There are 2 standards for the new HDR technology in tv’s. One is called HDR 10 and the other is called Dolby Vision. Let’s go through some of the similarities and differences here so you know what’s up!

If you don’t know what HDR means or what it stands for, check out this link then come back here. If you want it in one sentence, HDR stands for high dynamic range and drastically increases the number of colors your tv can display and also boosts contrast between blacks and whites. Contrast and color are the two most important determinants of picture quality.


Edit: Sony’s high-end 2017 tv sets now support Dolby Vision. LG OLED’s support HDR 10 in addition to Dolby Vision.

This venn diagram nails the big differences between the two visual formats. It’s important to know that these differences aren’t particularly obvious when viewing actual content. This is partly because HDR is still new technology and the high-end tv sets that display HDR content are so good that it’s difficult to tell the difference between the two. This is also because the technology gap, as much as companies would like to say otherwise, is usually quite small and HDR technology is no different. Finally, as HDR technology progresses Dolby Vision will be superior but the tv display technology we currently have won’t make a substantial difference from HDR 10 content.

While there are technical and statistical differences between these two formats, which one is better really depends on the individual’s needs and habits. Dolby Vision’s greatest strengths are that it supports HDR 10 and not vice versa and is more future-proof. HDR 10 wins in that it is being adopted more widely and more quickly by content creators than Dolby Vision due to its “open” nature. High dynamic range content truly is the future of image quality and is worth taking a deeper look in to. Both formats will greatly enhance the image quality of your HDR compatible content and you won’t be disappointed by either.

Additional Information:

CNET Article on HDR

USA Today Article on HDR

Updated 3/4/2017: Edited content for easier reading.