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Seiki SE50UY04 50-inch 4K Ultra HD TV - Product of the Week

By April 19, 2013

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Dateline: 04/19/2013
Are you hungry for a 4K Ultra HD TV, but don't think you have enough cash? Well, if you have an adventurous streak in you when it comes to being the first on your block with new technology, I bring you the Seiki SE50UY04 50-inch 4K UltraHD TV for your consideration.

So, why is this the first 4K Ultra HD that I am listing as my "Product of the Week"? I hope you are sitting down, this baby is selling for less than $1,500!

Now, before you get too excited, let's see what this TV really offers. Besides a native 4K screen resolution, the specifications include a 120Hz screen refresh rate, and 5,000:1 native contrast ratio, so that means that you should see good motion response, but probably not those deep inky blacks that can really give color that extra pop. Also, although it employs LED technology, it is not stated whether it is backlit or edge-lit.

As far as inputs go, the Seiki SE50UY04 provides 3 HDMI, a VGA-PC monitor input, a combined component/composite video input, and the now rare headphone jack that is great for late night private listening.

On the other side of the coin, here is what you don't get: No Smart TV features, and no 3D. Also, there is no indication whether Audio Return Channel is supported (Update 4/30/13: After making an inquiry, Seiki stated that the set does support ARC).

Another factor to take under consideration is how much of the benefits of 4K resolution, as opposed to 1080p resolution on a current LED/LCD or Plasma TV at a 50-inch screen size, that may be selling for the same price or less - with either 3D or Smart TV features or both. Also, how well does the set upscale 1080p or lower resolution sources to its 4K display resolution? One practical use for the set might be as a 50-inch 4K UltraHD PC monitor (30Hz support).

For more details on the Seiki SE50UY04, check out both the Official Spec Sheet and Product Page.

For some additional perspective on the Seiki SE50UY04, and how it fits into the consumer TV landscape, also read reports from Dealnews, PC Perspective (article and video), PC Magazine (review), CNET (review) and Consumer Reports (review).

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April 23, 2013 at 6:38 pm
(1) phil says:

Seiki????????? Who in their right mind would spend $1500 on a set with that name for 4K resolution that has NO programs to show…Worthless.

April 23, 2013 at 10:16 pm
(2) Ereilad says:

Should make a nice computer monitor.

April 24, 2013 at 1:41 pm
(3) Tom Oro says:

There will be web-based UHD content delivery available this summer from Odemax/REDRAY and this fall from Sony.

April 24, 2013 at 1:47 pm
(4) hometheater says:

Yes, I have reported on both systems – word is that the Sony system may only work with Sony TVs (via proprietary identification code) – No final word from RedRay on whether they have across-the-board compatibility.

Robert Silva

June 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm
(5) Mike says:

You do get what you pay.

July 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm
(6) opciones binarias says:

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You understand a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I really would
want to_HaHa). You certainly put a fresh spin on a topic that has been written about for ages.
Excellent stuff, just great!

December 7, 2013 at 2:16 pm
(7) Joe Hill says:

The way to go is to get a Seiki 4k and hook it up to a 4K streaming media player(the Nuvola NP-1) from Nanotech Entertainment (see: http://www.nuvola4k.com ).
You’ll have all sorts of access to apps, games, etc. due to it having an Android based platform. Currently, only the commercial versions of the 4k media player are available which are being used by TV manufacturers who wish to demo their 4K systems but don’t look for them to be promoting it (only using it) until they can come out with one of their own in the next year or two.

December 7, 2013 at 2:57 pm
(8) Glen says:

Nano Tech Entertainment is selling a 4K streaming box that will play on all platforms now under the name NUVOLA. Furthermore, it can be pruchased with the Seiki 50″ In a bundle package, see NUVOLA.com or Nanotech.com

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