Ask The Audioholics: When Is It Time To Upgrade Your Display?

Discussion in 'Televisions & Displays' started by admin, Apr 23, 2014.

  1. admin Audioholics Robot Staff Member

    admin
    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2004
    Messages:
    172
    Likes Received:
    1,614
    Are you thinking about upgrading your display? Want help in making a convincing case to your spouse? We take a look at the factors involved, including screen size vs. distance, resolution, connectivity, and feature sets to help you arrive at an informed decision (and convince your significant other who thinks your current display is just fine). Of course, we recommend you hide your wallet while you read this guide; we can't be held responsible for your impulse buying.
    [​IMG]

    Read to find out if it's time to upgrade your display here. Do you feel the upgrade itch for a new TV? Share your thoughts!
  2. haraldo Audioholic Spartan

    haraldo
    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2008
    Messages:
    6,335
    Likes Received:
    1,217
  3. Joost80 Audiophyte

    Joost80
    Joined:
    May 3, 2014
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    1
    I just joined this wonderfull site to comment on this very nice and down to earth article. Great stuff to cure upgraditus. In particular the 4k hype wagon. I will be keeping my Kuro for another couple of years.
  4. billiebbb Audiophyte

    billiebbb
    Joined:
    May 5, 2014
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hmm...

    I'm sure there is probably some interesting/useful info in here.

    But if you REALLY need to analyze whether you "need" a new TV or not……I don't know. I mean, if you "don't know" or feel a NEED for a new TV, you probably don't.
  5. 3db Audioholic Overlord

    3db
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2002
    Messages:
    10,876
    Likes Received:
    2,573
    Location:
    Ottawa Canada
    WOOHO!!! Daddy gets a new big screen scoring 5 right from the very first criteria. However, my wife being exceedingly smart and practical, will suggest that I move the sofa closer to the display. At least I don't have to hide this article from her unlike Amplifier power one. :)
    3db,
    • Like Like x 1
  6. tcarcio Audioholic General

    tcarcio
    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2007
    Messages:
    1,308
    Likes Received:
    290
    Location:
    Worcester Mass.
    Great chart and advice. I sit 12' away from my 106' screen and watch my Sony 1080p PJ and when I watch it I still find myself saying "WOW". When that doesn't happen anymore it will be time to upgrade....:)
  7. haraldo Audioholic Spartan

    haraldo
    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2008
    Messages:
    6,335
    Likes Received:
    1,217
    lol.........
    well done congratulations, power amps are easier to 'sneak into' the system, compared to a big display :p
    Last edited: May 7, 2014
  8. Nestor Senior Audioholic

    Nestor
    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2006
    Messages:
    636
    Likes Received:
    169
    Location:
    Small Town Ontario, Canada
    I mulled over the idea of adding a front projector for more dedicated movie viewing and using my Samsung plasma for more general programming and daytime usage. Is there anyone here that uses both?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. fuzz092888 Audioholic Warlord

    fuzz092888
    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2012
    Messages:
    8,516
    Likes Received:
    4,107
    Location:
    42.3464° N, 71.0975° W
    I have my Panny plasma mounted on the wall and when I want to have a movie night, or if I'm left to my own devices I drop the screen and turn on the PJ.

    Anything specific you wanted to know about it?
  10. rojo Audioholic Field Marshall

    rojo
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2014
    Messages:
    1,671
    Likes Received:
    645
    Location:
    Johnson City, TN
    One thing not mentioned in the article is how 3D content might benefit from a 4K display. 3D often halves the available vertical resolution, so 1080p suddenly becomes 540p. With this in mind, assuming 3D in the home isn't quite dead yet, 4K makes a little more sense. But yeah, for 2D content, 4K is overkill.
    Last edited: May 8, 2014
    rojo,
  11. adk highlander pessimistic optimist

    adk highlander
    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2006
    Messages:
    3,426
    Likes Received:
    1,849
    Location:
    Whiteface
    I have a 42" flat panel in my theater and it has an 84" tab tension screen that drops down in front of it. The one thing I have found is that over the last year or so I hardly ever use the TV and use the projector for 95% of my viewing. I have a good control system so it works seamlessly to go back and forth. It raises/drops the screen, lights go down and switches the HDMI output. I would say if it is not a dedicated room it will be much more worth while. I see all my image links in my sig are broken because I let one of my domains lapse.

    I may have to take some new pics anyway. New seating and carpet where done well before the last few electronic upgrades but never seem to have made it up.
  12. Markwinstanley Audiophyte

    Markwinstanley
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2014
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    San Diego
    I dont thinks that 4k is overkill coz 1080p will look crappy on 4k like pixelated . what do you think hu..
  13. agarwalro Audioholic Ninja

    agarwalro
    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2005
    Messages:
    3,972
    Likes Received:
    1,033
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    All the 4K displays (from different brands) I've seen in different B&M stores have had horrible motion performance (judder) even when displaying 4K signal. Could have been due to settings, but for not a single one to be free of this issue is hard to believe.
  14. haraldo Audioholic Spartan

    haraldo
    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2008
    Messages:
    6,335
    Likes Received:
    1,217
    is there a processing problem, that it's just not enough process power to deal with all the pixel processing .... With 3840 × 2160 resolution; we do have 8.3 million pixels, and with a refresh rate of 100Hz, we're talking 830 million pixel updates per second..... not an easy task.....

Share This Page

  • EMPTek.com
  • BlueJeansCable.com
  • SVS Sound Subwoofers
  • Experience the Martin Logan Montis
  • CEDIA