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John Archer  |  Apr 16, 2021  |  0 comments
While premium LCD TVs have long had brightness on their 
side, they’ve always had trouble controlling exactly where that brightness goes, something that's arguably become more of 
a picture quality concern with the step up to HDR content. 
Enter Samsung's QE65QN95A, the brand's first TV to utilise Mini LED backlight technology.
John Archer  |  Mar 26, 2021  |  0 comments
This low-price, easy-to-accommodate 4K LCD TV pushes John Archer's buttons with its healthy black level, natural colour palette and tidy smart hub
Steve May  |  Mar 16, 2021  |  0 comments
Philips hits the right notes with this stylish smallscreen OLED. But is 48in big enough for Steve May?

You might be forgiven for expecting smallscreen OLED TVs to be a budget punt, stripped of extraneous frippery in order to better bring OLED technology to the mainstream. But there's no sense of any such cost-cutting compromise with this Philips, which uses the new smaller panel for a downsized version of its flagship 935 model, complete with Bowers and Wilkins sound system. Is this move inspired or a marketing misstep?

John Archer  |  Mar 10, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendThere’s arguably no more cinematic experience in the AV world than watching a 4K Blu-ray movie on a massive OLED TV. A fact this 77in LG OLED77GX confirms with designer knobs on...
John Archer  |  Feb 05, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendJohn Archer explains why Sony's latest mid-range LED LCD TV is arguably better for next-gen console gamers than its flagship models

While the original PS4 and Xbox One consoles trailed behind TV technology when they first came out, the Xbox Series X and PS5 are running ahead of most 2020 TVs. Graphics features such as 4K at 120Hz, variable refresh rates and automatic low latency mode switching have caught the vast majority of this year's displays on the hop, including many of Sony's own models. Oddly, the only game-friendly exception in its range isn't some high-flying, megabucks flagship, but the mid-range XH9005 series.

Steve May  |  Dec 11, 2020  |  0 comments
Smart, well-specified and a fine performer, Samsung’s entry-level FALD QLED TV could be the perfect compromise for gaming cinephiles...
Steve May  |  Nov 25, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Panasonic's Professional Edition OLED panel gets an IQ upgrade and the result is dazzling, says Steve May

There's never been a better time to invest in premium home theatre, now that multiplex screens have lost their silvery allure and cinema concessions now come with a side order of anxiety. Stepping up your AV game is the only sensible solution, and Panasonic's flagship HZ2000 is perhaps the ultimate flatscreen upgrade. Okay, it's not 8K, but for the movie sources of the here and now, it's unbeatable.

John Archer  |  Oct 29, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3John Archer auditions Philips' step-up 65OLED935 TV, which aims to add integrated Atmos audio to picture perfect processing

Philips has long understood the importance of video processing to TV performance. It was throwing huge amounts of computational power at LCD TVs when LCD TVs were barely a thing, with typically excellent results (albeit once you'd tinkered with some of the settings). Yet the addition of OLED to its portfolio has seen processing prowess come into its own like never before.

Steve May  |  Aug 17, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Panasonic sets the bar high with a do-it-all mid-ranger that has a penchant for popcorn, says Steve May

Panasonic's multi-talented, mid-range HX800 LED LCD could be the screen home cinephiles have been clamouring for. Offering a feature specification and picture characteristics more becoming panels twice the price, it's a tempting proposition if Dolby Vision HDR and a blistering gaming performance are big on your want list.

Steve May  |  Aug 04, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3The 805 is the smartest Philips OLED flatscreen yet, says an awestruck Steve May

Philips' new OLED805 may look at first glance like a numerical refresh of last year's 804 model, but there's far more to it than that. This multi-HDR compatible set bristles with advanced new picture technology, and is arguably the most significant Philips launch since the debut of its P5 image processing suite.

John Archer  |  Jul 03, 2020  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendJohn Archer enjoys the all-around appeal of Sony's range-topping 4K LED telly

Unless Sony springs a replacement for 2019's ZF9 series on us later in the year, the KD-65XH9505 is the Japanese brand's flagship 65in 4K TV for 2020. And at first glance you might wonder if that's a status that it will be able to live up to. Even the £2,000 ticket, while not inconsiderable, doesn't exactly scream 'flagship'.

John Archer  |  Jun 04, 2020  |  0 comments
Samsung's 2020 8K QLED flagship takes the next-gen display technology to a new, pixel-packed level – and adds style and sound innovations
John Archer  |  Mar 27, 2020  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedJohn Archer is very 'appy to get acquainted with the UK's first Roku-enabled smart TV

While our American friends have had 'Roku TVs' for half a decade now, the Hisense R50B7120 marks the first time the renowned smart platform has shipped built into a UK set. I can't say for sure why it's taken so long for a Roku-powered flatscreen to rock up here. What I can say, though, is that many households should be very happy to see it.

John Archer  |  Feb 28, 2020  |  0 comments
John Archer finds out if LG's cheapest 65in OLED TV is really the bargain it first appears

For many HCC readers, OLED remains the premier TV picture technology. Unfortunately, though, it's a technology that hasn't always screamed affordability, which is where LG's entrylevel B series comes in. Since 2018 these sets have adopted less-powerful picture processing than their higher-end stablemates, in a bid to give cash-strapped AV fans a more affordable OLED option.

Steve May  |  Feb 07, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3With universal HDR support and style to spare, you'll be sorely tempted by this 4K HDR mid-ranger, says Steve May

Philips has thrown everything bar the kitchen sink at its 6 Series high street hotshot. This 4K UHD LED model doesn't just try to woo with a low price tag, it wows with a host of fan-favourite features, including Ambilight, multi-HDR and Amazon Alexa voice support.

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