Sony mfr rep
stated ~ at V.E. shootout yesterday that 4K was good for 84" screens ( @ a few ft ) close up but at 8-9 ft might as well be 1080p and not much use below that size at given distance . Samsung factory rep stated
biggest benefit of 4K will eventually be more colors someday when they finalize the standard
and that increased resolution by itself was not that important and not very useful under~ 85". That's from the folks who make the sets take it for what it's worth .
V.E. flat panel Shootout video can be seen here above discussion is somewhere in the last ~ 25% of the video .
It's still there for viewing after the fact . PC Just requires a free live stream acct only or instead the free Roku channel .
on PC just click on the link put in your E mail and make up a password for free Live steam acct done and done .
The very first post in this thread by Scott (a prominent industry professional about sums it up real well ! ) not much to add beyond that . UHD/4K Quandary: To Buy or Not to Buy
I bought two sets in 2013 and one in 2014 A 1080p Samsung plasma, and 1080p Sony LED and an LG 1080p LED ,haven't lost a moments sleep due to buyers remorse not buying 4K UHD .due to buyers remorse not buying 4K UHD .
plenty of very capable 1080p sets out there still . despite what the 4K fans and marketers will have you believe .
. The opposite was quite the case on 2001 when I bought an HD FD 1080p Sony Wega Trinitron and there was very little or no HD to watch for many years afterward .
4:3 on a 16x9 tube wasn't the greatest thing since sliced bread despite all the not too bad scaling options and line doubling features Sony offered at the time in the XBR . It still holds true today The best scaling option is none at all
just ask anyone in the business they will tell you the same thing .
4K sets make nice PC monitors close up (for home ) if you have a PC or PC w/ aftermarket Video card with the stones to put out 2160P ( 3840×2160 (8.3 megapixels in the 16:9 aspect ratio) most don't out of the box .
I'm using 2560x 1440 x 27" PC monitor on the daily driver here it's decent in the sound studio I have 2 1680x 1050 24" monitors and a 40" 1080P TV re purposed as a monitor .
I don't hate 4K LED , I don't hate Plasma, I don't hate 1080p LED either they can all be good in their own ways and each has their own issues also .