What You Need to Know About 4K Ultra HD Technology
Acoustic Designs Explains Why It’s Time to Upgrade Your Entertainment
It’s important to be patient and knowledgeable when it comes to buying new video technology for your Phoenix, AZ home. A lot of us remember choosing Beta over VCR or HD-DVD over Blu-ray and having to replace our equipment in a matter of months. So we understand why many people have been reluctant to embrace the latest 4K Ultra HD video technology. In this blog, we explain what 4K resolution is and why you can adopt the new technology without having to worry about your media room or home theater system becoming obsolete any time soon.
What is 4K Ultra HD Video Resolution?
When measured by pixels, 4K Ultra HD video is four times the resolution of standard high-definition. Traditional standard high-definition is usually called 1080p for the amount of pixels that fit vertically on the screen. 4K Ultra HD technology gets its name for the 3840 pixels that fit across the screen. The more pixels you have, the more detail you can include and the closer you can sit to your screen without getting a pixelated image. Most 4K displays also include HDR (high-dynamic range) to get better color contrast in your images.
Are All 4K UHD Products the Same?
Currently, there's a UHD Alliance that includes major TV manufacturers, audio companies, movie studios and even streaming services. All of them are coming together to come up with a UHD standard that will make sense for everyone. So far the UHD Premium specifies that displays must be at least 3840 vs. 2160, have 10-bit color depth, and be HDR compatible.
Is there Already 4K Ultra HD Content?
When 4K technology first emerged, the biggest problem was that there wasn’t enough consumer content to make it worthwhile. The main reason 4K has made such a big jump this year is because more content is becoming available every day. Many channels have plans to broadcast in UHD (NBC even had 4K streams during the Rio 2016 Olympics) and major streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Video also offer 4K content, while Blu-ray has slowly started releasing 4K titles.
What Will I Need to Support my New TV?
You’re going to have to make some upgrades to your home AV in order to transmit the heavier Ultra HD signals. For one, you need to strengthen your home network if you plan to stream 4K content. If there’s not enough bandwidth, your content will slip back into HD mode (you’ve likely already experienced this with video falling back to grainy resolutions when your network slows down).
You also wouldn’t be able to distribute your 4K Ultra HD signals through traditional HDMI cables. You need an HDMI 2.0 cable that can carry the heavier files. Your cables also have to be HDCP 2.2 copyright compliant. The HDCP 2.2 technology lets your TV know you have permission to share the 4K content.
Don’t let your new 4K Ultra HD purchase go to waste due to a poor installation, Acoustic Designs can give you tips on the best way to get high-quality 4K Ultra HD video throughout your home.