updated 10:54 am EST, Mon December 9, 2013
Higher brightness in Dolby system offers higher dynamic range
After redefining cinema audio with the Dolby Atmos system, Dolby has set itself to work creating a "super TV" technology that is able to display images at a higher level of brightness than current generations of television. The prototype monitor shown at the event and the underlying technology is hoped to eventually show Ultra HD-resolution video at a brightness of 4,000 nits, far brighter than the 100 nits available to consumers today.
The prototype, shown to journalists as part of an "At the Labs" event last week, is said to have a higher dynamic range and contrast sensitivity compared to a more conventional 100-nit screen nearby, with both displaying the same 1080p resolution. It is thought that the use of 4,000 nits of brightness would give filmmakers and television producers more freedom in the post-production process to use more realistic coloring.
The prototype's requirement for four times the number of LEDs used for backlighting and a liquid cooling system will make it a hard sell for manufacturers to add the system to their offerings in the future, though it could be adapted to other different sizes and resolutions of displays pretty easily. The first prototype displays using the Dolby Pulsar technology could surface during CES.
At the same event, Dolby advised that it still intends for its glasses-free 3D to end up in consumer televisions in the future. The company revealed that 3D TV systems using the technology will be shipping before the holiday season of 2014, and though pricing is unknown, it is thought to be in the same range as a 4K television. Five televisions will apparently be on display at CES in January, along with a number of glasses-free 3D monitors for PCs.