4K, HDR, 3D…There are a lot of choices out there that offer stunning imagery, so how do you know which is the “best” and which one 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 in pixel count, but what does that mean to the viewer?  More pixels filling the screen means more details, which means a sharper, crisper picture.  Imagine 4 times the resolution of full 1080p – over 8 million pixels! That’s a lot of detail!

Ok, but we learned when HD was introduced that the capabilities of the unit 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…you guessed it, 4K! Now, let’s jet to a rooftop in NYC where Marvel’s Iron Fist is being filmed, one of the first Netflix shows to debut in 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range).  HDR has taken us beyond Ultra High Definition (UHD) and 4K alone.  HDR  factors color, contrast, brightness and resolution to produce an uncompromising high dynamic range performance. It seems as though the tides have turned and 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, most definitely, gaming.  For a terrific breakdown, check out 4K TV: Everything you Need to Know.

So, what do you need to consider when selecting one of these amazing pieces of technology?  First is size.  In order to fully realize the exceptional difference, the viewing canvas needs to be worthy of the content.  Those pixels are meant to be seen so, Go Big!  Seriously, we’re talking 65”, 70”, 85”.  At that size, the difference between HD & 4K is stunning!  And while we’re still working through black levels and lost details in bright areas, audio is often overlooked.  An upgraded sound system can help integrate your various home theater components while maximizing your overall experience.

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These sleek, ultrathin displays are not plug-n-play. They are precision instruments that require meticulous calibrating to ensure the perfect picture – and if you’ve got 4K, watch 4K.  Along with proper installation and connectivity, integration of these fine-tuned machines is a bit tricky too.  This is where your integration experts are essential. They can guide you through the maze of compatibility and the “does this pass 4K?” query.  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 truly “dynamic” experience!

For more information, check out these articles:

Got a new 4K UHD TV? Here’s where to go to start watching the best 4K content right now

The 10 best 4K TVs of 2016

4K TV and UHD: Everything you need to know about Ultra HD