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Steve May  |  Nov 18, 2022  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3With a brighter OLED panel and upgraded Atmos sound system, the LZ2000 delivers on all fronts, says Steve May

I've seen marble less polished than Panasonic's new LZ2000 4K HDR OLED. This update on what has been a consistently impressive flagship TV design for the brand, with its signature rear-mounted height and side speakers, builds on what has gone before, but further refines picture and sound performance with less obvious upgrades.

John Archer  |  Oct 10, 2022  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3There's a new type of OLED in town – and John Archer is very much here for it

The QE65S95B is a Samsung OLED TV. This is something that bears repeating, because after spending almost a decade telling you not to buy an OLED because they're not bright enough and can fall prey to screen burn, Samsung has changed its mind. Before anyone starts mumbling anything about hypocrisy or petards, however, Samsung's new OLED TV is not the same as the models we're used to.

John Archer  |  Aug 17, 2022  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3John Archer discovers that sometimes your EX really can be your best friend

As the eagerly awaited successor to the multi award-winning Philips OLED806 series (see HCC #323), the new OLED807 arrives burdened with the heavy weight of expectation. Can the manufacturer effectively evolve its OLED technology yet again? The answer to that, it turns out, is yes – this range usurps its illustrious predecessor in at least three major ways. But we're getting ahead of ourselves...

John Archer  |  Jul 29, 2022  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3The native 8K resolution of Samsung's 75in TV is just the start of its attractions, reckons John Archer

Great as the excitement is this year surrounding Samsung's debut QD OLED TVs – the first 'self-emissive' displays from the Korean company in close to a decade – it still determinedly sees Mini LED as its top-flight TV technology. And on the evidence of the flagship 75in QE75QN900B, it has a point. This TV is good enough to have you wondering if your budget will stretch to its premium price tag.

Steve May  |  Jul 22, 2022  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Bringing Evo screen tech to LG's C Series is a bright idea, says Steve May – but choose your presets wisely…

Faced with the prospect of serious OLED competition from outside the LG Display family for the first time, LG has pointedly raised its game with its C2 TV. This latest iteration of its best-selling C Series line comes in more screen sizes than ever before (42in, 48in, 55in, 65in, 77in, and 83in), and boasts significantly higher brightness (on models 55in and up). Not any old brightness, mind you.

John Archer  |  May 11, 2022  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Samsung's first new TV of 2022 emphasises the strengths of mini LED technology, reckons John Archer

While OLED had new brighter panels to shout about in 2021, the story of the year for rival LCD technology was definitely the arrival of mini LED backlighting. Samsung, in particular, showed how moving to much smaller LEDs, coupled with an increase in a TV's number of local dimming zones, could rewrite the LCD picture quality rule book in terms of contrast precision. Now it returns with a second-gen model to hopefully wow us again.

Steve May  |  May 05, 2022  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedPhilips hopes to cover all bases with this LED-lit Dolby Vision UHD TV for every occasion – Steve May examines its wide appeal

Jet Li wanted to be The One, Keanu Reeves became The One, and Chesney Hawkes sang about The One. Now you can take The One home, in the shape of this Philips LED TV mid-ranger, so named because it ticks more boxes than a pedantic bureaucrat at a box-ticking convention.

Steve May  |  Mar 17, 2022  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Advanced AI, the latest panel tech and a sound system to die for – this TV is a winner, say Steve May

Philips is aiming for the front of the grid with the 65OLED+936. An evolution of the brand's OLED+935 model, this update couples a racy fifth-generation P5 image engine with an all-new OLED panel and HDMI 2.1 high frame rate support. The screen has clearly got Panasonic's JZ2000 home cinema hero in its sights, so what can it tempt us with? Quite a lot, as it happens...

Steve May  |  Mar 11, 2022  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendPanasonic delivers a bright-room LED TV that sports fans and gamers are going to eat up, says Steve May

Panasonic typically lures movie fans to its 4K screens with cinematic image processing offering judiciously judged contrast and peerless colour accuracy. But for its JX850 line, the brand has taken a different tack, accommodating sports and gaming fans with Bright Panel Plus technology for punchy daylight viewing, and unapologetic image smoothing.

John Archer  |  Jan 17, 2022  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendSony's latest mid-range TV isn't a member of the Mini LED glitterati. Will that put off John Archer?

Many TV brands have adopted Mini LED technology this year, but Sony is having none of it. Its 4K LCD models for 2021, including the upper mid-range 65X90J under examination here, persist with the 'standard' LED lighting that LCD displays have been using for years. Happily, though, this certainly does not prevent the 65X90J from being seriously desirable.

Steve May  |  Dec 03, 2021  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Be you an avid gamer or film fan, this 48in OLED TV has what it takes to impress, says Steve May

Back when HCC was fresh of face, Star Wars was a trilogy and the Marvel Cinematic Universe had peaked at Howard the Duck, the very thought of a 48in TV would have blown my mind. A 36in set was typically as large as you could get back then, and even that would have required a van full of mates just to get it out of the box. An ultra-thin 48-incher would have been the screen of dreams, home cinema nirvana.

John Archer  |  Dec 02, 2021  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedLG's new 8K LCD TV turns to Mini LED lighting and the result is typically – but not quite always – breathtaking, says John Archer

Mini LED is perhaps the TV technology story of the year. The implementation of LEDs far smaller than those of conventional backlights has helped put TCL on the TV map and taken Samsung's 2021 Neo QLED TVs to new heights. And now it's back to (hopefully) revolutionise LG's LCD fortunes with the 75QNED99, a 75in 8K model with a price tag far more tempting than the company's 8K OLEDs.

John Archer  |  Nov 19, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendThe high-brightness panel at the heart of LG's G1 OLED proves a feast for HDR-hungry eyes. You interior designer will love the Gallery style, too
Steve May  |  Nov 18, 2021  |  0 comments
Seven-channel Atmos audio is just one of the treats of Panasonic’s flagship JZ2000 OLED TV...
Steve May  |  Nov 05, 2021  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedWhen it comes to ease of use, or streaming app choice, smart TVs don't get much better than this, says Steve May

Not content with a user base of 53million devices, Roku accelerates its migration from media player OS to smart TV technology, taking up residence in this affordable line of 4K flatscreens from TCL. TCL has actually launched two Roku models in the UK, the entry-level RP520K series, and the RP620K reviewed here, replete with Dolby Vision HDR and a higher-spec video processor.

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