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Is It Time to Buy a 4K TV?

Technology seems to change on a monthly basis. It was not so long ago that we were being sold the glories of 1080p HD. But now the new industry buzzword is 4K. This new super HD format makes old cathode ray tube TVs seem like cave paintings. 4Ks resolution is 3840 pixels × 2160 lines. That’s a lot of information and that means incredibly vivid imagery that seems to supply image depth without the inconvenience of 3D.

A couple years back, 4K sets were super expensive. Technology is always costly for early adopters, but 4K prices have been coming steadily down and are now comparable with the cost of a quality 1080p set.

If your 1080p set continues to serve you well, there is no immediate reason for you to upgrade. Chances are prices will continue to fall and you could end up with a real bargain in a year or so. However, if you are in the market for a new TV, then you should absolutely consider a 4K.

Some streaming services already offer content in 4K and Canadian cable companies are catching up in that regard. Of course, with that huge data stream, you had better make sure there are no problems with your internet connection. If you like movies, this can be a great way to see them. But if you want the full benefit of 4K, you will need to invest in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. No matter how good a data stream looks, it will suffer from some degree of digital compression. Ultra HD Blu-rays have some compression as well, but not nearly as much. If you are really keen to have the best image available under current technology, a 4K TV and this format are the way to go.

In short: if you need a new set, definitely go for 4K!