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HDMI 2.1 is currently the fastest standard for HDMI connections. Thus, for example, videos with 4K resolution and 120Hz can be transmitted.

The requirements for HDMI 2.1 include the following points:Data rate up to 48 GBit/s

  • Support for 14 and 16 bit color depth
  • Variable refresh rate (VRR)
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  • Quick Media Switching (QMS)
  • Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
  • Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
  • Display Stream Compression (DSC)
  • Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)

Roughly speaking, these specifications are only necessary for gaming with the latest consoles, Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X, as well as high-end graphics cards. Only when all points are fulfilled, it is a full-fledged HDMI 2.1 connection.

HDMI eARC refers to the enhanced Audio Return Channel, i.e. the HDMI connection that can also return high-resolution audio to a soundbar or AV receiver.  This is relevant in two scenarios. On the one hand, you need HDMI eARC to pass on Dolby Atmos or DTS:X uncompressed to a sound system, and on the other hand, it is the possibility to use the cable in both directions. That is, a BluRay player, for example, passes the audio-video signal to the HDMI input of a soundbar. The soundbar sends the AV signal to the TV, which then sends only the audio signal back to the soundbar via the same cable.

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and this is supposed to optimize compatible content by adjusting the brightness levels and thus significantly improving the picture quality. HDR is simply not available on regular cable and satellite TV, but HDR plays a big role in the most popular streaming services as well as Blu-rays — and of course in gaming!

HDR10+ and Dolby Vision further optimize the picture from scene to scene, making highlights stand out even more. The latter can also be used for gaming, but unfortunately only the Xbox Series X has Dolby Gaming, which includes both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision.

An Auto Low Latency Mode, or ALLM for short, ensures that the TV automatically switches to gaming mode as soon as it detects a connected console. This means that you do not have to manually switch to the mode with the lowest latency, or input lag. There are also TVs without HDMI2.1 that have this spec, but if a TV has HDMI2.1, you can also be sure that an ALLM is supported, since it is part of the standard nowadays.

The term OLED describes a type of TV display that consists of organic light-emitting diodes. These have many advantages over the LCD competition, because the fact that each pixel can illuminate by itself means that a theoretically infinite contrast can be achieved. In addition, OLED TVs have an extremely wide viewing angle in addition, where the picture quality remains stable, plus gamers and sports fans should also be convinced by the almost instantaneous response time. You can hardly go wrong with an OLED!

The only weak point compared to most LCD TVs in the same price range: they don’t get as bright as the competition.

One fear that many people have when buying an OLED is the notorious burn-in risk. However, we can calm you down here: Burn-in is theoretically possible, but it hardly ever happens in practice.

A QLED TV should not be confused with OLED TVs! While the name is similar, this is an entirely different type of display. QLEDs are an improvement on LCD displays, using what are known as quantum dots, which promise rich and accurate colors, often with a higher peak brightness than OLEDs.

Which display type is the better one can unfortunately not be answered so simply, because as often it depends on the application and environment in which the TV will be placed. But exactly to help you find the perfect TV for your needs, there is the TV Findr!

For now, we can reassure you, because if you already know how far you will sit from your new TV, then you can simply specify the distance — we’ll do the rest!

However, it must be said here that there is no such thing as the “perfect” size and it always depends on your preference! And between us, if you’re wavering between two sizes, our experience has been that you don’t regret the larger model.

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