Originally Posted by markmon1
I'm sure that 8K will look tons sharper for most people watching a 55" tv from 15 feet away lol. Most people wear binocular glasses. This has to be the biggest marketing scam yet. 4K is barely noticeable on large projector screens from outside of a screen width away. You'd have to be inside 3 feet away from a 65" tv to appreciate that resolution lol.
To me, the sarcastic statement that starts off your post is VERY FITTING. Because world renowned film restoration expert, Robert A Harris, who restored Lawrence of Arabia, Spartacus, and My Fair Lady, among others, has clearly stated, that even for huge commercial movie theater screens, resolutions greater than 4k, offer NO SIGNIFICANT ADVANTAGE for the vast majority of audience members.
Mr Harris wrote that for people to really notice an improvement in detail with a resolution higher than 4k, viewers with 20/20 vision would need to sit so close to a movie theater's screen that their field of view couldn't possibly take in the full width of a movie's image, with that limitation actually causing folks to miss seeing up to half of a movie's image.
BTW, when UHD 4k TVs were first sold to American consumers, Sony's promotional material, and articles by video testing editors for publications like Sound & Vision and Home Theater, were all BLUNTLY HONEST ENOUGH to directly state that for people with 20/20 vision (or with vision corrected to 20/20 via glasses) to be able to perceive all of the detail offered by a native 4k image, such viewers would have to have their eyes NO FURTHER AWAY from a 16X9 aspect ratio UHD 4k TV than 1.5 times the HEIGHT of a 16X9 TV's screen.
And to calculate the height of a 16X9 aspect ratio TV, one simply multiplies the diagonal measurement of the TV by .49 That tells us that a 65 inch 16X9 4k TV has a screen height of 31.85 inches. So multiplying that 31.85 inch screen height by 1.5 gives us 47.775 inches as the maximum distance that the eyes of a person with 20/20 vision can be from a native 4k image shown on a 65 inch 16X9 UHD 4k TV, to still allow that viewer to see THE FINEST DETAILS that a native 4k image presents.
So basically, people with 20/20 vision need to be within 4 feet of a 65 inch UHD 4k TV to be able to see the finest detail that such a TV is capable of displaying.
But EVEN among us home theater Enthusiasts, WHO actually sets up a 65 inch UHD 4k TV so that it's WITHIN 4 feet of the area where ANY VIEWERS will be sitting? The answer is, ALMOST NO ONE does that, not even US VIDEO FANATICS!
So, in a nutshell, what I'm saying, is that with VERY, VERY, FEW EXCEPTIONS, people who watch UHD 4k TVs are simply sitting TOO FAR AWAY from their TVs to see the FULL amount of DETAIL that 4k can provide, which makes the idea of having 8k at home, A VERY UNREASONABLE NOTION.
Just remember, even with a 130 inch 16X9 projection screen, viewers with 20/20 vision, can be NO FURTHER than 8 FEET away from that relatively screen, to still see all of the smallest details present in a native 4k image, that the screen's displaying.
And BTW, since so many Americans set up their TVs at distances from which most viewers can't even see all of the finest detail that can be displayed by 1080p TVs of the RELATIVELY SMALL sizes of 65 inches, AND SMALLER, that almost all consumers tend to buy, that SURE EXPLAINS why soon after UHD 4k TVs were introduced to the American market, Sony SUDDENLY stopped all mention, in its TV literature, of the fact that people with 20/20 vision would derive the MOST BENEFIT POSSIBLE with the new UHD 4k TVs, if folks sat within 1.5 screen heights of those TVs.
Sony's executives must have realized that VERY FEW Americans would EVER set up their new 4k capable TVs at room locations which would EVEN APPROACH being close enough to a room's viewers, to allow the viewers to see all of the detail that true 4k images are able to provide. So discussing 1.5 screen height viewing distances could turn out to be a marketing nightmare, since such HONEST INFORMATION could easily make it seem to potential TV buyers that having 4k resolution is overkill.
(Of course, the visual advantage of an UHD 4k TV that does a good job displaying HDR processed video, is a picture improvement that's VISIBLE AT ANY DISTANCE.)