Originally Posted by gweempose
You raise some very good points. I've seen both the Sony and LG 4K models in person, an they are nothing short of breathtaking when displaying 4K content. I haven't had a chance to see what upconverted HD looks like on them yet, but I've read that it's pretty darn impressive as well. With 4K and OLED on the horizon, perhaps it doesn't make a lot of sense to invest in a super high-end 1080p display such as the 75" Sammy. It's definitely food for thought.
There is always something new on the horizon that serves to render current technology obsolete. The industry promotes these technological changes in order to drive further sepending by us the consumer. The relevant question then becomes, does the new technology emerging actually translate into a superior viewing experience for the consumer. In many cases it is. But, in other cases it may not translate into a clearly better viewing experience.
I know that there is a thread on the home page of AVS debating the merits of 4k. Certainly, more pixels are preferable to less if you are looking at this from a purely technological perspective. But, does it translate into a meaningfuly better viewing experience in most situations? The general opinion in that thread seems to be that in most cases it will not.
Why? Well, first of all there is a glaring lack of native 4k material with which to feed these new sets. Certainly, there are upconverting bluray players available now that upconvert to a 4k signal. But, never having seen this material with my own eyes, I must confess to a lack of knowledge of its quality. Beyond upconverting bluray players, nothing is available to feed native 4k material and certainly nothing on the horizon is in the works for network, cable or satellite signal.
Second (and to me the most relevant), a 4k picture seems to really only be beneficial on extremely large screens. Larger than 75 inches. Why? Because for most individuals, the seating distance will prevent them from being able to distinguish the difference between a 1080p image and 4k. The human eye just doesn't have the ability to discern a difference when considering the total screen size versus average distance to the viewer. When viewing an image on anything under a 100 inch screen or smaller, I would think that in order to tell a difference, you would have to sit so close to the screen that the whole experience would feel awkward.
What this means to me, is that 4k will only render 1080p obsolete in specific market segments (extremely large screen sizes), or when the price point of the technology is only marginally higher than the price points of 1080p sets for the same size. I doubt that is going to be the case for years still to come.
What IS relevant today, is a set's ability to render accurate color, screen uniformity, smooth motion, high contrast etc.,. The 75ES9000 excels in all of these areas. Whether or not it makes financial sense to invest in a television costing this much is difficult to know. The biggest issue would be the uncertainty of future pricing of 4k technology and how quickly pricing on 1080p drops in the future. I just know that TODAY, you can buy this television and enjoy the benefits of an excellent image that's capable of delivering a picture that will surpass the limitations of the human eye in most seating situations.
Many of the members of this forum are much more educated on this subject. Maybe they could weigh in with their opinions.