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High Definition to Higher Definition—About Picture Resolution

High Definition TVs have been on the market for more than a decade. The picture on a TV is made up of lines of pixels, dots that together create what we see onscreen. While standard definition is made up of 480 lines, originally high definition was 720p or 1080i. 1080i was the highest resolution, yet, it was interlaced—a technology that shows 60 1/2 frames per second. technology, could show 60 full frames per second. Twice the picture information meant a more detailed, clear picture with smooth movement.

1080p , or 1080 with progressive scan

Deep Color Adds to the True-to-Life Experience

Deep Color Comparison

Until now, TVs and High Definition media had an 8-bit color depth. This refers to the amount of information per pixel that made up the picture. The standard color depth resulted in 256 gradations of color. On your TV screen it shows up as color banding, lines of colors as shades butted up against each other.

New Blu-ray Disc™ players have the capability of creating Deep Color. They can output 12-bit, 14-bit or even 16-bit color depth. This higher color bit depth means billions of gradations of color. On your TV screen, colors smooth out and look more realistic. While many movies are originally a 16 bit color depth, most Blu-ray Discs are only 8-bit color. Deep Color Blu-ray Disc players enhance the color of these Blu-ray Discs in an effort to reproduce the color quality of the original film. Then that higher color bit depth is transferred to your TV. More and more flatscreen HDTVs have 12-bit color displays. Still, even on an 8-bit display, Deep Color will enhance the quality of the picture.

Lossless Surround Sound – Realistic Sound Reproduction

The other part of the high definition standard was digital surround sound. Digital surround sound brought discrete sound to each of 5 or 7 surround sound speakers and a subwoofer. Digital surround allowed sound effects and music to fill the room and move around you. New technologies have brought another level of realism that brings you into the middle of the action. When sound is compressed so that it can fit on a DVD, it loses some of its accuracy - its ability to reproduce the nuances that make you feel like the sound or music is in your living room. Blu-ray Discs have Dolby® Digital True-HD and/or DTS®-HD Master Audio use lossless compression technologies that do not alter sound quality.

You must have Blu-ray Discs and High Speed HDMI™ to Get Higher Definition Picture and Sound

PS3 with cables hooked-up

Full HD 1080p resolution has twice the picture information of 1080i creating higher definition experience. Likewise, lossless high definition surround sound formats require much more information than standard surround sound. It was only when Blu-ray Discs came along - with 6x increased storage capacity of a standard DVD - that this higher definition picture and sound could be brought into your home.

Because it takes more memory to store the huge amount of audio and video data, all that information must be transferred from the Blu-ray Disc player to your AV receiver and/or HDTV. This requires a high speed HDMI™ cable that is capable of carrying the large amounts of data - often over 6.68 Gbps (gigabits per second). HDMI is a digital all-in-one audio and video cable and the best way to connect your Blu-ray Disc player to your home theater. But not all HDMI cables are created equal. You must have a verified high speed cable like those in Monster®’s Blu-ray™ 900 and 1200 kits.

Learn more about HDMI speed ratings