If you believe all the hype, 4K Ultra HD TVs will soon take over the home entertainment and home theater landscape - but don't panic quite yet. Although these new TVs offer 4K display resolution, there is not a lot of programming support quite yet, which means almost all of what you will watch on them for some time will upscaled from 1080p or lower resolutions. On the other hand, these sets are the top-of-line and most offer 3D, internet streaming, and, in some cases, beefed up built-in audio systems that enhance your TV viewing experience. However, the first couple of generations are very expensive, so proceed with caution.
So far, all the 4K UltraHD TVs available are LED/LCD technology based, atlhough OLED-based units are expected to become available at some point. There are no Plasma TVs on the list as the only 4K Plasma TVs available are marketed strictly for commercial use.
NOTE: The following list is updated periodically as more 4K UltraHD TVs become available.
LG UB9800 Series 4K Ultra HD TVs
LG was the first to bring 4K Ultra HD TV to the U.S. consumer, and since that first set was introduced, they have continued to supply a steady flow. Their third generation offerings (the UB9800 series) are now available. The sets come in three sizes, the 65-inch 65UB9800, 79-inch 79UB9800, and the 84-inch 84UB9800.
In addition to their native 4K Ultra HD IPS LCD panels, which provide a more effective wide viewing angle, all of the new sets in this series incorporate LG's True 4K Engine Pro, which enables more upscaling of lower resolution content sources,
For audio, an updated Ultra Surround Sound audio system has been incorporated into the TV's frame for those that do not have an external audio system (although, with any TV these days, I alway recommend an external sound bar or home theater receiver/speaker system for the best listening experience).
Another innovation in the UB9800 series is LG's incorporation of the webOS as the Smart TV interface, enabling more intuitive access and navigation of internet and network-streaming audio and video content.
Of course, that isn't all. All three sets incorporate LG's passive Cinema 3D which provides very comfortable 3D viewing using the passive method, HDMI 2.0, which provides compatibility with 60fps 4K source signals, and HEVC (H.265) decoding, which, when combined with a fast broadband connection, allows access to 4K streaming content from Netflix or other forthcoming compatible online content providers.
Looking for a 4K Ultra HD TV in a smaller screen size? If so, check out LG's 49 and 55-inch UB8500 series sets. They offer most of the features provided on the larger screen UB9800 series, minus some of the video processing enhancements that are more suited for larger screen sizes.
LG 84LM9600 84-inch LED/LCD Ultra HD TV
The 84LM9600 has the distinction of having been the first 4K Ultra HD TV to become available to consumers in the U.S. The set features an 84-inch screen with LED edge light that also provides local dimming for a more even black level response. The set displays 2D images in 4K, and displays full 1080p in 3D (using the passive glasses system), and well as Dual Player (two viewers can see a separate 1080p image on the screen at the same time). Four pairs of 3D and two pairs of Dual Play glasses are provided. Of course, LG's SmartTV platform is also built-in, providing access to a host of internet streaming content, and WiDi support is provided with allows wireless connection of compatible PCs and other devices to the 84LM9600.
For audio this set features a 2.2 channel audio system, but frankly, if you can afford this TV, shell out some money for a 5.1 or 7.1 channel surround sound system.
LG 55LA9700 and 65LA9700
LG, has expanded their 4K UltraHD TV product line with the 55-inch 55LA9700 and 65-inch 65LA9700.
Both sets are equipped with an IPS LCD panel which provides for wider usable viewing angles, 4K UltraHD display resolution, 4K upscaling for lower resolution sources, NANO Full LED backlight system with Micro Pixel Control (which provides more precise local dimming), Smart TV network and internet streaming (with built-in WiFi), and both 2D and 3D viewing options (both native and 2D-to-3D conversion). LG utilizes the comfortable passive glasses 3D viewing system and four pairs are included with the TV - if you need more, they only cost $12.99 a pair.
LG has also incorporated an innovative sound bar speaker system that slides down from the bottom the TV when you need to use it, and then it retracts up into the TV when when you turn it off. Both sets also have a stylish edge-to-edge screen look that can complement any decor.
Effective September 1st 2013, the 55LA9700 has a suggested price of $4,999.99, while the 65LA9700 is priced at $6,499.99.
Official 55LA9700 Product Page - Compare Prices
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LG 55LA9650 and 65LA9650
LG continues its commitment to 4K UltraHD TV with two models that bring the price down, while still offering some great features. The 55-inch 55LA9650 ($3,499.99) and 65-inch 65LA9650 ($4,999.99) both have an IPS LCD panel, supported by LED Plus Edge Light system with local dimming, that provides wider usable viewing angles.
Of course, both sets provide a native 4K Ultra HD display resolution, as well as 4K upscaling for lower resolution sources) .
In addition to the display capabilities, both sets provide access to internet and network-based content via LG's Smart TV platform.
Additional features include both 2D and 3D viewing options, with 2D-to-3D and 3D-to-2D conversion. 4 pairs of passive glasses are included. Two-screen viewing is available with additional specialized glasses (great for two player game play), as well as the ability to make Skype video phone calls with the built-in webcam. Also, integration of portable devices is provided via MHL, NFC, Widi, and Miracast connectivity.
Official 55LA9650 Product Page - Buy Direct
Official 65LA9650 Product Page - Buy Direct
Sony XBR84X900 84-inch 4K Ultra HD TV
The Sony XBR84X900 also provides an 84-inch screen with the same core features as the LG 84LM9600 (including an edge-lit screen with local dimming, and both passive 3D and internet streaming, but, of course, provides some interesting differences. This set also provides a more powerful built-in sound system than the LG, and the left and right channel speaker enclosures are detachable, which provides more flexible on-wall installation. The sound system actually sounds pretty good - so if you don't want to go with more speaker clutter - it might work for you.
Also, in a stroke of genius, Sony also provides a companion media server with 10 starter 4K resolution movies (with some additional short form content as well). The media server can also accept additional content at Sony's discretion. What makes this an important benefit is that right out the box owners of this TV actually have some true 4K content to watch. Of course, the TV can also upscale 1080p to 4K as well.
NOTE: Available as of May-June 2014 - Sony XBR-X950B Series. Adds 65 and 85-inch screen sizes, Triluminos w/o Quantum Dots, X-Tended Dynamic Range Pro Brightness, Deep Black Panel, Active 3D, HDMI-MHL, built-in HDMI 2.0 and HEVC Decoding for 4K streaming (XBR-84X900 requires firmware update), Non-detachable speakers, Subwoofer output, Playstaton Now Ready, Integrated Skype, enhanced streaming and network features. 4K Media Player (FMP-X10) requires additional purchase.
Sony XBR55X900A and XBR65X900A
Not everyone has room for an 84-inch TV, and not everybody has 20-to-25,000 dollars to spend on a TV (or would want to), so what better way to enlist more consumers in the 4K cause that coming out with 4K UltraHD TVs in smaller screen sizes and with lower price tags?
The Sony XBR55X900A comes in with a 55-inch screen size and the XBR65X900A sports a 65-inch screen size. Although still expensive, when you consider the built-in 4K display resolution, that is at least going in the right direction.
In addition to the same 3D and networking capabilities that the larger XBR84X900 has, these smaller sets actually have a few features that Sony's big 84-incher doesn't have, such as NFC, that allows easy wireless content access from compatible portable devices, as well as MHL, Triluminos LED backlighting, and Magnetic Fluid Speaker sound system. On the other hand, the sets don't come with a companion 4K media server, but Sony has announced that it will be offering one (FMP-X1) as an optional accessory that is expected to be priced at $699.
NOTE: Available as of May-June 2014 - Sony XBR-X900B Series. Adds additional 79-inch screen size, X-Tended Dynamic Range Brightness, Active 3D, built-in HDMI 2.0 and HEVC Decoding for 4K streaming (XBR-X900A requires firmware update), Subwoofer output, Playstaton Now Ready, Integrated Skype, enhanced streaming and network features.
Sony XBR-55X850A and XBR-65X850A
In an effort to broaden its 4K Ultra HD TV offerings, as well as making thme more affordable, Sony added the XBR-55X850A and XBR-65X850A to its product line.
The two new sets have many of the same features as Sony's XBR-55 and 65X900A series sets, including 55 and 65-inch LED-Edge Lit LCD screens, Triluminos Quantum Dot technology, and X-reality Pro video upscaling and processing engine.
Built-in Ethernet and Wifi connection options for convenient access to network and internet streaming content is also provided as well as MHL connectivity for physical connection for smartphones and other compatible portable devices. Both sets are also HDMI 2.0 upgradeable via future downloadable firmware update. For added convenience you can use an Android/iPhone as your remote control.
3D viewing is also provided using the Active Shutter system, rather than the Passive System (four pairs of glasses are included). Also, SimulView is also provided using compatible glasses.
For audio, since the TVs have a very thin edge-to-edge bezel design, the audio system is not as substantial as provided on Sony's previous 4K Ultra HD TVs, so an external audio system is suggested for the best home theater listening experience.
The XBR-55X850A currently carries as suggested price of $3,499.99, while the XBR-65X850A is priced at $4,999.99.
Note: The Pricegrabber/Compare Prices site may have the 55 and 65X850 TVs labeled as 1080p TVs - However, they are indeed 4K UltraHD TVs, which can be confirmed via their official product pages.
NOTE: Available as of May-June 2014 - Sony XBR-X850B Series, with a total of 4 screen sizes, Triluminos w/o Quantum Dots, Passive 3D (active on 70-inch model - 2 glasses included), Built-in HEVC decoding for 4K streaming (850A series requires firmware update), Subwoofer output, Playstation Now Ready, Integrated Skype, enhanced streaming and network features.
XBR-49X850B (49-inches) - Official Product Page - Compare Prices
XBR-55X850B (55-inches) - Official Product Page - Compare Prices
XBR-65X850B (65-inches) - Official Product Page - Compare Prices
XBR-70X850B (70-inches) - Official Product Page - Compare Prices
Samsung UNHU9000 Series Curved Screen 4K Ultra HD LED/LCD TVs
For 2014, Samsung has announced its UNHU9000 Series Curved Screen 4K Ultra HD LED/LCD TVs, which certainly adds an interesting variation on TV style, but I suggest you take a good look before jumping in based on the Curved design.
However, that being said, the UNHU9000 series also includes Active 3D, HEVC, HDMI 2.0, MHL 3.0, HDCP 2.2 Copy-Protection, and will also accept Samsung's UHD Evolution Kit, which enables updating of both hardware and firmware as needed to head off obsolescence as new standards and features become available. Also, the sets are also compatible with Netflix 4K streaming requirements.
Not interested in the Curved Screen option? The Samsung UNHU8550 Series Flat Screen 4K Ultra HD LED/LCD TVs with similar features may be the better choice for you:
UN50HU8550FXZA (50-inches) - Official Product Page - Compare Prices
UN55HU8550FXZA (55-inches): Official Product Page - Compare Prices
UN65HU8550FXZA (65-inches): Official Product Page - Compare Prices
UN75HU8550FXZA (75-inches) - Official Product Page - Compare Prices
UN85HU8550FXZA (85-inches) - Official Product Page - Price Comparison Coming Soon
Samsung UN55F9000 and UN65F9000
In addition to its $40,000 85-inch UN85S9, Samsung also has two additional 4K Ultra HD TV models, the 55-inch UN55F9000 and 65-inch UN65F9000, that carry more affordable price tags.
On the exterior, these sets have a striking thin bezel design that provide a great edge-to-edge screen look.
Both sets, in addition to 4K Ultra HD display resolution, also provide additional support with Samsung's newly developed "Quadmatic Picture Engine" that enhances 4K performance with improved video noise reduction, and 4K upscaling for lower resolution sources (both standard definition and 1080p). Also, both TVs have an improved LED backlight system that incorporates Precision Black Local Dimming (deep blacks without negatively affecting surrounding white levels) and Micro Dimming Ultimate (overall better detail and wider contrast ratio).
Both sets also provide both 2D and 3D viewing using the Active Glasses viewing system - four pairs are provided with the set.
The two sets also incorporate Samsung's Smart TV features that provide wired or wireless (Wifi) access to both internet and local network-based content, as well as the ability to make Skype video phone calls, surt the web via the built-in web browser (you can plug in an external USB Windows keyboard to make surfing the web easier.
For audio, both TVs come with an on-board 2.2 channel 70-watt audio system for those that don't want to use an external option. However, I always suggest at least a good sound bar as a better option than the TV's own built-in speakers.
For ease-of-use both sets can be controlled using either voice or hand gestures, via their built-in microphones and pop-up camera. The TV also comes with a an easy-to-use Smart Touch (touchpad) remote control.
Samsung UN85S9 85-inch 4K Ultra HD TV
Well, here it is, the BIG KAHUNA of 4K Ultra HD TVs so far, the Samsung UN85S9. Technically, this is the biggest 4K Ultra HD TV to reach dealers so far, with the screen size of 85-inches (OK, so that is only inch bigger than the LG 84LM9600 and the Sony XBR84X900). However, the price tag is a lot bigger, coming in at $40,000!
So, what do you get for that price besides an extra inch? Yes, it does 2D, 3D, and has all the Smart TV features you could ever want, including both voice and gesture remote control. However, you also get a built-in 1.35 Ghz quad core processor to power all those video and networking features, as well as a stylish frame (see photo) that the TV can slide up and own in to get a better viewing angle, and within that frame is a 120-watt audio system.
Official Product Page - Compare Prices.
NOTE: Samsung has announced that it will also bring 55 and 65-inch 4K Ultra HD TVs to market (read my report) - so stay tuned as will add them to this list when they become available.