Originally Posted by mark haflich
By your logic and word choice, any panel that can not display 3D is obsolete. Its funny because if you were a business using a non 3D panel IRS would not allow you to accelerate the write off.
Another pregnant thought, I have 4K sources that my 2K sets can't display in 4K. Are these obsolete too?
You might agree that one goal of audio/video enthusiasts, is to have movies, as well as other video material, look as good as technology will allow. So it seems fair to say, that to people who want the improved image quality, that UHD HDR encoded material will provide, over non-HDR UHD material, an UHD TV that is not HDR capable, would be obsolete, as far as these people would be concerned.
Your point about 2D TVs being obsolete is a valid one when talking about people who are fans of 3D. But since none of the films I would want with me on that proverbial desert island are in 3D, I'm not bothered by the fact that only 1 of our 4 1080p displays is 3D capable. That display is actually the one we no longer watch movies on, even though it still has the picture quality that caused it to be the #1
choice of all 30 professionals at the Sept 2010 Value Electronics Flat Panel Shoot Out. That Panny is our smallest display, with it's 58" screen, which to us, makes it obsolete for watching movies, because films simply have more impact on the substantially larger screens that we have gotten since the Panasonic.
Of course, since the arrival of UHD, all of our displays, being mere 1080p, could also be classified as obsolete. And the specially shot digital clips (with super high bit rates) used to show off UHD TVs in stores, do look amazing. But a viewing test of UHD NetFlix streaming over in the UK determined that the UHD material was slightly more detailed than the Blu-ray versions of the same scenes, but Blu-ray looked cleaner, having less artifacts. And David Katzmaier conducted a comparison of NetFlix UHD streaming and Blu-ray, and his viewing panel couldn't tell the 2 apart. So, although technically UHD has made our 1080p TVs obsolete, as a practical matter, it does not seem like it so far. And, since 1998's Saving Private Ryan is actually one of the newest
of my movie favorites, it remains to be seen how many of the films I like will ever see an UHD version, and for the ones that do, how much of an improvement will be seen with UHD Blu-ray versions. (will not waste any time with undependable streams or downloading)