An Affordable Large Screen 4K UHD TV
4K TVs have been on the market for a few years now. However, many potential buyers have been unable to obtain a 4K display due to their higher price tags when compared to their 1080p counterparts. As the 2014 model year begins to wind down, prices of 4K TV’s have also been coming down. And as we start the New Year (2015), pricing will continue to fall.
HDTV’s are one of the best selling consumer electronic products on the market. And with the recent introduction of 4K Ultra HD displays, this trend will continue for the foreseeable future.
Since their arrival in the US in the summer of 2013, OLED based HDTV’s have made a big splash in the television market. LG’s 55EA9800 was the predecessor to this year’s current model and received critical acclaim from reviewers, industry experts and enthusiasts as having some of the best TV images ever displayed. See my review of the EA9800 here.
Fast forward to 2014 and LG’s second-generation line-up of OLED HDTV’s featuring the 65EC9700 and the 55EC9300, which continue with the superb performance standard set by last year’s model. More on performance later.
Plasma TVs still deliver some of the best images of any current TV technology available. I’m personally still a big fan of plasma displays and have come to appreciate the very accurate and natural images they produce.
As many of you already know, plasma TVs will soon be a thing of the past with manufacturers discontinuing production on this great technology. Panasonic stopped production earlier this year. Samsung recently announced they will stop production later this year.
This will leave LG as the sole manufacturer of this technology. However, there is talk in the industry that LG will soon follow and end plasma production.
So in the meantime, these displays are still readily available. One of these is LG’s 60PB6900 and is the topic of this review.
LG has an extensive 2014 4K Ultra HD line-up featuring seven screen sizes and three model series including the UB9800, UB9500 and UB8500. The UB9800 is their top-of-the-line series, offering three screen sizes at 65″, 79″ and 84″.
I have come to enjoy the picture quality of LG’s 4K TV’s, and have personally found them able to produce some of the best 4K HDTV images on the market. The 79UB9800 continues with this trend and is the focus of this review.
OLED HDTV’s were introduced to the US market in July of 2013 with only a couple of models to choose from: The Samsung KN55S9C and the LG 55EA9800 which is the focus of this review.
Fast forward one year later and these are still the only two models available in the US. Well, actually there are three if you count the LG 55EA8800 which is essentially the same set as the 55EA9800 but without the curved screen. It also has what LG calls a Gallery Screen which is a frame that surrounds the set to give it the appearance of a painting. This frame also houses several speakers for better sound quality. For info on OLED technology click here.
LG 55LA9650 Actual Image
4K HDTVs haven’t been around very long but are quickly becoming the new “go-to” technology and are creating a lot of buzz in the high def world.
LG’s new 55LA9650 is one of many new 4K sets that is pushing this technology to wide-spread adoption and is the focus of this review.