Friday, February 03, 2017


People have been pretty happy to have Blu-Ray players  as part of their home theaters over these last few years -- and you bet that there are lots and lots of Blu-Ray movies to watch. So why get a new 4K Blu-Ray player to replace what is already there? The answer is because a 4K Blu-Ray player does a lot more than just compliment a new 4K TV and is backwardly compatible with all the spinning video discs (Blu-Ray and DVD) and audio discs (CDs) that are already a part of your existing library. A 4K Blu-Ray player ups the game and brings you even closer to the vaunted "movie experience" that makes going to watch on a silver screen no longer such a big deal. So let's detail just what a 4K Blu-Ray player brings to your home theater. 

Higher Video Resolution
A Blu-Ray disc provides a Full HD, 1080p video signal that, unlike streaming, is stable and consistent. But that's peanuts compared to a 4K Blu-Ray disc: 108 Mbps is the speed at which the data is being sent from the 4K disc — so roughly that means you're getting a picture with 4X the resolution that was once your HD "standard." Obviously that also means you're getting more detail in what's flashing across the TV's display.
More Color 
Color can be described in all kinds of technical terms, but the fact is that a Blu-Ray disc could only approach the "reality" of the color palette that makes up real life. It did a good job, sure, but a 4K Blu-Ray disc does a lot better. The wider color gamut of billions of colors that can now be displayed is a lot closer to the “real world” and so makes for a much better viewing experience.

High Dynamic Range

High Dynamic Range (HDR)  is a part of the video signal being put forth by the 4K disc in the 4K Blu-Ray player. What you see as a result is more color and light information being imparted into each pixel now displayed. With the TV now being able to process a HDR signal, as most now available can, the pixel is able to contain more "information" and so allow for a greater separation between light and dark, without light areas being "overblown" and washed out, or black areas turning into inky pools where nothing can be seen in them. 

Higher Audio Resolution
Lost in all the talk about the video is just how in proved the audio becomes on a 4K Blu-Ray disc. Besides the expected Dolby Digital and DTS, a 4K Blu-Ray disc supports the Dolby Atmos standard as well as DTS-X surround sound formats. These audio formats add overhead audio to the now standard surround sound  and work to create a much more convincing and immersive sound experience. 

Up-scaling Your Existing Library

One of the big selling points when Blu-Ray players first came out was that playing a DVD on them would result in a better picture than if using a DVD player. This was because the newer and enhanced technologies of the Blu-Ray player could increase the overall perception as to how a DVD looked when played. This is even more true with a 4K Blu-Ray player, only now it's a Blu-Ray disc that gets the enhancements so as to improve on how it looks. And as mentioned earlier, the 4K Blu-Ray player doesn't discriminate against the past and so plays all the popular disc formats prevalent today.

As is now obvious, a 4K Blu-Ray player has technology built into it that a Blu-Ray player can only dream of. And because this technology is "transparent" to the user -- all you need do is pop in a 4K disc, start it spinning and sit back to enjoy the show. 


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