TVs have brains too, they aren’t just panels that display your shows.
They undergo active tweaking and manipulating of images to produce colours and resolutions closest to reality. With tellies today pushing hard to outdo each other, the brain of the TV becomes more crucial than ever to break the box of what the conventional OLED panel can achieve. The better the brain, the better the image.
Sony’s new 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme is the brain behind the stunning display on the Sony’s A1 BRAVIA OLED. It constantly negotiates subpar images and remasters it to meet the mighty standards of its screen. In turn, we enjoy the best that 4K HDR has to offer at home.
The processors pack some insane technology that sounds beyond most of us, but this is a breakdown of its three new remastering technologies and why you want one, all simplified for easy digestion.
Smarter than HDR
It's a real tragedy when a product you’ve bought at some cost isn’t given the tools to fulfil its greatest potential, just as when content that we watch isn’t maximised for HDR. Images that aren’t mastered often come out bland and dull in colour.
Conventional HDR’s solution is limited in comparison. It lacks a processor as sophiscated as this, and it can’t juggle the vast array of colours thrown at it at once within a single frame. To remaster an image, it modifies the blacks and whites in the image – namely shadow and light, in a bid to bring out the tones and colours of an image. This is merely black and white amidst the millions of colours that could be shown on screen, therefore it isn’t an ideal solution for remastering.
One clever feature of the X1 Extreme processor chip is its Object-based HDR Remaster - it can pick out individual objects in every frame and fine-tune it individually. It would be impressive if each object were given the usual OLED treatment – adjusting the light and shadows, but the X1 Extreme brings it one notch further and modifies images by colour.
The X1 Extreme isn't an artist limited to monochromatic colours. Now individual colours are recognised and matched against its own palette of tones. These coloured hues will be distributed accordingly to match the varying tones of brightness over the area. It’s genius and what you get is a far more beautiful and realistic picture than any other TV.
Look back at normal HDR and you’ll realise how there seems to be a persistent layer of fog on top of the whole image. Knowing such technology exists across a wide range of products low-priced to premium, you can’t possibly go back. The way is forward.