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Best Rated 4K Ultra HD TVs – Reviews and Comparison 2014

March 10, 2014 by  
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4K Ultra HD TVsBest Rated 4K Ultra HD TVs 2014 – This page contains a roundup of all of the top-rated 4K Ultra HD TVs, presented here for a comparison of price, features, and reviews. Ultra HD TVs have 4 times the resolution of the best 1080p Full HD TVs. 4K TVs give you a resolution of 3840 × 2160 or over 8 megapixels verus only 2 megapixels for Full HD TVs. As with any new technology 4K content is sparse, but will improve over time. These 4K Televisions can also upconvert Full HD content to 4K giving you a better picture for current programs available. SmartReview previewed these UHD TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show and the clarity almost looks like you are looking through a window. The best way to view these type of TVs is closeup as the pixels are much smaller than normal HD sets. When sitting closer, you will have a more immersive movie theater type experience. To take advantage of the higher resolution, these UHD TVs come as large as 84 inches. Prices have come down substantially, and we believe that 4K will become the new standard over the next 5 years. Movie theaters now have Sony 4K projectors installed, so you will be seeing about the same resolution as movie theaters in your home. These TVs are ideal for home theaters. The speakers on many of these 4K UHD TVs are far superior to normal HDTVs. Below are the currently available 4K Ultra HD (UHD) TVs.

Best Rated 4K Ultra HD TVs Comparison 2014

Samsung UN55HU8550
(55-inch 4K TV)
Samsung UN65HU8550
(65-inch 4K TV)
Samsung UN65HU9000
(65-inch 4K TV)
Sharp Aquos LC-70UD1U
(70-inch 4K TV)
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2160p 4K Ultra HD TV
55-inch LED TV
Micro Dimming Ult
40 watt sound system
120Hz
4 HDMI (2.0)
DLNA
Smart TV
3D Ready
3D Glasses Included
Quad Core Processor
4K Upscaling
2014 Model
CMR 1200
HEVC (H.265) codec
2160p 4K Ultra HD TV
65-inch LED TV
Micro Dimming Ult
40 watt sound system
120Hz
4 HDMI (2.0)
DLNA
Smart TV
3D Ready
3D Glasses Included
Quad Core Processor
4K Upscaling
2014 Model
CMR 1200
HEVC (H.265) codec
2160p 4K Ultra HD TV
65-inch LED TV
Micro Dimming Ult
40 watt sound system
120Hz
4 HDMI (2.0)
DLNA
Smart TV
3D Ready
3D Glasses Included
Quad Core Plus
4K Upscaling
2014 Model
CMR 1400
HEVC (H.265) codec
+ Curved Screen
2160p 4K Ultra HD TV
70-inch LED TV
Edge/Local Dimming
35 watt sound system
120Hz
4 HDMI
DLNA
Smart TV
3D Ready
3D Glasses Included
Dual Core Processor
4K Upscaling
2013-2014 Model
AquoMotion™ 240
Built-in WiFi
THX® 4K Certified


Best Rated 4K Ultra HD TVs Comparison 2014

Sony
XBR55X850B
(55-inch 4K TV)
Sony
XBR65X850B
(65-inch 4K TV)
Sony XBR-55X900B
(55-inch 4K TV)
Sony XBR-65X900B
(65-inch 4K TV)
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2160p 4K Ultra HD TV
55-inch LED TV
Frame/Local Dimming
20 watt sound system
120Hz
4 HDMI (2.0)
DLNA
Triluminous Display
Smart TV
3D Ready
3D Glasses Included
4K X-Reality PRO
4K Upscaling
2014 Model
Motionflow XR 240
Wi-Fi Direct™
HDMI® 2.0 support
HEVC (H.265) codec
2160p 4K Ultra HD TV
65-inch LED TV
Frame/Local Dimming
20 watt sound system
120Hz
4 HDMI (2.0)
DLNA
Triluminous Display
Smart TV
3D Ready
3D Glasses Included
4K X-Reality PRO
4K Upscaling
2014 Model
Motionflow XR 240
Wi-Fi Direct™
HDMI® 2.0 support
HEVC (H.265) codec
2160p 4K Ultra HD TV
55-inch LED TV
Edge/Local Dimming
65 watt sound system
120Hz
4 HDMI (2.0)
DLNA
Triluminous Display
Smart TV
3D Ready
3D Glasses Included
4K X-Reality PRO
4K Upscaling
2014 Model
Motionflow XR 960
Wi-Fi Direct™
HDMI® 2.0 support
HEVC (H.265) codec
X-tended Dynamic
2160p 4K Ultra HD TV
65-inch LED TV
Edge/Local Dimming
65 watt sound system
120Hz
4 HDMI (2.0)
DLNA
Triluminous Display
Smart TV
3D Ready
3D Glasses Included
4K X-Reality PRO
4K Upscaling
2014 Model
Motionflow XR 960
Wi-Fi Direct™
HDMI® 2.0 support
HEVC (H.265) codec
X-tended Dynamic


Best 75-Inch and Larger 4K Ultra HD TVs Comparison

Samsung UN75HU8550
(75-inch 4K TV)
Sony XBR-79X900B
(79-inch 4K TV)
Samsung UN78HU9000
(78-inch 4K TV)
LG Electronics 84LM9600
(84-inch 4K TV)
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2160p 4K Ultra HD TV
75-inch LED TV
Micro Dimming Ult
40 watt sound system
120Hz
4 HDMI (2.0)
DLNA
Smart TV
3D Ready
3D Glasses Included
Quad Core Processor
4K Upscaling
2014 Model
HEVC (H.265) codec
CMR 1200
2160p 4K Ultra HD TV
79-inch LED TV
Edge/Local Dimming
65 watt sound system
120Hz
4 HDMI (2.0)
DLNA
Smart TV
3D Ready
3D Glasses Included
4K X-Reality PRO
4K Upscaling
2014 Model
HEVC (H.265) codec
TRILUMINOS display
X-tended Dynamic
2160p 4K Ultra HD TV
78-inch LED TV
UHD Micro Dimming
40 watt sound system
120Hz
4 HDMI (2.0)
DLNA
Smart TV
3D Ready
3D Glasses Included
Quad Core Plus
4K Upscaling
2014 Model
HEVC (H.265) codec
CMR 1440
Built-in Camera
+ Curved Screen
2160p 4K Ultra HD TV
84-inch LED TV
Edge/Local Dimming
50 watt sound system
120Hz
4 HDMI
DLNA
Smart TV
3D Ready
3D Glasses Included
Dual Core Processor
4K Upscaling
2013 Model
LED Plus


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Comparisons of 4K UHD TV Models for 2014
Samsung HU8550 Series Vs. Samsung HU9000 4K TVs = These are the two main models of 4K TVs for 2014 from Samsung. The HU9000 Series offers more features. The most obvious difference is the HU9000 has a Curved Screen for a more immersive cinema type viewing. The HU9000 Series also adds, an Auto Depth Enhancer, Purcolor for color accuracy, a higher 1440 Clear Motion Rate, a more powerful Quad Core Plus processor, and a Pop-up Camera that can be used for gesture control and Skype. The HU8550 Series UHDTV has a traditional Flat Screen and is cheaper.

Sony XBR X850B Series Vs. Sony XBR X900B 4K TVs = These are the two of the main models of 4K TVs for 2014 from Sony. The X900B Series offers more features. The biggest visible difference is that the X900B has larger visible speakers on the sides. Both are wedge shaped so they can contain larger speakers. The X900B Series has 65 watts of speaker output, while the X850B has 20 watts of power. The X900B has a higher Motionflow at XR 960, verus XR240 in the X850B Series. The X900B has an added new feature called X-tended Dynamic, which will increase the dynamic range of the picture, colors, and improves contrast. We have seen this feature and colors shimmer and pop on this display. The X900B Series UHDTV has a superior type of local dimming vs. the X850B. The X850B Series is substantially cheaper than the X900B Series.



Glossary of Terms
4K Ultra HD (UHD) = 4K is the new standard in TVs. It has 8 megapixels of resolution, which is 4x the Full HD 1080p TVs currently on the market. This allows you to sit closer to the TVs as the pixels are smaller, and will give you a more immersive movie theater type of experience.
4K X-Reality PRO = This is Sony’s best image processor that is in its new 4K TVs. Sony has ten years experience in image processing for movie theaters. Sony’s 4K projectors are now installed in movie theaters worldwide. This technology will allow you to enhance even lower resolutions of sports, movies, and blu-ray to 4K. Sony is the leader in image processing. The top-rated 4K TVs have the best image processors.
HEVC (H.265) codec = HEVC (H.265) is a new compression codec that is used to compress video. This new codec compresses twice as much data as previous codecs, so that 4K Ultra HD video can be sent over cable and the internet. HEVC (H.265) will allow 4K/60p playback for viewing 4K sports in the future. 4K/60p will also be available on future 4K camcorders. Samsung’s 2014 HU8550 Series comes standard with a HECV (H.265) decoder. Most 2014 4K TVs will have HEVC installed.
What native 4K Content is Available Today? = Currently, Youtube and Netflix are streaming 4K content to consumers. ESPN, Comcast Xfinity, Amazon, and others have announced that they too will have 4K content in 2014-2015.
Edge/Local Dimming = This combines the economy of an Edge Lit TV, with the advantages of local dimming. The picture quality, black levels, and contrast can be greatly enhanced with Local Dimming versus one that is only Edge Lit. This type of system can also eliminate or reduce halo effects, clouding, and light bleeding. Samsung calls their dimming technology Micro Dimming, while LG uses the term LED Plus.
Full Array Local Dimming LED TV = An LED TV that is illuminated from the rear by an array of LED lights. These lights can be dimmed or turned off to give maximum contrast and picture quality. This type is superior to an edge lit dimming LED TV. These are hard to find, and much more expensive than the other types.
Micro Dimming Ultimate = This is Samsung’s best local dimming technology. It has several hundred dimming areas for the best contrast and color quality. Samsung’s 2014 HU8550 Series comes standard Micro Dimming Ultimate.
HDMI® 2.0 Support = HDMI 2.0 is the next generation of HDMI which will provide higher framerates for 4K Ultra HD content, more audio channels, and Full 4K 3D. Most of the 2014 models come standard with HDMI 2.0 installed. Samsung’s 2014 HU8550 4K Series Televisions comes standard with HDMI 2.0 support.
Dual Core/Quad Core Processor = Some recent TVs now have Two processors instead of one. This will greatly increase the functionality and speed of Smart TVs, and internet connectivity. Samsung’s 2014 HU8550 4K Series comes standard with a Quad Core Processor.
TRILUMINOS display = Sony’s Triluminous display was designed to give you a wider range of colors and more realistic skin tones than normal displays. This technology is included on the top-rated Sony 4K TVs.
Mastered in 4K Blu-ray Discs = To accomodate the new 4K TVs, new blu-ray discs have been introduced that were mastered in 4K to give you the best picture on your 4K TV from a blu-ray disc. They are recorded with higher bit rates for better picture quality. These discs can be played by blu-ray players and Playstation 3 and 4 players onto your 4K Television.
X-tended Dynamic Range = This is a really important feature that transcends screen resolution. This technology dramatically improves dynamic range, whites and blacks, contrast and makes the colors really pop. We have seen this on the Sony X900B 4K Series and it produces an outstanding picture, the best we have seen on a LED TV. Dolby Vision is another upcoming technology that also improves dynamic range (which we saw a dramatic demonstration at CES 2014). We believe these are important technologies that will soon be seen in more upcoming TVs.
LED TV = Instead of a conventional fluorescent backlight, these HDTVs use LED lights for backlighting. This dramatically improves picture contrast, colors, and overall picture. LED TVs also use about 40% less electricity.
Edge Lit LED TV = An LED TV that is illuminated from the side or edges by an array of LED lights. Some of the latest Edge lit sets can achieve local dimming with the latest technology.
Wi-Fi Direct™ = Sony feature that allows you to wirelessly transfer content to your TV directly from a compatible device (smartphone or tablet) without a Wi-Fi network.
Dolby Vison/X-tended Dynamic Range = These refer to increased dynamic range (brights to darks). Sony’s technology is called X-tended Dynamic Range. Some manufacturers use Dolby Vison. This kind of technology can make a dramatic difference in picture quality. This is usually only seen in the top 4K TVs.
UHD = Ultra High Definition, or 4K.
IPS Panel = An IPS Panel gives you a wider viewing angle without losing contrast than standard panels.
120Hz = 120Hz anti blur technology. Eliminates blur on LCD TVs during high action sports and movies.
HDMI = HDMI inputs allow you to connect devices to your HDTV such as DVD and Blu-ray players and game consoles. HDMI 2.0 is the latest 4K Television standard, which increases bandwidth to 18gbps, allowing higher framerates, more audio channels, Full resolution 4K 3D.
3D Ready TVs = A 3D Ready TV is one that has a transmitter built-in to communicate with 3D glasses. To create the 3D effect, one lens will be opaque (black) while the other is clear. This is done hundreds of times per second which is imperceptible to the human eye, but it creates the illusion of 3D. 3D Ready TVs are becoming more mainstream, and we expect to see 3D as standard equipment on more and more sets in 2014. 3D on a 4K UHD TV looks fantastic.
Smart TV/Internet Ready = An internet ready TV allows you to connect an ethernet cable for an optional Wifi wireless connection to your TV. Content can include services such as Netflix, Youtube, Facebook, and other content. Services vary by manufacturer and model. Also referred to as a Smart TV


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