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John Archer  |  Jul 14, 2023  |  0 comments
With excitement this year focused on the battle between second-gen Quantum Dot OLED technology, LG's new Micro Lens Array (MLA) technology, and the latest innovations in Mini LED displays, it can feel as if 'traditional' OLED TVs such as Sony's XR-65A80L are struggling to make their voices heard. But the performance of this 65-incher is worth shouting about...
Steve May  |  Jun 09, 2023  |  0 comments
To quote Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting: 'Ladies and gentlemen, we are in the presence of greatness!' The most beautiful LG Display OLED screen I've seen in over a decade of scrutiny, the 65G3 is everything I want from an OLED TV: perfect black, sublime near shadow detail, rich colour performance and future-proofed connectivity for gaming (or as close to it as you're likely to find in 2023).
John Archer  |  Jun 05, 2023  |  0 comments
It turns out last year's launch of Quantum Dot OLED technology was more significant than we thought. Mixing self-emissive OLED panels with a QD colour layer not only gave us an outstanding new flatscreen option to consider, but ushered in a new period of competition that's already yielding remarkable results in just a single year. It feels as if the premium TV market has been turbo-charged...
John Archer  |  Apr 26, 2023  |  0 comments
The BU8500 is the most premium LCD model in Samsung’s 2022 range that doesn’t use Quantum Dot colour technology. Instead, it features Samsung’s Dynamic Crystal Colour system – a more traditional filter-based approach, but one that still claims (in conjunction with the TV's Crystal 4K processor) to deliver a billion different tones.

Still available even as new 2023 Samsung sets come to market, for around £649 the 55in 55BU8500 is £150 cheaper than Samsung’s entry-level 55in Quantum Dot set. Such a gap makes it look potentially fair value...

John Archer  |  Apr 24, 2023  |  0 comments
We don’t often review different screen sizes from the same TV range. Yet here we’re making an exception 
for Philips' 77OLED807, a monster OLED whose 
screen measures – as you can probably guess – 
77in from corner to corner. This is a whole 22in more than the 55in 55OLED807 we looked at previously – enough to remind us that something magical happens when you get a screen above 70in or thereabouts.
John Archer  |  Mar 13, 2023  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendExplaining where the 55A84K fits into Sony's current TV scheme of things is no easy task. First we need to clear up that it's a traditional 'White OLED' (WOLED) design, with white sub-pixel, not a new Quantum Dot OLED set. This should mean that its pictures are (probably) not as bright or richly coloured as Sony's A95K QD OLED (HCC #337) – although at £1,299, the 55in model tested here is a great deal more affordable than its same-sized A95K sibling.
John Archer  |  Jan 26, 2023  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedJohn Archer rates Panasonic's step-down OLED TV as an unmissable bargain for anyone who already has an immersive sound system

Rival OLED manufacturers are really getting started with new types of high-brightness panel designs, but Panasonic has been at it for years – with consistently great results. A catch has been that the brand's hardware-enhanced OLED TVs have tended to pile on the (Great British) pounds.

Steve May  |  Jan 19, 2023  |  0 comments
The TV manufacturer makes an impressive splash with this well-featured 4K HDR screen, says Steve May. But it's not for picture quality purists…

Some OLED TVs are designed for The Batman, predisposed for darkness and shadow. The Hisense A85H is more of a Strictly Come Dancing kinda screen. Pictures pop like candy, and dynamics have all the subtlety of a sledgehammer blow. If you want wow, you'll find it here.

John Archer  |  Dec 14, 2022  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3This Quantum Dot OLED flatscreen is the TV to beat right now, believes John Archer

Samsung isn't the only brand to combine OLED's self-emissive contrast talents and the brightness/colour benefits of Quantum Dots in a TV this year. Sony is also in on the QD OLED act with its A95K series, in 55in (tested here) and 65in versions that command a premium over Samsung's already discounted S95B model. Is the extra cost justified?

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.

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