CES 2020

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John Sciacca  |  Jan 07, 2020  |  0 comments
When a company looks to refresh its most popular, best-selling subwoofer series ever, you can imagine they would do so with a bit of care to ensure that the legacy and goodwill built over the years isn’t lost on some rev. 2 cash grab. Rest assured, SVS put a ton of thought and design into the new 2000 Pro Series subwoofers to ensure that the performance legacy of past subs is not only respected, but kicked up to the next level.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 09, 2020  |  0 comments
A highlight of Thomas J. Norton’s recent review of TCL’s 75-inch 8-Series LCD UHDTV was that set’s “class-leading local dimming.” The deep blacks and punchy HDR performance delivered by the 8-Series model was made possible by its mini-LED backlight, a feature found only in the company’s 8-Series TVs for 2019. In 2020, TCL plans to expand mini-LED backlights to its 6-Series, a more valued-oriented line that also features the same built-in Roku streaming platform found in the 8-Series.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 07, 2020  |  0 comments
TiVo is going to take on low-priced streamers like Roku and Fire TV with the introduction of its new streamer, the TiVo Stream 4K. Unlike all previous TiVo products, the Stream 4K will not have any traditional TiVo DVR functionality, but rather will be entirely dedicated to streaming.
Joe Palenchar  |  Jan 08, 2020  |  0 comments
TV manufacturers are stepping up their efforts to fatten up the sound of thin TVs.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 09, 2020  |  1 comments
Remember awhile back when Tom Cruise and Top Gun: Maverick director Christopher McQuarrie took to the Internet to blast on the ill-effects of using motion smoothing to ruin movies by turning them into video mush that looked like a telenovela soap opera? Well, the UHD Alliance (UHDA), comprised of nearly 40 member companies, is out to make Cruise’s dream come true by getting more manufacturers and industry professionals on board to support a new Filmmaker Mode setting that will ensure you are watching movies as closely resembles the filmmaker’s intention and to the best of your display’s capability.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 07, 2020  |  2 comments
Sound & Vision’s earlier post on Hisense’s CES product lineup included detailed info on the company’s 65XD9G 65-inch 4K LCD TV. What’s most notable about that model, shown above, is a dual-cell design that uses a 2K black-and-white panel as a backlight for a 4K full-color LCD panel, effectively giving the display two million local dimming zones.
Joe Palenchar  |  Jan 06, 2020  |  0 comments
Vizio introduced its first OLED TVs at CES while bolstering its 4K LCD TV lineup by raising full-screen brightness, launching its first 85-inch model, and bringing select HDMI 2.1 functions to 4K TVs for the first time, including eARC, auto low latency mode (ALLM) to quick-response video gaming, variable refresh rate (VRR) for smooth gaming and, in the OLED series and top LCD series, the ability to deliver 4K frame rates up to 120fps.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 10, 2020  |  0 comments
Like several other TV makers at CES, Vizio plans to introduce its first-ever OLED models in 2020. The company was displaying the new sets, which will be available in 65- and 55-inch screen sizes, at its usual offsite digs along with its new V-, M-, and P-Series Quantum and Quantum X sets that are also scheduled to ship in 2020.