I purchased an HDTV about 4 years ago. I was admittedly blown away by the color depth and clarity that this provided after growing up with a standard 480p television. When a full-HD source like a Blu-ray player is added it felt like the image was going to pop out of the screen. It is amazing. What could be better? I would have believed someone if they told me it couldn’t get any better. But if anyone had told me this, they would have been wrong.
Where HDTV is 1080 pixels tall, 4K, also referred to as UHD or Ultra HD TV, is 2160 pixels tall. The 4K term comes from Hollywood shooting their films in 4096 pixels, and 4K TVs having 3,840, close to 4,000 in the currently-adopted aspect ratio and 4 times the pixels of an HDTV. The result is an image so clear, you could be convinced you are looking out a window rather than at a television.
As the transition to HD required a Blu-Ray or other HD source to get the most out of the new pixels some years ago, the same is true for 4K televisions today. To truly appreciate the clarity of a 4K monitor you will need a 4K source.
Streaming media players bring the power of the internet into your television through apps for Netflix, PLEX, YouTube, and more. Many 4K Blu-ray players will also have Wi-Fi and smart apps built in to get you the most out of your 4K experience. More and more movies are being released in this format, so watch for prices to drop as the market size increases. And of course don’t worry about your already sizeable movie library. These new players will read everything from CDs to DVDs to Blu-ray discs. And even these will look better with 4K upscaling technology.
Oh, and remember how your mother used to warn you not to sit too close to the television? Well that notion has been turned on its head with 4K TV. Get closer. The added pixels mean that you can be much closer to the action without a loss of image clarity and your television can more fully encompass your field of vision.
We have great information on 4K technology at BestBuy.com that will give you an in-depth overview of what is available, and how Best Buy can seriously enhance your home theater experience. Better yet, visit your local Best Buy store and see them for yourself!