WHY YOU SHOULD UPGRADE YOUR TV NOW
Now is the best time in years to get a new television.
The world of telly tech has certainly never been more exciting. The shift from 1080p HD to 2160p 4K not only introduced a massive upturn in resolution, but heralded a shift to Wide Colour Gamut panels and HDR (High Dynamic Range). TV images now boast real world dynamics, with expanded depth and colour richness.
If you bought an early 4K telly, you might be kicking yourself by now – certain UHD standards aren’t even supported any more, and image quality and upscaling of HD material has come on leaps and bounds in the last couple of years, alongside the rise of OLED.
But look on the bright side: all these technologies and standards are now established, and TV picture quality has never been better.
At the higher end of the TV market, you really begin to appreciate the benefits that HDR with wide colour bring. All the TVs here can display sparkly spectral highlights and expansive colour, with many offering multiple variations of HDR, to better future-proof your viewing.
HDR comes in a variety of flavours. Static HDR10 is the standard. It’s commonly used on UHD Blu-ray and by streaming services. Dolby Vision is an upmarket alternative that optimises HDR characteristics on a scene-by-scene basis thanks to the miracle of dynamic metadata. It currently has limited support, appearing on select UHD Blu-ray titles, and some Netflix content.
HLG is a broadcast HDR standard which is just starting to roll out but generally speaking, the more HDR standards your screen supports, the better.
These flagship 4K TVs also have enhanced sound systems, be it a bundled/built in soundbar or something more exotic. Not only is this good for your ears, it can represent a big saving on additional external audio systems.
At this higher end of the market, you’ll also notice that OLED screen technology has largely taken over from LED LCD. Thanks to their superior black level performance, and excellent near black detail, OLED has become the screen technology of choice for discerning videophiles.