HDR Brightness

Shakey4

Well-known Member
Hello all,

Looking at the Philips 50PUS9005 at Currys, the peak brightness of the TV is 400nits, is this adequate for HDR or is it a kind of false HDR?
 

Sloppy Bob

Distinguished Member
is this adequate for HDR
No, it's not.

You need two things for an LCD TV to do HDR well.

Brightness - 1000 Nits is really where good HDR is on an LCD but more can be better.

Local Dimming - Without some kind of FALD then all your Tv is going to do is get brighter and dimmer, you need dimming zones so the aspect ratio bars are black, the sky is dark but the moon is bright and so are the stars.
OLED's do this very well as they can dim on a per pixel basis. LCD's do it with varying success depending upon a number of factors.

Good HDR on a 2020 brand name model TV is starting at about £1000+ at that size.
Budget options are the Hisense U7 and U8 models but I'd have a good read of the forum reviews and the Hisense area of the forum before committing.

A 50" TV isn't going to show off 4K as far as the resolution is concerned, it's too small to see unless you're inches away from it, which means it's only point is for HDR really.
If it's outwith your budget to buy an HDR capable TV then either I'd say don't buy a new TV now unless you need one. It's a bad time of year as 2020 models are just out and at their near highest prices. Discounts start properly around Black Friday and Tvs are their lowest price in the Spring when the 2021 models will start arriving.

If you have to buy a TV now and HDR isn't in budget, then just buy a cheapish TV and don't put any 4K sources through it.

Lastly if you are still looking for an HDR capable TV, you'd be better going up to a 55" if you can. Usually 55" TVs have better features for not much extra compared to their 50" counterparts such a better refresh rate on the panel (120Hz vs 60Hz) which gets you better motion for sports etc.
 
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LCDseeker

Distinguished Member
Hello all,

Looking at the Philips 50PUS9005 at Currys, the peak brightness of the TV is 400nits, is this adequate for HDR or is it a kind of false HDR?

You need to be aiming for 1000 nits and above to get a true HDR performance. That said televisions in the 700-800 nit region are still very good. All sets seem to have HDR on the side now which shouldn't really be allowed in my opinion.
 

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