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4K TV Options

4K or UltraHD technology is starting to approach mainstream, and the options for 4K TVs is getting better all the time. In a quick glance at the choices selling right now at Amazon.com, we were surprised to see how many there are, and how affordable the have quickly become. Of course, Vizio isn’t in the list yet, so if you’re waiting for that like a certain HT Guy might be, you’ll have to keep waiting.  But if you need a new TV now, 4K might be within reach.

 

Four options from Seiki

Amazing prices, good reviews.

Seiki SE39UY04 39-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz LED TV - $339.00 – 4 stars – 495 reviews

Seiki SE50UY04 50-Inch 4K UHD 120Hz LED HDTV - $549.98 – 4 stars – 495 reviews

Seiki SE55UY04 55-Inch 120Hz LED 4k UHD TV - $699.99 – 4 stars – 495 reviews

Seiki SE65UY04 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz LED TV - $1,352.00 – 4 stars – 495 reviews

 

Multiple options from Samsung

The perennial powerhouse has a few options that don’t require you to sell a child. They come in a plethora of sizes and flavors.

Samsung UN40HU6950 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Smart LED TV - $997.99 – 5 stars – 5 review

Samsung UN50HU6950 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Smart LED TV - $1,497.99 – 5 stars – 5 reviews

3D Version (UN50HU8550) – $1,797.99 – 4 stars – 47 reviews

Samsung UN55HU6950 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Smart LED TV - 1,997.99 – 5 stars – 5 reviews

3D Version (UN55HU8550) – $2,297.99 – 4 stars – 47 reviews

Curved 3D Version (UN55HU8700) – $2,797.99 – Not reviewed

Samsung UN60HU8550 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED HDTV - $2,797.99 – 4 stars – 47 reviews

Samsung UN65F9000 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV (2013 Model) - $3,099.00 – 3.5 stars – 78 reviews

3D Version – 2014 – (UN65HU8550) – $3,297.99 – 4 stars – 47 reviews

Curved 3D Version (UN65HU8700) – $3,797.99 – Not reviewed

 

Sony brings several

Sony XBR49X850B 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D LED TV - $1,998.00 – 5 star – 6 reviews

Sony XBR55X850A 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Internet LED UHDTV (2013 Model) - $1,982.97 – 4 stars – 44 reviews

2014 model – (XBR55X850B) – $2,298.00 – 5 star – 6 reviews

3D Smart Version – (XBR-55X900A) – $2,399.00 – 4 stars – 74 reviews

Sony XBR65X850A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Internet LED UHDTV (2013 Model) - $2,892.10 – 4 stars – 44 reviews

Sony XBR65X850B 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D LED TV - 2014 model – $3,298.00 – 5 star – 6 reviews

Sony XBR65X850A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D LED HDTV Media Player Bundle - $3,298.00 – Not Reviewed

 

A few models from LG Electronics

Life’s Good – especially when you’re watching in 4K.

LG Electronics 49UB8500 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV - $1,299.00 – 4 stars – 20 reviews

LG Electronics 55UB8500 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV - $1,599.00 – 4 stars – 20 reviews

LG Electronics 55LA9700 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart Nano LED TV (2013 Model) - $1,899.99 – with Sliding Sound Bar – 3.5 stars – 7 reviews

2014 Model – (55UB9500) – $2,299.00 – 4.5 stars – 2 reviews

LG Electronics 65LA9700 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart Nano LED TV (2013 Model) - $2,899.99  - with Sliding Sound Bar – 3.5 stars – 7 reviews

2014 Model – (65UB9500) – $3,299.00 – 4.5 stars – 2 reviews

 

And a Few Others

TCL LE50UHDE5691 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz LED TV - $799.00 – 4 stars – 64 reviews

TCL LE50UHDE5692G 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD120Hz Smart LED TV - $1,099.99 – Not Reviewed

Toshiba 58L9300U 58-Inch 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED HDTV (2013 Model) - $2,260.84 – 3.5 stars – 20 reviews

Toshiba 65L9300U 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 240Hz 3D Smart LED HDTV (2013 Model) - $2,999.00 – 3.5 stars – 20 reviews

Sharp LC-70UD1U 70-inch Aquos 4K Ultra HD 2160p 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV - $3,497.99 – 5 star – 13 reviews

 

Future Models coming from Vizio

Not ready yet, but the pricing and brand reputation may make them worth waiting for.

“With advanced local dimming technology, featuring a backlight that consists of 64 Active LED Zones, HEVC Codec for Ultra HD streaming and VIZIO’s V6 six-core processor that combines a quad-core GPU and dual-core CPU for unparalleled performance and maximum speed, VIZIO’s P-Series has been engineered to deliver the full range of Ultra HD content consumers want.”

VIZIO P-Series Ultra HD Full-Array LED backlit LCD Smart TVs

P502ui-B1 – 50” – $999.99 (MSRP)

P552ui-B2 – 55” – $1,399.99 (MSRP)

P602ui-B3 – 60” – $1,799.99 (MSRP)

P652ui-B2 – 65” – $2,199.99 (MSRP)

P702ui-B3 – 70” – $2,599.99 (MSRP)

 

Download Episode #645


Posted by The HT Guys, July 25, 2014 12:21 AM

About The HT Guys

The HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.

Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.

ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.

Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.