TV Answer Man
the Low-Priced Seiki 4K TV Any Good?
Washington, D.C. (May 9, 2013)
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Q. Is that
low-priced 50-inch Seiki 4K TV any good? Seems like the low
price is too good to be true. Your thoughts? -- Frank,
Statesville, North Carolina.
Seiki has launched a 50-inch 4k
that retails for $1,499, although you can find lower prices at
online sites like
The price is considerably lower
than current 4K sets on the market, which cost up to $25,000.
It's even lower than the upcoming Sony 55-inch and 65-inch 4K
sets, which will be priced at $4,999 and $6,999 respectively.
(By the way, if you are not familiar with 4K TV, it purports to
offer a resolution four times greater than today's 1080p HDTVs.
For more information on 4K, click:
When Seiki first announced that it would sell a low-priced 4K
set, industry skeptics immediately pounced, saying it couldn't
be of top quality. But Gizmodo.com reviewed the TV and came away
price is so low, in fact, and the brand name is so unfamiliar,
that you had to wonder if this television was a joke—or worse—a
piece of garbage. I'm one of the first people in America to see
this mythical creature, and I'll tell you right now: I can't
believe my eyes," the Gizmodo reviewer said.
However, this week, CNET.com, which arguably has considerable
more experience in reviewing new TVs, offered a more sobering
assessment of the Seiki 4K set. The site gave the TV an overall
score of 5 out of a possible 10.
And what about the picture quality?
Seiki's picture just can't compete in those areas compared with
other (non 4K) TVs in its price range. Black levels are poor,
shadow detail murky, color relatively inaccurate, and the screen
less than uniform. Its color isn't terrible, however, and
there's nothing spectacularly wrong with the way it converts
normal high-def content, like 1080i and 1080p, to fit the 4K
pixel array. Yes, given 4K content it can look more detailed as
long as you sit close enough, but conversely, at those close
distances its imperfect video processing makes the best 1080p
content look less detailed than on a 1080p TV. And at this point
in time, nearly everybody will be watching 1080p content on the
Seiki," CNET wrote.
So it seems that the jury is still out on the Seiki set. One
vote yes from Gizmodo and a qualified no from CNET.
Consumer Reports said yesterday that it's now testing the set in
its lab so maybe the watchdog publication can shed more light
into the quality of the new, low-priced Seiki 50-inch 4K TV.
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