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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 07, 2016 0 comments
It may be next fall before we see TCL’s premier Xclusive X1 Series. The largest is the 65-inch model shown here. No prices were offered as yet (projected retail prices were, in general, in short supply at the show)...
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 07, 2016 0 comments
Manufacturers are starting to realize that some folks locate their televisions where the back is visible. In the past the rear panel hasn’t exactly been a showpiece, but this TCL design shouldn’t embarrass anyone.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 06, 2016 0 comments
The UHD Alliance introduces the "ultra H Premium" spec for TVs and reveals goals for 2016.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 06, 2016 0 comments
Nestled among LG's home appliance announcements was word that the brand is introducing a line of Super UHD LCD/LED TVs and showing it's first 8K TV, but there was no mention of an Ultra HD Blu-ray player.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 06, 2016 0 comments
China's TCL announces four LCD TV lines, including one with Dolby Vision high-dynamic range capability.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 06, 2016 0 comments
Samsung announces its first Ultra HD (UHD) Blu-ray player and a new line of "Ultra HD Premium" TVs.
Thomas J. Norton Posted: Dec 23, 2015 1 comments
PRICE $130,000

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Bright!
Good blacks
Respectable out-of-box calibration
Minus
Clips above white and below black
No 3D
Expensive!

THE VERDICT
If you want a really big screen that’s more than bright enough for a well-lit room, and you have a bank account that’s flush enough (or a very understanding loan officer), this 120-inch Vizio incorporates all the bells and whistles.

In early October, Vizio invited me to New York City to join other digital-stained A/V scribes in the official launch of the company’s new Reference series Ultra HDTVs. The featured attraction was the RS120B3 ($130,000), loaded up with more than 8 million pixels on its 120-inch-diagonal (10-foot!) screen. The considerably more affordable, 65-inch RS65-B2 ($6,000) joined in the festivities.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Dec 22, 2015 1 comments
‘Tis the Season—for last minute, desperation shopping. But what could be easier than one or a few Blu-ray discs for that stocking by the fireplace. So here are a few recommendations...
Thomas J. Norton Posted: Dec 14, 2015 1 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $2,600

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Impressive resolution—in both 4K and 1080p
Natural-looking color—even before calibration
Appealing price
Minus
Mediocre blacks
Image fades off-center

THE VERDICT
For a rewarding experience in watching that big game or a favorite movie, Samsung’s UN60JS7000 should please all but the fussy video perfectionist prepared to pay a lot more for his or her new Ultra HD set.

Samsung’s new 60-inch UN60JS7000FXZA joins the majority of 4K Ultra HDTVs on the market offering 4K as their main UHD calling card. But according to Samsung, it will also respond to the metadata for high dynamic range sources and display it—though not to the same brightness level as will, for example, the company’s higher-end sets, including the so-called “SUHD” UN65JS9500FXZA (Sound & Vision, September 2015 and soundandvision.com). The JS7000 is also claimed to respond to the wide color offered in some UHD material, in the same way as other Samsung SUHD sets, but it downconverts any 10-bit color source to 8 bits (which corresponds to fewer gradations of color being available for display).

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Dec 08, 2015 3 comments
On September 19, 2015, SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) published a Study Group Report titled “High Dynamic Range (HDR) Imaging Ecosystem.” The emphasis is on the production side, but the bottom line appears to be this: The industry is still engaged in a protracted study of HDR, with no current standards for the production and display of content in that format.

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