For the ultimate movie buff.
In the past years, IMAX has become one of the top choices for Hollywood blockbusters for shooting formats. The increased quality and detail projected on the large screen gave an immersive viewing that normal cinemas can’t deliver.
While home theater systems have started to become so advanced that they are now capable of replicating the cinema experience, not everyone can do the IMAX experience – this is what the new IMAX Enhanced technology comes in. IMAX Enhanced aims to deliver that same visual and aural spectacle you’d experience when watching in an IMAX theater but what exactly do you need to enjoy it?
Here’s a step-by-step rundown of the stuff you need to know about IMAX Enhanced:
You will need new (or compatible) hardware – Yes, a new standard also means new and compatible hardware. To fully enjoy IMAX Enhanced, you would need a TV and receiver that supports the standard. IMAX Enhanced requires a TV to be 4K HDR compatible. The new displays and projectors from Sony have already showcased support for IMAX Enhanced during last month’s CES.
There’s also the issue of your receiver supporting IMAX Enhanced. While it was mentioned that any receiver that’s able to decode DTS:X is compatible, having an IMAX Enhanced logo is still the best option.
You need IMAX Enhanced content – Of course, getting all these hardware will be nothing if you don’t have the right content. IMAX Enhanced discs are basically 4K Blu-rays with a higher rate of encoding. Physical media is still the best option to enjoy IMAX Enhanced content, but there are already talks about bringing the same experience to streaming services.
At the moment, more than 100+ IMAX documentaries have been confirmed to arrive in the format along with some blockbuster movies like Venom from Sony and the Mission: Impossible movies from Paramount Pictures.
What about other formats? – Don’t worry, once you’ve invested money on all these hardware it will still be backward compatible with every format available. As mentioned, IMAX Enhanced are placed on 4K Blu-ray discs, so the players themselves will be able to play normal Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray without any problems.
Support and future – Since IMAX Enhanced is a relatively new format, there’s always the question of it will be strong enough to last for years as another format to co-exist another accepted standard. That usually depends on how the public will adopt it – so we may have to wait and see how that goes.
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