I often watch movies on an ordinary, consumer grade computer monitor. Alternatively, there are "TV" type monitors that I assume are more or less larger versions of computer monitors.

However, there are also professional monitors. These monitors, such as the NEC Spectraview, are used by professional photographers who need to work with photographs and have a high degree of color fidelity and expression.

Will a movie look better on a professional monitor, or is the extra capability not really useful for the types of images that movies in, say Blu-ray, display?

  • The way I see it (not a tech guy), the only difference would be the refresh rate, resolution, and colour space (i.e. how many different colours your monitor can output). Same as with MP3 vs. FLAC, it depends on the viewer, and on the quality of the encoding itself. Makes me wonder what the limitations of Blu-ray in this aspect are... – Gallifreyan Jun 3 '17 at 15:43
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because Technology questions about playing content are specifically off-topic. – Paulie_D Sep 16 '17 at 12:32

The question comes down to what you want to get out of it. Most current Blu-ray, streaming, and other video technologies have recorded movies in the Rec. 709 (aka BT.709) color space. Having a monitor in a wider color gamut (as the one you mentioned appears to) won't make those things look any better and could even end up displaying them incorrectly if the hardware and software manufacturers aren't careful. (And trust me, most of them are not.) So for watching existing stuff, there's not much point.

However, we're just at the dawn of a UHD HDR world. UHD is Ultra High Def. and comprises 4K and 8K formats. HDR is high dynamic range. It allows a much larger range of brights and darks. Most TVs today can output about 100-300 nits, whereas HDR TVs can output 1,000 nits, so 3-10x brighter. Blu-ray, broadcast, set top boxes and game consoles are starting to support this new format, and it's inevitable that eventually all TVs, monitors, and other hardware will support the new format.

However, because it's still early in the game, there are competing HDR formats. There's Hybrid Log-Gamma, HDR 10 and HDR 10+, and probably more that I'm forgetting.

So the answer is - do want the latest and greatest and if so, are you willing to make a bet that might end up being wrong? (Think HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray or BetaMax vs. VHS if you were around then.) If not, just get a high quality HD TV or monitor and it will show everything you currently have and are likely to buy or download in the near future beautifully. But if you are willing to take a small risk (and I think there are sets that support multiple formats at the moment), and willing to buy UHD HDR content for it, then go for the new stuff! I hear that it's gorgeous, though I haven't seen much of it myself. (My TV is acting funny after a power outage, so I'm starting to think about this stuff too!)

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