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#1 Hum

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 23:45

OLED TVs I saw represented the most impressive change from what I'm currently getting from my 1080p TVs.

Don't get me wrong—there's a lot to like about Ultra HD TVs. Certainly the high-resolution 4K screens look great and let you get incredibly close to the TV without seeing any visible pixel grid (called the "screen-door effect"). For many of us, this means that you'll be able to get a larger screen while maintaining the same seating distance.

And for now, OLED manufacturers are having a tough time making larger OLED sets; the current size limitation is about 55 or 56 inches. At CES, we saw Ultra HD prototypes as large as 110 inches, and the few already being sold are 84-inchers. During the show, several companies announced models in the 55- to 75-inch range, a more suitable size for most prospective buyers, although I question whether a 55-inch Ultra HD TV can adequately showcase the higher resolution.

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It's also likely that Ultra HD TV prices will fall faster than those of OLED sets. Ultra HDs are essentially LCD TVs with a higher pixel density, so they can be manufactured on the same production lines as standard LCDs. OLED TVs require a new manufacturing process, and yields so far haven't been great, which will likely keep prices high for a longer period of time.

But that's also Ultra HD TV's weakness: These 4K sets essentially remain LCD TVs, with many of that format's drawbacks—most notably backlight-uniformity issues, limited viewing angles, and often, mediocre contrast levels. Yes, the images look sharper, but most viewers will notice it only with top-quality source material, and 4K Blu-rays are at least a year away.

OLED, however, is a new type of TV, and it's the perfect vehicle for demonstrating that image detail is only one of a handful of attributes that contribute to great-looking picture. OLED TVs feel to me like an entirely new TV-viewing experience. Blacks levels are so deep that you to need see them to believe them.

In the first OLED demo I ever saw a few years ago—in room that could go almost absolutely dark—the TV seemed to disappear when the lights turned off; the images seemed to float in space.

OLEDs also deliver ultra-high-contrast images, with bold, vibrant colors that jump off the screen. Add with better-than-plasma brightness, unlimited viewing angles, and energy efficiency that trumps even LED-based LCD TVs, OLED delivers a dynamic viewing experience.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 23:50

Not exactly news though is it... everyone is still waiting for these to be widely available and cost effective.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 23:54

I WANT !!! :woot:

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 00:06

How about the best of both worlds? :woot:
http://www.engadget....led-ultra-hdtv/

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 00:07

Do we have something already against screen burn-in?

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 00:11

I've wanted an OLED TV ever since I first got my Zune HD. The picture quality just amazing, and I just love that the quality stays the same no matter the viewing angle.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 00:18

Not exactly news though is it... everyone is still waiting for these to be widely available and cost effective.


Not only that, but most TV stations will never broadcast HD (or 3D for that matter) or higher anyway, so these new TVs would be useless.
A solution looking for a problem (i.e. manufacturers looking for more ways to sucker the customer into spending big dollars on something they don't need).

Australia used to have FTA HD channels (and 3D channel), but the politicians caved into the TV stations demands and allowed them to use the bandwidth to multicast multiple channels instead. Now everything is Standard definition or lower.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 00:21

Give better cameras to the film producers :)

Without it, Ultra HD is just Marketing, until then...

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 00:28

Yeah I'm gonna wait awhile. Like people say, not much point right now.
Besides, give 4k a year and the price will be a quarter what it is now.
I'm more than impressed enough with the picture quality of my 3D LED TV as it is.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 00:31

Not only that, but most TV stations will never broadcast HD (or 3D for that matter) or higher anyway, so these new TVs would be useless.
A solution looking for a problem (i.e. manufacturers looking for more ways to sucker the customer into spending big dollars on something they don't need).

Australia used to have FTA HD channels (and 3D channel), but the politicians caved into the TV stations demands and allowed them to use the bandwidth to multicast multiple channels instead. Now everything is Standard definition or lower.


You've obviously have never seen an OLED screen.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 00:47

OLED looks awesome, but they have a couple of major issues. One is the lifespan of OLED's and the second is that OLED displays are the worst for getting burn in. Hey they look great but unless someone can fix these issues along with the price, it is a pass for me.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OLED
http://en.wikipedia..../Screen_burn-in

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 00:55

OLED looks awesome, but they have a couple of major issues. One is the lifespan of OLED's and the second is that OLED displays are the worst for getting burn in. Hey they look great but unless someone can fix these issues along with the price, it is a pass for me.

My sources
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OLED
http://en.wikipedia..../Screen_burn-in

I was kinda wondering about that too, after I heard stories of OLED smart phone screens having burn in issues.
Definitely no good if they get burn in, especially after paying so much for them.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 16:34

When I switched my laptop screen from the default 1366x768 glossy finish to 1080p matte finish I saw how there it was a world of difference between blacks in both screens, my current laptop bezel is black and I can say that my current display matches that level of black. My current panel isn't even IPS and gave me a huge color bost. My phone is a RAZRi and has an OLED pentile screen, while I do agree that it may have better blacks, the difference between my laptop's panel and the cellphone screen blacks remains almost null. 4K OLED screens are a no go for me, will go always for 4K IPS screens, plus they can resist screen burn in just no problem.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 16:45

When I switched my laptop screen from the default 1366x768 glossy finish to 1080p matte finish I saw how there it was a world of difference between blacks in both screens, my current laptop bezel is black and I can say that my current display matches that level of black. My current panel isn't even IPS and gave me a huge color bost. My phone is a RAZRi and has an OLED pentile screen, while I do agree that it may have better blacks, the difference between my laptop's panel and the cellphone screen blacks remains almost null. 4K OLED screens are a no go for me, will go always for 4K IPS screens, plus they can resist screen burn in just no problem.

Actually that's another thing I've been wondering...
What is the difference between OLED and IPS?
And I assume that not all OLED TVs are 4k right, or are 4k TVs only IPS.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 16:50

Actually that's another thing I've been wondering...
What is the difference between OLED and IPS?
And I assume that not all OLED TVs are 4k right, or are 4k TVs only IPS.


IPS are LCDs, but they offer a far better viewing angle.