HDR What is it?
In light of all the latest craze in the television market, the acronym HDR keeps popping up. What is it? What does it stand for? HDR means High Definition Range. It stems from a term in photography. As the human eye interprets vivid color in multiple layers the camera, however, lacks justice in capturing all the nuances of the scene. An SDR Standard Definition Range is most common in home theaters.
In comparison, High Definition Range refers to a technique that heightens a picture’s dynamic range – the contrast between the brightest whites and the darkest blacks. The approach is that the higher the dynamic range, the more a picture resembles a real life view.
Think about a time when you saw a spectacular sunset. Now consider the layers of glowing fiery red, orange and pink pastel colors enhanced by bright white clouds in the forefront. In this scene painted for you, there should be distinguishable degrees of brightness. However, on the TV the layers look flat and dull with white levels smashed and layers that are virtually impossible to tell apart. There are multiple reasons for this.
Why the need for HDR?
The first reason is your TV’s limited dynamic range, it is not capable of reliving the real view picture in the finest differences in brightness.
In addition, the video you are watching has gone through multiple stages of processing and converting data to match what your Television is capable of. This ultimately takes away the quality in its end result.
In recent breakthroughs, TVs are much more capable. When our Elite A/V team attended the CES 2017 (consumer electronics show) we were in awe at the levels of brightness in newer TVs. Check out this video out we shot there!
A normal TV puts out around 100-300nits of brightness whereas an HDR TV is working on the capability of 10,000nits. It’s not just sheer brightness we are after. Too bright and it can be blinding. The combination of luminance, color gamut, and color range all have to co-exist to give you the darkest dark to the whitest white on the screen.
Modern LED screens appear dim and dark blacks look gray because of their pixels being backlit. When you glance at a screen with the milky way you want the richest black color you can get to enhance the brightness of the stars and their glow.
At Elite A/V LLC, we all consider ourselves quality television lovers. We want your upgraded home theater installation in Las Vegas to be the most knowledgeable choice you make this year. HDR is the future of home theaters. Let us Hang a TV for you today that will allow you and your family to experience endless enjoyment for years to come.
Here at LVAVS we have a pixel addiction. We just can’t get enough of them! What is a pixel you ask? You might be surprised to know that you likely have millions of them in your household and don’t even know it. A pixel is the extremely tiny individual dot of colored light which when combined with millions of other pixels make up the moving picture of a TV screen.
So why can’t we get enough of these tiny little dots? Quite simply the more you have the clearer the picture! And this is why 4K technology is such a wonderful progression in the home theater market. I’m sure you remember how amazing it was when you first upgraded your television from the old large curved screen variety to the High Definition which started to become popular in the late ’90s and early 00’s.
When you upgraded your TV you went from roughly 307k pixels to roughly 2 million pixels! 15 years later we have another huge leap but this time from 2 million to 8.29 million! That’s 4 times the resolution!
The main issue when such a change happens is content. All those extra pixels means lots of extra data it takes to bring the TV to life. This is why the advancement of internet speeds are so important as well as television technologies such as satellite delivery and cable company technologies.
The good news, however, is that quite a bit of 4K content is already available mid 2016 and it’s only going to increase from here! For example, Netflix has 26 different TV series and/or movies available in 4K according to whats-on-netflix.com. DirecTV has added a 24/7 4K channel as well as 4K content on demand. Plus more and more sporting events are being planned to broadcast live in 4K.
What does this mean for you? Don’t get left behind! Let LVAVS help you upgrade your home theater entertainment with an amazing new 4K television. We can help you pick out the best model, screen size, and accessories as well as pairing it with an amazing home audio system. We are very excited to see where 4K will be by the end of the year and beyond and we look forward to keeping our customers on the bleeding edge of entertainment technology!
The speed of light is 186,000 miles per second. That is pretty fast, wouldn’t you say? That’s what makes fiber optic technology so important in today’s media hungry society! Of course fiber technology has been around for a long time powering fast links between data centers, internet service providers, and businesses.
Lately though quite a bit of attention has been given to FTTH or Fiber To The Home networks. Companies like Google and Verizon are racing to control the market in this quickly growing technology.
However, did you know that this same fiber optic technology can also be used within your own home to sky rocket your media performance? As 4K television becomes more and more the standard we are going to need very fast home networks and consistent digital connections to support it.
LVAVS is constantly on the forefront of technology to insure that we have the expertise to install a home theater that will keep up with modern demands. The cost of fiber optic cabling has reduced greatly so why not make your home future proof by running fiber to each room? This will insure that you can not only handle 4K but even 8K, 12K, or whatever the near future holds for media.
Using products such as Cleerline, LVAVS can install fiber optic cabling not only to each room but right to the television. If you are looking to upgrade your home theater for the best picture and sound contact us today about the possibilities!