4 Ultra HD TVs for early adopters

Higher-than-high definition makes these Samsung, Sony, and Panasonic TVs stand out

Published: July 26, 2014 08:00 AM

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Ultra High Definition TVs have four times as many picture elements, or pixels, as a 1080p full HD set. That's the highest resolution of any TV screen yet, 4K, enabling UHD sets to display super-detailed pictures. They're not a new type of TV, though: The first models on the market are all LCD sets with LED backlighting. You can appreciate the detail most on large screens.

Here are our first impressions of some of the latest UHD sets, for which we’ll have full reviews soon.

Samsung UN50HU8550, $2,000

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If neither your room nor your budget is jumbo-sized, consider this 50-inch UHD set. It offers great picture quality, the company’s smart TV service, and a special feature that can split the screen into four panels, each with its own content playing.

Samsung UN65HU9000, $4,300

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Its eye-catching curved UHD screen is striking, and so is its excellent picture quality. Befitting its flagship status, this 65-inch TV is loaded with features, including smart TV and 3D capability.

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Sony Bravia XBR-65X950B, $8,000

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Sony’s pricey, 65-inch flagship model is loaded with bells and whistles, including 3D, smart TV, and a full-array backlight with local dimming that produces black levels that even a plasma fan will love. It comes with two remotes, including a cool touchpad clicker.

Panasonic Viera TC-58AX800U, $3,300

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This full-featured 58-inch TV has excellent picture quality, plus a smart TV interface that can be personalized; it will also make recommendations based on viewing habits. In addition to HDMI 2.0 inputs, it has a DisplayPort 1.2 input for 4K PC gaming.

Editor's Note:

This article also appeared in the September 2014 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

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