So, OLED TVs…
For most people, a $300 to $500 TV is just fine. However, for the discerning eye, there is a clearly superior technology and it’s OLED TVs.
To understand why we have to have a brief history lesson on what a modern flat-panel television actually is. Without getting too technical, all flat-panel televisions these days are LCD panels which consist of an array of little crystals that can take on certain color values to create an image on your screen. Behind these LCD crystals is a sheet of LED lighting called a backlight. The purpose of this backlight is to create white light that when passed through each LCD crystal gets converted into the proper color to create the image you see on your screen.
For a while, this technology has been pretty good. But there is one big problem. It’s called light bleed. Unfortunately, in an array of LCD crystals there exists a gap between each individual crystal. This results in just a little bit of that white light from the LED backlight passing through those gaps and this effect is most evident when you have a dark or completely black image on the screen.
This is where OLED technology comes in.
On an OLED television, every single LCD crystal has attached to the back of it, it’s own dedicated LED light. This effectively eliminates light bleed and results in what most people with an eye for this kind of thing say is a superior viewing experience with accurate, rich and saturated colors, true blacks, and deep contrast.
In the early days, this technology was too expensive to manufacture and ship and it was also plagued with longevity and burn-in and screen retention problems. However, in the last five years or so the technology has evolved to a point where it’s nowhere near as delicate and problematic as it was in the past. When we combine this with the fact that the prices have come down substantially, this may be the best time to buy an OLED TV.
To my eye, it’s the best picture I’ve ever seen on any TV. And, to most creative folks in Hollywood and in photography, graphic design, and cinematography, it is a faithful, true, and accurate example of what a TV image should like. For those with a little higher budget and/or a discerning eye I wholeheartedly recommend OLED TVs for your next TV purchase.
If you have questions about these TVs or what brand and size you should get, please feel free to contact me. I can even help with the installation, proper settings, or auxiliary home entertainment products.
Since most TVs come with an overly bright default setting, you would be surprised how much better a few custom adjustments make your picture look. Call me, I’d be happy to help with this or any other home technology question you may have.
-David S. (502) 797-7399