Price comparison: Every current 4K TV

Believe it or not, there are already more than 20 models of flat-panel LED LCD TVs with 4K resolution for sale in the US. Their prices are still high, but falling very fast. Here's how they stack up in mid-November.

Samsung's 55-inch 4K TV now costs just $500 more than its 1080p equivalent. Sarah Tew/CNET

This time last year there was a grand total of two 4K/Ultra High Definition TVs on the market. LG's 84LM9600 and Sony's XBR-84X900 sold for $20,000 and $25,000, respectively.

Now there are more than 20, ranging from 39 inches for barely more than $500 all the way up to 85 inches for $40,000.

On November 17 numerous major-brand models dropped their prices another $500, creating at least a $1,000 gap between the current selling price and what was originallyannounced. Retailers can now say stuff like: "You Save $3,501.01 (54%)."

Most 4K TVs are still very expensive, however. The lowest you'll pay for a non-Chinese TV brand is $3,000 for 55 inches. Those prices might fall yet again before the holiday season or afterward, as the inevitably larger wave of 2014 4K TVs makes its way onto store shelves.

In the meantime, if for some reason you want a first-generation 4K TV, we've compiled the following list of every one we know about that's available, or soon to be available, in the US this year.

We've had the opportunity to review three of them so far, the $999 50-inch Seiki and the expensive Samsung F9000 series and Panasonic TC-L65WT600. So far, 4K doesn't seem worth the extra money (and that's an understatement).

The only non-LED-based entries on the list below are the two Sony SXRD projectors. They still represent the only true 4K projectors, JVC's e-shift models notwithstanding, at the "normal consumer" level. Based on the quality of the non-4K VPL-HW50ES we reviewed earlier, I expect both to be superb performers.

On the table below, pricing is current at Amazon or, if unavailable there, at as of today. If pricing isn't available, the lowest announced price is listed. Click through to the links for our write-ups and further information on each TV. This table will be updated throughout 2013 to reflect any new models or large price drops. Last update: November 19, 2013

SeikiSE50UY04 (review)50-inch$791
SamsungUN55F9000 (review)55-inch$2,998
SamsungUN65F9000 (review)65-inch$4,498
PanasonicTC-L65WT600 (review)65-inch$5,499

The future of 4K TV pricing: Bold predictions
So how soon before the difference between a flagship 1080p TV and its like-size 4K TV brother becomes "affordable?" Already that difference is down to $500 for the 55-inch Samsung F8000 and F9000 models. I would be surprised if by the end of 2014 that difference weren't down to $200 or so, or about $2,000 for the least expensive 55-inch 4K TV from a major maker, and $3,000 for a 65-incher. Not exactly affordable, but getting there pretty fast.

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