Friday, 16 February 2018 18:07

4K, is the world ready?

All you have to do is step in any electronics supplier today and you find 4K HDR being promoted as the future of your home entertainment system and living room experience, but should you jump on the bandwagon just yet?

While it does offer 4 times the detail that a 1080p HD TV can offer, the real selling point is the HDR support, it gives a wider colour gambit with the ability to produce brightness that has to be experienced to be believed and is the real leap forward in the TV market. As for four times the resolution, while it sounds great, in reality for most peoples homes many will struggle to see the difference not unless you have a screen 60’’+ while still sitting relatively close to the screen will you be able to notice any added sharpness to the image. So don’t believe you are going to be blown away as the change from SD to HD made.

The next problem with 4K is content, 4K Blu-ray disks are nowhere near as common as standard HD Blu-ray discs and come with a significant price difference even compared to standard DVD to Blu-ray which is unlikely to change until 4K becomes much more mainstream. Streaming services do offer limited content in 4K but it’s a compromise. You pay more, it will eat your internet bandwidth and usually the compression leaves the quality not as good as a 4K Blu-ray physical disc can provide. New consoles such as the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X which promise 4K content usually employ methods of dynamic scaling which reduces the resolution down from 4K so the games remain playable, few games run at a true native 4k and even fewer can manage the smother experience of 60fps.

If what I have just said goes over your head then it’s likely 4K is not for you right now, wait for content to be available before making the switch and you will have the benefit of far cheaper prices with better implementation as the technology develops. If you have to have the latest gadgets then no matter what you will have 4K, but if you are going to make that leap, look at the technology deployed, you will need a set with HDR10 supported though if it also supports Dolby Vision HDR that is a plus. Contrast of 1000nits minimum is a must for HDR quality with it going down to 0.5nits to get better blacks. The whole LCD v OLCD v QLCD debate is another thing entirely but we will be coverering in a later article or if you can't wait then get in touch for more advice suited to your needs.

Have you took the leap to 4K? What was your experience with it? Let us know in the comments below or in our Facebook comment section or comment if you have any questions.

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