Originally Posted by qwho51
I want to purchase a 4k display set. I want a window that I can look out and watch my movies.
However, the issue I have is will I be able to really tell the difference between a HD set and a 4K set at a viewing distance of around 6-8 feet?
I tried a test at the local Costco.They had three Samsung 4K sets setup along with various HD sets. All were fed the same test material.
At a distance of about 8 feet, the difference was not very discernible. I was , to say the least, very surprised.
My brain told me I
should SEE a difference, darn it!! After all, it was 4K..ULTRA hi-def. My eyes, 20/20, told me a different story.
Is it possible 4K not OK?
Now, what do I do??
Now just imagine if you had a REALLY good 1080p tv (I am assuming they didn't have one there) in the proper viewing environment to compare the two.
Unless your talking screen sizes of 70-80 plus inches from a 6-8 ft. Viewing distance, 4K just won't make a huge difference. And if being fed a 1080p signal it wont really make a difference at all.
The reason for this; as most videophiles would attest to, resolution is only one aspect of many that attribute to PQ. Moreover, many would agree that resolution is NOT one of the most important aspects. Blacklevel/contrast, color accuracy and motion resolution are all generally considered more important attributes to PQ.
For this reason, the top end plasma TVs still beat out most if not all LED TVs currently available (including 4k versions) in pure PQ. Unfortunately there aren't many plasmas left. In my opinion video/display technology is entering a period of transition and there is a lot of uncertainty. It makes a tough time to be in the market for a new tv.
When more questions are answered, 4K content is widely available, and I can get a 70-80 inch 4K OLED panel (that is NOT CURVED!) at a relatively affordable price let me know. Until then I will keep my 60ST60!
I am not necessarily telling you not to buy a 4K TV. Rather, providing some insight into what you may be seeing while comparing TVs and giving you my opinion based on the current TV market.