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John Archer  |  Aug 02, 2019  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedSamsung's latest Quantum Dot TV leaves John Archer feeling shaken and stirred

The first new Samsung TV for 2019, the QE65Q90R [see HCC #298], was a stunner. It combined new backlight and viewing angle technology with improved processing, helping to blend the brightness and colour volume traits of LCD with the black level and contrast benefits more usually expected of OLED. But that set is £3,800. The QE65Q85R, a UK/Europe-only model, retains much of the Q90R's skillset but retails for £3,000.

John Archer  |  Jul 26, 2019  |  1 comments
Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support mean Philips puts consumers first with its latest and greatest OLED TV
John Archer  |  Jun 19, 2019  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3LG's OLED division looks set to face unprecedented competition in 2019, with Sony, Philips and Panasonic all introducing expanded ranges with bespoke technological tricks. But if the Korean brand's 65in OLED65C9 auditioned here is anything to go by, those companies will find it hard to end LG's long-term hold of the OLED crown. This flatscreen is an appealing mix of premium performance and user-friendly smarts.
John Archer  |  Feb 14, 2019  |  0 comments
Does Samsung's direct-lit Q8DN TV mark the sweet spot in its 2018 QLED range?
Steve May  |  Jan 25, 2019  |  0 comments
This low-cost 6 Series 4K screen is a feature-stacked budget barnstormer – even the smart platform impresses
John Archer  |  Jan 18, 2019  |  0 comments
LG's B8 is a 4K HDR OLED TV for the masses – but does a less-powerful processor lead to a less impressive picture performance?
John Archer  |  Jan 17, 2019  |  0 comments
The aggressive pricing of TCL's mid-level UHD bigscreen catches our attention, but it's not hard to spot some cut corners...
Steve May  |  Dec 20, 2018  |  0 comments
The AF9 OLED has been hailed (admittedly by Sony) as a landmark TV – as significant a development as the legendary Trinitron. Does it live up to the hype?
John Archer  |  Nov 29, 2018  |  0 comments
If you're already getting bored of your 4K TV, Samsung's 8K-resolution Q900R series is certain to tempt. But does the next-generation performance of this 85in flagship TV justify the price tag?
Steve May  |  Nov 26, 2018  |  0 comments
In 2017, Sony reimagined the humble telly with its A1 OLED debut, marrying a chic lean-back design to a state-of-the-art speaker implementation. With the AF8 it’s reined in the bravado in favour of a more conventional form factor. Does it still impress?
John Archer  |  Nov 20, 2018  |  0 comments
Looking for Hollywood at home? We're used to hearing TV brands state that their aim is to deliver images that look as close as possible to how their creators intended – but none are as vocal as Panasonic...
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
Samsung 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.

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