…The Most Affordable Ultra HD TV Brands for 2016
As the New Year kicks off, so does the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas this year. Ultra HDTVs, as expected, continue to be one of the main attractions at this year’s event. And of course every major TV manufacturer was on hand to display their new wares for 2016.
Update: Samsung unveils pricing for the UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray player at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. Retail price will be $399.99 in the US and is due to ship in March 2016. Order now through Amazon.com
The wait for 4K Blu-ray players is almost over… Samsung’s recent announcement at the IFA electronics show in Berlin, showcased the “curved design” UBD-K8500 which will be the world’s first Ultra HD Blu-ray player and is expected to be released early next year (2016), however many industry experts and enthusiast are hoping for a launch date that will be just in time for the holidays.
Vizio’s New 4K Reference Series – The TVs that have no Equal
Update: Pricing Now Available!
The wait is almost over…after much anticipation and many delays, Vizio’s Reference Series is set to appear on the market. Release dates still unknown, but coming very soon.
Update: Both models available now.
…but the price of admission isn’t cheap.
Update: New flat panel (non-curved) models now available – *plus huge price drops on current models.
OLED TVs have been hovering just under the public radar as far as consumer mass awareness is concerned. Walk into your local big box store and you’ll notice only a few OLED TVs on display. And as recent as late last year and the beginning of 2015, these displays were of the 1080p variety only.
Samsung Adds New Model to Their SUHD Lineup
The UN78JS9100 was recently added to its 2015 SUHD premium series of 4K Ultra HD TVs. This series also includes the JS9500, JS900, JS8500 and JS850D.
Update: Select 4K UHD Models Now Available!
Sharp Aquos Beyond 4K UHD TV
Sharp’s Aquos 2015 4K Ultra HD TVs will soon be available. This lineup will include three new series: the UB30, UE30 and UH30, and will be offered in seven screen sizes ranging from 43″ to 80″. These TVs will include the latest 4K specs, including a quad-core processor, H.265 and VP9, which is an all new codec that allows 4K content to play back in its native form.
OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays have been praised by enthusiast for their overall outstanding picture quality. One of their best attributes is their amazing black level capability, producing truly deep blacks which are simply the best ever, beating out all other current and past TV technologies. Color reproduction is also better than any other past or current technology. The color palette on these displays are extremely rich and vibrant with a very natural and life-like appearance.
Image credit Panasonic
Panasonic’s highly anticipated premium series of 4K displays will be introduced to the U.S. market in November 2014.
Vizio’s long awaited P Series has finally arrived. I have gathered info on five of the six models (with five screen sizes) currently available through Amazon.com, which include the 70″ P702ui-B3, P652ui-B2, 60″ P602ui-B3, 55″ P552ui-B2 and 50″ P502ui-B1.
From the specs listed below these models look very promising. And I certainly hope these new 4K displays will deliver on picture performance.
One of the key features of these new displays is the full array backlighting with local dimming and up to 72 active LED zones. This should add to the sets 4K performance giving it increased black level capability and better picture contrast.
Also, the pricing of the P Series is much cheaper than similar models from Samsung and LG, which will certainly attract many consumers looking to get into the 4k Ultra HD arena.
I will be reviewing one of these models in the near feature. So say tuned.
Update: See my review of the P652ui-B2 here.
Last month Netflix started streaming 4K content. However, at this time their offerings are very limited. Available now is the original series House of Cards: Season 2 and a few nature films. They will be adding more of their shows later this year. And eventually all of their original shows will be in 4K.