Guest Interview: TV Technology According to Digital Trends’ Caleb Denison

18 Dec, 2014

Father and Kids Watching TVFrom streaming media devices to 4K Ultra HD TVs, there have been huge strides in television technology this year – just in time for your holiday shopping or wish list! To learn more about TV technology and what to look for when browsing the latest televisions, we interviewed tech expert Caleb Denison of Digital Trends.

What do you think the biggest TV/home theater products will be this holiday season and why?
I think UHD/4K television sales may see a surprising spike. The best TVs this year are 4K TVs, which makes pulling the trigger less about whether the upgrade to UHD/4K makes sense, and more about getting the best-looking picture possible. If I had to put a bet on products outside of televisions, I’d say media streaming set-top boxes and HDMI dongles (streaming sticks) could do well, such as Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, the Roku and Google Chromecast.

What TV technology or product are you most excited about in 2015?
I’m excited to see UHD/4K Blu-ray players. The compression that companies like Netflix use in order to stream Ultra HD content takes its toll, just as it does on the HD content. 4K Blu-ray players promise significantly less compression artifacts, higher bitrates, higher dynamic range and just a better looking picture overall. What I’m really excited to see is 4K Blu-ray played back on a 65-inch or larger 4K OLED TV. We expect to have this setup for review at Digital Trends next year – I might never leave my office.

If you could offer one piece of advice to a new TV buyer, what would it be?
I think folks should prioritize picture quality over picture size. What good is an 80-inch screen if the picture quality is meh? The way I see it, that’s 2,732 square inches of constant reminder that I could have done better if I had invested the money I had into a higher-quality TV at a slightly smaller size. I’d rather have a 60-inch TV that blows away everyone who sees it with its jaw-dropping contrast and color accuracy than a monster-screen with blacks that look more like gray, and colors that look artificial. I’ve reviewed each one of the best televisions that each major manufacturer made this year for Digital Trends, and I’m here to tell you that better picture quality trumps screen size every single time.

What is your latest Netflix binge?
Sons of Anarchy

Caleb DenisonCaleb Denison is the A/V section Editor for Digital Trends, an online tech site that produces news and reviews on consumer technology, and gets about 20 million unique visits per month. When not reviewing TVs and audio systems, Caleb is a professional trumpet player in his home city of Portland, OR.

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