How to Get the Most Out of 4K

To fully enjoy your 4K TV experience, you need an AV receiver and speakers capable of producing audio that's just as vivid and immersive as the picture.

The rich, vivid images of ultra-high definition television transform the way people enjoy their favorite shows and movies. 4K resolution makes large screens look better than ever by offering quadruple the pixels of 1080p HDTVs. However, to complete the 4K TV experience, you need audio that's just as sharp and immersive as the picture. Follow this guide to get the most out of your 4K TV and amplify the listening environment.

Is it time to upgrade your AV receiver?

If you have an older AV receiver, you may need to purchase a new one that's 4K compatible. Putting together your ultra-HD setup requires a receiver with HDMI 2.0 inputs, especially if you plan to use components like a 4K Blu-ray player. Also consider that 4K content features High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection, or HDCP. This means that every part of your video chain must support the current standard of HDCP 2.2 for you to see the ultra-high-resolution picture you paid for when you purchased your TV.

Beyond the basics, consider how the right receiver can deepen and enhance your enjoyment of movies, TV, music and video games. Look for a component that supports object-based audio (commonly described as 3D audio) if you're interested in filling the room with sound that matches the detail of your 4K TV. With all of this in mind, rest assured that a proper receiver should be able to serve as the center of your home entertainment system for years to come.

Do you have high-speed HDMI cables?

The technology behind HDMI cables has evolved alongside our TVs. While standard-speed cables are fine for resolutions up to 1080i, 4K signals can only be sent through high-speed HDMI cables, version 1.4 or later. Version 2.0 was introduced in 2013 and can reach a higher bandwidth, allowing 4K resolution at 60 frames per second and enhanced color. New HDMI 2.1 cables are capable of transferring signals for up to 10K resolution, making them the right choice for next-generation codecs. To ensure reliable signal transfer and optimal picture quality, select premium HDMI cables made with high-quality, durable materials.

Are your speakers up to the task?

For a great home theater system, you need thoughtfully engineered speakers that add clarity and detail to music, sound effects or dialogue. The BP9000 Series from Definitive Technology is designed to capture all the nuances of object-based sound. Floor-standing towers feature integrated powered subwoofers, and the optional height module component creates a third-dimension for truly immersive audio. If you prefer a slimmed down speaker aesthetic to match your ultra-thin TV, consider the Mythos collection of speakers . It’s sleek in design, without compromising on power or clarity.

The quality of sound should match the picture of your TV — otherwise, you’ve invested in picture at the expense of sound. Don’t endure a disappointing home theater experience. Optimize your audio — explore the full selection of speakers from Definitive Technology to find your ideal configuration.