Will a 4k display look like shit at HD res?
06-08-2017, 08:05 AM,
Post: #1
Will a 4k display look like shit at HD res?
I'm thinking about a wall display that'll be an Apple TV connected to a display.  I'll get a 4k display if it'll look OK, but if not, I'll get an HD display.

Anyone with first-hand knowledge?
06-08-2017, 10:32 AM,
Post: #2
RE: Will a 4k display look like shit at HD res?
Apple is rumored to be coming out with a 4K ATV so you can always upgrade... other than that it depends on how well your new TV will upscale 1080P content to 4K
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06-08-2017, 08:28 PM,
Post: #3
RE: Will a 4k display look like shit at HD res?
Do you suppose that your response helps me to understand whether or not a 4k display will look like shit at 1920x1080?
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06-08-2017, 10:02 PM,
Post: #4
RE: Will a 4k display look like shit at HD res?
Since you never mentioned the brand or model, yes.

Like I said, upscaling largely depends on either the source having upscaling (which the ATV doesn't) or the TV having decent up scaling. 4k doesn't perfectly match up to a scaled up 1080p, so there will be a little bit of distortion.
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06-08-2017, 11:21 PM, (This post was last modified: 06-08-2017, 11:22 PM by Jehannum.)
Post: #5
RE: Will a 4k display look like shit at HD res?
I dunno. Is there some way for you to hook a 1080p device up to the 4K monitor before you buy it?

I think they might let you do that at Costco, maybe.

My HP Z27s 4K monitor looks like ass when driven at 1080, so possibly?
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06-09-2017, 08:23 AM,
Post: #6
RE: Will a 4k display look like shit at HD res?
My neighbour has a 4K TV connected to several 1080p sources (Blu-ray Disc player, TV signal), and it seems to look just fine displaying the 1080p content.
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06-09-2017, 09:10 AM,
Post: #7
RE: Will a 4k display look like shit at HD res?
I bought a 42" 1080p TV. I'll wait for the 16k when it comes around.

Though I was about to try Jeh's idea with a 4k display and Apple TV. I still might for shiggles.
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06-09-2017, 02:58 PM,
Post: #8
RE: Will a 4k display look like shit at HD res?
I use a raspberry pi on a 4K dell 27" via hdmi. It looks ok.
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06-09-2017, 08:03 PM,
Post: #9
RE: Will a 4k display look like shit at HD res?
I was reticent to buy an HD display since it's going to be replaced. But, HD will work for the intended use for years, and if it's of limited use after that, it'll be OK.

But good to know that it mostly works. I might invest in an external 4k display at home knowing I can only push HD res.
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