What is OLED TV?
OLED is the latest TV technology. OLED, is an acronym for organic light emitting diode. LED or LCD plasma TV needs a backlighting panel to shine through the red, green, and blue filters that create your TV’s color, OLED needs no backlighting. Light comes by electric charge that flows through to these three filters. The result of this technology: a thinner screen, brighter colors, and better contrast ratio of light to dark of screen images.
What is 4K LED?
4K LED TV is TV with a screen resolution of four times the number of lines as the screen resolution of HD (high definition) 720p or 1080p TVs. LED refers to backlighting that gives TV its brightness and color contrast. 4K also called Ultra High Definition TV (UHD) definitely brings a sharper detail and clarity to images. See every blade of grass on the football gridiron and every face in the stands with cinematic quality.
4K LED TV vs OLED TV – What To Choose?
If your budget and room size can handle the luxury of large TV screens, sixty inches or larger and your distance from the set is six feet, then 4K resolution is a good value for the price. The closeness of view for such large screen allows appreciation of the clarity of details in viewing picture.
The other factor in choosing 4K is content you wish to watch. TVs may be 4K resolution but the amount of 4K content available is still limited. If you plan to watch only the general TV channels, 4K may not be worthy of price and an HD LED 1080p TV would be better value. If sports is your passion, 4K resolution and at least a fifty-five inch screen display will pay for itself in comparison to cost for stadium tickets.
OLED technology allows for thin screen which makes wall mounted TVs aesthetically pleasing to eye. The allure of OLED TV is that each color pixel is individually illumined to achieve a brilliance of color and SUPERB contrast ratio! It is in the contrast ratio that a quality picture is had. Since screen resolution is not as important in OLED TVs, you will find abundance in content streaming and prices in accord a range of screen sizes and resolution. OLED has better uniformity to color when viewed at wide angles and a fast response time making it ideal for gaming enthusiasts. The down side of OLED is duration, 4K TVs are known to last more years.
Great LED 4K UHD TVs
Great OLED TVs
QLED TVs 2017
2017 Main Market Players of OLED and QLED TVs
In 2016, LG captured the market for OLED TV with superb contrast ratio and Web OS 3 Smart TV. Well, with a great idea come ‘imitators’ and ‘innovators’ to build upon the OLED technology. In 2017 the market will be seeing a lot more of OLED TV technology in the main players: Sony and Samsung. Consumers may see price competition to normally costly OLED TV technology. Sony OLED TV will feature Dolby Atmos Surround Sound emanating from the screen rather than speakers, such as what is experienced in movie theaters. Samsung takes OLED another step with QLED, Quantum Dot Light Emitting Devices. They call their TVs SUHD, or Triluminous color display. LG won’t be sitting back on past success either. LGs 2017 OLED TV has one model so thin that it is dubbed wallpaper design, “peel and stick” as well as that Dolby Atmos Surround Sound as is in theaters.
Samsung QLED TV
A brief overview of Samsung’s QLED TV technology. QLED stands for Quantum Dot Light Emitting Devices and is marketed as SUHD TV. SUHD – just to differentiate QLED TVs from 4K UHD. (Ultra high definition TV) Samsung also describes this technology as triluminous color display. Samsung was making such TVs in 2016, but 2017 you will be hearing more of this QLED TV technology that brings in BILLIONS, yes, BILLIONS of microscopic color pixels (dots) that light flows through to bring your color TV to be as ‘real’ as life itself! Like its ‘cousin’, OLED, there is no backlight panel, allowing for the thin frame design. Production costs of QLED TVs is said to be less than producing OLED TVs, so consumers should see good price competition of OLED TVs and QLED TVs and 4K HD LED TVs. QLED TVs are also known to be much more energy efficient to operate.
OLED vs 4K LED UHD TV Comparison
I suppose by now after reading all the TV reviews your head is spinning and you may want to give one of those loud ‘Charlie Brown’ screams of ARRRRRRRRRRGHHHHH! How to know what TV to buy? Maybe you are thinking you’ll just keep the ‘faithful TV’ you’ve had for the last five years.
I certainly understand that perplexed look. LCD Plasma TV, HD LED TV, 4K UHD TV, OLED TV, and now QLED TV? It’s mind boggling to say the least. Fear not, this is why we reviewed best TVs of 2017. The aim of this site is not just to sell a TV but to ensure you are an informed consumer of all the latest technology that TV has come to be and help you come to understand which style of TV will be best for you, no matter what marketing experts tell you is ‘hot.’ Your TV has to fit your living space, your personal budget, and fit well to the primary way you will be using your TV. Do not just buy ‘the sizzle’ without looking at ‘the meat’ of the TV itself: all the features that will give you as good a viewing experience as possible. Price alone is not an indicator of value.
The first, and most important consideration in the purchase of a TV is the picture quality. Screen Resolution determines the sharpness and clarity of images by the number of lines per inch of an image that comes across the screen. While 4K UHD TV is four times the number of lines as HD LED TV; if your budget does not allow for at least a sixty inch screen size then you really aren’t going to appreciate the detail 4K screen resolution provides.
The human eye will not be able to distinguish the sharpness of 4K UHD clarity on a smaller TV, nor will you appreciate the 4K UHD technology if you are not seated a close distance of at least six feet from your TV. 4K UHD TV is also not always worth the cost because there is still very limited 4K content. You would do as well buying a 1080p HD LED TV that scans images in at 1080 lines per inch with an upscaling picture engine feature to upscale older lower resolution content. Samsung as well as Sony have upscaling picture engine technology in HD LED AND 4K models.
Other reasons for buying 4K technology is to have the latest technical applications such as HDR color, Android Smart TV, MotionFlow that speeds processing for faster frames per second. Then, 4K is a must.
Contrast Ratio and Color Uniformity
Another important element you want to look for in selecting a TV with a quality picture is the Contrast Ratio as well as Color Uniformity. Contrast Ratio is the level of brightest white and darkest black in an image. The color uniformity refers to how well the blacks retain the black tone without greying out.
LGs OLED TVs are best for contrast ratio as well as staying a consistent dark black as compared to LGs LED TVs. LG OLED TV color remains consistent when viewed at a wide angle. If watching TV in rooms with good adequate room lighting and you are not a connoisseur on color than an average contrast ratio may suit your taste and budget with an HD LED TV.
If planning to view your TV in a dark room, then you would want to invest in the best contrast ratio your budget can afford. The Samsung QLED TV provides BILLIONS of triluminous nano size dots of color with light flowing through those dots of color, providing brilliant color and blacks.
Samsung QLED TV is less costly to produce than OLED TV technology so it may be worthy to review. 4K screen resolution does not always provide good contrast ratio, so be careful in your reviews. Contrast Ratio is the most important element to a quality viewing experience along with color uniformity. LGs OLED 4K TVs will hold color brightness even when viewed at an angle as will Samsung’s 2017 QLED TV.
Another important factor in enjoying your TV viewing experience is that of having a fast processor. This provides necessary speed for frames to come to TV screen per second. Also known as the refresh rate. This is measured in Hz and 120 Hz or more is ideal! A fast processor will eliminate motion blur and is essential to enjoy fast action sports, movies, and video gaming! Remember: 120 Hz or more is best but if the Hz speed is less, some TVs have technology built-in to speed the frames per second. Sony’s 2017 OLED A1E series is rated well for little motion blur along with the Samsung KS 9000 with refresh rate of 240 Hz and the LG OLED 55 inch model for 2017 with processor of 120 Hz.
As stated initially TV buying can be mind boggling! Don’t be afraid to ask for help, that’s what we are here for! We want you to buy the TV that suits your needs. Recapping what is most important to a quality viewing experience: motion blur should be minimal if you plan on watching fast action sports and movie content. Sony’s 2017 OLED A1E series is good to review as is the 2017 Samsung KS9000 series. If you plan on having lots of folks watch TV with you, you want good color uniformity with wide angle viewing and the LG OLEDs always give wide angle consistency of color.
Should you want that home theater experience of watching in dark room than you definitely want near perfect contrast ratio, and LG OLED or Samsung QLED technology is worthy of your attention. Buy 4K UHD TV only if you are buying a screen of sixty inches or more, otherwise you will find many more screen sizes and price variations in HD LED. So, think about your needs, make checklist of ‘must have’s’, and ask if you need any help.
Mid-range TV prices in 2017 will range from $1500 to $2000. The more new the technology and larger the screen size, technical features; the prices will go up to $3,000 or more. Consolidating family entertainment to one TV for the household can allow for more luxury in your family entertainment.
Certainly, basic TVs with few or little extra technical features but have a good overall picture can be had starting at about $400. Buy for your needs and room size!
While price is not an indicator of value, the great NEW technology in 2017 in higher end TV with added players on the field may bring price competition may allow you to upgrade your TV experience. LG, Samsung, and Sony are the familiar players with OLED technology. LG’s ‘hot’ new TV is a paper thin ‘wallpaper’ TV that ‘peels and sticks’ to your wall. Atmos Surround Sound is a force that brings sound from screen – as in movie theaters. Samsung’s QLED triluminous color will make you feel like Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz, who went ‘somewhere over the rainbow.’