The Best 4K Home Theater Setup Reviewed
The average American adult watches more than five hours of television each day. That's 35 hours a week – almost a full-time job! There's actually even a seasonal pattern to television consumption, with people watching more in the winter months when we're less likely to go out and brave the cold. With so much time spent in front of the television, you might as well make sure that you're getting the best picture quality! Whether you're watching TV alone or hosting a movie-watching party with friends, chances are you can upgrade the experience.
Ultra HD, which is also known as 4K, offers improved image quality, with 4K referring to the number of pixels in a display. While we've covered 4K televisions before, the fact of the matter is that if you don't upgrade other electronics, you won't enjoy a true 4K experience. That's why it is important to invest in an entire 4K home theater setup. We took it upon ourselves to research the best 4K home theater setup you can enjoy for the ultimate ultra HD experience.
Best 4K TV: LG C7 OLED 4K HDR Smart TV
Ultra HD televisions feature four times as many pixels in their displays as regular HD TVs. More specifically, traditional HD televisions are limited to 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution and 4K televisions have 3840 by 2160 pixel resolution. This LG TV is our top choice for a number of reasons. First of all, it is not just a 4K television, but it is also an OLED TV. OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode, and it means that each sub-pixel creates its own illumination rather than relying on the TV's backlight. Images appear even more pronounced and immersive on your screen! Reviewers can't get over how fantastic the picture quality is, noting that the price is absolutely worth it. This 4K television also features Dolby Atmos. Plug it into our soundbar recommendation to experience jaw-droppingly amazing audio. This television also features Dolby Vision, unlike some other 4K TVs. Whatever your angle while watching this TV, you're still going to see a brilliant picture.
Best 4K Blu-ray Player: Sony UBP-X800 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
Just because you have a 4K TV doesn't mean that you can watch 4K Blu-ray discs and automatically see them in all of their ultra HD glory. First, you need to have a 4K Blu-ray player to play it with! The result is the highest quality video quality you can achieve at home and can even seem better than movie theater experience. The Sony UBP-X800 is our ultra HD Blu-ray player choice. This Blu-Ray player measures 17 inches by 2 inches by 10.5 inches and weighs just over 8.5 pounds. Get clear and dynamic resolution, impressive contrast and brightness, and catch every detail with this Sony 4k Blu-ray player. It also supports Bluetooth audio transmission, meaning you can sync this player to your Bluetooth headphones if you want to keep listening private. It includes separate video and audio HDMI outputs. Sony offers a limited 1-year warranty on this product.
Best Soundbar to Use with 4K: Samsung HW-K950
A soundbar produces better sound quality than any speaker you're going to find in a television, smartphone, or your computer. To really take advantage of 4K video and television, you're going to want cinematic audio quality. Our 4K HD television choice supports Dolby Atmos, and most older sound bars do not. This Samsung soundbar specifically works with Dolby Atmos technology for a truly immersive experience. It measures 47.6 inches by 5.2 inches by 32.2 inches and weighs 14.7 pounds. While cheaper sound bars exist, their sound quality also often sound cheaper and lack clarity. Sound quality is the number one consideration in choosing a sound bar. It features 15 built-in speakers, including four upward-firing speakers and rear wireless speakers. The result is clear, pronounced sound all around you. In addition to connecting to your television and Blu-ray player, you can also stream music from your mobile device through this soundbar via Bluetooth. This Samsung soundbar is multi-room compatible so you don't have to miss out just because you're in a different part of the house.
Best 4K Projector: Sony 4K HDR Home Theater Video Projector VPLVW285ES
If you have a specific room that is designated as a home theater where you use a projector, consider a 4K projector. The Sony 4K HDR Home Theater Video Projector produces sharp, detailed images and brilliant color. This 4K projector can deliver up to 200 inches of ultra HD picture. It can work with screen sizes of 42 to 85 inches from 8 feet, 62 to 126 inches from 12 feet, and 83 to 167 inches from 16 feet. The 8.8 million pixels certainly don't disappoint, with reviewers gushing over the contrast, colors, and sharpness, with some noting that they could sell tickets to a true cinema-quality in their own homes! This projector measures 23 inches by 20 inches by 11.5 inches and weighs 27.5 pounds. The lamp life is good for 6,000 hours.
A home theater system is more than just a good quality television. It also means impressive audio quality and a Blu-Ray player that can support your 4K movies. There is no doubt that ultra HD provides the best quality images, but it has to be done right. That’s why we recommend the LG C7 OLED 4K HDR Smart TV to start with. The Samsung HW-K950 will upgrade your viewing experience with cinematic audio that completely surrounds you thanks to Dolby Atmos technology. If you want to enjoy Blu-ray discs, a 4K Blu-ray player is a must. We recommend the Sony UBP-X800 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player. Finally, if you are lucky enough to have a home theater, you can't go wrong with the Sony 4K HDR Home Theater Video Projector!
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