HD and 4K are two acronyms in home entertainment that might as well be included in 2015’s list of buzzwords. Everybody wants a television that’s one of the two, without really knowing their edge against other screen resolutions. But don’t worry, because we got you covered!
Screen resolution tells you the number of pixels that your monitor displays horizontally and vertically. The more pixels your screen has, the sharper and greater it’s picture quality. Although resolution may be the main selling point behind HD televisions, screen size, content quality, and viewing distance are factors that may affect your image quality, as well.
Here’s a rundown of screen resolutions and what you need to know about them.
Standard Definition is the basic resolution that projects a decent visual quality with 480 progressive lines and 720×480 pixels. Not bad for people who make it a habit to include binge watching shows while multitasking or doing other things. Best to have your SDTVs small, ready to carry screen sizes.
Even as the smallest in the HDTV category, HD Ready resolution is a stunning, big step-up from standard definition. With a pixel ratio of 1280×720 and a progressive refresh rate, HD Ready provides you with imagery that’s rich in color, crisp and defined with deeper blacks. What’s more is that most TV programs and shows today are produced with HD Ready quality in mind.
Full HD (FHD)
Full HD boasts of a 1920×1080 pixel ratio that promises picture quality that’s even more detailed and impressive compared to HD Ready. Because it has 1080 lines—more than HD Ready’s 720—Full HD is great for bigger screen sizes. And really, what’s a better way to appreciate the resolution’s pixel beauty?
Ultra HD (UHD) 4K
The current top of the line, 4K stands for a pixel value that is four times as much detail as 1080p Full HD. That’s 3840 X 2160 or eight million pixels for crisp, finer detail and texture. A derivation of the 4K digital cinema standard, Ultra High Definition is the ultimate choice for a home theatre of cinematic quality with screen size and viewing setup that’s blown-up and more intimate. That’s why UHD is best on a big screen size, at least 55”. What’s more is that TV channels and program developers are catching on the craze. It won’t be too long before we see shows made for the Ultra HD TV resolution.