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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.
John Archer  |  Mar 21, 2016  |  0 comments

For many serious AV fans, OLED currently looks like the holy grail of TV technology, ready to usurp LED-lit LCD TV and light the way to a new era of home entertainment. If OLED doesn't excite you, then you may be reading the wrong website.

John Archer  |  Dec 17, 2015  |  0 comments

While some love the look of curved TVs, others worry about the impact curved screens can have on the viewing experience in the form of issues like viewing angles, onscreen reflections and distorted geometry. Cue the Sony KD-65S8505C: a 65in TV that tries to balance curved aesthetics with less controversial picture characteristics by using a markedly shallower curve than rival screens.

John Archer  |  Dec 09, 2015  |  0 comments

While there’s no doubt that we’re hurtling towards a 4K/UHD TV future, we’re not quite there yet. Much as we might love 4K, there are still a huge amount of living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and studies across the UK where 4K is either not wanted, not needed or not affordable. So it’s good to know there are Full HD sets like this Philips that still care about picture quality.

John Archer  |  Oct 09, 2015  |  0 comments
It’s taken Philips longer than most to get its 2015 TV range out there, but it arrives with a bang in the shape of the 4K/Ultra HD 55PUT6400. Remarkably, this 55-incher can be had for about £850, despite its native 4K UHD core being joined by Google’s Android Smart TV system and one of Philips' renowned picture processing engines. 
Steve May  |  Oct 07, 2015  |  0 comments

The 55in KD-55X8505C is the honey trap for Sony’s 2015 4K UHD models. Priced considerably below the ultra-slim X90C and the hi-res audio-capable X93C/X94C behemoths, this is UHD for the brand-buying mainstream.

John Archer  |  Oct 04, 2015  |  0 comments

If the current trend is to try and minimise the space the new generation of TVs take up by giving them incredibly slim frames, Sony’s KD-75X9405C is the untrendiest TV of the year. It's not just content with assaulting your living room space with a vast 75in screen; this monolithic beast adds sidebars down each side of that screen, making it look more like an 85in set.

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