If you've been keeping up to date on cutting-edge home entertainment media, you know that 4K technology is the way to go for the absolute best picture clarity. There's no denying that for the highest quality picture, color brightness and overall viewing experience, 4K is the way to go, but as with any new technology there are advantages and disadvantages to being an early adopter. The enhanced viewing experience of a 4K HDTV can bring a true cinematic experience into your home theater, but before you make that investment in a new TV it's important to understand what exactly 4K can do for you.
A basic understanding of just what 4K is can help you make the decision. 4K, also known as Ultra HD, refers to the resolution of the television screen. Before the arrival of 4K, the best available option for an HDTV was 1080p. The "1080" refers to the number of horizontal lines making up the screen; the higher the number, the better the resolution. The "p" stands for progressive format. Progressive screens project an image one line at a time, sequentially from the top down, making them especially good at displaying quick motions and fine details. 4K screens have almost four times the number of pixels compared to a full 1080p screen, giving you precise visual detail you can't get any other way. 4K TVs also retain the benefits of the progressive format, making them ideal for watching sports games and action movies with minimized blurring during quick onscreen movements.
4K HDTVs also enjoy the advantage of color specificity. Most currently available 4K TVs are likely to include a format called xvYcc, which gives them a color palette that's 1.8 times larger than the best previous TV format. By having the capability to assign a more precise shade to each pixel, the overall picture of a 4K screen can deliver richer colors and more lifelike hues to onscreen objects.
Right now, the resolution difference between 4K and 1080P is most noticeable on larger screens, 60" on up. This means that those with larger living rooms which can accommodate larger screens will see the most benefit from the new technology. 4K's high resolution is also better for those who like to sit close to the screen. The ideal viewing distance for 4K is about 1.5 times the height of your TV screen, as opposed to 3 times the height of a 1080p screen, allowing you to totally immerse yourself by filling your field of vision with your favorite movies and TV shows.
For the viewer to get the full benefit of a 4K screen, the movie or TV show has to be shot with an ultra high-definition camera. Standard content like DVDs, Blu-Ray and network broadcasting will look as good as it possibly can on a 4K screen, but won't take full advantage of the platform. 4K DVDs also have to be played with a 4K DVD player. Sony has been the first to offer one with 10 mastered in 4K format films included with its FMP-X1 media players for about $700. Sony is also planning a dedicated fee-based 4K online distribution system where customers can download remastered movies as they come out.
The enhanced viewing experience of 4K goes beyond just movies. Going forward, more and more TV shows will also be shot in 4K. At present time, 4K TV cameras are still expensive, but prices are dropping by the day and studios will be quick to switch over to this new format. When that happens, you'll be ahead of the curve with your 4K HDTV set up and ready to go.
4K may be new technology now, but the time is coming when it will be widespread in a majority of American homes. Although the current selection of 4K media is limited, it is growing by the day, and even media filmed in standard format is a whole new experience when viewed on a 4K screen. Be the first to adopt this hot new home entertainment format with a 4K TV for your home at Sears.