Originally Posted by rlb
Too soon for who? Obviously you; but you and I don't count on these individual decisions/purchases. It's the buyer's money and subjective opinion of what they want. I've never bought a display that would not have been more capable if I waited a couple years. But, with the exception of a Sony XBR1 (SXRD) lemon, I've never regretted a purchase.
The current hardware is caught up with the current technology. Netflix original programming is being "filmed" in 4k. Just finished 10 episodes of Marco Polo (which I enjoyed) and House of Cards (season 3) will be released next month. When I was buying a new display, a year ago, I decided to buy the Samsung F9000 (currently with the 2014 UHD kit). Do I wish I had bought a 1080P set instead? Hell no, and my wife's and my votes are the only ones that count!
normally I'd agree when it comes to electronics. there's always something better right around the corner.
BUT, there's been several examples showing that this is often not the case with TV's. there's this 'race to the bottom' going on, which means things aren't getting better every year, they are just getting cheaper. you'd be hard pressed to buy a tv on the market this year or next year that would be a 'better' picture than the pioneer kuros, sharp elite, Panasonic vt60, etc...
imo, the most exciting part of 'UHD' is the possibility of higher frame rates, more dynamic range, and a wider color gamut. I'm more interested in making the pixels BETTER, rather than just having more of them. so far, I'm not sure the UHD displays are ready to take advantage of these things. I'm not sure if they have rec2020 color, and I'm almost positive none of them have HDR or HFR capabilities.
UHD right now is more than just the usual risk of obsolescence. it's like you're buying a tech to be future proof, except that it's not future proof at all. I would never buy a product where I'm paying a premium for a 'new' technology that doesn't have a defined standard yet. at least now most of the good UHD displays have hdmi 2.0. when they first started shipping that was the weirdest thing to me. who buys a '4k tv' that can't accept a '4k' source?
if you've got some 4k sources, or otherwise prefer an upconverted 4k image with today's sources that's one thing. go nuts. I just fine for my personal interest, I want a UHD display that supports ALL the things UHD has to offer. and until we know exactly what those are, these transition sets are no more future proof than 1080p TV's.