If you’re in the market for a new TV, you’ll want to be sure to consider a 4k TV before you make that next big purchase. 4k is even higher resolution than what many of us have become accustomed to. In fact, these TVs have ultra-high definition, or UHD. The resolution of 4k TVs is approximately 4 times the resolution of 1080P TVs.
A big downside for 4k TVs is that not much content is currently available, though it appears to be on its way. Netflix does have a few movies available in UHD. By the end of 2014, Amazon will have content streaming from some manufacturers.
Though there are 4k sets that claim they can upscale regular high definition content to UHD, the resulting imagery is better than imagery without upscaling, but it cannot compare to true 4k UHD.
If you do purchase a 4k TV, be advised that your current HDMI cables will suffice as long as they are at least a 1.4. If you need to replace the cabling regardless, use the most current 2.0 HDMI cables to ensure these are useful for the longest length of time possible. Be advised that cabling requirements change as a result of increasing bandwidth (or FPS rates). When feasible, a cat6 cable should be installed with HDMI cabling so you can easily upgrade to the newest HDMI version in the future with a cat6 balun. HDMI thus far has always existed in a version allowing it to be run over cat6 cabling.
The higher the definition, the better, especially if you’re a fan of a TV larger than 60″. The current price point of some of the 4k TVs on the lower end is comparable to a large screen HD set, so a 4k may well be within your budget. Because consumers seem to want TVs with higher and higher definition, 4k may very well become the next big thing in TVs. If this is the case, prices will certainly drop over time.