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Home Theater TV Options are Changing Fast; Know Your Options


You’re looking into home theater installation and you want to be sure that you are getting the best, most high tech television available. 4K, UHD, OLED, and curved displays are all relatively new options that you must choose from, let us help you understand differences and why you might choose one over another. Here are some of your options.

1. What is 4K?

4K televisions have approximately four times as many pixels as a television with a 1080p display. This produces a much sharper picture, allowing you to sit closer to the TV without compromising your viewing experience. Technically speaking 4k covers screens with at least 3,840 x 2,160 pixles and is used interchangeably or more commonly in combination with Ultra High Definition designations. Major TV manufacturers opted to cover all the bases with the title “4k Ultra High Definition.”

2. Ultra HD

Ultra HD is essentially a synonym for 4K. While many manufacturers use one label or the other, some manufacturers label their products “4K Ultra HD.” CNET defines the technology: “UHD is an ‘umbrella term’ that encompasses higher resolutions (more pixels) than HDTV, as well as more realistic color and higher frame rates.” TVs with any of these labels will bring a higher resolution to your Bay Area home theater.


OLED, which stands for “organic light emitting diodes,” is another intriguing technology on the market. OLED is expensive, but it offers impeccable, vibrant colors. OLED TVs employ different technology than standard LED TVs. While typical LED TVs use an array of individual light emitting diodes an OLED TV, or lighting system for that matter, uses a layer of organic semiconductor between 2 electrodes which pass currents through the layer, in response to the current the semiconductor layer reacts and enables deeper black levels, thinner and lighter models of television, and a higher contrast ratio than an LCD TV with LED backlights. If your budget allows, an OLED TV is sure to stun your friends and family.

4. Curved Screen 4K UHD Pros and Cons

Curved televisions have sold fairly well, and according to Samsung (via Forbes Tech), their flagship curved model has outsold the non-curved counterpart at a ratio of 3:1 in recent years. So why do you want a curved TV? Pros include: better contrast, sharper edges, and a feeling of a wider view and deeper immersion in your entertainment. There are some notable downsides to the altered shape however, the downsides include: increased experience of glare in all but the darkest rooms, a requirement that you sit in just the right place to fully appreciate the technology, higher pricing, awkward wall mounting, and some odd perceptions of images when viewed at an angle. If you plan to have a dedicated home theater environment you may opt for a curved screen, as you are likely to routinely sit in the same place and you will probably have substantial control over the light in the viewing environment, however if you are looking for a television to cover a wider viewing area, say for watching sports and periodically getting up or moving around to sit in different locations, this may not be the right technology for you.

Home Theater Installation Experts Can Help You Choose

If you still aren’t sure which television is right for you, consult a San Francisco home theater services company for customized advice. Our capable team can help you assess what technology you need to transform your home theater experience. Call us today at (925) 798-7600 for a free consultation or contact us from our website for more information.

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