How to Get Dolby Vision HDR at Home

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High dynamic range (HDR) is the Next Big Thing in video. It offers a major improvement in picture quality, with brighter highlights, deeper blacks, and a wider range of colors than anything we’ve seen up to now. Of the two major formats on the market today, Dolby Vision HDR is generally considered to be the best, because it uses dynamic metadata to represent the brightness and colors of the mastering display on a scene-by-scene—or even frame-by-frame—basis. The display uses this information to adjust the image to fit within its particular capabilities better than HDR10, which uses static metadata—that is, it conveys only one value for the brightness and color of the mastering display for the entire program.

If you’ve seen a movie in a Dolby Cinema, you know how amazing a Dolby Vision image can look. Is it possible to get that kind of picture quality at home? Yes! However, a few pieces must be in place to do so. First, you need a Dolby Vision HDR source. Several streaming providers offer Dolby Vision content, which can be accessed from some TVs’ onboard apps and, so far, by one outboard streamer—the Chromecast Ultra.

The first UHD Blu-ray discs with Dolby Vision HDR are now available, and others are sure to follow. To play them in Dolby Vision, you need a UHD Blu-ray player that supports the format. (If a player doesn’t support Dolby Vision, it plays the content in HDR10.) As of this writing, only the Oppo UDP-203 and UDP-205 support Dolby Vision; the LG UP970 and Philips BDP7302 and BDP7502 are scheduled to get a firmware update to support it by the end of the year.

If you have a Dolby Vision-capable UHD Blu-ray player and/or Chromecast Ultra connected to an AV receiver or preamp/processor, it must also support Dolby Vision in order to pass that signal from the source device to the display. Many AVRs and pre/pros do not support Dolby Vision pass-through, but newer models are starting to. Also, many models from a year or two ago are scheduled to get a firmware update to support Dolby Vision HDR by the end of 2017.

Finally, you need a TV that supports Dolby Vision HDR. (There are no consumer projectors that support it at this time.) LG, TCL, and Vizio are leading the pack in this regard, but other companies make Dolby Vision-capable TVs as well. Also, several Sony models are scheduled to get a firmware update that will add Dolby Vision capabilities by the end of the year.

To help you implement Dolby Vision HDR at home, I’ve compiled a list of all providers and products that support it now or after a firmware update. You might already have everything you need, or you might want to consider upgrading one or more components in your system to enjoy the best picture quality available today.


Streaming Providers

Amazon Video (US)
iQiyi (China)
Netflix (Global)
NTT Plala (Japan)
Tencent (China)
Vudu (US)


Streaming Devices

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Chromecast Ultra


UHD Blu-ray Players

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Note: Firmware update to add support for Dolby Vision HDR is scheduled to be available by the end of 2017.

LG UP970 (pending firmware update)
Oppo UDP-203
Oppo UDP-205
Philips BDP7302 (pending firmware update)
Philips BDP7502 (pending firmware update)


UHD Blu-ray Titles

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The Cabin in the Woods (Sept. 5)
Despicable Me
Despicable Me 2
The Fate of the Furious
Power Rangers
Red (Sept. 5)
Red 2 (Sept. 5)
Resident Evil: Vendetta


Compatible AVRs

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Note: Firmware update to add Dolby Vision pass-through is scheduled to be available by the end of 2017.

Anthem MRX 520 (pending firmware update)
Anthem MRX 720 (pending firmware update)
Anthem MRX 1120 (pending firmware update)
Denon AVR-S710W (pending firmware update)
Denon AVR-S720W (pending firmware update)
Denon AVR-S730H
Denon AVR-S910W (pending firmware update)
Denon AVR-S920W (pending firmware update)
Denon AVR-S930H
Denon AVR-X1200W (pending firmware update)
Denon AVR-X1300W (pending firmware update)
Denon AVR-X1400H
Denon AVR-X2200W (pending firmware update)
Denon AVR-X2300W (pending firmware update)
Denon AVR-X2400H
Denon AVR-X3200W (pending firmware update)
Denon AVR-X3300W (pending firmware update)
Denon AVR-X3400H
Denon AVR-X4200W (pending firmware update)
Denon AVR-X4300H (pending firmware update)
Denon AVR-X4400H
Denon AVR-X6200W (pending firmware update)
Denon AVR-X6300H (pending firmware update)
Denon AVR-X6400H
Denon AVR-X7200WA (pending firmware update)
Integra DRX-2.1
Integra DRX-3.1
Integra DTM-7
Marantz NR1508
Marantz NR1607 (pending firmware update)
Marantz NR1608
Marantz SR5010 (pending firmware update)
Marantz SR5011 (pending firmware update)
Marantz SR5012
Marantz SR6010 (pending firmware update)
Marantz SR6011 (pending firmware update)
Marantz SR6012
Marantz SR7010 (pending firmware update)
Marantz SR7011 (pending firmware update)
Marantz SR7012
Marantz SR8012
Onkyo TX-8270
Onkyo TX-NR555 (pending firmware update)
Onkyo TX-NR575
Onkyo TX-NR656 (pending firmware update)
Onkyo TX-NR676
Onkyo TX-NR757 (pending firmware update)
Onkyo TX-NR777
Onkyo TX-RZ610 (pending firmware update)
Onkyo TX-RZ620
Onkyo TX-RZ710 (pending firmware update)
Onkyo TX-RZ720
Onkyo TX-RZ810 (pending firmware update)
Onkyo TX-RZ820
Onkyo TX-RZ1100 (pending firmware update)
Onkyo TX-RZ3100 (pending firmware update)
Onkyo TX-RZ5100 (pending firmware update)
Pioneer VSX-832
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302
Sony STR-DN1080 (pending firmware update)
Sony STR-ZA810ES (pending firmware update)
Sony STR-ZA1100ES (pending firmware update)
Sony STR-ZA2100ES (pending firmware update)
Sony STR-ZA3100ES (pending firmware update)
Sony STR-ZA5000ES (pending firmware update)
Yamaha RX-V383 (pending firmware update)
Yamaha RX-V483 (pending firmware update)
Yamaha RX-V583 (pending firmware update)
Yamaha RX-V681 (pending firmware update)
Yamaha RX-V683 (pending firmware update)
Yamaha RX-V781 (pending firmware update)
Yamaha RX-A670 (pending firmware update)
Yamaha RX-A760 (pending firmware update)
Yamaha RX-A770 (pending firmware update)
Yamaha RX-A860 (pending firmware update)
Yamaha RX-A870 (pending firmware update)
Yamaha RX-A1060 (pending firmware update)
Yamaha RX-A1070 (pending firmware update)
Yamaha RX-A2060 (pending firmware update)
Yamaha RX-A2070 (pending firmware update)
Yamaha RX-A3060 (pending firmware update)
Yamaha RX-A3070 (pending firmware update)


Compatible Pre/Pros

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Note: Firmware update to add Dolby Vision pass-through is scheduled to be available by the end of 2017.

Anthem AVM 60 (pending firmware update)
Marantz AV7702MKII (pending firmware update)
Marantz AV7703 (pending firmware update)
Marantz AV7704
Marantz AV8802A (pending firmware update)
McIntosh MX160 (firmware version 2.0.14 or later)
Yamaha CX-A5100 (pending firmware update)


Displays

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Note: Not all of these models are available globally. Many support Dolby Vision from their onboard apps. The firmware update to add Dolby Vision capabilities to the Sony TVs is scheduled to be available by the end of 2017.

Changhong Q2AH OLED
Changhong Q3A OLED
Hisense R8 LCD
LeEco uMax85 LCD
LG B6 OLED
LG B7 OLED
LG C6 OLED
LG C7 OLED
LG E6 OLED
LG E7 OLED
LG G6 OLED
LG G7 OLED
LG W7 OLED
LG SJ850A LCD
LG SJ857A LCD
LG SJ8000 LCD
LG SJ8500 LCD
LG SJ8570 LCD
LG SJ9500 LCD
LG SJ9570 LCD
LG UH7650 LCD
LG UH7700 LCD
LG UH8500 LCD
LG UH9500 LCD
Loewe Bild 5 OLED
Philips 6902 LCD
Skyworth S9-I OLED
Sony A1E OLED (pending firmware update)
Sony X930E LCD (pending firmware update)
Sony X940E LCD (pending firmware update)
Sony Z9D LCD (pending firmware update)
TCL C Series LCD
TCL P Series LCD
TCL X Series LCD
Vizio M Series LCD
Vizio P Series LCD
Vizio Reference Series LCD

 

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