Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1267 (20:11)

Scott Wilkinson

Scott keeps getting the question of which high dynamic range (HDR) capable TV to buy. Scott says there's an important distinction between "HDR compatible" and "HDR capable." HDR compatible just means it takes the HDR signal and downgrades it to standard dynamic range. HDR capable, on the other hand, can actually display an HDR picture. Over at AVS Forum, Scott has made a list of HDR capable TVs from 2015 and 2016. Samsung has plenty of HDR capable TVs as they have the most models. Scott likes the JS8500 the most right now. It's a 65" Ultra HDTV and it costs about $2000.

The new LG OLED TVs use both DolbyVision and HDR10, and they are Ultra HD Premium certified. If you can afford it, these are the ones to beat. LG uses the same display panels across all of the OLED models, and the only differentiating factors are the features. So the top of the line TV has the same display panel as the bottom of the line TV.

Are you getting an HDR Capable TV if you buy UHD Premium? Scott says yes. It's part of the UHD Alliance Certification Spec. Where can you get HDR content? Scott says that Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Vudu has HDR content. There's 4K Blu-ray players are out now and they're only $400. While that may seem like a lot, the first ever Blu-ray players initially cost around $1,000.