All TV Wall Mount installations packages include concealed wires, fished in the wall, a FREE premium wall mounting bracket, 3 (12ft) 4K Rated HDMI Cables, wall plate and Hook Up to equipment (cable, blueray, gaming unit).

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TV Wall Mounting & Surround Sound – Hazlet NJ- Thanks for the beautiful picture of Molly!

TV Over Stone Fireplace, New Jersey.

mmtvJackson NJ TV Over the Fireplace. 4K Samsung Curved with Samsung Curved Sound Bar 65″. IR Sensor Kit, Amazon Fire Stick, 4K Hi Speed HDMI Cables, Equipment Hidden in Attic,  All Wires Concealed. Curved TV’s are very popular at the moment. The picture quality on this Samsung is amazing, and the paired with the curved sound bar and wireless sub woofer you get a personal movie theater experience .

risiTV Over a Brick Fireplace, Marlboro NJ. IR Sensor Kit, Equipment Hidden. Sound Bar Mounting.

scarpaticctvOutdoor Cameras, CCTV, Surveillance, Security Cameras, Nanny Cams, Video Surveillance Systems, DVR Systems, Freehold NJ. Get it on Video! Feel secure when you leave your wife and children at home or you are away from your home. View your home on any laptop or smartphone device!



manasquanManasquan New Jersey. TV Over Stone Fireplace. IR Sensor Kit, 55in LED with concealed wires and equipment hidden for nice clean look.  Get your shore house ready for summer with a custom TV or surround sound Installation with Xtreme!

lstonee lstoneMillstone NJ Outdoor Weatherproof Loud Speakers, Outdoor Rock Speakers around pool and under gazebo.  Sonos, Receiver, Amplifier, customer can control music with app on IPhone.  outdoorspeakscaroutdoor scarpatioutdoorFront Porch Outdoor Weatherproof Klipsch Speakers, Get sound in the front and back of your home with ouotdoor loud speakers.  Freehold Township, NJ

montvilleMontville, NJ Curved Samsung TV Over the Fireplace with Sound Bar, IR Sensor Kit, Equipment hidden in basement, 3D Rated HDMI Cables, Hook up to equipment.  All wires hidden!  Get a nice cozy look in your home by adding your TV over the fireplace mantel.  

diningroomspeakersMarlboro NJ Surround Sound Sales and Installation.  Dining Room speakers.  Look very sharp underneath the tray ceiling!  High end In wall speakers, multi room audio and video installations. We also placed speakers in the kitchen, outdoor deck, family room, master bedroom and master bath.  Customer can now host parties and have music distributed throughout the home.  By placing the Sonos app on your phone or IPAD, you can control which rooms to play music, even set an alarm for the morning! Sonos Internet radio, Onkyo Receiver, and Amplifier placed in garage, Marlboro NJ


Belmar NJ

 Custom Man cave.  Big Screen TV, 80 inch Sharp, In wall Speakers with wireless subwoofer cube, PS4, XBOX one hook up, Universal Remote, IR Sensor, Needed extra long cables to place equipment down below in equipment rack.  This is the true meaning of a man cave. The customer picked out his own a/v equipment, marble table, bar, even the tree in the corner! His wife had no say.  The sound quality together with the picture quality was an amazing pair.  Smart guy!  Belmar NJ

floatshelfIf it’s not possible to hide your cable box away in a closet, then your alternative is a floating shelf. This custom install was fit for a princess.  Get your child’s TV up off the dresser and keep them safe with it mounted safely to the wall.  Hazlet, NJ

washingOur customer lives across the country and called to have a video surveillance system installed to view her rental property.  We mounted 4 SWANN cameras and she is now able to view the home on her computer.  Gives her peace of mind.  Jersey Shore Video Surveillance Security System

rackEquipment Rack to keep all of your Hi Def audio & video components in one location. This was a cabinet in a garage which stored the Onkyo Receiver, Niles 16 channel multi room power Amplifier, DVR for the Swann Camera System, Blu Ray, Cable Vision Cable Box and Sonos wireless HiFi box.  If you would like to get a nice clean look in your home, why not try this?  Definitely adds a nice modern look and clutter free.  Monroe NJ

Outdoor Audio & Video in Colts Neck.  Outdoor TV Mounted, Niles Rock Speakers installed around the yard, pool and patio landscape.  Let us transform your outdoor space into a audio video paradise! Colts Neck, NJ

Game Room Freehold

Game Room Freehold

60″ Vizio LED Smart TV M6021 B3 TV Wall Mounted, PS3, PS4 WiiU, PC, Wii, Hook Up, Equipment hidden in closet, IR Sensor, Wow, this kid is lucky! Vizio has come a long way.  This line of TV’s from the M Series has such a great picture quality, I was impressed.  The PS4 games looked very realistic on screen. If you need help picking out a new TV, give us a call!  We can recommend surround sound systems to compliment your new flat screen.  Game Room Freehold , NJ

65Inch LED TV mounted on a full motion bracket & IR Senor and all wires concealed in wall. Manalapan NJ Playroom.  Cable box and audio/video components hidden in another side of the basement. Be a safe parent and mount your flat screen.  TV tip overs account for 17,000 injuries per year or one every 30 seconds.

Custom Cabling, HDMI and Cable Hook Up, New York City


55″ LED Mounted to Brick Fireplace and wires concealed in New Jersey. Customer wanted the cable box under the TV.  There are many options available to hide your equipment with the use of an IR Sensor and placing the cable box, blue ray and Video Game units hidden in another location. Please call us today for more information or for your quote over the phone! Millstone NJ

sharp80Sharp Aquos 80 inch Smart TV with Vizio 54″ 5.1 Sound Bar. Universal Remote Programmed, Blu Ray, Cable Box, tucked neatly in an equipment rack.  IR sensor and all wires concealed! The VIZIO 54” 5.1 sound bar is more than just stunning sound quality. Its elegant exterior design adds a stylishly modern look when mounted to your wall or set on any surface, and its slim profile and extended length are designed to complement your large sized HDTV. The VIZIO 54″ 5.1 sound bar fills your room across a wider listening angle with up to 104 dB of crystal-clear audio at less than 1% harmonic distortion.2 The wireless subwoofer delivers thunderous bass without clutter for low-frequency response. For the peak in home theater, 5.1 features rear satellite speakers to envelop any room in a truly immersive surround sound experience. Englishtown NJ

Nothing beats a full-blown home theater system, but for many people a sound bar is the best compromise between wanting better sound and not wanting an imposing home audio system. You can get a great sounding bar for around $250, which is less than half the cost of surround sound! Most of the sound bars on the market don’t require a separate AV receiver and most include a wireless subwoofer (more bass baby!) 

TV Mounted of the Fireplace in New Jersey.  Our most popular install!  Samsung Curved TV along with a Sonos playbar in first photo.  The second photo is actually a TV mounted over a double sided fireplace!  The last picture is a TV wall mounted over a gas fireplace.  All Wires Hidden, hook up to equipment, and get a Free Bracket and 4K Rated HDMI Cables! Whether you have a real, faux or gas fireplace with brick, stone, plaster or drywall, we can get your TV mounted with all wires fished in the wall.  Your HDTV will look like a picture on the wall when we’re done.  Get a cozy feel in your home by wall mounting your TV above your fireplace.  Job locations..Manasquan , Manahawkin, and Millstone New Jersey. As always, we leave enough room for the customer to place a sound bar underneath in the future.

christinajob80 inch Samsung LED Smart TV Wall Mounted, Equipment placed in closet on opposite wall, Wires Hidden, Hook Up to Equipment, Extra Long 4K Rated HDMI Cables, IR sensor, Toms River NJ

matawanOur most requested install…mounting a customers flat screen above their fireplace.  75 inch LED above a brick fireplace with all cables concealed and equipment hidden in a nearby closet.  With every TV installation package, get free 4K rated HDMI Cables, a free premium wall mounting bracket, hidden wires and hook up to your equipment!  Matawan NJ

frankshitGame Room in Colts Neck New Jersey.  Two 4K TV’s hung in the basement. IR Sensors Installed  Equipment hidden in another part of the room.

frankenshit2Media Room, TV Wall mounted next to the pool table. All equipment was placed in a centralized location in another room on a rack.  Colts Neck NJ

bedroomaudioMaster Bedroom Speakers . Multi room Audio with In the Wall Speakers, Sonos, & Receiver, Smart TV mounted as well. Freehold New Jersey

Bathroom Speakers.  Don’t miss a beat, even if you are in the shower!  Installation of whole house audio in 5 rooms including the Master Bathroom, with in the wall and ceiling speakers and SONOS.  Customer can control the SONOS with an IPAD or by an app on his smartphone.


65″ Samsung Smart LED TV Mounted to Tray Ceiling in the Master Bedroom.  This angle makes the viewing experience incredible because as you’re laying on the bed, you’re looking up at the TV!  IR Sensor Kit, Equipment hidden in another room.  Master Bedroom also has in the wall surround sound speakers that was part of multi room audio with Sonos, 8 Channel Power Amplifier and Subwoofer.  Freehold, NJ


TV Mounted over the Fireplace, New Jersey

LED Flat Screen Mounted over Gas Fireplace.  Wires Hidden.  Xantech IR Sensor Kit.  Audio and Video Components hidden in another room.   East Brunswick, New Jersey

happycustSamsung 80 inch 3D Smart TV, VIZIO’s 54-inch Sound Bar 5.1 and wireless subwoofer and rear speakers, along with In the Wall Speaker Surround Sound , Xantech IR Sensor, and cable box and blueray hidden in the garage on an equipment rack. Freehold, New Jersey


TV Mounted over the Fireplace, New Jersey

TV Over the Fireplace with wires concealed and mini surround sound with subwoofer, Home Theater in a Box with AV Receiver. Morganville NJ


TV Over the Fireplace, Sayreville New Jersey

4K TV Installed Over The Fireplace, 4K rated HDMI Cables, Wires Hidden behind wall, Equipment Hidden in  basement below, Xantech IR Sensor. We always leave enough room for a future sound bar.   Sayreville NJ

cctvHD Video Surveillance Systems, DVR, Nanny Cams, CCTV.  (8) Hi Def Cameras installed around the outside of the home.  Swann System & DVR System, TV Installed in Kitchen displaying 8 cameras for viewing, and app installed on customers phone to view cameras or on a touch screen .

Surveillance cameras are a great way to provide security for your home or workplace. As well as providing you with video footage of any events which may happen, they also act as a visible deterrent to criminals.

Swann produces a range of cameras, ensuring there is one suitable for every budget. Their range runs from state-of-the-art HD cameras with 3 megapixel sensors, optical zoom, and pan and tilt functions, through to our great value D1 advanced series range.

When connected to a Swann DVR security system all of the cameras can be accessed remotely from your smartphone, tablet or desktop. Allowing you to check in on your home or monitor staff at work wherever you are. Many of their security systems can also be set to be motion activated, recording footage when motion triggers them. Swann also has a range of outdoor and wifi enabled cameras.

Colts Neck New Jersey

TV in Man Cave with Definitive Technology Speakers, LED Lights, Martin Logan Subwoofer, Freehold New Jersey

80″ Sharp LED TV, 1080p, Definitive In Wall Speakers, Wireless Martin Logan Subwoofer, Xbox Hook Up, PS4 Hook Up, Equipment Hidden in Customers Basement & LED Lights with multiple color change.  Old Bridge, New Jersey

5 TV's Mounted in Game Room with X Box Hook UP

5 TV’s Mounted in Game Room with X Box Hook UP

5 LED TV’s Mounted in Same Area. (1) x 65″ Samsung Smart TV and (4) x 40″ Samsung Smart TV’s. Hook Up to 5 XBOX One’s.  The TV’s will be used for video gaming purposes.  Customer is one lucky kid! Holmdel NJ

Man Cave. Definitive Technology In the wall Speakers, Surround Sound, Definitive Technology Subwoofer, Harmony 650 Remote Programming, Equipment Placed on equipment rack in basement.  Infrared Eye Sensor Kit Installed.  Old Bridge, NJ

4K TV with Bose Surround Sound, Rear Speakers, Marlboro NJ

Media Room. 75″ Samsung 4K Wall Mounted with Bose Home Theater System Speakers & Rear Speakers. Marlboro, NJ


TV Over the Fireplace, 3D rated HDMI Cables, Xantech IR Sensor Kit, Sound Bar, Equipment hidden in a closet. Freehold NJ

outdoorspeakersNiles Rock Speakers , Farmingdale, NJ

outdoor1 Outdoor LED TV Installation and Niles Pro Rock Speakers that disappear into your landscape.  Rock Speakers placed by pool. TV mounted to customers outdoor patio onto natural stone.  Bring the party outside with one of our custom outdoor audio/video packages. Farmingdale NJ

christophertvMedia Room. 65″ LED TV, Sound Bar and floating shelf, Jackson, NJ

Apple TV Over the Fireplace,  4K Rated HDMI Cables, Equipment hidden. Holmdel NJ

fargoHome Cinema. 65″ Samsung Smart TV with Soundbar, Belmar New Jersey


Samsung Curved TV with Sonos Play Bar

55″ Samsung Curved TV with Sonos Sound Bar. Picture taken on an angle to show the curve! This Big Screen TV Fit perfect along with the Sonos Play Bar. Hazlet NJ


Brick NJ TV Wall Mounted

80 Inch Samsung 3D TV installed.  We use premium wall mounting brackets and can accommodate flat screens from 19 inches up to 90 inches!  Vizio Sound Bar, Equipment placed in another room, IR Sensor. Brick NJ


TV Mounted above a Fireplace, Wires Concealed, Monroe, NJ

Samsung TV Over the Fireplace, Wires Concealed, Hook Up to existing equipment.  We left enough room for a future Sound Bar!  Howell, NJ


Shrewsbury NJ

LED TV Wall Mounted to Stone Fireplace, Flat Mount, Wires Concealed in the wall , Shrewsbury , NJ

Home Theater Set Up in customers basement.  Hi Def 80 inch LED TV, TV Wall mounted on flat mount bracket.  Polk Audio Blackstone 5.0 Channel home theater speaker system on brackets with wireless subwoofer and equipment placed on rack.  Customer dedicated this room to his own viewing room.  Blu Ray DVD, Cable Box and Receiver Hooked Up.  Old Bridge NJ


Surround Sound In Wall Speakers, Family Room, Howell, NJ

Get a multi home audio system and fall in love with music all over again. Access all the music on earth – it’s easy! Play the perfect songs for a party, dinner with friends or relaxing in the tub.

We have packages offering the following..

Speakers that disappear into your room’s décor
Use any smart phone, iPad or tablet to control your music
Listen to anything anywhere in your house – really!
Instantly access 20 million songs from Sonos
Play music in just one room or throughout the house
Put speakers anywhere – even outdoors
Set an alarm and wake up to your favorite song every day

Let us help you rediscover music all over again.

TV Wall Mount Over the Fireplace with Surround Sound In Wall Speakers, Center Speaker, Rear Speakers.  We designed the layout and recommended the equipment for this install.  Red Bank NJ

trayceilinghowelltvLED TV Mounted to Customers Tray Ceiling in Master Bedroom.  This was the first time I mounted a TV to a tray ceiling.  It turned out great.   Surround Sound and  In the Wall speakers. All wires concealed. Equipment hidden in a closet. IR Sensor Kit .  We recommended all of the equipment and designed the layout of the TV’s,  Surround Sound, and audio and video components.  Get a clean look while hiding all of your equipment in a closet or equipment rack.  Get a modern look with one of our installation packages.   Howell, NJ

outsdoorspeakerOutdoor Speakers installed on customers patio.

  • weather-resistant portable outdoor speaker with Bluetooth adapter
  • two 3/4″ dome tweeters and one 6-1/2″ woofer
  • powerful built-in amplifier for quality sound over a wide listening area

Sonos Installation along with receiver and amplifier.  We can hook up your yard in time for spring.  Get your outdoor audio and video installed and turn your backyard into a club. Niles, Polk Audio, Klipsch, Boston Acoustics, Bose and Definitive Technology all have a nice line of weatherproof speakers that can enhance your outdoor listening space.  Freehold NJ


Custom Home Theater Cinema.  Epson Projector, Screen Installation, Martin Logan speakers, Subwoofer, front and rear speakers.  Sounded amazing in there when it was all done!  Marlboro NJ

fireplace66XTRME Sights & Sounds.. For all your high end designer audio and video equipment needs.

Picture this: you are relaxing out on your back patio, cold drink in one hand and a Macanudo in the other—this sounds like the perfect summer day. Well, what if we told you that we could make this picture even more appealing? By adding an all-weather TV from SunBriteTV to your outdoor space, you will never have to worry about missing a Mets game… ever!

When we say these TVs are all-weather, we aren’t kidding! These televisions can withstand temperatures as blazing as 122 degrees and as bitter as -24 degrees Fahrenheit. Did we mention that they are fully waterproof, too? A great compliment to your SunBrite TV is the Klipsch outdoor speaker line.  These speakers deliver crystal clear sound while emitting more sound per watt than similarly sized speakers, thus providing superior sound coverage of your space. Plus, the rustic design of these speakers allows them to blend into any outdoor space.  XTRME Sights and Sounds can transform your outdoor living space into a paradise!

outsideVideo Surveillance Systems, DVR setup, Cameras, CCTV, Nanny cam.  GET IT ON VIDEO. Home Invasions are on the rise in our area. This is a fact. Old Bridge had five home invasions during the month of December 2014 . Have peace of mind if you are at the office working and your wife and kids are home alone. You can watch the live feed from your phone. Need a nanny cam? No problem. Having cameras on the inside and outside of your home is a must these days. Feel safe in the comfort of your own home with one of our HD camera installation packages. Offering Camera Sales & Installation Packages. Call for your quote today. Never feel uncomfortable leaving the house again.  Never feel worried leaving the kids with the babysitter.  Watch your cameras anywhere , anytime from your ThinkPad, IPAD or smartphone. We have a range of home security systems to suit every budget, whether for home or business. Plus if you choose a DVR system you can be secure in the knowledge that you can access your security cameras remotely via computer, tablet or smartphone to view footage, and are backed up by a lifetime 24/7 technical support guarantee. SWANN Wireless security system, wifi security cameras, Freehold NJ


Man Cave with 80 inch Sharp LED TV with Definitive Technology In Wall Speakers, rear speakers, center speaker, wireless Definitive Technology subwoofer cube, XBOX one hook up, IR Sensor Kit, Harmony Universal Remote and LED Lights around his TV .  Customer has a nice set up  with a bar in the media room where he can watch his games, play his XBOX One -and be a guy in peace!  All components hidden in basement.  Freehold,New Jersey

 monitor Wireless Speakers Multi Room Audio Freehold NJ

XTREME specializes in designing whole house audio/video systems that move the electronics out of the rooms of your home and centralizes them in single equipment room or closet. These centralized audio/video components can then be distributed to the different rooms of the house and reduce the overall number of components you need to own. Recorded television shows can follow you from the Family Room to the Gym and music can be shared amongst one, two, or ten rooms.

Imagine easy control of your favorite music from any room in your home. Navigate your favorite streaming music sources (Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, etc.), satellite radio, or your existing music library effortlessly from your smartphone, tablet, or home automation touchscreen. Gone are the days when your only music control was a volume knob on a wall; now you can navigate your music with intuitive two-way control to easily choose your favorite station, artist, song, or playlist. Quick access to your music has never been easier or more fun.

Flush-mounted in-wall and in-ceiling speakers have never looked so good or blended so beautifully with your décor as they do today. Flush mount speakers are available in many shapes and sizes, some designed to match the aesthetic footprint of popular ceiling light fixtures. Now, instead of clashing with your ceiling’s lighting layout, the speakers actually complement the aesthetic design. Options are available for completely invisible speakers.

High End Designer Speakers with Wireless Subwoofers, Multi Room Audio. Get your home sounding like a club with one of our custom installation packages.   Offering In Wall and On the Wall Speakers, In Ceiling and Free Standing Speaker Installation.


Belmar Beach House TV Wall Mounting

TV Wall Mounted above Closet in Bedroom, Belmar Beach House, NJ

proNew Technology for projectors includes laser with 4K Technology. We can design your dream home cinema with pairing up an excellent projector and surround sound system for your custom home theater room or man cave. 

Outdoor Audio Video Pros of New Jersey

Brands Used; KEF, Definitive Technology, Klipsch, Bose, Sonos, HTD, & More…

Laser Projection with 4K enhancement…

Discover a whole new way to watch movies – the way filmmakers intended. Even your most-loved films will offer something new. This isn’t just a new way to watch movies – it’s the best way!
After an install with us, you’ll never go to the theater again. Call for your free estimate. When are we coming to your place?


We get these question asked..A lot.  Hoping this can shed some light on these common questions…

What is the difference between 1080p and 4K resolution anyway?

A High Definition TV with 1080p resolution is composed of two million pixels (1920 x 1080), while a 4K TV (aka Ultra High Definition) has over eight million pixels (3840 x 2160). Therefore, 4K has around four times more resolution than 1080p and produces a clearer picture.

4K TV sets are now available from most of the major TV manufacturers, including Samsung, LG, Sony, Sharp, Panasonic and Vizio and a slew of second tier players. But these are merely the tip of the technological iceberg. This new standard affects not just the world of TV and cinema, but cameras, smartphones, tablets, computer monitors and video games. Practically anything that displays images or records video will need to reckon with 4K in the coming years.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s make sure we all understand the basics. What the heck is 4K and why should you care?

What do I need to know about 4K?

In a minute we’re going to explain precisely how 4K is defined, how it works and why you should care, but to tell you the truth, you only need to know one thing about it: 4K means more pixels.

That’s it?

That’s it.

How many more pixels are we talking about?

About 8 million. Which is around four times what your current 1080p set can display. Think of your TV like a grid, with rows and columns. A full HD 1080p image is 1080 rows high and 1920 columns wide. A 4K image approximately doubles both those numbers, yielding approximately 4 times as many pixels total. To put it another way, you could fit every pixel from your 1080p set onto one quarter of a 4K screen.

Why is it called 4K?

Because the images are around 4,000 pixels wide. And before you ask, yes, the industry named 1080 resolution after image height, but named 4K after image width. For extra added fun, you also might hear this resolution referred to as 2160p. Welcome to the future. It’s confusing here.

Do all those extra pixels matter?

They matter very much. More pixels means more information. More information means sharper pictures. Sharper pictures are more engaging. More engaging content is more fun. And fun… well fun is the thing, isn’t it?

So I’ll see a huge difference?

That’s where it gets sticky. We’re talking about a similar jump in resolution as the one from SD (480 lines high) to HD (1080 lines high). And 4K screens are noticeably sharper than 1080p screens. But there are a few reasons you might not feel the same thrill you did when you upgraded your old CRT to a flatscreen.

When most people went from a 480 to a 1080p set, there was a good chance they were making a big jump in TV size as well. In terms of wow factor, display size is more powerful than any resolution jump could ever hope to be. Last time around most people got big jumps to both screen size and resolution. But this time screen sizes are staying about the same, with the most popular models falling in the 40 inch to 70 inch range.

Most importantly, though, you’ll only be able to see the resolution difference on a 4K set if you’re 1) watching 4K content through it and 2) you’re sitting close enough.

Sitting close enough?

Yup. Remember when Apple made a big fuss about “retina” displays a few iPhones back? “Retina” refers to screens that have sufficient resolution that at a normal viewing distance your eye can’t make out individual pixels. Get far enough away from a 1080p set and, hey presto, It’s a retina display! More importantly, at that same distance, your eyeballs won’t be able to squeeze any more detail out of a 4K image than a 1080 one. If you’re at “retina distance” from your 1080p set now and don’t plan on moving your couch closer, upgrading to 4K may not make a big difference to your experience. This chart shows how close you need to sit at any given screen size to see the difference.

So I should sit closer?

Oh my yes. The ability to get up close to the screen without the image breaking down is one of the most intoxicating things about 4K. Sitting closer allows the same sized screen to fill more of your visual field, which yields greater immersion. The up-close factor is one of the reasons 4K computer monitors have become one of the technology’s fastest growing sectors. 4K monitors remain pin-sharp even when you’re just a foot or two from the screen, as you are when you’re sitting at your desk.

Difference between Ultra HD and 4K

Technically, “Ultra High Definition” is actually a derivation of the 4K digital cinema standard. However while your local multiplex shows images in native 4096 x 2160 4K resolution, the new Ultra HD consumer format has a slightly lower resolution of 3840 X 2160.

This is one reason why some brands prefer not to use the 4K label at all, sticking with Ultra HD or UHD instead. However, the numerical shorthand looks likely to stick. As a broad brush label it’s so much snappier!

Why should I care about 4K Ultra HD?

There are many reasons why 4K should make you rethink your next TV purchase , not all of them immediately obvious.

Photographers who routinely view their work on an HD TV are seeing but a fraction of the detail inherent in their pictures when they view them at 2160p.

A 4K display reveals so much more nuance and detail – the difference can be astonishing. While 3D has proved to be a faddish diversion, 4K comes without caveats. Its higher resolution images are simply better.

The higher pixel density of a 4K panel also enable you get much closer without the grid-like structure of the image itself becoming visible –this means you can comfortably watch a much larger screen from the same seating position as your current Full HD panel. Currently all available 4K Ultra HD TVs are in excess of 50-inches.

You also said “and up.” Can UHD also designate higher resolutions than 4K?

Yes. This is the slightly confusing part. An 8K display would also be UHD.

What is this 8K you speak of?

It’s the next resolution standard up from 4K. Basically it doubles the pixel height and width again to yield approximately 32 million pixels. It’s a regular pixel party.

That sounds awesome. Should I just get one of those?

Absolutely not. The 8K standard is primarily for the exhibition market (aka movie theaters). To make that many pixels matter, you need to be feeding a truly gigantic screen and sitting right in front of it. Besides, you can’t buy an 8K screen today without having it custom built, which would cost approximately seven hojillion dollars. And there’s no commercially available 8K content. You’d need to get movies directly from distributors the same way theaters do. You do not need this unless you are Jerry Bruckheimer. (If you are Jerry Bruckheimer, though, give me a call. I know a guy.)

My friend told me about 4K OLED. What’s that?

More acronyms! Isn’t this fun? OLED – organic light emitting diodes – have been around for some time, but producing big screens using this technology has proven to be prohibitively expensive, something which has so far prevented OLED television from being a mainstream proposition.

It’s a real shame because OLED technology can be stunning, offering vibrant colors, deep blacks and bright whites. But don’t give up hope just yet. Several companies (most prominently LG) are laboring away to bring OLED to 4K televisions.

Quantum Dot sounds like theoretical physics

It does indeed. But unlike some problems in theoretical physics, the solution is already here. Quantum Dot displays (QD for short) are simply LED panels with a thin film of nano-crystals in between the backlight and the display. Manufacturers like LG and Sony claim that this increases color depth by around 30% without adding extra pixels or implementing a wacky algorithm to digitally manipulate the display.

What about 4K content? Can I get that?

Yeah, about that… There’s actually not much 4K content to be had right now.

Why not?

Because every 4K frame contains four times the information of HD, 4K content is four times more bulky than regular HD content in terms of its raw file size. That makes it a challenge to get it to you. Broadcast TV hasn’t made the 4K switch yet (indeed, it’s only recently that hard drive sizes have gotten big enough to manage DVRing HD programs comfortably). There is a 4K Blu-ray standard coming, but the Blu-ray disc association is only just finishing it and won’t start licensing it to manufacturers until early 2015.

So what can I watch?

The good news is many new films and some TV shows are now filming in 4K as a future-proofing measure. The bad news is all that content will have to wait until we have established avenues for getting it to people. Your best UHD options right now come from Sony and Netflix, with Amazon to follow suit this fall.

Sony launched its Video Unlimited 4K service in 2013, which offers more than 70 films and TV shows for rental or purchase. It requires Sony’s 4K Ultra HD Media Player, the FMP-X1 ($350), which comes with a 2TB hard drive and is only compatible with Sony 4K TVs. 24-hour TV show rentals are $4 and 24-hour film rentals cost $8. Film purchases are $30. It’s not exactly instant gratification, though. Once you rent or buy something, it needs to download to your player, which Sony estimates can take 8 to 15 hours, depending on your Internet connection, so you’d better think ahead if you’re planning a 4K movie night.

If you want to watch right away, Netflix is testing the 4K streaming waters with select shows (House of Cards, Breaking Bad, The Blacklist) and films (Ghostbusters, The Smurfs 2) if you own a Samsung, Sony or LG 4K TV and have a 25Mbps internet connection. Currently, however, the content selection is limited at best. And contains The Smurfs 2. Netflix has announced that it will require new subscribers to be on the highest tier four-stream Family Plan in order to access 4K content. Existing subscribers will be grandfathered into 4K for two years on their existing lower-tier plans.

In addition, Amazon recently announced that it would begin streaming 4K content to TVs by select manufacturers in October. By the time the holidays roll around, it looks like 4K pioneers will have at least a few options to choose from.



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