The 400.00-500.00 4K displays are from Vizeo, Insignia and Hisense that lack the HDR feature and 3D. I just saw a Westinghouse listed for 329.00 4K. Those 400-500 models are to sell to the masses that care less about quality and more about how cheap they can pick them up on Black Friday. I think right now a 55" LG with HDR and no 3D is around 999.00 the 2016 3D version with HDR is 1200 and these are on sale. I don't consider these to be the best on the market but it's the minimum I would purchase though I would want at least a 65". Those cheap ones are all 50" or smaller so you'd need to sit pretty close for 4K. Most, probably aren't sitting close enough to notice the 4K improvement they just picked it up because it was cheaper than a Samsung 1080p display.
I thought about replacing my 65" in LR with last year's model but we don't watch any 4K content yet and don't have any plans on buying a UHD player any time soon. And for 3D, it would be an improvement for Blu ray 3D over the 1080p display but up there over fireplace not really good with the angles and my family is like yours, I seem to be the only one that likes 3D here so I'm done buying animated kids movies in 3D. I'm not a big fan of them myself accept for Pixar but they haven't had any good ones in awhile. I'll just be getting 2D versions of those from now on. Most of the time I put a 3D kids movie on they just watch without the glasses. So I give up.
Another point is that while they're selling 4K displays, not everyone will actually use native 4K content. They may just be replacing a broken TV too or whatever. Might just now be upgrading from their CRT, lol! I think 1080p will be around awhile in some smaller displays. They have uses in smaller areas of the home but yeah the larger ones will all be 4K in the next year or two. New displays, yes 4K is the new trend, I think I meant to say that content is really still HD or less for most and will be for a long time. I still watch a lot of TV shows on DVD and have a number of DVD's I don't have HD versions for yet.
8K, I think it's fine from a filming standpoint, it will make 4K better as it's a super sampled image, like IMAX but you'd need a 4K display to notice the difference. If manufacturers try to push a 8K flat panel that's only 50" you've got a real marketing scam and they'll have suckers lining up you can bet. You'll have to sit like 3 feet away to notice the difference over 4K but hey, it's 8K and that's better than only 4K. You possibly could get a benefit from something around 80" but you'd need to sit about 5 feet from it still.
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Last edited by tomtastic; 01-10-2017 at 04:58 PM.