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November 14, 2016
As mentioned above, HDR is the latest tech advancement, and it's really cool. It means a better contrast ratio and richer colors for a more realistic image. Check out TVs are also HDR-compatible. for more info. All 2016 high-end
'Ultra HD' vs '4K'
The official industry moniker for this new resolution is Ultra HD. But it's commonly referred to as "4K" or even "2160p." 4K is the cinema standard that deals with a similar resolution (generally 4,096x2160 pixels).
Most people, myself included, would rather just call it 4K. Yes, this isn't strictly accurate, but I'm not nearly pedantic enough to care. Some are. Also, 4K is easier to type and say.
For the record the Consumer Electronics Association, the closest the US TV industry has to an authority in this matter, sees "4K Ultra HD" as a "legitimate use" in line with its guidelines. That catchall term, or some variation thereof, appears to be what most TV makers are using, at least for now.
Higher than HD resolution, and possibly more
To put it simply, Ultra HD is a resolution greater than HD. Resolution on TV screens consists of physical pixels, the tiny dots of light that together form the picture. Look closely (you may need a magnifying glass) and you can see them, but move back to a typical seating distance and they blend together.
Today's 4K TVs almost all have a horizontal resolution of 3,840 pixels and a vertical resolution of 2,160 pixels. A single line of pixels across the screen is 3,840 pixels long, and a line of pixels down the screen is 2,160 pixels long. Multiply those numbers and you end up with more than 8 million, which sounds great when you're trying to sell a new TV.
That's four times as many pixels as most current and older HDTVs with 1080p resolution. Ultra HD also includes cinema 4K (4,096x2,160 pixels) and future resolutions like "8K," or 7,680x4,320.
But for right now, 3,840x2,160 is what matters. If you want to dive in more, check out: .
Ultra HD is almost entirely just about this increase in resolution. Resolution is just one part of a good picture, however, . What's far more interesting is high dynamic range, or HDR, which we'll get to in the next section.
Can you even see the difference?
Probably not. There's only so much detail the human eye can resolve. If you have 20/20 vision (which is common), sit about 10 feet from your TV (also common), and are buying a typical TV (50 inches or so), you're not going to see the additional resolution. Check out Chris Heinonen's excellent 4K Calculator to see if you can benefit from the extra resolution.
That said, it doesn't matter that much. The prices have fallen so quickly that if you want a mid- to high-end TV, .
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This post was initially written by our Head Engineer Daniel Shores as a response to a customer’s inquiry regarding why we choose to publish our surround sound releases in Blu-Ray over SACD (super audio CD) format, and was later edited for this blog.
At this time, due to various reasons such as the changing market, the broader appeal of the Blu Ray format to a larger market, and fewer plants manufacturing SACD discs, we do not have any current plans to do releases in SACD format.
One of the major technical reasons, especially pertaining to Surrounded by Angels, is that it was recorded at 192kHz PCM and not in DSD. Though many companies have taken the approach of up-sampling their lower resolution (sometimes as low as 48kHz digital masters and putting them out on SACD), we feel that this approach is dishonest to the customer who believes they are getting full DSD resolution SACD album. We have consistently worked in the PCM domain and have not recorded in DSD. For this reason, we have always chosen PCM formats for release.
Our new releases are being recorded at DXD resolution and therefore will be available as DSD downloads, although we will not be doing physical DSD formats.
You are correct that the hybrid capability of the SACD is a wonderful option for a single disc. That said, the limitations of the SACD format mean that we would not be able to release the 7.1 and 9.1 mixes as we are now doing. The SACD format is limited to 5.1. Also with the Blu Ray, we are able to provide the high resolution stereo and multiple surround formats which are easily switchable by using the colored buttons on your Blu Ray remote. The Blu Ray also allows us to provide the consumer with the digital copies of the album for your mobile devices.
Lastly, with the exception of some high quality player and systems, the DSD data is converted to a PCM stream prior to the Analog to digital conversion. If we converted to DSD for the SACD and then it was played back in a player that converted it back to PCM, than the multiple conversions could compromise the integrity of the audio. We want the best possible opportunity to provide the consumer with the same files we are listening to in the studio.
The Blu-Ray disc should, and is designed to, function just like a CD. You should never have to turn on the screen unless you A) want to or B) are accessing the digital copies included on the disc. After placing the disc in the player, it should be as simple as hitting Play. The disc is defaulted to the 5.1 mix, but if you want to switch to the stereo or 7.1, you can do so by pressing the corresponding color buttons on the Blu Ray remote (green for 7.1 or yellow for stereo). T