4K Ultra HD isn’t just a resolution, it’s a complete visual upgrade
We’ve reached a point where you can no longer walk into a store and purchase a non-HD TV. That’s a good thing. HD is now prevalent and cheap, and we can all enjoy Blu-ray quality movies and video streams. But at the same time, the TV industry has moved on and is now pushing 4K hardware alongside 4K UHD Blu-ray content–something that has only just started appearing on the shelves.
When people hear the word “4K” or “UHD” they instantly think “higher resolution.” But as Techmoan rightly points out in the video below, 4K video is much more than just a resolution bump, and it’s important people realize what opting for a 4K-capable TV and 4K Blu-ray content unlocks.
4K is a higher resolution. Where as standard Blu-ray offers a 1920 x 1080 image, 4K increases that to 3840 x 2160 and you do need a larger display to appreciate it fully. However, 4K offers another, arguably more important improvement: color. That comes in the form of both increased color depth and high dynamic range (HDR).
Combining more colors and using HDR to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity means the resulting image output is much closer to what our eyes experience when viewing real life scenes. So basically, 4K content on a 4K display looks more real. It’s a complete visual upgrade from standard HD.
It’s hard to get this across without actually experiencing 4K content first-hand. If you have a surround sound setup you’ll also benefit from improved sound, but for many that’s a secondary consideration and always something you can think about adding later.
There’s no rush to upgrade to 4K. It’s still very early days, with TV and Ultra HD Blu-ray player prices remaining high and 4K content currently quite limited. But in a year or two it will be the obvious choice to make if selecting a new TV, especially as manufacturers continue to improve their 4K displays.