Should you go for an OLED television? 4K LCD?? Let’s explain first!

At the risk of becoming obsolete by the time we publish this, the viewing technology of flat screens has exploded recently with the advent of new ways to create a picture. Many people compare OLED vs. 4K when shopping for new televisions but that’s not a good way to research. For example, there at 4K OLED TVs and there at 4K TVs that are not OLED. Here’s a quick overview for Suddenly Solos who might be in the market to upgrade their plasma TVs!

Basically, 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) just refers to a resolution of 3840 pixels x 2160 lines x 2160 lines (8.3 megapixels, aspect ratio of 16:9).  OLED is a technology that can be used to create displays with different resolutions, and most of latest OLEDs now offer 4K so the question would be, “How does a 4K OLED compare to other types of 4K sets?”

ALL 4K sets double the number of pixels across that of a standard HDTV. So if you have a standard HDTV set, you are missing out of a huge amount of picture quality. In fact, you really can’t see individual pixels even if you get up close to a 4K set. As a result, our fist suggestion would be to upgrade from standard HDTV ASAP.

OLED enables a simpler internal structure than convention displays and as a result, they are unbelievably lightweight and thin.  This means mounting a larger display is far easier (to say nothing about carrying it out of the store!)

Assuming we’ve convinced you to upgrade from standard HDTV, let’s talk about 4K LCD TV vs. 4K OLED sets. Both offer massive improvements from what you may have right now. OLED will transform your viewing experience with blacker blacks (Important for low light scenes), saturated colors, improved viewing angle performance, consistent color translation and very clear action performance.   4K LCD will actually provide a “brighter” screen but it can be hard to really notice.  It requires a side by side comparison which is always a good idea.

You should opt for “High Dynamic Range” whenever there is a choice as it will, in our opinion, make a visible difference in the colors that are created. Content with HDR is getting better and better so it is not likely to be an “orphan” technology.

Probably the decision-maker for you in the OLED vs. LCD/LED debate is the size of the screen. Due to manufacturing limitations, OLEDs come in only (as of this writing) 55”, 65” and 77” sizes.  So if you want a smaller screen that 55” or a larger screen than 77”, then your only option will be LCD.

For us, we’d prefer an OLED set in one of the three sizes available. You may have different needs or space requirements but you will not go wrong in upgrading your current plasma or standard HDTV set to either one of these new technologies.  Go for it. .

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