Who can forget the iconic 1998 Philips’ commercial introducing flat screen televisions to American consumers? It was a big, exciting leap for the time, and since then, television technology has only grown brighter, slimmer, crisper, and more stunning. No television on the market encapsulates all of these things more than the 4K Ultra-High Definition Television. 4K UHD TVs are now the future of television.
To get down to the basics, 4K describes the resolution of your TV set. It means more pixels on the screen at once that creates images that are crisper and capable of showing more details than standard HD. 4K resolution is 3840 x 2160p. By comparison, a full HD 1080p image is only a 1920×1080 resolution. 4K screens have more than 8 million pixels, which is around four times what your current 1080p set can display. But 4K is also much more than stunning resolution. It describes the slew of new features which will help usher in a new era in television image quality.
If you’re considering upgrading to a 4K television, you’ll want to make sure to get one with High Dynamic Range, or HDR, technology. HDR is the ability to display a wider and richer range of colors, brighter whites, and deeper, blacker blacks.
Two things define what makes an HDR TV earn its “High Dynamic Range” label. They are:
- Contrast – the most important aspect of HDR, contrast refers to the difference between light and dark. The two components of contrast are peak brightness (how bright a TV can go) and black level (how dark an image on the TV can appear). The difference between the peak brightness and black level is known as the contrast ratio. The greater the difference between the two, the greater the contrast. HDR TVs have to meet specific standards for peak brightness and black level which helps give them the dynamic appearance.
- Color – the second most important aspect of HDR is color. HDR TVs must be able to process what is known as 10-bit color. 10-bit color amounts to over a billion individual colors. By comparison, Blu-ray technology uses 8-bit color, which amounts to around 16 million different colors. So what does this mean for HDR TVs? It means they’ll be able to produce a vast range of color shades, making scenes on the screen look more realistic than ever before.
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