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High Dynamic Range TV Technology


By enhancing the contrast and color representation of the existing pixels on your TV, high dynamic range (HDR) technology creates a more natural viewing environment where colors practically glow, and shadows and highlights form exquisite detail that pops off the screen.

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What Is HDR?

While all 4K Ultra HD TVs currently sold at Best Buy can accept and play HDR content, not all TVs provide the same benefit to picture quality. Some premium TVs include advanced technologies and features that go beyond simply playing HDR content to actually revealing a wider array of color and contrast — in even the brightest and darkest objects. It's a difference you can see. When you visit a Best Buy store, we can explain the benefits of HDR across all our brands and help you choose the right TV for you.




HDR technology provides an exceptionally wide color gamut — or range of colors — for the TV to display. Compare the color range on a TV to crayons. TVs with HDR technology play with bigger boxes of crayons, creating images with more shades of color to provide a vibrant picture that's closer to what the human eye perceives naturally in the world. HDR technology can look different on various TV models; explore your options in person at a Best Buy store.



A 4K Ultra HD TV provides a huge benefit by delivering more pixels to your TV screen. Add high dynamic range technology and you build on this benefit. HDR enhances each of those pixels to provide you with an even clearer picture.

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HDR increases the difference between darks and lights, making dark colors much darker and bright colors much brighter. Shadows have more depth and there is clearer definition between bright images and dark images in your display.



An HDR TV will display all your current content, whether it's delivered by cable, satellite, antenna, a streaming service or a Blu-ray disc — and it will all look great. Plus, you'll be able to enjoy an upgraded experience with HDR video content offered by streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, Fandango Now and others. 4K Blu-ray players that support HDR technology are also available along with 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs with HDR.

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HDR Formats

There are multiple HDR formats, but the two most common are HDR10 and Dolby Vision. All HDR-compatible TVs support HDR10, the popular format for HDR content found on 4K Blu-ray discs and video streaming services. In addition to HDR10, some TVs support Dolby Vision HDR. It contains scene-by-scene information to further optimize the overall color and contrast of the content. Dolby Vision HDR content isn't as widely available as HDR10, but it is increasing. New formats such as HLG and HDR10+ are emerging, too. It's important to know that HDR formats are cross-compatible. A TV with HDR10 will still read Dolby Vision content, you just won't get the full picture-quality benefit. Ultimately, you’ll want to make sure the TV itself has the features necessary to get the most out of whatever HDR format is being displayed. Our Blue Shirts are here to help find the right HDR TV for you.

Go Big with Projectors Featuring HDR

HDR technology is now available on select projectors, letting you experience the rich colors, deep blacks and intense detail of HDR at wall-filling sizes. Dive into the ultimate home theater experience with an HDR projector.

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While many high-quality HDMI cables will be able to carry the HDR content from the source to your TV, we recommend HDMI cables with a minimum bandwidth rating of 18Gbps, which often call out specific support for 4K and HDR, for the best performance with a 4K Ultra HD TV.

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