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Steve Kindig has been holed up in his basement home theater for days re-watching Breaking Bad . BENEFITS OF HDR Typical TVs also struggle to accurately display scenes with near-black shadows. Often, key details get obscured. But HDR-capable TVs have more precise light control, giving them the ability to reproduce shadows with more depth and detail. HDR-enhanced 4K TVs and content can show many more colors than you've ever seen on a TV. That's because they've moved beyond the color range and color resolution limitations of HDTVs. The better HDR-equipped TVs can match the gorgeous color spectrum found in the latest 4K movie theaters. One of the toughest tasks for TVs is producing the deep black of a nighttime sky. The better HDR-capable TVs, like those listed at left, make it look easy. OLED TVs can produce absolute black because every pixel can shut off its light entirely. And LED-LCD TVs with "local-dimming" backlights can provide black levels that are nearly as impressive. The lighting effects in an HDR picture can be intense. Particularly scenes with fire, a flash of sunlight, an explosion, neon lights, or any other extra-bright highlight. Regular TVs can't really convey the energy of these visuals, but HDR TVs can. Some models can get bright enough to make you squint! Realistic shadow detail Vivid, nuanced colors Deep, deep black Brilliant highlights *EnergyGuide annual energy cost: UN65KS8500 - $16; XBR-65X930D - $27; OLED65B6P - $24. Your energy cost depends on your utility rates and use. The estimated cost is based on 12 cents per kWh and 5 hours of use per day. For more information visit www.ftc.gov/energy 39

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