Please Do Adjust your Set! -You'll see your Movies, TV programs, games, etc. How they were meant to be seen!
- You'll see detail that was previously missing from the picture because of incorrect settings!
-You'll see realistic colours and flesh tones!
-You'll see a sharper, clearer, quality picture!
- You'll increase the life of the screen!
-You'll decrease the power consumption of your HDTV!
Why do I need to get my HDTV Calibrated?
In short if your HDTV has not been calibrated then you're not watching HDTV!
Buying a new HDTV and expecting it to look great without it being properly calibrated, is like buying a guitar an expecting it to sound good with out being properly tuned....... once a guitar is properly tuned, it will sound as good as it can possibly sound. Likewise, once a HDTV is calibrated correctly. I can arrange for you TV to be calibrated professionally, if you are interested. I have also included an example of the difference it can make.
Over the last several decades, new technological advancements in televisions have provided for increased size, improved clarity and designer looks. Televisions continue to remain focal points in our rooms, but have transformed from large, 1950s bulky units on their own legs with castors, to units which have enormous screens, ultra slim bodies and are capable of being mounted onto our walls like picture frames. Although many still have them in their homes, the older style cathode ray tube televisions are no longer being manufactured, replaced by a range of alternatives such as Rear Projection, Plasma, LCD and LED. Some of these have already or will become out-dated, replaced by new technology including one of the newest technologies on offer - OLED. OLED televisions are brighter, more efficient, thinner and feature better refresh rates and contrast than either LCD or Plasma. They even have the ability to be curved (see LG example below). OLEDs are also used to create digital displays in devices such as computer monitors, mobile phones and handheld games consoles.
What is OLED TV, and how does it work? An OLED TV screen uses a new display technology called OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes). An OLED is a light-emitting diode (LED) in which includes a thin film of an organic compound (carbon based) which emits a bright light in response to an electric current. This layer of organic semiconductor is situated between two electrodes. An OLED display works without a backlight (unlike LCDs), which means it can display deep black levels and can be thinner and lighter than a liquid crystal display (LCD). In low ambient light conditions such as a dark room an OLED screen can achieve a higher contrast ratio than an LCD, whether the LCD uses cold cathode fluorescent lamps or LED backlight. It also allows for curved televisions, which manufacturers say offer a more immersive experience. Keep in mind however that newer technology can take time to be affordable for the masses, and OLED is no exception. With only a few manufacturers releasing OLED, prices are still pretty high for now. In time it could be common in all our homes - that is until the next advancements.
It’s hard enough squinting to try and see the difference between 20 different models and sizes of televisions in the store, deciding which one you should buy, and how long it will be until it is superseded by the next model or big jump in technology. Now there’s a new (or not so new, really) term that has been injected into our technological vernacular more and more. “It’s 4k”. So what! What is 4k anyway, and what’s so good about it? Current 1920 x 1080 resolution Full HD TVs give us an image of around 2 megapixels. High definition TV is typically 720p (HD Ready) or 1080p (Full HD), both of which display increased picture information than standard definition televisions. Essentially if you have more pixels, you will have more detail. 4k refers to one of two higher definition resolutions: 3840 x 2160 pixels or 4096 x 2160 pixels. 4k is four times the high definition resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) giving us an image of around 8 megapixels. What does this mean to your regular viewing? Well, the higher the pixel count the larger the screen can go before you will notice them begin to break up.
Now officially dubbed “Ultra HD”, a television, display or projector must display a minimum resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels (2160p) and at least 16x9 aspect ratio, to be able to boast the Ultra HD title. It must also have at least one digital video input (such as an upgraded HDMI, PC or newly created digital input protocol) that is capable of receiving a native 4k resolution video source signal without the need for up scaling. Many current movie cameras are already filming above 4k resolution, thousands of cinemas worldwide are screening in 4k and film houses are consistently re-mastering older movies at minimum 4k, to ensure content will be increasingly available as the technology is adopted on a higher volume. Initially touted by manufacturers such as Sony, Panasonic, Samsung and Toshiba in enormous 84” screens, the Home Theatre market is also now beginning to adopt Ultra HD at a faster pace with a push to include Ultra HD in smaller screens of about 55” (the most popular large screen size commercially at the moment), to allow it to be more affordable for the “average” enthusiast. At the recent CES 2013 (Consumer Electronics Show) held in Las Vegas, Ultra HD was the most talked about technology for the very near future. All the major players were demonstrating their version of the technology, and it certainly had many people excited at the potential it holds within the film and home theatre scenes.
I installed my first 84" Ultra and I will have to say that it is the best looking TV picture I've seen to date......