LG Confirms HDR Update Coming To EG9600 Series OLED TVs

May 22nd, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, Curved Screen, HDR, News, OLED, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV


LG Electronics confirmed a Forbes report this week that it plans to add support for high dynamic range (HDR) video as a firmware update to LG EG9600 series 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs as soon as technical specifications are finalized.

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Sharp’s Most Affordable 4K UHD TVs To Date Hit Stores

May 21st, 2015 · 2160p, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Streaming Services, UHDTV


Sharp’s most-affordable line of Aquos 4K Ultra HDTVs for 2015 – the AUB30 series – is now available for sale at leading retailers around the country, the company said.

The line includes four models in the 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, and 65-inch screen sizes, with both the 43- and 50-inch models ringing in at manufacter’s suggested retail prices starting under $1,000

The sets mark some of Sharp’s lowest prices for native 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) performance — offering four times the resolution of conventional Full HD TVs — to date. Actually, three models (including the 55 inch) are already seeing street retails of a $1,000 or less.

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Denon Unveils HDMI 2.0a Updatable Entry AVR

May 20th, 2015 · 2160p, Audio, HDMI, HDR, News, Sound Systems, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHDTV, Wireless Audio

Denon AVR-S510BT

Denon introduced this week its 2015 S-series entry AV receiver model AVR-S510BT, bringing compatibility with HDCP 2.2 and HDMI 2.0, with the ability to upgrade to HDMI 2.0a (supporting high dynamic range video).

Denon said the AVR-S510, which goes on sale in June at a $279 suggested retail, will ship with HDMI 2.0 ports that will be updatable to HDMI 2.0a. It is also Denon’s first AVR to offer Bluetooth control via an iOS or Android phone running a Denon app.

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Yamaha Expands Line of HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 A/V Receivers

May 19th, 2015 · Audio, HDMI, News, Sound Systems, Surround Sound Systems, UHDTV


Yamaha on Tuesday filled out the rest of its RX-V 79-series AV receiver line, bringing step-up models with HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 support for use with 4K Ultra HD TV-equipped home theater systems.

The 2015 models, which join the series’ entry model RX-V379 introduced last month, include: the 7.2-channel RX-V779, RX-V679 and RX-V579, and the 5.1-channel RX-V479, all offering 4K Ultra HD-HDMI support.

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New Panasonic Lumix Introduces `4K Hybrid Photography’

May 18th, 2015 · 2160p, Digital Camera/Camcorder, News, UHDTV, Video Processors


Panasonic introduced Monday its new Lumix G7 4K Micro Four Thirds camera designed for “4K hybrid photography.”

The company explained that the camera is a “4K hybrid” because it allows photographers to easily shoot 4K Ultra HD videos and then go back and grab 4K still frames with dynamic moments of frozen action.

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New Roku TVs Build In Entertainment

May 13th, 2015 · Connected TVs, News, Streaming Services

TCLRoku3700Best Buy will soon be selling Roku TVs under both the Sharp and Insignia brands exclusively at stores and online in the United States and Canada.

Meanwhile, TCL just introduced seven new Roku TVs that will bring the number of the brand’s second-generation 2015 TCL Roku TV models to 10.

Sharp is the latest brand to join the Roku TV family, although the TVs appear to be products sold under a private brand-licensing arrangement announced last year between Best Buy and Sharp Electronics. Executives at both Sharp and Best Buy did not return repeated queries to confirm the brand-licensing status.

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Ultra-HD Blu-ray Spec. Released

May 12th, 2015 · 2160p, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, HDMI, HDR, News, UHDTV

Ultra HD Blu-ray logo

Updated! The long-awaited specifications for the Ultra HD Blu-ray™ format were officially released Tuesday by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) along with a new logo indicating Ultra HD compatibility.

The BDA said the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification “will enable delivery of Ultra HD content via Ultra HD Blu-ray disc to the rapidly growing number of UHD TV households.”

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Denon Adds Splash-proof Option To Heos 1 Wireless Speaker

May 11th, 2015 · Audio, News, Sound Systems, Wireless Audio


Denon introduced Wednesday the first weather-proof speaker option in its Heos line of wireless multi-zone speakers, designed to link directly with smartphones, tablets and other devices.

When it hits stores in June at a $199 suggested retail, the Heos 1 will be the least expensive speaker in Denon’s Heos wireless audio line, which made its debut last summer to go up against Sonos and about 10 other manufacturers trying to break into the multi-zone wireless music system business.

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