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Sprucing up the Man Cave for Football Season

Home Audio Video Solutions for Gameday

Sprucing up the Man Cave for Football Season

Kickoff is here, and you’re probably kicking yourself for not upgrading to 4K UHD this summer. No need to fear, there’s still plenty of time to integrate a smart home audio video system to help you cheer on the Patriots in style. One of the most important and exciting aspects of a home theater system is the way the picture looks on your video display – after all, how can you tell the ref what a bonehead he is if you can’t even see the ball? In this blog, we’ll tell you what you need to know when upgrading your video displays. 

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While you’ve probably heard the buzzword “Ultra HD”, you probably think it’s all about getting a sharper image. Sure, looking at a 4K image is almost as good as looking through your window, but pixel density isn’t the only reason. Below, we’ll outline some of the best technologies that you can experience when watching a top-of-the-line display:

High-Dynamic Range: Here’s a simple metaphor to help you wrap your head around 4K: think of a bedsheet. The higher the thread count, the better the quality. Well, 4K is like a high thread count bed sheet. On the other hand, high thread count won’t matter much if the sheet is made out of steel wool. That’s where high-dynamic range comes in.

In the simplest terms, HDR increases the difference between the brightest visible white and the darkest visible black, widening the range of colors you can enjoy. It provides intense levels of detail in any image you see, letting never-before seen gradients of color come through. To go with the original metaphor, HDR is like a sheet made out of the finest silk in the world.

High Frame Rate: This one is a little harder to work into the bedsheet analogy, but it’s still massively important when it comes to watching the big game. Essentially, one of the biggest challenges faced by now-standard 1080p HD displays was the pixelization that occurred when the camera moved too quickly. HD looked good in stills, but motion was sometimes a nightmare.

HFR alleviates that by increasing the number of visible frames played back at once. Unlike the “sports” setting on your old HDTV, which would digitally double the number of frames you would see per second, HFR actually allows the playback of more frames. For instance, your standard football game is shot and played back at 60 fps, but you usually only watch it played back at 24 fps. With an HFR capable TV, you can catch all of the action well over 60 fps in smooth detail.

Are you ready to enjoy the benefits of a better home audio video display in your Bedford, New Hampshire man cave? Contact us today!