In an age of increasingly complicated technology, it can be easy to fall behind on the latest trends. That goes doubly for television tech, which is constantly changing while many of us go close to a decade between buying new sets. So if you’re in the market for a new TV, you probably aren’t up to speed on the latest selling features you’re going to encounter. One of the most popular new features — and the one that’s most likely to improve your viewing experience — is HDR, which stands for high dynamic range.
What is HDR?
That’s the million dollar question. HDR is a screen technology that broadens and enriches the colors that can be displayed on your TV. It can make the whites brighter, the blacks darker, and the whole spectrum of colors more vibrant and life-like. When HDR-optimized content is shown on a compatible HDR television, the improvement in picture quality is easily noticeable, regardless of the size of your TV screen.
That’s good news for anyone who’s become skeptical of other recent TV features, like 3D and smart TVs. HDR is a technology you’ll actually appreciate when you watch optimized movies and TV shows or play compatible video games.
But if it sounds like HDR is an easy no-brainer, it’s time for some bad news. Like many things in the world of television tech, it’s a bit more complicated than that.