Words By: Derek Reed Moss
Being a gamer, I am proudly involved in a community that researches cutting edge technology in audio and video for our exciting hobby. I often hear about playing the latest games in 4K resolution, which is otherwise known as UltraHD to industry insiders. Being that 4K is the latest and greatest feature commercially available, rather than something prototypical shown off exclusively in convention halls, it occurred to me that UltraHD-capable TVs are something the electronics consumer is going to have to consider either now or possibly in the near future. But what is UltraHD, and is it really right for you?
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The principal difference between your current-gen HDTV and the emergent UltraHDTV is essentially screen resolution. Pixel count contributes to the detail of the picture, so the greater the number of pixels you can tout, the clearer and finer the details will be of a displayed image. A typical 1080p monitor has 1920 horizontal pixels per inch by 1080 vertical pixels, hence 1080p. An UltraHDTV sports an astounding 3840 pixels per inch horizontally by 2160 pixels vertically which makes for a significant difference in detail. 3840-pixels happen to be close enough to 4000 for manufacturers to dub any TV with these specs “4K.” The benefit of a more defined image is obvious the first time you turn it on, but this feature alone does not guarantee a better overall picture. The phrase “garbage in, garbage out” is true in nearly any situation. If you have a high quality source feeding your 4k display, you too will be blown away by the difference a few million tiny pixels can make.