Complete 4K Buying Guide Made Easy: 2016 is a great year to get into the world of 4K, but I understand that with all the choices out there it can be a little overwhelming on what TV and accessories to pick up. Since I have experience with 4K technology I thought it might be helpful to point my readers in the right direction.
When it comes to 4K I recommend Sony because they have the most experiences with the technology; but more importantly they offer the most affordable 4K TVs with at least 120 Hz and better color display technologies like TRILUMINOS. Sony’s Triluminos technology is like having 64 color pencils instead of only 8, so as you can imagine you get images in greater details.
First off for your 4K TV I recommend Sony’s 850D:
- Unlike last year’s model The X850C; This year’s model does not offer 3D technology. Instead in has increased color and processing power, which is great for an clear 4K image.
- What I really like about this model is that it has Android TV built in. It basically allows you to stream 4K movies, use a ton of apps, and the ability to cast videos from your Apple or Android device.
- You can even do a Google search with just your voice and it works very well.
- The 850D also has an incredible fast processor called the X1, which makes watching 4K movies a real treat.
You can’t get a 4K TV without a great sound system. I have Sony’s 4K capable HT-NT3 Soundbar. It’s only a 2.1 channel solution, but withDolby TrueHD and the included sub it really does fill the entire room with deep sound.
- The HT-NT3 has 1 HDMI out and 3 HDMI ins. So you can connect your cable or satilite box, gaming system or blu-ray player to it. That way up to three devices can be connected to the soundbar.
- You can also stream music wirelessly from mobile devices w/Bluetooth & NFC connections.
Now it’s just as important to use the right 4K HDMI cables as it is to have a quality 4K TV. I use AudioQuest because they use platted silver and solid copper instead of stranded copper. At the very minimum I recommend using Cinnamon.
- Solid 1.25% silver-plated copper – For reduced signal loss
- High-speed 1080p/120Hz-4K-3D audio return channel
As for a 4K Blu-Ray Player I don’t think it is completely necessary, because TVs like Sony’s X850D have highly powerful upscaling technologies, so I don’t think you’re eye can tell the difference unless you have a TV screen that is larger than 75 inches. That being said, Blu-Ray is still a young format and I really think it’s a waste of money to replace an entire Blu-Ray collection when 4K Blu-Ray doesn’t make much of a difference. But if you’re making the jump from DVD to 4K Blu-Ray then by all means go with a 4K Blu-Ray player.
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