And the winner is . . . ?
UHD vs HDR
Home entertainment technology is running full on, with no sign of it slowing down anytime soon. Every time you turn around there’s a new innovative idea coming to a TV near you, and the shelves are heaving, making room for better and more advanced designs. Most of us strive to be the leader of the pack, but it feels impossible to keep up with today’s TV tide.
Not that long ago, we were going mad for full HD TVs with their promise of an improved level of clarity and definition. However their reign is coming to an end in favor of bigger and better.
4K UHD TVs
This change in power is due, mainly, to the arrival of 4K TVs. Often touted as Ultra High Definition (UHD), with a pixel count of 3,840 x 2,160, the term ‘4K’ is used to reiterate the fact that UHD has four times the number of pixels than a standard 1080p Full HD TV. There is, in fact, an almost imperceptible difference between 4K and UHD, but this doesn’t affect the home viewing experience.
The pixels, or colored dots, are what make up the images we see on screen, and a crisp, clear picture, depends on the resolution. The higher the pixel count, the better the resolution, which leads to clearer visuals and a more enjoyable experience. The 8 million pixels contained within a 4K TV offer unprecedented color gradient options, impressively realistic detailing and textures, and a true-to-life vibrancy.
An increase in the frame rate to between 60 and 120 Hz also means smoother scrolling, increasing the immersivity when enjoying action movies, fast moving sports or even gameplay, making 4K a must with movie buffs or sports fans.
All the big brands are on board with 4K technology, producing model after model with 4K capabilities, however it’s more prevalent in the larger screens, as the 4K effect, whilst still noticeable, is less so in the smaller screens.
Many 4K models include the option of HDR, which stands for high dynamic range, and refers to the contrasts within an images, for example between the blacks and whites. Whereas, in 4K the pixels form the foundation, HDR allows those pixels to look their very best. A good indication of a decent HDR is that the whites, or brights, displayed don’t overwhelm the rest of the picture, whilst the blacks are sharp and deep. The image should be realistic and lifelike, and there should be no ‘blooming’, or bleeding of colors into each other. Due to its effect on brightness, HDR also enhances the colors, bringing them a luminescence and vibrancy that didn’t exist in earlier TVs.
If you’re considering the purchase of an 8K TV, HDR is an included standard feature.
So, as you can see, it isn’t really a case of UHD vs HDR, but more a question of making them work together to produce the best viewing experience you, and your family can have.