Don't Buy a New TV
The proposition is seemingly simple. A television should show you a moving picture, provide some accompanying sound, and ideally, blend in with your home decor. This has been the case since the invention of TV. This year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, we saw the newest and best TVs. They’re pretty boring, which is weirdly exciting.
If you own a 4K TV right now, there’s a great chance it’s terrifically suited to most things you want to do with a TV—watch movies, enjoy sports, stare at the darkness. At CES this year, some of the biggest technology companies in the world announced that the next generation of TVs will look a lot like the last. Count on 4K resolution. Depend on HDR and Dolby Vision. Lots of local dimming zones. These are all qualities in a television that seemed extraordinary just a few years ago, and now they’re standard. In the coming months, the latest TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony, and others will hit the market without many new things to offer.
This isn’t bad news. There is a new generation of TVs that offer 8K resolution, speakers embedded in the screen, and new display technology like microLED. This was all on display at CES, although it seems useless for the average person. There’s not much 8K content to display on fancy new 8K TVs. Most reasonable people use soundbars instead of their TV speakers, and microLED technology still isn’t ready for prime ...
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