2017 is in full swing and (of course) so are the new acronyms. As anyone who watches TV commercials can attest, the new buzz word is QLED. The commercials are spectacular displays of vibrant colors, graphic media design, and a fresh remix of a popular AWOLNATION song. It is eye-catching, forward thinking, and the pace is heart-pounding. It is exactly what a marketing team should be doing to get you excited. But, let's look past the glitter and dig deeper. First, it appears after rumors that the curved TV design was dead, one is still beating this dead horse (someone please notify the SPCA!). Okay, not only does a curved TV look somewhat awkward when mounted on a wall, however you would also have to be sitting in a smaller viewing area to see any benefit. As well, the off-axis viewing style is more fatiguing to the eyes. Enough of that soapbox rant, how about the picture itself? In a word, NO! While the price tag between OLED and QLED are similar, the picture is not. OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. This means that light is emissive, or that the pixels themselves emit light. QLED stands for Quantum Dot Light Emitting Diode. This technology is passive, meaning that it still depends on an LED backlight. This means QLED TVs have an LCD panel with LED backlighting typically on the edges of the TV. The technology uses local dimming to make the image brighter, whereas OLED uses full array local dimming. Now for those of us without a physics degree, let's break that down to crayon talk. Number one: the pixel lighting itself thingy. Okay, so if you are a pixel that lights itself you are responsible for knowing the color you are transmitting from the guy yelling the code at you "01x34z33...OH! YELLOW!" and you display yellow. Now, if the guy yells the code for black you scratch your head and realize you don't have a black display; you don't transmit light, PERIOD. Therefore with an OLED the transmission of black is the absence of light (SEE dictionary.com for a definition of darkness). With QLED there is still a backlight projecting the darkness and therefore not a true darkness. If you were to have a dark sky (let's say black for argument's sake) and nothing but a crystal clear moon in the picture the OLED will accurately display a crisp bright moon in total darkness. The QLED using edge light LED backlighting will have areas of light around the moon. That is all Mr. Gump has to say about that. The other supreme benefits the QLED TV is boasting is sound and the "One Remote." Let's stop there. If you are spending $4500 on a TV and using the TV's internal speakers you should be ashamed. For $4500 you can get a beautiful TV, an excellent Marantz receiver, and some heart-stopping, Top Gun Jet taking off while your windows are shattering Martin Logan in Wall speakers and subs. The home theater experience is A LOT more than throwing in a good picture. As far as the remote...It is a cool feature albeit nothing that would justify the cost. If you are thinking about that home theater call us today for a NO pressure consultation on what is best suited for your viewing room!! Call (630) 273-7444, or email us @ info@audiosimplicitynet. While you are at it, why don't you go ahead and like our Facebook page? Thanks for reading!
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