Ultra HD has multiple feature enhancements over today’s
HD Home Theater. For the ultimate movie experience, you’ll need
to add or upgrade several products in your home theater.
Please note: the overall home theater quality can only be as good as the
“weakest link” in your home theater. Be sure your TV, Media Player, Cables,
Content, and Audio are all capable of the best experience.
To enjoy the best experience on a new TV, look for the “ULTRA HD PREMIUM™” logo. For TVs without the logo, you can still get an improved experience over standard “HD” TVs. For increased resolution, look for 4K Ultra HD TVs. For brighter brights, deeper darks, and more lifelike color, look for TVs with High Dynamic Range, or HDR. However, not all HDR is created equal. Unlike 4K, the quality of HDR can vary by TV.
With the “ULTRA HD PREMIUM™” logo, you are assured the TV can reproduce high quality HDR, meeting the requirements of the UHDA. 4K and 4K with HDR content may be enjoyed using integrated apps on the TV or from an External Playback Device. To enjoy content from an External Playback Device (Set-Top Boxes, Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Players, Streaming Media Players—see more below), you’ll want to ensure the TV has the latest HDMI connectivity with support for HDR and HDCP 2.2—it sounds technical, but it’s really just a new standard that allows for HDR to pass from one device to another. Check with your TV manufacturer for more information.
Note: Detailed settings may need to be adjusted to ensure proper connectivity and maximize picture quality. Please see manufacturer’s instructions for details.
Streaming Media Apps
TVs may include streaming media apps that receive 4K UHD content over the Internet. Not all applications support HDR and not all content will be available in HDR, so check with your streaming service provider to find out what is available and what broadband speed requirements are needed to enjoy streaming media at optimal quality.
External Playback Devices
Ultra HD Blu-ray™ PlayerOnly an Ultra HD Blu-ray™ player can playback 4K Ultra HD discs. For the best experience, look for the ULTRA HD PREMIUM™ logo. Existing Blu-ray Discs™, DVDs, and even CDs can be played back on the new players too (although without UHD quality).
Set-Top Boxes/Streaming Media Players/Computers
Some set-top boxes and Media Players may also be used to play content on a UHD TV. To confirm if your Media Player supports 4K UHD and HDR, please check with either your service provider or hardware manufacturer for availability of 4K UHD or 4K UHD with HDR content, as well as for recommended broadband speed requirements.
Connect Your Source Devices with the Appropriate Cable: HDMI
HDMI is the type of cable primarily used to connect various home theater source devices such as Blu-rayTM players, AV Receivers (AVRs), game consoles, etc. Look for HDMI cables labeled “Premium HDMI Cables” which are optimized for Ultra HD performance. Click HERE (or visit HDMI.org) for more information.
For the best experience, look for 4K Ultra HD discs with the “ULTRA HD PREMIUM™” logo and/or the Ultra HD Premium Features (below) on the packaging.
ULTRA HD PREMIUM™ features include:
For an immersive audio experience, look for immersive audio format logos, such as DTS:X™ or Dolby Atmos®, for example. Note: 4K Ultra HD discs only play on Ultra HD Blu-ray™ players.
The first step in the process is to ensure your media device is 4K Ultra HD enabled. Next, find a content provider that supports 4K Ultra HD (cable/satellite/telco/streaming). Search for 4K Ultra HD, UHD or 4K content with HDR.
A/V Receiver (AVR)
What completes the UHD video experience? Adding immersive audio. While it is possible to connect your content source directly to your TV, the most immersive experience requires an audio upgrade. To enjoy this experience, add an AVR that includes the latest HDMI connectivity with support for HDR and HDCP 2.2 (for video/HDR pass through) as well as support for an immersive audio format, such as Dolby Atmos® or DTS:X™, for example. Check with your A/V Receiver manufacturer for more information. If the content is mastered in an immersive audio format, the AVR will support an immersive audio playback experience. Of course, to get immersive audio, you’ll also need speakers.
Immersive audio not only assures a more accurate audio experience with existing speakers, it can add overhead sound to fully immerse the audience. In addition to the AVR, to truly enjoy immersive audio with height, add new speakers to maximize your overhead sound. This can be accomplished in any one of three ways. First, you can add ceiling level speakers to your home theater system (speakers that hang from the ceiling). Second, you can either replace your existing speakers with next generation speakers, which include up-firing speakers or add up-firing speaker add-on modules to your existing speakers. The up-firing speakers will simulate ceiling level speakers by bouncing sound off the ceiling and back to the audience. This option creates a more dispersed height sound. And third, you can purchase a DTS:X™ or Dolby Atmos® capable sound bar.
Dolby Atmos is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories. DTS:X is a registered trademark or trademark of DTS, Inc. in the U.S. or other countries. Blu-ray™ word mark, Ultra HD Blu-ray™ word mark, and Ultra HD Blu-ray™ logo are trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc Association. ULTRA HD PREMIUM™ logo is a trademark of UHD Alliance, Inc.