High Dynamic Range or HDR is the biggest TV buzzword that we have come across this year along with 4K. As the technology says, the 4K is responsible for adding more pixels to the display while HDR was developed to present a more dynamic looking pixel. It does the job by boosting the contrast and brightness which provides a wider range of colour achievable with current 1080p content and displays.
After reviewing a dozen of TVs, we have clearly understood the difference in picture and videos quality with that HDR TV can provide to the viewers. Therefore, this year with the market brimming with 4K and HDR TV, we have decided to throw light on HDR TV and let you know how it can improve your viewing experience.
What is HDR technology?
To start with, the concept of HDR is not new. It has been applied to audio quality which indicates the difference between the loudest and the softest sound in a musical passage. We have also seen the concept being applied to still photography, where the HDR combines the best elements of several photos of the same scene, shot with different exposures. However, with TV the concept is tad different. With TV, the HDR is responsible for improving the contrast between the darker and the brighter part of the scene.
Originally, there are two types of HDR technology. One of them is called HDR10 which is the standard and is infused into every TV with HDR in the market. The other type is called the Dolby Vision which considered as the enhanced version of the HDR10. Not every TV is designed to support both the technology; however ones which can support both the format can use them interchangeably to support contents with that particular format (Dolby Vision HDR format or HDR10 format).
So, how does HRD improves your viewing experience?
Well, prepare your eyes to view pictures with greater clarity and colours true to its natural form. When you’ll be presented with HDR content, you will experience a display of a wider range of black to white. This way you’ll be able to see more details in very dark areas of the picture as well as very bright areas of the picture. Not just that, you’ll also see “specular highlights, which are the momentary shimmers of brightness that mainly, appear on illuminated objects such as Roman gladiator’s armoured breastplate. Without HDR, such areas won’t be highlighted and all together you’ll experience a dull picture quality. Thus, HDR is all about providing necessary levels of peak brightness in those parts of a scene wherever it calls for it.
TVs with HDR have a wider range of colour than the regular TV sets. Hence, HDR will you an extended range of colour with greater intensity. Thus, with a wider gamut of colour, you’ll experience a dynamic picture quality with more gradations in colours and lighting that will make the image appear lifelike.
Thus, this is the basic concept of HDR and how incorporating a TV with HDR at you home can change your viewing experience. Is your TV having the HDR technology? Let us know in the comment section below and share your viewing experience with us.