If you’re planning to buy a new TV for yourself then you might have heard about HDR — high-dynamic range. These days it’s all about HDR, the new age innovation used by manufacturers to promote their latest offering. Earlier, TV makers used to tout their new lineups as 4K TVs but the scenario has changed. Is HDR just a clever marketing technique to make you feel that your current TV is outdated and you need a new one. Find out here.
Just to let you know, standard 4K TVs come with more pixels compared with HDTVs and HDR TVs come equipped with more pixels than 4K and HD TVs. But the question arises what is HDR and how it’s different and important.
Here in this article, we dug more about the HDR TVs and how they are different from other formats.
What Is HDR TV?
HDR TV comes with built-in support for one and more HDR formats, usually HDR comes with 4K resolution but there is no hard-and-fast rule. These formats are responsible for better viewing experience on HDR TV.
HDR TVs are capable of delivering a much brighter image with a higher contrast level between light and dark areas of the display. Moreover, it produces more colors and a much more realistic image as compared to other TVs.
Why HDR Is Important?
Quality is always a top priority for everyone and it’s good to opt for the latest technology instead of sticking with the outdated ones. HDR expands the range of color and contrast both notably in a balanced proposition. With HDR bright parts of the image looks brighter which delivers a better depth to the image and enhance the viewing experience. It also expands the colors to show more bright red, green, and blues.
WCG (Wide color gamut) is also a part of HDR which brings more colors to the table as compared to the non-HDR 4K TVs. The color saturation and contrast ratio with this combination is impossible to be reproduced by any other standard TV so far. This combination delivers a realistic approach to the TV viewing experience. You might have not noticed colors on TVs which exactly look similar in real life, but with HDR and WCG you receive a brilliant viewing experience be it a red truck, green signal, blue sky or sunset WCG will bring a million colors to you. This is also a great reason why HDR is so important for a better experience.
Do note that photo HDR and TV HDR are two different things. Photo HDR combines multiple images in different exposure and impersonates in a single image. On the other side, the TV HDR aims to show a more realistic image with more brightness, colors, and contrast than the actual image.
All HDR TVs Are Equal?
Now the question arises, does all HDR TVs work in a similar format and deliver the same viewing experience then we must tell you it’s not true. In HDR TVs you can find tons of variants in terms of size, price, and picture quality also vary dramatically. A 4K HDR stream will not look as good as it will look on a 4K HDR OLED TV or QLED TV. It is a simple theory if you’re opting for a better display panel you will get a better viewing experience.
For example, if you’re putting high-octane fuel in a normal car or a Lamborghini, then the performance of the normal car will differ a lot when compared with a Lamborghini. HDR TV with a high-end display panel will deliver an immersive viewing experience than a normal panel.
An HDR-compatible TV is capable of enhancing more light than a standard TV. To a greater extent, this is just like the local dimming feature. But the thing is that you don’t want your TV to increase colors, brightness, or contrast randomly.
Standard dynamic range TVs are capable of producing 300-500 nits of brightness, but when it comes to HDR TVs the scale is set much higher. Some top-notch HDR TVs also feature 2,000 nits of brightness for HDR highlights. Recently Sony showcases a prototype TV that is capable of producing 10,000 nits of peak brightness.
Versions of HDR
- Dolby Vision
- HDR 10+
HDR10: This is one of the most widely used versions by TV manufacturers. If you have an HDR TV it means it will compulsorily have the HDR10 support, even if it doesn’t have any other HDR support. HDR10 is an open-source and manufactures can implement this on any of their TV models without even paying the licensing fee.
HDR10 improves the viewing experience of TV but it’s not one of the premium offerings as compared to the other two.
Dolby Vision: Dolby Vision the HDR format is developed and owned by Dolby Labs. It is much more advanced in terms of future-proofing, with 12-bit color support it’s capable of expanding the number of available colors to 68 billion. Dolby Vision can produce up to 10,000 nits of peak brightness. Do note that, not all the HDR TVs support Dolby Vision format due to its licensing fee, and in the same way, not all HDR content is available in Dolby Vision format.
HDR10+: Dolby Vision is much more premium than HDR10+ but the dilemma of licensing fee pushed a group of companies led by Samsung to come up with an open-source HDR format. HDR10+ adopts many features from Dolby Vision but it doesn’t come with any fee, it is capable of delivering a better viewing experience than HDR10 which is enough for content creators, streaming media companies. So far only Samsung, Panasonic, and Phillips have created HDR10+compatible TVs.
Thoughts About HDR TVs
In conclusion, we can say that HDR TVs will always be a good pick as the feature comes with more refined and enhanced picture quality.