What Is 8k Resolution and Why Is It Worth It?

Watching TV is the leisure activity that occupies our time the most (2.8 hours per day), according to the 2018 American Time Use Survey. On average, that accounts for more than half of all leisure time.

That comes as no surprise to us, as TV is a central part of our modern day life. We gather around it to binge on the latest seasons of “Orange Is the New Black,” “Ozark,” or “Stranger Things” on Netflix. It’s where we rally for Seattle Seahawks watch parties. It’s also the place where we go to experience movies together — from “Citizen Kane” to new releases.

Since we spend so much of our time watching TV, why not experience it to its full potential?

Enter the impressive premium televisions from Sony and Samsung. Both have 8k resolution and monstrous 98” screens!

What Is 8k Resolution?

One of the first questions you’re probably asking yourself is, “What is 8k resolution?” It’s not something the average person brings up over a beer or espresso, but — if you love to fully experience your favorite TV shows or movies, in the best quality possible, it matters — a lot.

The number of pixels used to make up an image is called its “resolution.” Your TV screen’s resolution plays a big role in the quality of the pictures you see when you watch your favorite programs or movies. The higher the resolution, the more clearly you’ll be able to see all the fine details, like the individual vanes on the white feather floating through the air in “Forrest Gump.”

8k resolution tv differenceMost standard TVs on the market today have 4k resolution. Sony’s Z9G series and Samsung’s Q900 series, however, both offer 8k resolution. The difference between 4k and 8k resolution is  superior clarity and depth (four times the pixel density of 4k!) – making the the picture almost life-like.

What Difference Can QLED Make — And What is It?

The term “LED” is probably familiar to some of you. It stands for “light-emitting diode.” That’s the lighting system that’s been used in most LED/LCD TVs for years. The “Q” in QLED stands for “quantum dot” — and it’s what differentiates Samsung’s 8k resolution TV from Sony’s, which uses Direct LED technology.

Simply put, quantum dots allow screens to create more saturated color, as opposed to the limited combination of white LEDs and color filters. The dots typically range between two and 10 nanometers in diameter and are able to produce different colors, based on their size. For example, the smallest dots emphasis blue, while the larger dots emphasis red.

QLED 8K television

Since quantum dots belong to Samsung, Sony’s 8k resolution TV utilizes “Direct LED” through its Backlight Master Drive. Powered by the Picture Processor X1 Ultimate, the technology delivers incredibly deep black, dazzling lights and vibrant colors.

Which is better?

It’s really a matter of preference. You might prefer the eye-popping colors and brightness of the QLED TV or the richer contrast and deep blacks of the Direct LED.

For that reason, it’s always good to see both in-person.

Choosing the Right Content

If you love music, you probably know that the quality of the sound is largely dependent on the music source. You could have the best sound system and speakers in the world, but if you’re playing your favorite song from a MP3 file you are stuck with the low resolution listening experience. Not even the best equipment in the world can recover information lost at the source.

The same is true for your favorite movies.

If you’re thinking about investing in an 8k TV from Sony or Samsung, make sure you consider the source of your content. Higher resolution screens can only play the information provided to them.

Netflix was among the first of the streaming services to upgrade to 4k — and Blu-ray players and game consoles followed suit. There are a few full-time 4k channels available, but Broadcast HD TV channels are still playing catch up. You can access on-demand 4k TV shows and movies with the Dish Hopper 3 & 4k Joey.

Where to buy?

We are excited to be the only place in the PNW to experience the 98″ Sony 8k TV (in our Bellevue showroom) and the Samsung 98″ 8k TV (in our Seattle showroom.) When it comes to the Sony 8k TV or the Samsung 8k TV, seeing is believing. The locations, objects and people on the screen look almost real — and you really have to experience it for yourself to appreciate what a premium television really looks like.

Drop by anytime, we’d be happy to go into greater detail about common questions, like “what is 8k resolution” or “what is the meaning of life”? Although, we’ll have a more accurate answer for the first one.