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Dolby's HDR screen versus a standard dynamic range television. Dolby

Our television overlords—those boxes that hulk on our walls—are an ­insidious lot. Not happy to stay relevant for more than two years, their makers constantly beckon with new features, each more ­complicated than the last.

The newest princeling is high-dynamic range, or HDR. These televisions display more than 1 billion colors, with ultimate control over every possible combination thereof, from the blackest black to the whitest white (if the content is HDR compatible). That means you see a more vivid movie, or a more textured video-game shootout. But do you really need HDR? Don’t ask the clerk at Best Buy. Our chart has your answer.

Do you need an HDR TV? Photos, left to right: Courtesy Samsung; Courtesy Netflix; Courtesy LG; Courtesy Warner Bros.; Courtesy Vizio

This article was originally published in the September/October 2016 issue of Popular Science, under the title “Do I Need An HDR TV?”