Which is the best TV or Projector technology for my Home Theatre System?
The centre of any Home Theatre System is the Big Screen. The big question is which is the best TV or Projector Technology for me? Let us break down the latest video technologies in easy to understand terms.
You may have heard of terms such as UHD, 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision when looking for a new TV or projector for your Home Theatre System. The question is what do these terms mean and how will they benefit me?
4K & Ultra HD (UHD)
This refers to the high pixel count on modern day TVs and Projectors (3,840 x 2,160 pixels). These days, TV shows, Hollywood and our sporting codes are filming in 4K resolution, which gives us higher definition and better-quality images.
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
HDR is a photographic method of stacking 3 copies of a single image that have been taken at different exposures (low light, normal and high light). By stacking the images, you can generate an image that has a far wider colour range and much deeper darker colours with incredible detail. Many movies are now filmed using HDR technology, making your favourite movies look more lifelike than ever.
Dolby Vision is a different version of HDR created by Dolby Labs. This technology uses software to give you stunning images with the same detail and accuracy as HDR images.
An example of HDR is show below, note the depth of colour and the wider colour range
Most TVs and Projectors are capable of using this display technology, so back to the question, what is the best TV or Projector technology for me:
LCD (Also known as LED Screens)
This is the most common screen available and can range from 19” to 100” in size. LCD panels are still the most reliable visual technology and is the brightest with the widest colour range. LCD panels use LED side or back lighting to give you incredible brightness.
Most panels are UHD and HDR ready. The top of the line panels will have HDR 10+ technology, which will deliver better than cinema colour. The average LCD will have a life span of between 60,000 to 100,000 depending on use
OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode)
Samsung brought OLED Technology to market in a 55” in 2015. Since then, the OLED market has grown significantly with sizes up 88”. OLED cannot produce the brightness of an LCD panel, though it makes up for that in its production of colour detail, mainly in black and dark colours.
OLED Technology is best suited for the avid movie watcher who expects their deep and dark colours to be of the best quality. Like Plasma technology, OLED can be prone to image retention if left on a stationary image, video game or a news channel with text bars for too long. As the pixels are made of organic material, the lifespan of an OLED is around 20,000 hours and will diminish in brightness and colour towards the end of its life.
This is the latest and greatest panel technology available, which has made its way from the commercial world into many living rooms and home cinemas around the world. Essentially, each micro-sized LED pixel is its own light source that produces the full colour spectrum. This will give you the darkest blacks to the brightest pure whites with incredible detail. Samsung has recently released The Wall LED panel. This panel can be built up to 180” in size and larger if you please. Though do note, LED technology is expensive, though cannot be beaten for performance.
If you want to go all out on your Home Theatre System experience and the LED Wall is not an option, look no further than a UHD Cinema Projector! Projector technology has come a long way in the last 5 years, with the introduction of Laser light technology, which is a brighter and more efficient replacement for the older Lamp technology. Laser Projectors have a life span of around 20,000 hours, which would see the replacement of the average 5 times.
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