We’ve all heard of them, we’ve all seen them in the shops gleaming like a gold bullion, but what is the 4K TV all about, and why would you need one? In this edition of ‘All You Need To Know’, we present you with the essential information on the latest visual technology that is taking the world by storm.
So it’s just a HD television right?
The short answer is yes. It’s definitely a high definition television, but it goes the extra mile, and gives you a visual experience that’s viagra for your retinas. When you compare the two, the basic HD image resolution is 1920 x 1080 – now that’s pretty sharp. However when it comes to a 4K TV, it bumps the image resolution up to a whopping 3840 X 2160 – which is truly an epic amount of pixels to get your eyes around. 4K delivers 4 times as much picture quality as HD does and is the definition of, ultra-high definition. Believe or not, but your cinema displays the same resolution, just on a massive screen.
But what can I actually watch on this thing?
The technology is there for 4K, but unfortunately, the basic broadcast standard is not quite there at the moment. The good news is, that there are so many options available to take advantage of the best moving images you’ll ever see in your living room. Plus, if you invest now, you’ll be all ready for the move. There are special broadcasts available in 4K, YouTube footage in 4K, photographs from your DSLR or Mirrorless camera in higher resolution, with more detail and even more space to play with on such a larger screen.
What sizes do they come in?
The smallest 4K television you can currently buy is 55 inches, the most common is 65 inches. Now that’s pretty big, and more than enough for most households. However, if you feel like johnny big balls and want to impress your mates for the football, then you can buy anything up to 110 inches off the shelf.
OK, I’m going to get one, is my room too small?
This should be something you must consider before taking the plunge and investing in one of these bad boys. To take full advantage of the screen, and get the most out of your experience you want to sit anywhere between 3 to 5 screen heights away from the projection. So for a 65 inch television, the optimal viewing distance is 150cm. If your room is tiny, you’ll still enjoy an immersive experience, it’s only a minor fragment of the whole 4K experience, and won’t affect you too much.
How bigger dent will this leave on my balance?
As with all technology, there is always a wide range of prices, from a variety of companies. As an essential rule, the more money you chuck at something like this, the higher quality the product. When you put it into perspective on what you’ll get back in viewing experience, and the longevity of the product, then it’s well worth investing.
At the moment, Panasonic offers a range of 4K Ultra HD TVs from 40-inches starting at £999 up to 85-inches (no price revealed just yet), which include their brand-new AX902B and AX630B ranges. If you want to grab the recommended size of 65 inch, then you’re looking at a hefty £3,799. But as mentioned, it’s worth the investment.