Home Theaters in Raleigh: Do You Need 4K Resolution?

If you’ve been researching LED –TVs, you have probably seen amazing, high resolution 4K TVs from top manufacturers like LG, Sony, and Samsung. Do Raleigh home theaters really need 4K resolution for an enjoyable family experience? Will you regret buying a 1080p HDTV now that 4K screens are shipping?

The answer isn’t the same for every family. Synergy Integrated Systems, experts in home theaters in the greater Raleigh area, can help you decide what’s best for your room. First, let’s answer a common question.

What is 4K?

4K (Ultra High Definition or UHD) resolution offers 3840 x 2160 pixels, four times that of 1920 x 1080 HDTV. If you look at the total number of pixels, 4K provides 8.3 million, or 4,000 vertical lines of resolution, while standard high definition screens have 2.1 million pixels, and could be called “2K.”

Why Do Pixels Matter?

The number of pixels per inch is a measurement of a picture’s clarity. The more pixels, the clearer the image. Today’s 4K screens provide the clearest picture quality and most detail available to consumers. But higher resolution isn’t always necessary, which is why so many people wonder if they should put 4K screens in home theaters.

How Big is Your Home Theater?

It’s important to consider the size of the room relative to the size of the screen before deciding 4K or standard HDTV for home theaters. Home theater expert Carlton Bale discusses the relationship between screen size and viewing distance, noting that a person with 20/20 vision can detect the difference in an 84” 4K screen at 5.5 feet away. So if you have a relatively shallow home theater and a large screen, you’ll see a difference with 4K resolution.

However, it’s worth noting that other quality measures, including accurate color reproduction, may be noticeable at farther distances and with smaller screens. Today’s 4K screens don’t just boast higher resolution, but other technological advances that result in greater overall picture quality.

The Question of Content

Another sticky question when it comes to 4K resolution relates to content. Right now, there’s just not a lot of 4K content to watch. 4K Blu Ray players previewed at industry trade shows in late 2014 and early 2015, and a handful are now available, but 4K Blu-Ray titles are limited. Some players can upscale your current 1080p Blu-Rays to 4K resolution, but you won’t experience the same picture quality that true 4K provides.

As far as broadcast TV in Raleigh or streaming Internet services, aside from some limited sports programming, there just isn’t a lot of 4K content yet. But the day is coming.

Future-Proofing Raleigh Home Theaters with 4K

With 4K Blu-Ray players and discs already on the market, it’s inevitable that soon, most content will be 4K or greater. The recent Olympic games were even captured in 8K; technology is moving that fast. If you want to stay ahead of the curve, enjoy the best picture quality available today, and avoid upgrading your home theater soon, invest in 4K now.

Don’t Forget Other 4K Components

If you buy a 4K TV, you’ll want to make sure your other components can handle the resolution, too. A Crestron DM system is not just 4K ready, it’s already set to handle your favorite programming in striking 4K resolution. Synergy Integrated Systems can pair your Crestron DM and controller with a Crestron 4K-certified UHD screen or projector to ensure seamless performance. If you opt for a two-piece projection system, keep in mind that screens like those by Stewart Filmscreen are engineered for 4K+ resolution.

Call to Learn More!

Even when you understand resolution, color gamuts and picture quality, selecting the right home theater for your family is no easy task. Call Synergy Integrated Systems in Raleigh and we’ll walk you through the choices available, provide demos, and show you what today’s home theaters can do.