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OLED, LED, Plasma, Projector, 4K, 2K, Curve Screen? Selecting the right technology can be very confusing.

Having the latest technology isn’t for everyone; however, there are always those who want to have the latest and greatest in electronics.

Remember when a 50-inch screen seemed big? Nowadays, you have 60-, 65-, 70- and even 90-inch flatscreens. Projectors can take you over 200 inches! Just like flat panels, projector technology has come a long way, and even the susceptibility to light has
been greatly improved.

If you are unsure about the current quality of projectors, check out interactive media rooms in a showroom. Prior to making a decision, you should understand that the more engaged all of your senses are, the greater the viewing experience. For example, besides great quality video and audio, today you can become immersed in your movie with theater seats that move with the action.

You might be wondering what the difference is between 4K Ultra HD and 1080p Full HD. Prior to high definition, televisions had only a few hundred lines of resolution. More lines of resolution means more opportunity to create a life-like picture. However, it does not always mean a better picture. The number represents the number of lines used to create the image. Therefore, 1080 is the horizontal lines of vertical resolution. The “i” or “p” on the end, as in 1080i or 1080p, stands for “interlaced” and “progressive.” Those letters stand for speed in which the images are processed.

There is still much to decide, as the “quality” of how those lines are processed is a huge difference. For example, a budget-priced TV touting 1080p resolution may be inferior in picture quality to a 720p set. This is why you need to be careful when purchasing something you will be using several hours a day. You need to experience the difference.

Sony 4K projector

When most people walk past a 4K flatscreen, they are amazed by the picture quality, which is four times clearer than regular HD. It offers amazing color and clarity with finer detail, greater texture and almost photographic quality smoothness. It seems as if you could reach out and grab items on the screen. This can be attributed to the 8 million pixels in 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) verses the 2 million pixels in 1080p (1920 x 1080). Everyone can clearly see the incredible difference between a 1080p and 4K flatscreens when they are side-by-side; however, they assume that 4K technology pricing is out of reach. Like most technology, pricing is going down and is much more affordable than before.

Of course, there are considerations that you should discuss with a sales professional, such as the content available and what your current picture will look like with the 4K resolution. The next time you are in the market for a new TV, consider these reasons for making the leap to 4K:

  • Amazing picture quality difference between Full HD and Ultra HD TV
  • Ultra HD 4K is the defacto next generation of television
  • More 4K Ultra HD content is coming – Some sets offer more available content and better “upconverting” (taking 2k content and making it look close to 4k)
  • 4K Blu-ray is also coming soon, making available thousands of movie titles
  • Better viewing from a variety of distances – Better technology, better processing
  • 4K gaming
  • 4K consumer video cameras are being developed
  • 4K is more affordable than ever

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