What UHD Discs Mean To The Future of Home Entertainment
In many ways, your home theatre system is only as powerful as the content you choose to play on it. You would never invest thousands of dollars in a sparkling new 4K TV with a tremendous set of JENSEN In-Wall Speakers or in-ceiling speakers, get everything home, painstakingly set it all up and then pop in a VHS tape from 30 years ago, would you? Of course you wouldn't - you would want to make sure you had the latest and greatest technology to go along with your new purchase.
As of 2017, that "latest and greatest" technology takes the form of UHD discs - often marketed as Ultra-HD Blu-ray. With a significantly increased storage capacity over even the already impressive "regular" Blu-ray, UHD discs have a lot of really exciting implications for the future of home entertainment that you're definitely going to want to know about.
How Does It Look?
Even going beyond the significantly enhanced resolution (3840 by 2160 pixels), 4K UHD discs have a lot to offer above and beyond traditional Blu-ray. They support both high dynamic range and increased colour depth, meaning that your favourite films and TV shows will now look crisper, more natural and more accurate to real life. By including support for 10-bit per colour and the Rec. 2020 colour space, they're the perfect way to really take your new 4K TV for a spin.
Yeah, But How Does it Sound?
All of this is fantastic, but as we've written about in the past - sound quality is just as important (if not more important) than picture quality these days. To that end, UHD discs also shine - sonically speaking, of course.
Because the 4K Blu-ray specification allows for such massive disc sizes - 50 GB, 66 GB and 100 GB depending on the release you have in front of you - there is now even more room for that crystal clear sound you want so much. Not only are audio tracks about to get more powerful - look for 7.1 and 9.1 and beyond to become the new norm - you now have room for more of them. This means that producers will no longer have to choose between that informative audio commentary and that heart-thumping DTS track. There is now room for both.
It's also important to note that unlike both DVD and Blu-ray before it, UHD discs do NOT have region coding. Region coding is what prevented you in the past from buying a disc on holiday in the United States and bringing it home with you. Any UHD disc released anywhere in the world will work on any 4K Blu-ray player that you may have. If you find a particularly interesting release from another country, or if a version of your favourite film is never properly released here, you can now import without worrying about a thing.