Despite the hype over 4K TVs during the past two years, we held off on recommending that people go out and buy them. Now that’s changing.
We had a few reasons for hesitating. First off, there were barely any 4K movies or TV shows to watch. Secondly, the sets were considerably more expensive, and we knew the prices would drop, as they always do. And, finally, the higher resolution by itself wasn’t that noticeable to most viewers sitting a typical distance from the screen.
What mattered more, we thought, were additional enhancements to UHD picture quality including high dynamic range, or HDR, and an increased range of colors via wide color gamut, or WCG, technology. When done well, these features can produce impressive, more lifelike images, but we were concerned that these technologies were still evolving.
After meeting with TV makers at CES 2016, we think that the industry has progressed enough so that it now makes sense to consider a 4K UHD TV, especially if you’re looking to future-proof a purchase.
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