Football & 4K – Size, sound & set-up matter when it comes to choosing the right TV to watch the big game!
3D, 4K, HDR…There are many choices out there that offer stunning imagery, so how do you know which one is the “best” and which is right for you? There’s more to it than pixels alone!
8,294,400, to be exact.
We’ve heard that 4K is the ultimate pixel count. Ok, so what does that mean? More pixels means more details, which means a sharper, crisper picture. Imagine 4 times the resolution of full 1080p – over 8 million pixels filling the screen!
Ok, but we learned when HD was first introduced that the capabilities of the display didn’t matter if the content wasn’t HD, right? Correct, so let’s fast-forward to 2016’s Super Bowl 50, broadcast in, wait for it…..4K! Now, let’s visit a rooftop in NYC where Marvel’s Iron Fist is being shot, one of the first Netflix shows to debut in 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range). Well beyond Ultra High Definition (UHD) and 4K alone, HDR factors brightness, contrast, color and resolution to produce an uncompromising high dynamic range performance. It seems as though content is now setting the pace. While not exactly the new “norm” just yet, 4K content is out there, even through some streaming services and, not to be outdone, gaming. For a terrific breakdown, check out 4K TV: Everything you Need to Know.
What do you need to consider when selecting one of these amazing pieces of technology? Well, first, size. In order to fully realize the exceptional difference, the viewing canvas should be worthy of the content. Those pixels are meant to be seen! Yes, bigger is better! Seriously, 65”, 70”, 85”. At that size, the difference between HD & 4K is remarkable. And while we’re still working through black levels and lost details in bright areas, sound is often overlooked. Consider upgrading your audio system to integrate your various home theater components while maximizing your overall experience. It will truly enhance your 4K experience.
Not Your Father’s Rabbit Ears
These sleek, ultrathin displays are fine-tuned instruments that require meticulous calibrating to ensure the perfect picture. And, along with proper installation and connectivity, integration of these precision machines is a bit tricky too. This is where your integration experts are essential. They can guide you through the maze of compatibility and “does this pass 4K?” They’ve got the tools, training and certifications to not only help you select the right model, but get it programmed to work harmoniously with all of your AV components while displaying professionally calibrated picture and sound quality that make it a “dynamic” experience!
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