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Anyone bought a curved 4K TV yet?
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I was wandering through Costco the other day and they had a couple Samsung 4K LED TV's on display. They had curved screens. Not a bad price either. If my recollection is correct, the 65" 4K TV was about $2200 (with rebate), and the 55" was about $1800 (with rebate).

I've been wanting to get a larger display in my living room, and the 65" unit might just be the ticket. But, I'm kinda wondering about the curved screen. Seams to me it doesn't serve much of a purpose unless you are sitting pretty close to it.

Costco also has them on their web site. The model number:

Samsung 65" Class (64.5" Diag.) 4K Smart Curved LED Ultra HDTV UN65HU7200FXZA

Before I blow some money on this thing, does anyone have any first had experience or other input they'd like to share?

Re: Anyone bought a curved 4K TV yet?
michael_d #410238 02/14/15 10:20 PM
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No first hand experience but many posts elsewhere suggest the curved screen is only good for 1 viewer, being better than a comparable flat screen. The same comments suggest they are no good for more than 1 viewer, I'd assume unless they are right next to you/the sweet spot.




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michael_d #410239 02/15/15 12:55 AM
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I'll endorse the previous post. From my reading this design is rather limited to a few viewers in the "sweet spot". It's a feature some manufacturers are using to boost sales with limited design change options. So, if you mostly enjoy TV viewing by yourself...it works just fine.


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Re: Anyone bought a curved 4K TV yet?
michael_d #410247 02/15/15 06:33 PM
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That makes sense. Seeing how we sit about 12' away from the TV, I'm thinking a flat screen would be better than one of these curved screens.

Re: Anyone bought a curved 4K TV yet?
michael_d #410248 02/15/15 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted By: michael_d
I was wandering through Costco the other day and they had a couple Samsung 4K LED TV's on display. They had curved screens. Not a bad price either. If my recollection is correct, the 65" 4K TV was about $2200 (with rebate), and the 55" was about $1800 (with rebate).

I've been wanting to get a larger display in my living room, and the 65" unit might just be the ticket. But, I'm kinda wondering about the curved screen. Seams to me it doesn't serve much of a purpose unless you are sitting pretty close to it.




Costco also has them on their web site. The model number:

Samsung 65" Class (64.5" Diag.) 4K Smart Curved LED Ultra HDTV UN65HU7200FXZA

Before I blow some money on this thing, does anyone have any first had experience or other input they'd like to share?


I have not purchased one yet, however, from what I have read about them so far, the curved screen was essentially offered as a design option, for "off axis" viewers to minimize the loss in brightness usually related to LCD/LED monitors. The trade-off is, as a result of the curvature, an increase in distortion of the picture.

Apparently, though, with the new OLED monitors that LG is now selling, the screen is so thin, that you actually have the option of bending the screen yourself, if you wish to do so, to your particular taste and room. It sounds kind of interesting, however, I am waiting for the price to come down on these babies(especially 65" and up)before I consider purchasing one of them. So, far, the reviewers that have seen the 55" OLED are raving about the picture and especially the "blacks" which, apparently, are pretty comparable to the best plasmas.

Re: Anyone bought a curved 4K TV yet?
michael_d #410249 02/15/15 08:04 PM
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I want a new plasma.




Re: Anyone bought a curved 4K TV yet?
michael_d #410267 02/16/15 04:23 PM
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I've seen the new LG OLED curved screen. I was far more enamoured with the picture than the curve which i found distracting. I also noticed that any glare gets 'pulled' across the screen alot more giving the glare image a carnival mirror look to it.

IMO, marketing gimmick!


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Re: Anyone bought a curved 4K TV yet?
michael_d #410269 02/16/15 06:05 PM
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I gotta admit that I was very impressed with the image displayed on the Samsung. But I wasn't standing very far away from it. Maybe 8 feet. I wish I would have stood off to the side a bit, to replicate where viewers would be sitting if I had it in my living room.

Re: Anyone bought a curved 4K TV yet?
michael_d #410271 02/16/15 06:17 PM
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Frankly, when I saw the first of these current curved screen models, prior to the introduction of single box RPCRTs, back in the day, it somewhat reminded me of those units that had the curved screen and the RGB picture tubes in a separate box sitting a couple of feet or so in front of it projecting the picture on to the screen.

Re: Anyone bought a curved 4K TV yet?
michael_d #410274 02/16/15 06:32 PM
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It is said over and over in tests from reviewers and such that the curved screens are great for brightness, image detail, color, contrast, but the stupid curve screws it all up for real world awesomeness.

There was an interview that I read in Sound and Vision (I think) a few months ago where they interviewed a former exec for one of the major TV manufacturers, and he basically said everything short of "the idea of a curved screen is more of a marketing gimick than actual technology. With a curved screen, you know that it is 4K and guest will know too." Sort of like saying, look, I have the latest and greatest technology, just ignore that it is skewed (pun intended) by the curved screen so that you can feel that level of "one-upmanship" over your neighbors. After all, if your new 4K screen was flat, it would look like all of those no good 1080p displays.


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