What Are The Differences Between 4K Television and HD 1080p?
The newest innovation in television technology has finally arrived. Known as Ultra High-Definition TV, or more popularly, 4K TV, the resolution and clarity far exceed that of the standard high definition LCD, LED and plasma television monitors in most homes today. Let’s take a few moments to examine some of the key differences between standard high-def (1080p) and Ultra High-Definition 4K televisions.
The designation 1080p represents 1,080 vertical lines on your screen. The “p” stands for “progressive”, which means that all 1,080 vertical lines are shown at the same time. When you add in the horizontal dimensions of 16:9 the total pixels number around two million. The quality of the visuals is divided equally between our two eyes. This means that although you do see a higher-quality picture than was once available on the old cathode ray tube sets of yesteryear, your mind still only sees half of the resolution per eye. This significantly reduces the clarity of what you are seeing.
Ultra High-Def (UHD)
With the new Ultra High-Definition 4K televisions the lines are counted horizontally at 4,320 lines. The total pixels on such a television are just over eight million. This means that each eye is able to see a full high-definition image, essentially if each eye were individually tuned to a 1080p screen. The quality far exceeds that we have in our old high def TVs, and makes advancements such as three dimensional imagery possible. This means that essentially 4k UHD TVs have 4 times more detail than Full HD 1080p. Trust us when we say this, it looks amazing.
What are the prospects for 4K TV? Already stations in Japan are broadcasting in 4K, and there are plans for several stations to begin experimental broadcasts in the United States during this year of 2013. Now is the time to take advantage of the quickly falling prices for your new 4K TV. Let your eyes experience what they were made to experience with a full high definition experience available only with a 4K TV.