4K and 8K TV Reviews

Remember the first time you saw a plasma HDTV? It was love at first sight, right? You had to have one, but the price was way beyond your reach. Now, plasma TVs are nothing but a historical artifact, replaced by LCD TVs and OLED TVs. And for 4K is ubiquitous while 8K is now starting to become available. Also gone are those super-high price tags, today the competition seems to be who can bring consumers the biggest screen for the lowest price.

Today, you can get a big, bright, ultra-thin Ultra HD TV to serve as the cornerstone of your high-performance home theater system. Even 85" screen sizes are often available at a price that's attainable for most mainstream consumers. And recently, TVs have focused on not just 4K and 8K HDR, but also compatibility with gaming systems.

But which TV is the right TV for you? Check out the resources below to learn more about your options, then visit our review archive to read about the latest and greatest in the TV world.


• Five Questions to Ask Before Shopping for Your Next HDTV
• What Is an Ultra HD TV?
• How to Choose the Right LCD TV
• What Is OLED and How Does It Work?
• How We Evaluate and Measure HDTVs
• How to Dramatically Improve Your TV's Performance in 10 Seconds
• The Color's the Thing That Will Make 4K So Amazing
• What Quantum Dots Mean to Your Next UHD TV
• High Hopes for High Dynamic Range Video
• Dolby Vision vs. HDR10: What You Need to Know

 

Is 8K needed when most sources are not 8k?

8K TVs can usually display existing content at higher quality than the original source with built-in advanced up-scaling algorithms.

What is an 8K TV?

8K is all about the resolution on a screen, which is roughly four times more than what you'll get with a 4K TV. What does this mean? Here is a simple breakdown.
Full HD TVs and most satellites and cable TV services use a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels on their screens. This is commonly called 1080p. On the other hand, 4K TVs step up with Ultra HD resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. In other words, it offers four times the number of pixels on HD displays.
With 8K TVs, you get 16 times the number of pixels on Full HD or four times what's available on 4K televisions. 8K displays have 7,680 x 4,320 pixels, totaling about 33 million pixels. By comparison, 4K TVs have a total of about 8 million pixels, and Full HD offers approximately 2 million pixels.
While 8K TVs are generally more expensive, they offer spectacular lifelike image and picture quality together with immersive sound output that makes them worth the investment for those who can afford it.

Is 8K better than 4K?

8K offers a more premium construction than 4K with ultra-narrow bezels, thin metal chassis, and sleeker remote controls. However, there is no major difference between 8K and 4K in basic functionality, at least for now.

What is Upscaling?

Upscaling is turning lower-resolution content into better-looking content on higher-resolution screens. For example, a 1920 x 1080 image is converted into a larger 3840 x 2160 pixel image to display correctly on a better screen.

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