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Demystifying 4K UHD: What Does it All Mean?

This guide to 4K UHD HDTV navigates through the new specifications, acronyms, and jargon along with all the recycled, updated, and bastardized

Demystifying 4K UHD: What Does it All Mean?
Buyer Beware! How To Tell If Your New 4K/UHD TV has HDR

High Dynamic Range or HDR is arguably one of the most important features in new 4K/UHD displays. We cover why HDR is important, how to tell if

Buyer Beware! How To Tell If Your New 4K/UHD TV has HDR
ATSC 3.0: A New Broadcast Standard for the UltraHD and Mobile Age

ATSC 3.0 promises to bring UHD 3840x2160 video, high dynamic range, high frame rate, immersive audio, improved reception across multiple

ATSC 3.0: A New Broadcast Standard for the UltraHD and Mobile Age

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Demystifying 4K UHD: What Does it All Mean?

Demystifying 4K UHD: What Does it All Mean?

Ultra High Definition is finally starting to take hold in the market with equipment prices that are beginning to drop into the range for buyers of normal means with more HD content becoming available for everyone’s viewing enjoyment. But what does the new technology entail and how does one navigate all the new specifications, acronyms, and jargon along with all the recycled, updated, and bastardized terminology from the previous generation of HDTV. That is where Audioholics comes in to do some critical review to help you, the reader, sort through it all.

This guide to 4K UHD HDTV navigates through the new specifications, acronyms, and jargon along with all the recycled, updated, and bastardized terminology from the previous generation of HDTV.

— March 03, 2019 22:00 in HDTV Display Formats

Buyer Beware! How To Tell If Your New 4K/UHD TV has HDR

Buyer Beware! How To Tell If Your New 4K/UHD TV has HDR

High Dynamic Range or HDR is arguably one of the most important features in new 4K/UHD displays. But guess what? Many brand new 4K/UHD TVs don't have HDR—and can't support it! Rest assured, we'll tell you all about HDR, why it's important, how you can tell if your TV has HDR, and finally the HDR technologies to look out for. You don't want to miss this article.

High Dynamic Range or HDR is arguably one of the most important features in new 4K/UHD displays. We cover why HDR is important, how to tell if your TV has HDR, and the HDR formats that matter.

— August 28, 2018 00:00 in HDTV Display Formats

ATSC 3.0: A New Broadcast Standard for the UltraHD and Mobile Age

ATSC 3.0: A New Broadcast Standard for the UltraHD and Mobile Age

While the home theater world has become somewhat hyper-focused on UltraHD, we’ve seemingly forgotten about good old broadcast television. Fear not, ATSC 3.0, a new broadcast standard for UltraHD, immersive audio, and the mobile age, is just over the horizon. Check out our in-depth article that will tell you everything you need to know about ATSC 3.0's incredible feature set and why it's arrival just cannot come soon enough.

ATSC 3.0 promises to bring UHD 3840x2160 video, high dynamic range, high frame rate, immersive audio, improved reception across multiple devices, IP-based services, mobile entertainment, and much more

— August 03, 2015 04:00 in HDTV Display Formats

How to Find the Right Size TV

How to Find the Right Size TV

As larger screen TVs continue to drop in price and higher screen resolutions become available, it can seem difficult to make a buying decision and be confident in your choice. While the recent increases in screen resolutions and sizes, such as 4K and 8K, will have benefits for some, they may have little to no benefit for others. The key is to understand how screen size, viewing distance, and optimum screen resolution are connected. With this knowledge, choosing the proper sized HDTV for a particular setting becomes an easy task and one that you can complete confidently.

60"? 1080p? 4K? Choosing the proper size HDTV can be difficult. This article takes the mystery out of the equation and gives you easy-to-follow guidelines to ensure you purchase the perfect display.

, Thomas Karcher — July 27, 2015 10:00 in HDTV Display Formats

Quantum Dot Displays: Next Hot HDTV Tech?

Quantum Dot Displays: Next Hot HDTV Tech?

Quantum Dots are a new technology that promises to improve the color fidelity, brightness, and output or LED-based displays. We take in in-depth look at quantum dot technology, its implications for the new UHD standard, what does and what it doesn't do and whether or not you should consider a quantum dot-based display for your next television purchase.

Quantum dots are tiny phosphorescent crystals that glow when hit with light that allow LED displays to render colors more accurately with better brightness and purity.

— March 05, 2015 08:00 in HDTV Display Formats

Curved TV: Innovation or Gimmick?

Curved TV: Innovation or Gimmick?

For over a decade the TV industry has been selling us on flatter, thinner HDTVs. Back in the 90s ultra-expensive flat CRT screens were sold as an enhanced viewing experience. But today TV manufacturers are deviating slightly from the message of flatter is better. Sony, Samsung and LG have all created curved TVs. But Samsung is at the leading-edge of the curve with 70% of its high-end lineup featuring the new design. Do curved screens really enhance picture quality, are they just another gimmick — or both?

For over a decade the TV industry has been selling us on flatter, thinner HDTVs. But today TV manufacturers are throwing us a curve. Sony, Samsung and LG have all created curved TVs. Will you upgrade?

— February 11, 2015 10:00 in HDTV Display Formats

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Specification and UHD Players for 2015!

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Specification and UHD Players for 2015!

Enthusiasts demanding the best audio and video still turn to Blu-ray. To stem off challenges posed by streaming, the Blu-ray alliance threw down the gauntlet and announced the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray specification at CES 2015. While the full spec will be finalized in the spring, what's been released so far looks awesome and promises to be the best audio and video format available for UHD TVs. New UHD Blu-ray players are slated to start rolling out this year. Are you ready to upgrade?

The Ultra HD Blu-ray Specification promises backwards compatibility, an expanded color gamut, higher dynamic range, improved compression codec, and increased data transfer speeds. UHD Blu-ray is here!

— January 23, 2015 06:00 in HDTV Display Formats

Untangling HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2

Untangling HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2

There has been a lot of talk lately about the new HDMI specification and how it relates to recent product announcements. As seems to be par for the course with HDMI, confusion abounds mostly because of partial implementations and staggeringly low amounts of information available. We're here to demystify the new HDMI spec and help all of our readers understand just what they are getting when they purchase a new device touting HDMI 2.0 or HDCP 2.2. Think you're all set to support native 4k resolution? Think again and read this article.

HDCP 2.2 must be on a HDMI 2.0 terminal but not all HDMI connections support the full HDMI 2.0 spec. Consumers need to purchase with care lest they buy a device that will be obsolete in a year.

— October 06, 2014 11:00 in HDTV Display Formats

4k Blu-ray Discs and Players to Arrive 2015 - An Analysis

4k Blu-ray Discs and Players to Arrive 2015 - An Analysis

The Blu-ray Disc Association announced at IFA that the Blu-ray 4k spec will be ready by summer 2015 with products hitting the stores in time for the holiday buying season the same year. The technical improvements over Blu-ray (much less DVD) are not debatable. The new 4k discs and players are superior to existing technology in almost every way. We look at some of the hurdles 4k Blu-rays face and we look to the future.

The Blu-ray Disc Association announced at IFA that the Blu-ray 4k spec will be ready by summer 2015 with products hitting the stores in time for the holiday buying season the same year. We discuss.

— September 22, 2014 00:00 in HDTV Display Formats

Understanding the Different HDMI Versions (1.0 to 2.0)

Understanding the Different HDMI Versions (1.0 to 2.0)

HDMI has changed versions so many times it's been hard to keep up for most people. We've talked about the versions as part of other articles and documents, but it seemed fitting that we'd formulate and maintain a definitive document outlining the changes in a straightforward and easy-to-digest manner for all concerned from HDMI 1.0 all the way to the latest 2.0 specification (recently updated). Hopefully this article helps you understand the format differences and aids in your ability to discern what features are important to you as you shop for HDMI-equipped products.

HDMI has changed over the years. This article goes through the various forms of HDMI from 1.0 all the way to the latest HDMI 2.0 specification.

— September 11, 2013 15:25 in HDTV Display Formats

HDMI 2.0 Specification and 4K UHD (2160p) Resolutions

HDMI 2.0 Specification and 4K UHD (2160p) Resolutions

The HDMI 2.0 specification is literally around the corner, but there is a lot of speculation as to what the HDMI 2.0 spec will actually offer. It is tied, in large part, to the maximum resolution and bandwidth requirements being faced with UHD (Ultra high-definition) 2160p displays. The board of the HDMI Forum has already officially announced HDMI 2.0, so we're now simply waiting for the details to firm up when it is released in the first half of 2013.

The HDMI 2.0 specification is coming, but there is a lot of speculation as to what the HDMI 2.0 spec will actually offer. Here's a hint: It's all about UHD 2160p resolution and bandwidth.

— May 19, 2013 22:00 in HDTV Display Formats

LED vs LCD TVs

LED vs LCD TVs

Today, there are more options than ever before when it comes to purchasing a flat panel HDTV. The newest, hottest technology in HDTV are the super thin and lightweight LED TVs. But how is LED different from LCD? Should you expect to pay more for an LED TV? What are the benefits of LED vs LCD? We went to Westinghouse Digital and got some input on them regarding their take on this common question. While all manufacturers have their different opinions on the ideal TV, Westinghouse is really pushing hard on LED backlit technology, and in particular, edge-lit models.

Today, there are more options than ever before when it comes to purchasing a flat panel HDTV. The newest, hottest technology in HDTV are the super thin and lightweight LED TVs. How is LED different?

— December 30, 2010 05:05 in HDTV Display Formats

IDT HQV Vida Processing Technology

IDT HQV Vida Processing Technology

We've been very familiar with HQV video technology for some time, but when they released their new Vida chipset last year it was only a matter of time before it began to show up in new products. One of the newer products to feature this is the new line of Yamaha RX-A Aventage A/V receivers. The new chip, the IDT HQV Vida processor, takes the current high-end Hollywood Quality Video processing technology to a new level of performance, significantly improving the viewing experience for the consumer.

We've been very familiar with HQV video technology for some time, but when they released their new Vida chipset last year it was only a matter of time before it began to show up in new products.

— July 28, 2010 03:05 in HDTV Display Formats

The Truth Behind HDMI 1.4a

The Truth Behind HDMI 1.4a

Way back on May 28, 2009, HDMI Licensing released the HDMI 1.4 spec. But wait, it's less than a year later (March 4, 2010) and here comes HDMI 1.4a. The big change from 1.4 was that 1.4a mandated two new 3D formats for broadcast on top of game and Blu-ray content. While some manufacturers would like you to believe that only their receivers/products sporting HDMI 1.4a will handle these formats, is it true? Depends.

The big change from 1.4 was that 1.4a mandated two new 3D formats for broadcast on top of game and Blu-ray content. The question consumers have is whether their HDMI 1.4 device will work. Maybe.

— May 05, 2010 07:30 in HDTV Display Formats