8K TVs have been the talk of the town for a while now for their advanced resolution and excellent clarity. Multiple tech giants like Samsung, Sony, and LG are competing to give consumers “real” 8K resolution, and the big question remains, are 8K TVs worth buying in 2022? Some people just got their hands on 4K and are wondering whether they should upgrade to 8K. In this article, we delve deep into 8K technology, what it means, and if you should buy an 8K TV.
8K TV Explained
So, what is an 8K TV? Before you even consider window shopping for an 8K TV, it's crucial to understand the basics of 8K technology. For starters, 8K is obviously a higher resolution than 4K. Screen resolution for 4K is 3840 x 2160 (double that of 1080p, which is 1920 x 1080). 8K doubles those numbers to 7680 x 4320, which, in other words, means four times the number of pixels as a 4K TV.
The 1080p resolution is what most broadcast TV and satellite, and cable TV services offer. 4K, also termed ultra-HD (high definition), is sharper than 1080p (Full HD), and you’ll now find that most TVs in the market are 4K. Some cable and satellite providers, as well as other streaming services, including Netflix and YouTube, also offer 4K programming.
8K offers the sharpest display, and its way better than 4K in terms of resolution. However, to truly enjoy 8K, you’ll have to watch 8K content.
With the basics of 8K technology out of the way, here are the pros and cons of 8K TVs.
Pro: Magnificent Resolution
This is where 8K wins, hands down. Its resolution is double that of 4K (as discussed earlier), meaning better viewing, clarity, and picture quality. 8K televisions pack more pixels into its display than 4K, giving a more detailed picture and immersive experience when watching videos.
To drive the point home, watching wildflowers or an insect on a Samsung’s 8K TV is like seeing it live in front of you. It has greater detail and makes for an exciting watch.
Pro: Future-Proof Technology
Considering the rate at which modern technology has been advancing, we can safely say that an 8K TV is made for the future. Even if 8K content is not available yet, in a few years, as 8K gets even more accessible, you can expect it to offer future-proofed picture quality for years to come.
8K TVs are equipped with the best features offered on TVs yet, from audio capabilities to processing. Samsung, for instance, equips its 8K TVs with Object Tracking Sound Plus Audio, which utilizes an array of speakers located in the TV's chassis to match the location of an object on the screen, giving the perceived location of the audio!
This is the same technology as Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio found on its top 4K TV models.
Pro: 8K TVs Are Becoming More Affordable
It’s a fact that 8K TVs are currently out of reach for the majority of the consumers. However, as time goes, we’ve seen prices coming down and manufacturers targeting the average consumer. Models are now moderately priced, and they will soon become commonplace.
Con: A Lack of 8K Content
One of the biggest challenges for 8K TV manufacturers is the availability of 8K content. There were many promises of delivering 8K content in 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic thwarted most plans, along with changing our lifestyle for good.
Even the latest game consoles were supposed to feature 8K, with both Xbox Series X and PS5 promising to support 8K gaming. However, the consoles arrived, and 8K was conspicuously missing. However, there's hope for 8K-ready games to be available soon. And thanks to the latest NVIDIA 30-series graphics cards, gamers can enjoy 8K gaming on PC.
For streaming, 8K content isn’t available yet, and it will take some time for such content to reach ordinary users. Until there is sufficient 8K material to stream (and it's not anytime soon), there’s no need to break the bank buying an 8K TV.
Con: Huge Variation in Screen Size
As far as 8K TVs are concerned, the bigger the screen size, the better. No wonder we are seeing 8K TVs launching at extra-large sizes. The reason behind the size dilemma has got to do with pixel density. Given that 4K and 8K TVs are using similar technology, you’ll need a larger surface area to fit 8K’s 33 million pixels compared to what you’ll need to fit 4K’s 8.3 million pixels.
That’s why you can't find an 8K TV lower than 65 inches. As for 4K TVs, you can find sizes ranging from 32 inches all the way to 75 inches.
So, what's the problem? Most people don’t have enough space to fit the jumbo 8K TVs in their living rooms. TVs ranging from 55 to 65 inches are ideal for a large living room. When the size exceeds that range, logistics simply won't be in your favor.
Con: The High Cost
Another huge issue with 8K TVs is the untouchable price tag. For example, a Sony Z8H 8K LED Smart TV (XBR-75Z8H) model goes for around $4,499, while the 85-inch (XBR-85Z8H) model will set you back $8,999. In comparison, the Sony OLED Bravia XR 4K TV costs $1,905.
That’s a huge price difference for something with no 8K content to enjoy.
Are 8K TVs Worth It?
Unless money is no object, there’s no need to splurge on an 8K TV just yet – it will be years before 8K content is widely available. You’d be better off with a 4K TV, plus you’ll have plenty of content to watch.
Additionally, the gigantic screens and exorbitant prices are other reasons that show you 8K TV sets are not yet ready for the mainstream market.
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