Watching television is one of life’s real luxuries. There are TV shows these days which have the production values of high-end blockbuster movies – whether that means special effects or acting talent or directorial vision. And, of course, there are movies themselves. Plus documentaries, sports, music…
The reasons to immerse yourself in television are many. And when we say ‘immerse’, we really do mean it. There are TVs on the market today which will take you right into the heart of what you’re watching – whether by utilising the power of 4K or curved screen technology. But should you go for 4K or a curved TV?
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In this blog we’ll explain why 4K is king, and why curved TV was an interesting innovation in the world of watching – and we’ll throw a few top examples your way too.
Curved televisions first appeared almost ten years ago, in 2013. Extra-wide, screens offered a more panoramic-style of viewing than TV fans had previously been used to. The wider field of vision meant a much more ‘in it’ experience for viewers – but somehow the idea of curved television has become a little bit buried under the hoo-ha about 4K and the like. Why is that?
Pros and Cons of curved television
By curving the image at the edges, the picture you’re seeing ‘wraps around’ you to an extent, so it is positioned differently in your peripheral vision than the image from a flat screen, and is therefore more immersive. This also means that your brain is tricked into thinking it’s seeing a wider image than it actually is. In addition, curved edges alter your perception of depth. This has been a feature of curved PC monitors too.
Some manufacturers enhance this further by applying enhancement processing to curved TV. This is, basically, an adjustment to the properties of the image at the edges to further enhance your brain’s reading of depth of field. All in all, if you sit at the right distance and in the TV’s sweet spot, or very close to it, your viewing is going to be incredibly good.
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Because the screen is curved, you are introducing more ‘angles’ for your room’s ambient light to reflect off, and this will become much more distracting than on a ‘normal’ flat-screened television set. If you buy a curved TV you’ll need to introduce extra light control into your room.
Here’s the big one, though. The benefits of immersion in a curved TV is only really the case if you are sitting ‘square on’ and viewing from that optimal sweet spot we mentioned, or very close. If you are off to one side or the other, the curved shape of the screen can impact your experience by skewing the image’s geometry.
Your brain – God bless the human brain, it’s a wonderful thing – will compensate up to a point, but you wouldn’t want to push this too far. There’d be no point sitting way off to one side! Also, to get the maximum benefit out of a curved screen TV you do need to invest in the largest model you can possibly afford. The larger the better – though we’re not suggesting you should set up an IMAX in your living room!
So 4K is best?
Well, it really does depend on how you feel about the idea of a very large curved TV in your living room. For many people this just wouldn’t do, due to the extra space it would take. So perhaps sticking to a flat-screen TV but making sure you get something with the maximum features and capabilities is the best idea. Until 8K makes its impact on the consumer market, 4K is the way to go. Here’s why…
HDTV has a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, but 4K is even better! It has four times as many pixels, which means there are actually an incredible 8 million active pixels on screen (four times the number of pixels than HD). This translates as much sharper picture quality than HD.
Even if you don’t own loads of 4K Blu-rays, some TVs have upscaling technology integrated into them. This is a process which artificially upgrades lower resolution content to 4K. It’s not perfect, and is dependent on the source material itself, but it does offer a significant improvement.
The internet also offers a wealth of 4K video content for you to stream if you have a 4K smart TV. You’ll need a pretty fast broadband connection, so make sure you’ve checked out your ISP and maximised your internet connection to get the best out of iPlayer and Netflix and the like.
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There’s no doubt that 4K TVs are amongst the most popular leisure items sold by Ebuyer. We carry a large stock of TVs in general, not just 4K TVs – so if 4K doesn’t interest you too much then that’s no problem. You will definitely be able to find another sort of TV set to keep you happy. But if you do decide to take the plunge and invest some cash in this amazing technology, you’re in for a visual treat!