscaled HD picture being "no worse" than on a normal HD TV, the best I can expect?