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Steve May  |  Nov 12, 2018  |  0 comments
Panasonic’s ownership of Universal Studios in the 1990s may have been short-lived, but it’s had a lasting impact on the way the brand makes TVs. That strategic purchase of the movie studio led to the creation of its Hollywood Labs R&D operation, and deep ties with creatives, in particular colourists, who have helped fine-tune its displays on a mission to replicate the images seen in professional mastering suites.
John Archer  |  Sep 19, 2018  |  0 comments
Philips' 65OLED903 (also known as OLED+903) sees the brand teaming up with UK sound experts Bowers & Wilkins. The idea is that the latter's sonic knowhow, combined with Philips' picture quality prowess, results in a TV that's a genuine all-rounder, and one that delivers a cinematic experience. The partnership has certainly got off to a good start, with the OLED903 scooping the 'Home Theatre TV' prize in this year's EISA Awards.
John Archer  |  Aug 24, 2018  |  0 comments
A combination of gorgeous designs, a five-strong range targeting different buyers, and impressive picture quality improvements saw LG’s OLED models make huge inroads into the mid-range/premium TV market last year. With LCD/LED technology fighting back in emphatic fashion through direct-lit contenders from Sony and Samsung, however, the pressure is on LG to keep moving OLED forwards.
John Archer  |  Jun 11, 2018  |  0 comments
amsung probably thought when it unveiled its debut QLED displays last year that they’d take the world by storm. Surely punters wouldn’t be able to resist the unprecedented brightness and colour range delivered by the brand’s new metal-clad Quantum Dots? But things didn’t turn out that way. Instead, rival OLED sets, bolstered by performance tweaks and wider availability, became the year’s ‘must-have’ TV item.
Vincent Teoh  |  Mar 27, 2018  |  0 comments

No AV enthusiast has ever gone to heaven regretting they bought too big a telly, and TVs don't come much bigger and better than Sony's 100in ZD9. The Bravia ZD9 series was launched in the second half of 2016, and while we've reviewed the 65in model (HCC #267), it's not until now that we've had the chance to put this 100in beast through its paces. At £60,000, it's out of reach for your average punter, but then again, the same can be said about Ferraris. And everyone wants a Ferrari.

Mark Craven  |  Oct 23, 2017  |  0 comments
The LG 55SJ850V ticks nearly all the boxes yet costs a mere (in the scheme of things) £1,000. Spend that, and you get a 55in edge-lit 4K LED model, with HDR support including HLG and Dolby Vision, smart tricks including Freeview Play, third-party audio from Harman/Kardon and a neat solution for your living room.
John Archer  |  Sep 28, 2017  |  0 comments
Philips’ debut OLED TV, the 55POS901, was a bit of a belter. It combined OLED’s traditional contrast, viewing angle and colour strengths with Philips’ powerful video processing and Ambilight technology to impressive effect. The good news is that by doing things a little differently, the brand’s new 55POS9002 OLED display is even better…
John Archer  |  Nov 25, 2016  |  0 comments

The more high dynamic range (HDR) displays I’ve seen, the more convinced I’ve become that the only type of LCD TV that can comfortably handle HDR’s extreme light demands are those that use direct rather than edge lighting – ideally in conjunction with some degree of ‘local dimming’, whereby clusters of LEDs have their light output adjusted independently.

Steve May  |  Nov 23, 2016  |  0 comments

There’s something stunningly beautiful about the LG E6 – and that’s without even turning it on. With its unfeasibly thin picture-on-glass design and Harman/Kardon crafted soundbar, this high-end OLED screen looks a masterclass in industrial design. It'll make visitors to your movie room gawp in surprise, and that's without showing them the £4,200 price tag.

John Archer  |  Nov 03, 2016  |  0 comments
The arrival of high dynamic range (HDR) technology has made brightness a bigger deal in the TV world than it’s ever been before. It isn’t the only thing you need to unlock HDR’s full potential, of course, but it’s certainly a key factor in this era when HDR content is already being mastered to anywhere between 1,000 and 4,000 nits.
John Archer  |  Oct 05, 2016  |  0 comments
With TV frames getting inexorably thinner, it’s becoming harder and harder for TV brands to deliver truly distinctive designs. Yet Panasonic has certainly managed it with its new 58DX802: a 58in TV that arrives hanging between two metallic triangular ‘legs’, like a painting on an easel. 
John Archer  |  Sep 23, 2016  |  0 comments
While Panasonic's flagship screens – the DX902 models and its curved CZ952 OLED – garner the brand its most loving looks, it's never been afraid to aim its sights a little lower and cater for those on more everyday budgets. Here in the shape of the TX-50DX750, we have a 50in 4K HDR TV retailing for a very reasonable £950. Neither a cheapie nor a top-tier option, it's a set that will no doubt be on a lot of people's shortlists. 
Steve May  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments

If you thought 4K was cool, wait till you get a load of HDR (High Dynamic Range). So goes this year’s TV sales patter. HDR brings hitherto unseen levels of dynamism to television, taking home viewing closer than ever (and even beyond) the modern cinematic experience. But, of course, not all HDR is created equal.

Steve May  |  Aug 22, 2016  |  0 comments

Sony's newly-minted 55XD9305 TV is a flatscreen style icon with some cool new technology, introducing a novel Slim Backlight Drive which effectively divides the panel backlight in two, and sporting a waif-like frame that makes it perfect for wall-hanging. The set reviewed here is a 55-incher, but it’s also available in 65-inch guise. 

John Archer  |  Jul 29, 2016  |  0 comments
While high dynamic range (HDR) technology isn’t completely new, 2016 is the year where the AV industry is getting really serious about it. Amazon and Netflix are unleashing HDR streams, and crucially for HCC readers Ultra HD Blu-ray has finally launched, offering a hopefully consistently brilliant way of enjoying the extra brightness range and colour richness that HDR brings to the table.

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