But how much does that additional "pop" cost? As is the case with all new tech, it doesn't come cheap. A quick glance at a major electronics retailer showed the cheapest 8K television coming in at "="">. A 65" 4K television in the same class by the same manufacturer sits at $499, or half the price.
Making the jump to a larger display like a 65" or 75" showed a handful in the $1,500 to $2,000 range and exactly two in the $2,000 to $3,000 range. But the vast majority of common household-sized 8K televisions are more than $3,000.
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While 8K technology may have some benefit in a large theater or sports venue setting, there's no practical benefit for your living room. The first 4K television hit the market about a decade ago, and content providers are just now catching up. And with a price tag of two to three times their 4K counterparts for a quality that you may not even be able to see, it's hard to justify the leap.
I'm a sucker for cool tech, and I'll drool over the newest and biggest television alongside anyone, but there's no need to consider an 8K television for several years probably. If you're looking to upgrade your television watching, pick up a nice 4K display, add an upgraded sound bar and some cool accent lighting -- and you'll still probably have a little cash left over.
8K may be the future of television, but that future is a little too far away right now for most consumers.