3 Home Theater Innovation Trends from CES 2020 You Won’t Want to Miss

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It’s Showtime!

Yes, January in Vegas is upon us, when global attention turns to the City of Light to find out what we will be seeing, listening to…. . And sporting and talking to! Yes, the future has arrived, and not for some.
So, what was cool and cool the 2020 CES? Well, there were TVs. In actuality, many pundits have dubbed CES”The Video Show” and while there were no real discoveries, it certainly did not disappoint.
Far from it, there were several things you’re going to be seeing in the years ahead, and most probably on your own home…
Or from it, since the automakers were there in full force, as has been the norm. Self-driving vehicles, electric vehicles (Sony revealed an electric car!) , telematics, and cellular AI were strewn through the conference center.

1. Micro-LED Displays

Like a stronger engine for your favorite ride, who does not need a larger screen for their TV? Projectors are superb, and they do have pictures these days, although rumors to the contrary persist!
The matter is, despite significant screen technology advancements and brighter projectors than ever, front projection systems still seem best with all the lights off. Major TV (75″ – 85″) costs have plummeted lately, but for really large displays, you are still putting a projector onto your ceiling, under a coffee table, or behind a wall.
That is where micro-LED is going to be a game-changer. The confusing title you will get to see the game on a screen that is gigantic, and with no projection drawbacks. Micro-LED displays are constructed just like your kids’ Legos, to. Micro-LEDs are thinner than those Legos.
If they are so great, why are not we using them today? Well, to get any size you would need to sell that Lambo on your garage…. As well as the Range Rover, along with with your kid Toyota pickup, and yeah, your ski condo.
The 292″ micro-LED screen on, well, screen, in the CES was $1.5 million also. Sony will soon have a 16K, 17 foot(!) Micro LED screen for a 5mil. That is some serious cabbage.
Their big advantage over present TV technology, also dubbed LED, is that it uses light straight from the various colored LEDs to produce the picture. “LED” TVs are really only old-style LCD TVs. They use the screen to light from behind. Without becoming too techy, their light shines through a different layer which actually generates the image, just like we used”back in the day”.
So, they create really big pictures. Micro LED also promises spectacular image quality while lasting longer and being less costly to create (finally ) that OLED, the only other emissive technology used now.

2. Conventional TV Improvements and Interesting Twists

Screens keep growing and delivering more stellar images, while the bezels surrounding them continue decreasing. That’s a fantastic thing. Screens do items for you to a few. They allow you to fit picture size. You will have the ability to place TVs. WHY? Ahh…
Since the bezels are nearly nonexistent, you can place a video wall in your media room or house sports bar. Like the walls in the Strategic Air Command NASA, or Fortune 500 companies, you place images that are various on each or can display either 1 sized picture shared across all of the TVs. March Madness anyone?
To make it happen, there is a new generation of high-quality video chips that’ll allow you to keep the Lambo from the garage.

3. New Video Modes Bring Higher Quality

On the heels of 4K, 8K and HDR, a few new video modes cropped up which are intended to show movies how the directors planned, and with much more stunning imagery compared to”just” 4K HDR source material (There is not really commercially available 8K yet).
First up is”Filmmaker Mode” from Ultra HD Alliance, which shuts off a screen’s additional video processing to maintain the filmlike attributes the content had when it left the post-production studio. Several renowned directors and the American Society of Cinematographers are encouraging this (Natch!) Effort to bring precision that is creative. You will appreciate it if you are a hardcore movie, man.
Next up is IMAX Improved, which utilizes digitally remastered and especially processed 4K HDR video and sound that is”painstakingly recreated” for home surroundings, instead of large theater venues. TVs will incorporate the processing that is requisite needed to enjoy the content. IMAX Improved audio systems realize these improvements and execute the processing needed to play this content.

 

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