Over the course of the last fifteen years, we’ve become used to buzzwords and equally buzzing abbreviations – Web 2.0, 5G, ultra-fast broadband; even the humble ‘app’ was at one point a word nobody really understood at the beginning. And while all of them have enriched our lives, none of them have truly changed the game.
But the 4K revolution of 2015 really might. And, so you know before anyone else, here’s three major reasons why that’s the case.
- Four Times The Quality Is More Than Four Times The Fun
We know, we know, you’ve only just got used to HD TV in the first place. 4K is also called Ultra HD – but what’s the difference?
Four times as many pixels allow for vastly greater definition. Some of those who’ve already tried this new format have reported that the effect is almost three dimensional – without any need for those clunky glasses.
The detail on HD screens is almost enough to satisfy the human eye, to trick it into believing that this is reality. A 4K screen is sharp enough, shows enough, that your eye can’t take it all in, and that extra detail completes the illusion of reality.
- “Home Cinema” Is Finally True – Like Never Before
While it’s true that the 4K home projector isn’t really gaining momentum yet, back projection does not a cinematic experience make. So what does? Why is 4K technology going to give me the cinema experience on my home system, if nothing else has?
Well, let’s start with a simple fact. 4K definition is directly derived from the definition of the cameras and projectors your last cinema experience involved. When your 4K copy of the new Marvel movie – or a remastered Citizen Kane or Casablanca, if that’s more your style (and kudos if it is, by the way) arrives, you’ll be getting the exact same content the cinema showed you, plus the usual bonus content.
Netflix has already upgraded to handle this, but once Amazon Video and the rest update, you can look forward to that from all your streaming services. And the only thing holding that standards update back at the moment is the discussion about what else 4K standards could benefit from, including a higher frame rate to further improve the illusion of reality.
- Viewing In Comfort: Because The Personal Factor Matters
We were all told, when we were young, not to sit too close to the screen, and that’s still true. We didn’t get anything extra out of it back then, either, though we may have thought we did; you could with a 4K screen, but that’s not the point here, because you still shouldn’t.
However, between the typical size of a 4K screen and the format, the optimum viewing distance has shifted. If you were to lie with your feet close to but not touching the screen, the average adult American would have their head- propped up on pillows, of course – at almost the perfect distance.
A 4K screen at the foot of the bed, or just with enough space to sprawl in front of the TV, affords extra comfort while guaranteeing you the most from it. And in most rooms, that also means audiophiles have a great spot to tune their speakers toward for the best results.
So there you have it. The three biggest differences between HD and 4K – but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. The question isn’t what the differences are – it’s where does HD still measure up.